26 Popular Long Shag Haircut Ideas & Hairstyle to Try This Year

Welcome to your new favorite haircut! The charm and versatility of the SHAG is unparalleled. Epitomized brilliantly in the heyday of the 70’s by the likes of Joan Jett, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger and Jane Fonda. A bit controversial in appearance; the long shag is neither a mullet nor a long-layered ‘do. Its subtle complexity is aptly attributed to its rock-n-roll and revolution sensibility.

With both a ‘long & short’ appeal, this unisex style heralded equality, while it’s progressive, unkempt look also reflected a shift in political, cultural and social reform. The Shag’s disconnected profile offered a radical departure from the constraints of static geometric hair shapes.

The best expression presented by the refined silhouette of the Sassoon Bob. Women liberated from the wash-and-set lifestyle in the 60’s were now ushering in a new era of hair fashion. Despite their distinctions, these cuts share key elements contributing to style success. Each displays a special emphasis on essential factors: purpose, proportion, balance, structure, and execution. The Shag simply dramatized these factors resulting in a new expression of attitude. This set the stage for the hairdressing world to adapt traditional aspects and redefined sound structure through controlled chaos. Its impact continues to be undeniable.

Here are a few modern ways to translate the Shag.

Long Red Shag Haircut With Bang

Long shag haircut with red hair and bangsInstagram @hairstorystudio

Take your long hair to the next level with a vibrant red hue and shaggy layers for days.

Long Shag Haircut With Baby Bangs

Long shag haircut with baby bangsInstagram @edenfabbs

If the comeback shag isn’t quite risky enough for you, add a pair of super short razored bangs and a dark hue to amp up the edge factor.

Blunt Long Shag Haircut

Blunt long shag haircutInstagram @salsalhair

Blunt cut ends and handpainted hues make this shaggy haircut super feminine and oh so trendy.

Conservative Twist on the Modern Shag

Conservative Twist on the Modern Shag hairstyle Instagram @bam_balayage

Q&A with style creator, Beth Laffin
Designer @ YOU Salon in Ellicott City, MD

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a conservative twist on the modern shag. I love the texture and fringe of this look. It creates so much body and interest without compromising the length.

It also allows the wearer a chance to keep their hair looking spunky and stylish even when pulled back. The average pony has a bit more interest with the piecey framing around the face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut adds tons of movement to long hair and allows for a lot of versatility when styling. It is a great option for someone with wavy or straight hair and medium hair texture and density. It is also great for someone who wants a full bang without being fully committed because the length of the fringe allows it to be swept to the side.

The products used for this cut are fairly minimal because you want to keep the shape looking airy and textured, not overly weighed down. This style is great for balancing out a long face or camouflaging a large forehead, however, I think this look can work on almost any face shape by just altering where the fringe lives!

Modern Shag Meets Cowgirl

Modern Shag Meets Cowgirl hairstyle Instagram @melanie.s.stylist

Q&A with style creator, Melanie Stipdonk
Master Hairstylist @ Pomme Salon in Kelowna, BC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a modern shag meets cowgirl/Brigitte Bardot. She is FIRE!

What I love most about this razor cut are all the cute and sexy bits that are carved and personalized around her face. It gives her hair movement and flexibility. This hair will look great in an easy, swept-up messy bun with all the fringe left out.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Most of the layering is done around the face and crown, so it is really suitable for every hair type. Most hair types, even with very little natural curl, will find that because of the texture created with the razor, they will have movement and wave.

This look is very versatile and can be worn with natural, air-dried texture, or blown out with volume in the crown and curled with an iron. The best products to use for a natural air dry are a saltwater spray for gritty, bodifying texture and a curl cream through the ends. For blow drying and hot tools, use volumizers at the roots and heat protectors for the mid-lengths and ends.

Whether you spend two minutes or 20 minutes on this style, you are going to look FIERCE.

