A shag haircut is a style that incorporates a lot of layers into your hair, particularly feathered through the crown and framing the face. This choppy, mussy, fuss-free style echoes of the good ol’ 70s and rock n’ roll.
The shag haircut has seen a reprisal in recent times, with the layers playing around longer lengths, different textures, and shapes. There is a perfect shag haircut out there for you too.
So, if you’re looking to be inspired for your next haircut, let it be a shag hairstyle and let us shine a light on a few looks that have recently caught our eye.
30 Best Shag Haircuts for Long, Short, or Medium Length Hair
Here is our list of the top 30 shag haircuts:
1. Loosely Curled Shag Hairstyle:
Colored with a beautiful blonde balayage, a voluminous shag hairstyle is an ultimate goal for one who wants to look effortlessly perfect!
2. Easy Shaggy Hairstyle for a Round Face:
Chloe Grace Moretz is living proof that a shaggy hairstyle for a round face is a picture-perfect possibility! The face-framing layers hug the contours of the face and with a little bit of makeup, the overall effect is simple yet stunning!
3. Simple yet Modern Shag Cut:
The modern shag cut is designed to be a wash n’ go look. You need only fit your hair dryer with a diffuser and gently dry your hair while crimping the ends with your hairs. The resulting texture shows off the choppy ends and creates movement in the look.
4. Medium Shag Haircut on Dirty Blonde Hair:
This messy, medium shag haircut looks wonderfully lived-in. From the wispy bangs to the long, choppy layers, the overall effect is a textural dream!
5. Fiery Red Long Shag Haircut with Blunt Bangs:
How gorgeous is this wonderful tumble of bright red hair! This long shag haircut incorporates long and short layers that don’t let the hair look heavy or dense. Rather, it looks light and ready for the runway. This style can be achieved by simply tying the hair into a bun and going to sleep with it.
6. Feathery Modern Shag Cut with Side Swept Bangs:
A simple modern shag cut calls for gently textured layers. When styled with a side part and side-swept bangs, it creates a soft and romantic look that is perfect for summertime date nights.
7. Perky Shaggy Bob Haircut for Wavy Hair:
Calling all you lovely ladies with naturally wavy hair. If you’re looking to go short, we urge you to try out this shaggy bob haircut! This shag haircut has been parted to the side and styled to accentuate the hair’s natural structure. The result is a fuss-free look that’s ready to go in minutes!
8. Runway Ready Medium Shag Haircut:
If you want to look like there is always a breeze blowing back your hair, look no further than this medium shag haircut. The layers have been styled with a large barrel curling iron, curling away from the face to open up the look. Oh, and it also gives it a wonderful volume. Now, who doesn’t love that!
9. Mussy Shag Hairstyle with Lowlights:
Beautiful Brunettes! You need this shag hairstyle in your life! Call your stylist and ask them to give you a shag haircut and then pepper in some face-framing lowlights to add depth and dimension to your look. You can either style as usual or just wash and go!
10. Red Carpet Ready Shaggy Hairstyle for a Round Face:
Chrissy Teigen always looks flawless and this is no exception – she wears a shaggy hairstyle for a round face with a gentle side part and the hair flipped over to softly caress the face. The large curls add volume and movement, showing off her subtle highlights. This look can be worn from the red carpet to the club!
11. Shay Mitchell’s Tousled Long Shag Haircut:
Slay, Shay! This long shag haircut has been styled with a large barrel curling iron, leaving the ends straight for a piece-y, tousled look. Part down the middling, you can wear this from morning to night without it looking out of place.
12. Diana Agron’s Choppy, Short Shaggy Haircut:
A short shaggy haircut is perfect for hot months and hot events! Diana is red carpet ready with this short shaggy haircut. It has been styled with a little pomade to accentuate the choppy layers and the shadow roots add depth to her whole look.
13. A Modern Shag Cut for Fine Hair:
Fine hair is the first to fall flat. But if you change up your look with a modern shag cut, fine hair takes on a new life! These lovely russet locks have been simple finger dried for volume and pushed into place to frame the face.
14. Angular Shaggy Bob Haircut with a Side Part:
We already know that a shag haircut is choppy and textured. However, when cut in an angular fashion, a shaggy bob haircut is elevated to its full and piece-y glory! The side part shows off the layers throughout the crown and they frame the face beautifully!
15. Wispy and Short Shaggy Haircut:
This short shaggy haircut has the most wonderfully textured bangs! Brought to life with highlights and lowlights, even though the hair is short, it still has so much movement! And as a bonus, you can wear all your stud earrings and never fear of hiding them under your hair.
