Complete your haircut before adding choppy layers. The chops are placed throughout your head, but you need to define the baseline and get your hair cut to the length you want before adding texture.
Leave the length in your haircut as you move up slowly to create shorter layers. With long locks, you can create as many different lengths as you want. Pick up layers above your basic bottom length and cut them shorter. While you don’t need to cut each layer the same length, try to space layers out evenly.
Grab a section of your hair that fits between two fingers and pull it out straight from your head. Leave about an inch or two sticking out so that you can cut into the ends.
Point the scissors towards your head and snip into the section you're holding out. It's called point cutting, and you can do it with patches all around your edges as well as throughout the layers you've created on the top and sides of your head.
Cut the hair around your neckline short enough so that when your long locks hang down your back, the shorter strands around your neck can swoop forward. A long-choppy haircut is ideal for creating those shorter strands on the sides that work so well when you wear your long hair pinned up. You then have strands short enough to create sexy tendrils.
Do some point cutting on your bangs if you wear a choppy look on the rest of your head. Simply comb your bangs straight down over your forehead and cut little points into the ends, careful not to poke the scissors in your eyes. Move the scissors at different angles as you snip your bangs. Tilt them by slightly angling your wrist right and left as you move from one side of your face to the other.
When you chop into your hair on the top, be careful not to cut the hair too short unless you're going for the spiked look.