Modern Shag with Curtain Bangs

Modern Shag with Curtain Bangs hairstyleInstagram @nelsonstylist

Q&A with style creator, Nelson Aguiar
Master Hairstylist @ Brennen Demelo Studio in Toronto, ON


How would you describe this look?

I would consider this haircut to be a modern-day shag. Modern-day shags are less about cutting a ton of layers super short, and more about cutting enough of a visible layer and a textured layer. This makes the haircut move, take shape, and be easily manipulated. I usually add a curtain bang for a softer look as well.

I love how there is flow to this cut. Even the straightest of hair textures can be cut in a way that can create sway and wave.

For example, when water is poured onto a table the water doesn’t drip directly from the edge of the table. It hugs the edge of the table, curling around it before it drips. When longer hair is draped over shorter hair, the longer hair will bend around the shorter hair to create the start of a wave. This is vital to creating movement in a modern-day shag.

Creating this look is insanely satisfying because it allows the client to understand that with the right haircut, your hair can come to life!

Any advice for someone considering it?

With a modern-day shag, you can really manipulate how the layers and face-framing fringe sit around the face, making it easily suitable for many face shapes. Take your stylist’s advice with the length and amount of fringe. This important because they know how your hair lives and how they can cut it so that you have the most control.

Clients should understand that thinking of their hair feeling smooth and silky will not benefit this style. Having some grit to the hair helps hold the style, wave, and texture. Looks like this are easily achievable with Bumble and bumble Texture Cream, or a combination of Bumble and bumble Prep Spray with their Don’t Blow It cream. The sea salt spray works well also.

Once you have the product in your hair, take large sections of your hair, twist the section over and over, then slightly pull apart the section to create an easy wave. You can also take a large barrel curling iron and wrap a few pieces in different directions to create more texture.

Ultimately, this haircut can look great with very little maintenance, but can look amazing with a little more effort. This haircut is meant to be done with the hair’s natural falling place kept in mind. Cut hair where it lives and you’ll always love the result.

Modern Day Shag

Modern Day Shag hairstyleInstagram @_missmarilyn

Q&A with style creator, Marilyn Lizardo
Stylist @ Bomane Salon in Beverly Hills, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as the modern day shag. I love the way it frames the face. The technique in the layering gives it movement and body.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I always consider how my client does or doesn’t style their hair. The more effortless the style is, the better and easier it is for my client! When considering a fringe and face-framing layering, I look at my client’s facial features to see what should be enhanced and/or softened.

My go-to products for this style are a few spritzes of Davines Sea Salt Spray and some drops of Davines Oi Oil to give the hair some texture and definition on the ends!

Shag with Long Curtain Fringe

Q&A with style creator, Melanie Stipdonk
Master Hairstylist @ Pomme Salon in Kelowna, BC


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a modern shag with a long curtain fringe. My favorite thing about this cut is the movement it provides. This look is amazing dried naturally or with styling tools. The amount of time you put into styling is completely up to you and no matter what, it’s going to look great.

The layering provides an even distribution of weight and balance throughout the entire style. It also looks amazing thrown up into a quick high pony or bun while the fringe and delicate tendrils frame her face for a very casual and sexy finish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To enhance natural movement, use a soft styling aid such as a curl cream to give you polish and frizz control. Using a salt spray or beach wave product will give you a beachy casual, lived-in look. Alternatively, you can also use a thermal protecting serum and a volumizer at your roots for a blowout with a round brush and/or a 1 1/2-inch curling iron for a Brigitte Bardot-glamorous night out.

This look is so versatile and will suit any face shape to highlight an individual’s best features. The shape around the face is key. Oval faces can wear their fringe as long or as short as they want. Round, heart and square face shapes can utilize mid to longer face-framing layers to balance width, create cheekbones, and elongate the face. I believe this look is suitable for almost any hair type or lifestyle.

