Choppy & Long Hairstyles for Women

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Choppy & Long Hairstyles for Women
Choppy styles aren't just for short hair anymore. (mannequin with "joan of arc" hair style image by Tamara Kulikova from

If you have long hair and like the look of the choppy hairstyles, but you feel those 'dos won't do for you, think again. While choppy hairstyles are mostly associated with shorter hair, several spike-type cuts are catered to the woman with longer hair. Don't hesitate to go choppy. With some hair care for your longer locks, you can sport the trendy look with confidence.


Messy doesn't mean roll out of bed and head out the door with a tumble weed stuck on your head. The messy chopped look is a trend that is definitely coiffed and put together. The good news is that it's quite simple to do but takes a little extra time with longer hair. This messy chopped 'do resembles its shorter counterpart. The only difference is length. To get this trendy look, wash and towel dry hair. Use a hair wax (or mousse) to work through the damp hair. With a large, round brush, dry the hair in sections but pull the sections in different directions. Flip sections up, down and sideways. Do the same with your fringe, if you have them. Once hair is completely dry, work in a small amount of wax --- approximately the size of a dime. Mist with hairspray and you're ready to debut your trendy, wild look.

Long and Smooth

To give your hair the long and smooth choppy appearance, many salons opt to use a razor for a blunt, jagged cut. This type of cut allows you to keep your length but adds volume to your hair with the different layers. To maintain the hairstyle, wash and towel dry hair. Use a dime-size amount of hair wax and work it into the hair. With a large round brush, comb through the hair as you blow-dry. For extra volume to your choppy cut, curl the edges upward with the round brush. Start at the crown and work your way down. After hair is completely dry, place tiny dollops of wax between your fingers and work your fingers through your hair, beginning at the crown. Mist with some holding spray and then you're ready to go.

The Shag

This drastic 'do is for the daring woman --- or even man. For a mental image of this punky look, picture a short choppy hairstyle on the top. The difference would be the length on the bottom, which can either be worn straight or layered. Create the choppy shag by having your hair cut short at the top, but leave the length. Wash and towel dry the hair. Use a dime-size amount of hair wax and work through the top half of the hair. Use a large, round brush to dry the hair in sections, pulling each section in different directions. If bottom half is in layers, dry using the same method.

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