16. Shag Hairstyle with Rose Gold Balayage:
You can have a shag haircut, which looks amazing… but then you can also step up your game and change up your shag hairstyle with rose gold balayage! With face-framing highlights and deep shadow roots, this look is ready for any occasion!
17. Lovely Long Shag Haircut:
The beauty of a long shag haircut is you get to have your layers and your volume without sacrificing your length! It’s a win-win-win! Styled with a large barrel curler, this look can easily be achieved at home. Just be sure to flip your hair around a little before stepping out!
18. Fresh yet Modern Shag Cut with Lowlights:
If you have thin hair, a great way to amp it up is with a modern shag cut. This look has incorporated a pile of layers with beautiful and natural-looking lowlights that create wonderful depth and dimension. This look is perfect for professional meetings and girl’s night!
19. Shaggy Hairstyle for a Round Face with a Blush Pink Balayage:
A shag haircut is so much fun! And a shaggy hairstyle for a round face is no exception! The face-framing layers draw the eye to the center of the face, accentuating the cheekbones and lips. This look has been created with large curls that have been painted through with balayage style blush pink highlights. The effect is ethereal.
20. Simple Medium Shag Haircut for Straight Hair:
This gentle, windblown look starts with a medium shag haircut. Straight hair is given beachy waves to create movement, while depth is added by peppering the hair with ash blonde highlights. This shag haircut is ready for the red carpet and the afterparty!
21. Bright Red Long Shag Haircut for Fine Hair:
Did you know that fine hair is one of the best textures for a shag haircut? Air moves easily through the hair stands to separate the hair layers and maintain the volume, since the hair isn’t weighing it down. The color shift has been celebrated with this long shag haircut as you can see the transition from dark to light between the layers.
22. Shag Haircut for Naturally Curly Hair:
Natural curls make for a wonderful base for a shag haircut. Usually, a shag haircut would involve some measure of styling, involving heat and hair products. For naturally curly hair, it is just a matter of taming the curls and voila! Your shag haircut is ready to take on the town!
23. Simple Style for a Long Shag Haircut:
A long shag haircut is one of the easiest styles to maintain! I mean, just let the length do the work for you! Twist up the length into a loose bun overnight. In the morning, wake up, shake it out, style the top and you’re good to go. Oh, bonus points if you have this amazing cotton candy hair color.
24. Messy, Modern Shag Cut:
The allure behind a modern shag cut is its androgyny. It’s messy, its mussed up, it’s tousled – its all about being unstyled, yet styled. This modern shag cut would require a little bit of texture powder at the roots and that’s it! You’re runway ready.
25. Effortless Shaggy Bob Haircut with a Side Part:
This shaggy bob haircut is an evergreen style that can be worn at any age. Paris Jackson has it simply styled with a side part and a little bit of mousse to add volume to the roots. This shag haircut can be worn for any occasion at any time!
26. Tousled Shag Hairstyle for Thick Hair:
Thick hair is a blessing and thick hair is wonderful for a shag hairstyle! All you need is a barrel curling iron to curl the hair in opposing directions that show off the many layers in this textured shag hairstyle. It is suitable for medium to long lengths.
27. Cute Modern Shag Cut on Curly Hair:
A modern shag cut can be worn so easily and effortlessly on naturally curly hair! It’s quite literally a wash and go deal! Paired with curly bangs, the overall result of this shag haircut is fashion-forward and oh so cute!
28. Rose Gold Shaggy Hairstyle for a Round Face:
Truly, a shaggy hairstyle for a round face can be worn so easily! With a simple side part and a little bit of texture powder at the roots to hold the volume, this look is locked and ready to go. Coloring the hair a dainty rose gold adds dimension to the natural dirty blonde undertone.
29. Short Shaggy Haircut to Grow Out A Pixie Cut:
This short shaggy style emulates an overgrown pixie haircut. While the word ‘overgrown’ sounds odd the style is anything but odd! It’s hot, it’s fresh, it’s fashionable and it’s perfect for anyone to looking change their existing pixie style.
30. Long Shag Haircut with Face-Framing Layers:
This is proof that not all shag haircuts need to be styled with curls. This long hair haircut has been styled straight with lots of volume at the crown and the face-framing layers have been left to caress the contours of the facial bones. The resulting style is alluring and perfect for date night!
The shag haircut has made a modern comeback and we are living for it! The style is tousled, lived in and embodies the phrase “I woke up like this”. A shag haircut is perfect for her who wants her layers and her volume without the fuss of a perfect style.
This list is just the starting point for anyone who wants to give a shag haircut a try. There is a style for all lengths and textures. So, if you feel the winds of change blowing in the direction of a shag haircut, lean in sister!