Modern Shag with Disconnected Fringe

Modern Shag with Disconnected Fringe hairstyleInstagram @cirruspaints

Q&A with style creator, Cirrus Blaafjell
Blonde & Corrective Color Specialist @ Salt Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

I call this the modern shag with a disconnected fringe. My favorite thing about it is how easy the cut grows out. It’s very seamless. It also brings attention to the cheekbones which opens up the face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is great for clients who want a more lived-in, low maintenance vibe. It can be worn styled with finger drying, or air dried with a few loose waves.

For styling, I love R+Co Death Valley or Badlands for texture after hair is dried. It’s also a great dry shampoo for longevity.

Beach Shag

Q&A with style creator, Leilani Hailey
Stylist & Make-up Artist @ Hair Theory Salon in Huntington Beach, CA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a beach shag. The thing I love most about it is how it’s effortlessly stylish.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look is stylish, yet undone. It’s perfect for the low maintenance girl on the go. It works on most hair types and can be styled (depending on your hair type) with just a little effort.

The products I recommend to style this look are Unite 7 Seconds Detangler and Oribe Featherbalm on damp hair. Rough dry the moisture from the hair and then round brush the fringe area. Spray the hair with Oribe Freestyler and curl with a Hot Tools Pro 1 1/4-inch curling iron. To finish, tousle the hair and spray with Oribe Dry Texture Spray.

Feminine Shag

Q&A with style creator, Martine Le Blanc
Hair and Make-up Artist @ Salon Republic West Hollywood in West Hollywood, CA


How would you describe this look?

The shag reigned supreme in the 70s, but this modern cut is much more feminine and versatile. The bob has definitely had its revival in the past year, and the new shag is a re-worked classic that is starting to show up everywhere. The layers are more blended than your mom’s shag cut, creating a softer look.

What I love about this new shag is that there’s something for everyone. An old-school shag traditionally hits between the collarbone and upper chest, but face shape and hair texture should really determine your most flattering length. No rules apply here. With this haircut, it’s really about working with the natural texture and shape of the hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The fringe can make or break this cut, so along with your stylist, find the right type of fringe that best suits your lifestyle and face shape.

If your hair is fine, ask your stylist to keep the layers closer to the mouth so that it won’t mimic a mullet in any way. Wavy textures showcase all these layers as well.

While it could seem intimidating to style this multi-layered cut at home, relax and really let your natural texture take form. You can style the roots with a mousse like Body.Builder by Kevin Murphy for volume, then round brush for a smooth finish. Use a texture spray like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray on the ends for separation and a lived-in look. Using a curling iron will also bring out the layers. For a more textured, beachy look, spray in Coconut Texture Spray from the Liquid Luxxe Island Collection. It is 98% natural and contains organic ingredients.

Have fun with this haircut. Experiment with texture and waves to bring out the inner beauty in you!

Fun Modern Shag

Fun Modern Shag hairstyleInstagram @jikaiahstylist

Q&A with style creator, Jikaiah Stevens
Hairstylist @ Edo Salon and Gallery in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

I describe this look as the modern shag. I love that it is full of texture and fun and adds so much style to long hair that can sometimes get boring.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

When creating this look in the salon, I used Davines Sea Salt Spray and Curl Building Serum. We are all about hand created textures and waves, as well as styles that air dry easily. The day of the round brush is coming to a end in my city!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The great thing about this style is that a version of this works on almost all hair types and textures and different face shapes. It is all about the little bangs and bits pieces that are hand carved out with a straight blade razor to hit the individual client’s cheekbones or desired highlighted features.

This look is also great for a busy gal on the go who wants a air dry style or one who can throw it up in a messy bun or pony, but make it look in style and on purpose. The bangs and fringe bits fall out to create a perfectly tousled, upstyled look.

