When you find yourself tucking the flat iron away and getting bored of time-consuming beachy waves, a choppy look may be just what the stylist ordered. Choppy looks are sleek and face-framing with a bit of edge. Locks are smoothed out and then separated into large pieces to add an effortless-looking texture. While choppy 'dos work best on layered tresses, any hair type can adopt the look with the right styling. Swap your hot irons for a little pomade and watch your hair's natural texture come to life.

Step 1

Wash hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. Gently towel dry.

Step 2

Work a nickel-size amount of mousse through the roots of your hair. Mousse adds natural-looking volume that won't detract from the texture at the ends of your hair. Apply a smoothing serum to the remainder of your locks.

Step 3

Brush your hair with a large paddle brush while blow-drying with the nozzle aimed down the hair shaft to straighten your hair. Continue until your hair is completely dry. A choppy texture looks more defined on hair that has a smooth finish.

Step 4

Work a dime-size amount of pomade between your fingertips to warm it up.

Step 5

Smooth the pomade through 1-inch-sections of hair, from just above your ears to the ends. This will separate your locks to create the choppy effect.

Step 6

Scrunch the ends of your hair with your fingertips to give the product hold.


  • Have your hairstylist cut layers into your hair while dry for a choppy effect.

  • Opt for a natural-bristle paddle brush if your hair is particularly coarse, as it will help to smooth strands with ease.

  • If your hair doesn't hold texture very well, try styling on second-day hair. Tresses that haven't been freshly washed have more hold and natural texture.