Is There Any Way You Can Make Hair Look Choppy?

Lisa Rinna's choppy layers are working for her.

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A head full of layers sets the stage for a superbly sexy, choppy style. Layers can be sleek or roughed up, depending on your mood and the occasion. When you’re going for a messy, undone look, you can make your mane look choppy with just the right products and styling techniques.

Layers

Any length can look choppy if you add layers to it. Layers immediately lighten your hair, regardless of the length. Even long hair can develop the choppy look when you create a variety of layers that flow over your entire head. Add bangs to the style, too, for instant face-framers that can be messy and choppy.

Point Cutting

An effective way of making layers even choppier is “point cutting.” This method involves your stylist cutting little chips or notches out of your layers right along the edges. The result is layers that are even more ragged and uneven. Try chipping or point cutting along your bangs and all over your head for a fiercely frazzled do that can’t help but look choppy.

Products

Slather on the texturizing styling products to give your hair the necessary oomph and energy it needs for choppy layers. Work a light wax or pomade through your hair from roots to tips. Both air-drying and blow-drying are options for choppy layers, depending on how much time you have. If you air-dry, keep scrunching gently while the tresses dry. If you blow-dry, use a diffuser to add some body and dimension without smoothing your hair too much.

Styling

Add a few random curls here and there to add volume. Another option is to take the flat iron to your strands and smooth them out just a tad. Create fun height at the crown by backcombing your tresses just a smidgen. After teasing your hair into a little volume, arrange the layers in a haphazard fashion with your fingers and spritz on the finishing spray.

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