Voluminous Long Shag Haircut

Voluminous Long Shag hairstyleInstagram @ladylotus_

Q&A with style creator, Trish Deleon
Owner/ Hairdresser @ White Lotus in Geneva, IL


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

Meet your new favorite haircut ever, The Shag! This one in particular is a long shag. This ever so voluminous shag is a favorite of mine due to its natural, lived-in shape and the movement it creates.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Style your shag with volumizers, powders and spray waxes or pomades to emphasize movement, volume and wearability. This model is blown out with with a layered cocktail of Bumble and bumble’s Tonic Lotion Primer, AllStyle Blowdry and Thickening Hairspray. She was finished with their Prê-à-powder from roots to ends for extra space in the hair and wearability and. To top it off, we added City Swept Finish from mids to ends for shine and separation.

Pro Tip: Always layer your matte and shine products for balance!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this haircut to those with natural texture or bend in their hair. If you love a low maintenance and beautiful look, this cut is a dream come true!

Long Modern Shag

Long Modern Shag hairstyleInstagram @lisahair212

Q&A with style creator, Lisa Caccavale
Hairstylist / Make-up Artist @ JC Salon in New York, NY


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a modern, long and classic shag. The soft, face-framing layers and textured ends create a beautiful shape for this look.

I love that it is so versatile. It can be edgy with a waxy product, blown out with a large round brush for a more polished finish, or simply air dried for effortless texture.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

My client has wavy, thick, virgin hair. I just used Loreal Mythic Oil from root to ends and blow dried with a large Ibiza brush. The Ibiza brush is one of my favorites! It is lightweight and the mix of boar bristles and nylon give it the perfect amount of movement and smoothness. The Mythic Oil is also lightweight and coats the hair perfectly without being too heavy or flat. We finished with Oribe’s texture spray. Gorgeous!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this for a client with medium to thick hair. It has just the right amount of layers and softness to complement all face shapes. I feel like this is a timeless cut and can be worn by all ages and fits many lifestyles. Gym, glamour, grit? Go!

Lived-In Layers

Lived-In Layers hairstyleInstagram @superbasic.hair

Q&A with style creator, Debra Parkinson
Hairstylist @ Deborah Parkinson Hair Studio in San Jose, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This cut is called lived-in layers, the look that Anh Co Tran originally mastered and coined. This cut is so great because it gives maximum movement to hair without creating frizz from overlayering on textured hair, as well as gives extra body and movement to limp hair.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

Product recommendations include a smoothing cream for textured hair while using the large bristle Ibiza brush. Use a mousse at the root for fine or limp hair, as well as roundbrush with natural bristle large Ibiza brush.

Round brush until dry, then curl with a 1 1/2-inch barrel curling iron, making sure to leave the last four inches of ends out. Next, mist root with Loreal Techni-Art Beach Waves Spray and finish with a dab of Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel styling cream on the ends to finish the look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut/style works well for so many people because of the movement and versatility. This look can be worn up, down, braided or in ponytail. It is great for work days when there’s little extra time for the 45 minute hair routine in the morning, or nights out on the town when you want a soft, textured styled hair that looks effortless and on trend.

This look is great for any face shape and can be worn with or without a bang. This is the quintessential cut for anyone who’s not ready to lose their long locks yet.

Timeless Shag

Timeless Shag hairstyleInstagram @alissasmithhair

Q&A with style creator, Alissa Tietgen Smith
Hairstylist @ MèCHE Salon in Beverly Hills, CA


How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?

This is a modern long shag and my favorite thing about it is that is looks almost timeless in a sense. None of the layers lend to a girl looking like she’s trying to mimic 1972.

What products do you recommend to maintain and recreate this look?

A texture spray or paste on towel dried hair works best. Either let the hair air dry or blast it upside down with dryer, squishing hair in your hands as you dry.

Use some dry shampoo in the “bangs” on dirty hair days. I love Davines Volu Spray spritzed all over for some grip on damp hair. I also love the Davines Invisible Serum on wet or dry hair.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut could ideally work on anyone, depending how straight or curly your hair is. Wavy to straight(ish) would be ideal because it would require the least amount of styling. Wrapping hair around a 1-inch iron, leaving an inch of hair out of the iron after hair is dried would achieve this look.

If curly, one would have to round brush the hair prior to wrapping it around an iron. This cut can work on any face shape, I would just modify the length of the bang area depending on how round or long the client’s face is.

