Is There Any Way You Can Make Hair Look Choppy?

Julianne Hough shows off a choppy style that's both edgy and polished.
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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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.