10 Short choppy hairstyles to inspire you

/ 06.27.2014
Will you try a choppy short cut?
Will you try a choppy short cut?

If you're considering the possibility of getting a short haircut or you want to switch up the one you have, a choppy style could be just what you're looking for. With lots of layers and some really interesting lines, a choppy cut can be tailored to fit every face shape by sculpting the layers around the forehead and jaw to create the most flattering style.

They can add volume and body to fine hair and help to reduce bulky ends for thick hair, too. Not only that, choppy hairdos are also mercifully easy to style for the most part. Some sleeker looks may require a little more effort than messier 'dos, depending on the natural texture of your hair.

Below you'll find a list of ten handpicked choppy hairstyles to inspire you. Who knows, maybe you'll find your new look among them!

Feathered pixie cut

Jennifer Lawrence, Ginnifer Goodwin and Halle Berry have all helped to make the feathered pixie one of the most popular short cuts on the planet. Aside from fairly regular trims, this cut is quite low maintenance and looks good on round, heart and oval shaped faces.

Top tip – Style with a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Deconstructing Gum to create a piecey look.

Laid back layers

Another carefree style that looks good on just about everyone, this layered cut is a serious contender for anyone who wants a short cut but doesn't want anything too radical. You can create waves, style it stick straight or leave it au naturel, it's that versatile!

Short waves

For those of you with naturally wavy hair, a layered style with feathered bangs will give your texture enough room to do its thing without overwhelming your face.

Top tip – Apply Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Taming Cream then blow-dry with a diffuser to add definition.


This style is really just a more radical version of a graduated bob. The close-cut hair at the back throws all of the emphasis on the longer hair at the front where choppy, feathered layers help to soften the silhouette. A cut that's full of stand-out contrasts, this look isn't for the fainthearted!

Undone bob

Like the pixie, a subtly choppy bob is another super popular short cut. With soft edges and a perfectly imperfect vibe, it's a great haircut for anyone with naturally straight hair who takes a wash-and-go approach to styling.

Top tip – Create loose waves by spraying the hair with Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray then blow-drying it in twisted chunks. If you would rather avoid heat tools, twist and pin the hair up to air dry naturally.

Blunt with choppy layers

This hairstyle is perfect for anyone who likes to make a statement with their haircut. The blunt ends combined with plenty of choppy layers all over create a really interesting frame for the face, especially when combined with a set of bangs.

Top tip – Apply Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before you flat iron your hair. This will protect your locks from the heat and render a super-straight finish to show off those chunky ernds.

Fine and feathery pixie

If you have fine hair and you want to try a pixie cut, feathered bangs and plenty of small layers will keep your locks from falling flat. The different lengths help to soften the look, making this style a good fit for many different face shapes.

Long pixie with bangs

A longer incarnation of the pixie, this style is all about the bangs. Loosely tousled but not over styled, the added length makes this style more versatile than shorter pixies and it's also better suited to squarer face shapes.

Top tip – To give this style a slick finish, comb a small amount of Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper Fix Putty throughout.

Choppy bangs

Whether you go for a bowl cut like the model in the photo above, a pixie or a bob, choppy bangs will give your chosen short hairstyle an edgy feel. You could go for micro bangs or keep them a little longer depending on your face shape. Just make sure you ask your stylist for their opinion before you make the cut.

Long, tousled pixie

Eyelash-skimming bangs aren't for everyone but they can look really cool if you have the necessary attitude to pull them off. The only drawback is how often you'll need a trim in order to keep your line of vision unobstructed...

What do you think? Which choppy crop is your favorite?

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