18 Short Choppy Hairstyles to Inspire Your New Look

All Things Hair | 12 September 2018

Ready to go for the big chop? Get inspired to try out a shorter look in our collection of on-trend choppy short hair ideas.

We are loving that short choppy hairstyles are all the rage again. A cut that was widely popular in the ’90s, choppy hairstyles are making a resurgence that’s not just all about the pixie. We are seeing tons of variations on short choppy lobs, bobs and funky asymmetrical cuts. There really is a choppy cut for everyone! Part of their appeal is that they flatter women of all ages, add an edginess to any ‘do and provide some youthful-looking volume.

Here are the best short choppy hairstyles

To help you figure out your perfect cut, we’re sharing a collection of some awesome choppy hairstyles—ranging from the typical to the unexpected—that are sure to inspire your new short look.

1. Pixie Cut

short choppy hairstyles with the pixie
Pixie cuts are great for adding body to fine hair. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Short choppy hair ideas are a thin-haired girl’s best friend! If you’re feeling fed up with your fine locks, try out a choppy pixie cut. While the length might take some adjustment, asking your stylist to add in some longer layers around your face will help to add a feminine touch to this androgynous style. For styling your new look, use a workable hair wax that can add some serious depth and definition to your new choppy mane.

2. Graduated Bob

short choppy hairstyles with a bob
Hair weighing you down? Try a graduated bob. Photo credit: Dvora

It’s a myth that those with thick hair can’t rock a choppy short hair look. The graduated bob is a great way to reduce the natural heaviness of your locks! The hair at the nape of the neck is clipped super short—or even shaved—and cut at an angle. With this look you benefit from the weightlessness of a shorter crop, while also maintaining a flattering length around your jawline. For smoothness, apply some of the Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment to your hair to smooth out any frizz or flyaways.

3. Asymmetric Bob

short choppy hairstyles with an asymmertic bob
Bored of bobs? Go asymmetric. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

While the bob is definitely up there as one of the most popular feathered hairstyles, sometimes this look can be borderline dull. If you’re looking for something a bit more out-of-the-box, try a trendy asymmetrical bob! This two-toned haircut is all about depth as it adds some sophisticated vibes to your style.

4. Choppy Lob

short choppy hairstyles with a lob
The ‘it’ choppy haircut of the moment a.k.a. the lob. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

Long bobs are already a blogger favorite, but did you know that they’re also one of the best choppy hairstyles for beginners? A shoulder-skimming style is a great way to test out this look while still retaining some length. And it’s pretty versatile in the hairstyling department where you can opt for straight hair or these cool waves. To achieve this look, spritz Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray onto your damp or dry strands, scrunch your fingers as you lift your hair. Hello, undone movement!

5. Blunt Bob and Bangs

short choppy hairstyles with a blunt bob
A classic look that’s never going out of style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Or maybe you want a classic short crop for your new look. We totally dig that! For a modern update on the bob, opt for a stylish blunt bob/bangs combo that falls right at your cheekbones. We love how chic this choppy haircut can work on all face shapes as it defines your features, making you look fierce and super mod.

6. Modern Mullet

short choppy hairstyles with a mullet
Business in the front, party in the back! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

As seen on the runway, the modern mullet is a far more wearable reincarnation, combining voluminous, choppy short hair at the crown of the head, with a sleeker look through the lengths. To hold onto your look a little longer, spray some of the Nexxus Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist onto your hair and go about your day.


7. Shag Hair

short choppy hairstyles with the shag
Longer, choppier layers are a hallmark of the modern shag. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another blast from the past favorite, shag hair cuts are all about rocking a texturized look that’s accentuated by its piece-y layers.

8. Heavy Bangs

short choppy hairstyles with thick bangs
A choppy look that’s all about its strong bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

The modern bob is all about texture and we can’t get enough of this choppy chin-length cut that’s paired with a cute bang.

9. Choppy Hair and Waves

short choppy hairstyles with a wave
A combo style we can’t get enough of: wavy, choppy hair. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

Choppy hair and waves pair gorgeously together. We just love this comb on mid-length or short hair as you can rock your layers and show off your modern-day waves.

10. Spiky Pixie

short choppy hairstyles with a pixie
Get the gamine look with a short pixie and micro bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

One of our fave short cuts are short spiky haircuts for women. You can rock this look naturally or play up the texture by using some wax or molding paste.