1. Red Rock West

This mod-rock shag merges the best aspects of these styles. With a strong, heavy fringe juxtaposed by disconnected layers; this cut is spot on!

Red Shag Haircut with Bangs

Red Shag Haircut with Bangs and Blonde Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for square or round faces and works best on medium to thick, coarse hair.

Tip:

Use a light spray wax to enhance the separation of layers.

2. Blondie Love

Shattered layers offer versatility to thick yet fine-haired blondes.  Promoting movement within a defined shape that easily collapses to create a modern, sleek look.

Blonde Casual Layered Shag Cut

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for long, diamond or square-shaped faces and works best on medium to thick, fine hair.

Tip:

Use a sea-salt texturizing spray to promote movement in fine hair.

3. Shake It Honey

This wavy look is the epitome of modern cool.  This style can be worn a variety of ways for a look that never goes out of fashion.

Long Brown Shag Cut With Curls and Bangs

Long Brown Shag Style with Long Bangs and Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for oval, diamond or heart-shaped faces and is perfect for mildly-textured medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Use a light, volumizing mousse for an added body boost.

4. Cherry Bomb

Berry ringlets and short baby bangs accent longer layers. Cute and edgy meet for a rockin’ look with feminine charm

Black Shag Cut with Red Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for heart, diamond or oval-shaped faces and is best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Use a curl-enhancing cream or gel to keep layers controlled and defined

5. Strawberry Fields

Thick locks get the rock star treatment with perfectly proportioned layers that enhance movement while controlling volume. A great style alternative to simply ‘thinning out’ dense hair.

Long Brunette Shag Cut

Long Brunette Shag Cut with Light Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for diamond, square or long-shaped faces and is best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Add soft waves for a relaxed style that won’t fall flat.

6. Shag-a-delic Sandy

Subtle, disconnected layering creates great volume and multi-dimensional harmony. This style enhances natural waves by releasing weight in all the right places.

Brunette Shag with Smooth Bangs and Blonde Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for heart, diamond or round-shaped faces and is best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Creative coloring plays up this carefree cut.

7. Glam Gal

A side-swept fringe and pretty curls easily take your look from the office to a night out on the town. Wear it sleek with a full fringe for a stronger effect.

Long Brunette Highlighted Shag with Highlights

Long Brunette Highlighted Shag with Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for round, diamond or heart-shaped faces and works well on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Use a large barrel curling iron to create soft, voluminous curls.

8. Easy, Breezy Babe

A center-part and long feathered layers create an easy style for the no-nonsense rocker at-heart. Add volume to the crown layers with a bit of backcombing.

Long Blonde Shag Cut

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for diamond or heart-shaped faces and works best on medium to fine hair.

Tip:

Use a straightening iron to create a feathered-effect on the face-framing layers.

9. Red Revolution

Soft, piecey layers delicately frame the face for a elegant take on this look. Perfect for those who prefer a classic style.

Long Smooth Brunette Shag Cut

Long Brunette Smooth Shag Cut with Highlights

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for long, round or heart-shaped faces and works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Use a large round brush when blow-drying and set with a light hairspray.

10. Rock-It Queen

This black-laquered babe rocks full-on fringe with shattered, face-framing layers in a mid-length style that’s sleek and sexy.  This chic look displays a powerful, cool attitude that graciously commands attention.

Smooth Black Shag Cut

Smooth Black Shag Cut with Long Bangs

Best Face Shape & Hair Type:

This cut is ideal for long, round or diamond-shaped faces and works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Use a straightening iron and a shine spray for a polished finish.

It’s easy to see why the Shag haircut is unique. With superb versatility that’s apparent and perfectly suited for a variety of hair types and textures. This cut offers a great option when transitioning from a short cut to a long hairstyle.

It’s a fantastic mid-length style for fine hair and if you have trouble growing your hair long. Wear it big and crazy or simply sleek and join the hair revolution!