15 Stylish Shag Haircuts for All Hair Lengths


15 Stylish Shag Haircuts for All Hair Lengths

Lovers of ’70s style, rejoice! The shag haircut is officially back. Best of all, the versatile cut suits a wide variety of hair types – from straight and fine to thick and curly – as well as in different lengths. If you’re tired of your standard blunt cut or simple soft layers, a shag is one of the easiest ways to transform your look, and its edgy attitude is practically guaranteed to get you noticed.


What is a Shag Haircut?

The shag is one of the most iconic haircuts out there. Invented in the 1970s by barber Paul McGregor for Hollywood A-lister Jane Fonda, it has become synonymous with that rock’n’roll decade due to its edgy, artistic, and deliberately messy look. While there are many different variations on the shag, they all feature the same layered finish. Today’s modern shag haircut is all about choppy texture and an effortless cool-girl vibe.

How to style a shag haircut?

If your hair is naturally curly or wavy, you can use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment and either your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to dry the hair and keep your natural wave pattern in the finished style. For extra fullness, bend over at the waist and dry the hair from the underside. This will give you maximum lift and fullness in the natural wave pattern.

What is a modern shag haircut?

A modern shag haircut is a wearable update from the original ’70s version – think less glam rock, and more Paris chic. While it retains the classic cut’s choppy layers and fullness at the crown, the overall effect is softer and more feminine, rather than edgy and androgynous. The layers are often cut with a razor and positioned to flatter your face’s natural shape. While it keeps shag cut’s iconic messy texture, it has a more put-together and sophisticated yet carefree feel. 

How do you ask for a shag haircut?

When you visit a salon to get a shag haircut, ask your stylist for a heavily layered, choppy cut with plenty of movement. You should also request volume at the crown, sliced ends, and soft bangs, with a ‘lived in’ or textured finish. It’s important to take into account the natural texture, curl pattern, and thickness of your hair, as well as your face shape, when trying a shag cut for the first time. Ask your stylist for their advice on where the layers should end, how thick your bangs should be, and where they should fall. And as always, if in doubt, bring a photo!

How do you style a short shag haircut?

Also known as a shaggy bob, a short shag haircut is on-trend right now – and luckily, it couldn’t be easier to style. Ensure there is plenty of volume by applying a small amount of mousse to the crown of your head, focusing on the roots. Then, allow your hair to air dry or loosely blowdry it on a cool setting using a diffuser. The final result will be a messy, textured hairstyle that shows off your hair’s natural movement. 

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