11. Bowl Cut and Micro Bangs

short choppy hairstyles with micro bangs
A short choppy cut made perfect with micro bangs. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Short choppy haircuts with bangs are always a good idea. Rock the latest trend of the season with this short choppy haircut and micro fringe combo that’s sure to turn heads.

12. Full Choppy Shag

short choppy hairstyles with a shag
The perfect choppy cut if you want more length to your mane. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

If you’re seeking more length to your short choppy crop, then this look is all you. Be sure to visit a salon where they can perfect these face-framing layers, complete with a shaggy bang.

13. Wavy Shag

a female model with short choppy curly hair on a runway
Embrace your natural wave with this shaggy look. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another take on this look, the wavy shag, is all about embracing your natural texture. To help your waves out, scrunch some mousse in your hair for the ultimate in defined waves.

14. Lightly Slicked-Back

short choppy hairstyles with gel
Rock the slicked-back hair look with your short hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Want to rock the slicked-back hairstyle without too much gel? Try out this slicked-back style that only uses a little bit of gel to hold your hair back.

15. Gelled Hairstyle

short choppy hairstyles with hair gel
Rock the full gelled look with this style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Another take on the gelled-back look is this flipped out style. We love how this creates some fake bangs that you can rock on either side of your head.

16. Short Flippy Hairstyles

short choppy hairstyles with a flip
Short choppy style with a flip? Yes, please! Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

You’ll flip out (quite literally) with this cool short chop. We love how this style offers something a little bit different with a slight bend in the bob. Pair this with a long bang and you’re set for a stylish short cut for the season.

17. Subtle Wavy Chop

short choppy hairstyles with a wavy chop
A subtle yet gorgeous wavy chop. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

This wavy choppy cut is all about its subtle layers that are cut ever-so slightly on your ends. Go for a dramatic part and scrunch up your hair with some sea salt for the ultimate modern cut.

18. Choppy Afro

short choppy hairstyles with natural hair
Short, choppy style on afro hair. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Rock a natural afro with choppy layers. We love this modern take on this look that’s all about embracing your texture.

How to Hold Onto Choppy Hairstyles

1. Trim Your Hair Regularly

Choppy short hairstyles need a set of well-kept layers as well as a head of hair that’s full of volume and texture in order for the style to thrive. When getting your bi-weekly or monthly trims, be sure you’re getting at least one inch of your layers trimmed, or else they’ll grow out looking unkempt. Regular trims will also help keep split ends at bay, which can have your layers looking extremely rough and make them hard to deal with when styling your hair.

2. Daily Hair Maintenance

On the days your hair may need a pick-me-up, use a curling wand or hot rollers to revive and accentuate curls, create waves or add body. You can also opt for using a diffuser attachment on the ends of wet hair: Apply a heat protectant, position the diffuser at the very ends of your hair and direct it towards the mid-length. Dry your hair using a diffuser in sections all around your hair. In between washing use a dry shampoo, like the TRESemmé Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo to handle any greasy or oiliness, if you don’t the greasy feeling and appearance will also just weigh your style down. And lucky you, frizz just may work in your favor! A little frizz can liven your hairstyle, giving your ’do extra volume and shape. Embrace those hot summer days with open arms!


3. Weekly Maintenance

Along with getting your scheduled trims, you’ll need to have a trusty hair care routine in place. The choppy texture of your hair needs to be kept fresh and well taken care of. Shampoo and condition your hair with a hair care line like TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Reverse Wash System as this line can leave your hair with bounce, full of body, and touchable locks. Wash hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner followed by TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo to remove excess conditioner.


To style, prep hair with TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Hair Maximizer to give your hair bounce and body then blowdry with a round brush. Whenever your hair is misbehaving, put those strands in check with a hair mask that will help repair damage like Dove Nutritive Solutions Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask.


4. Switch Up Your Styling

You probably don’t want to wear your hair down every day. That’s totally fine; we all love to throw our hair in a bun or add some curls to our look on some occasions. And thankfully, your style is extremely versatile! Opt for hairstyles that work with your layers and can benefit from the texture of your wispy hairstyle. Try a braided hairstyle that you can wear during the day, and when it’s time to remove them, your tresses are instantly extra defined and full of texture. Great transitional style, right?

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