35 Seriously Chic Medium Shag Hairstyles & Haircuts for Women

Don’t let the name fool you! The shag haircut continues to be the most versatile of all haircuts. Whatever your texture may be, the shag offers possibilities that are right for you.

Got fine hair? The extra layering in the crown livens up thin, fine hair in a flash. Thicker-haired gals get instant control with a defined styled. Here’s a collection of chic medium shag hairstyles to help you find the one that’s right for you.

Mid-Length Modern Shag

Mid-Length Modern Shag hairstyle Instagram @cosmic_nikki

Q&A with style creator, Nikki Williams
Level 2 Stylist / Makeup Artist @ Soda Salon in Roswell, GA

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

I would describe this look as a medium length modern shag with texture and a heavy, face framing fringe. The face framing is my favorite!

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

Use Eufora’s Full Effect texture spray for body and Eufora’s Sea Spritz for a piecey finish.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for someone who is willing to take the time to fix their bangs. Other than that, it’s an easy breezy look! All you have to do is a few wraps around a curling wand/iron and add a spritz of texture spray you’re ready to go.

This look can work for fine or thick hair types as long as your stylist can take the weight out on the ends or add volume around the crown where it’s needed. It works well with oblong or heart shaped faces by bringing focus to the cheekbones.

Sexy Shag

Sexy Shag hairstyle Instagram @rhyantownsend

Q&A with style creator, Rhyan Townsend
Hair and Makeup Artist @ Rhyan Townsend Hair & Makeup in Arroyo Grande, CA


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

I would describe this look as effortless, stylish and sexy. I love that this cut retains the volume of the hair, but still has a piecey edginess to it. It feels a bit rebellious, but in a pretty way.

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

I used all IGK products to create this look. I just recently started using this label and am loving everything about it! I started by cleansing the hair with 30,000 Feet Volume Shampoo + Conditioner. Before the blow dry, I applied a quarter-sized amount of IGK’s Car Service Blow Out Balm for memory and volume at the crown. This product has a great workability and doesn’t make the hair feel stiff or over textured.

I blow dried the hair with a flat brush, except in the crown area where I used a large round brush to pump up the volume and add some bounce. I then curled the hair with a 1 1/4-inch curling iron, starting one inch from the roots and leaving out the last inch of ends. The hair from the ear forward was curled away from the face and the rest of the hair was curled in alternating directions. Adding texture and curl to this look is imperative because it keeps it looking modern and not too 70s shag-like.

Once all the hair was curled, I used my fingers to separate the curls and sprayed a few pieces with IGK’s Beach Club Texture Spray for a lived-in, rockstar feel.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The layering in this cut adds a softness that works well on all face shapes. The length of the cut shown here is great for a round or oval face shape. For someone with a longer face shape, I would suggest making the cut a bit shorter.

The great thing about this shaggy look is that it’s meant to look undone and effortless, therefore it’s perfect for ladies with wavy/curly hair if they want to air dry and go, or the straight-haired gal that doesn’t mind rough drying and adding a little bend and texture with a curling iron.

Layering the hair does remove weight, so I would not recommend this cut for someone with fine hair.

Modern-Chic Shag

Modern-Chic Shag hairstyle Instagram @hairbyalexiaxo

Q&A with style creator, Alexia Duryea
Stylist @ Michael Thomas Hair Design in Naples, FL


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

I would describe this look as a modern-chic shag. This hairstyle is full of textured long layers that add volume and movement, while the ends of the hair are point cut to appear more choppy and not too uniform.

My favorite thing about this look is that it always starts trending around fall (my favorite time of year). You can dress this look up or down by adding a blunt short fringe or a long textured fringe.

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

To recreate this look, start by using Redken’s Beach Envy Volume Texturizing shampoo and conditioner. Apply Pureology’s Color Fanatic to the hair while damp to detangle and protect from heat.

Style the fringe first as desired, then blow dry the hair using a large round brush for maximum volume in the crown area. Lightly mist Redken’s Fashion Waves on the hair once it’s blow dried to help create texture while styling. Use a 1 1/2-inch curling iron to add waves in the hair, alternating directions in each section and leaving the ends of the hair out.

Once the hair is all curled, run your fingers through the waves to create a messy bedhead look. Remember this is supposed to look effortless and undone! Finish the style using Redken’s Fashion Work #12 hairspray for a light hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for any lifestyle on the go! The perfect candidate for this hairstyle is someone with a square, heart or a round face shape. It’s best if you have wavy or straight, coarse to fine hair. Adding long, soft, blunt bangs would look best on someone who has an oval face shape.

Hot tip: Someone who has a lot of dimensional colors in their hair would absolutely love this texturized layering. This gives everyone their own unique look!

Shaggy Rooted Blonde

Shaggy Rooted Blonde hairstyle Instagram @caleighmoriahhair

Q&A with style creator, Caleigh Giarra
Hairstylist/Balayage Specialist @ Haven Hair Co. in Nashville, TN


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

I would describe this look as a shaggy rooted blonde. I love to keep some depth in a bright blonde, so doing a little shadow root is a go-to for me.

My favorite thing about this look would have to be the bangs. They perfectly tie together this edgy shag.

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

I recommend a texture spray, and/or a matte pomade. The products in particular that I used to style this look were Kevin Murphy’s Bedroom.Hair texture spray and Nightrider pomade.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for anyone that likes to have a little fun with their hair or likes an edgier look. I would also recommend this style for someone with medium to thick hair, as it wouldn’t create an issue to take heavy sections for bangs/shorter layers.

As far as the color goes, as long as you’re able to embrace some darker roots, I truly think that warm blonde tones look fantastic with any skin tone.

Face Framing Shag

Face Framing Shag hairstyle Instagram @bekahdoesmyhair

Q&A with style creator, Rebekah Cunningham
Hairstylist @ The Sanctuary Salon in Fairhope, AL


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

The shag is the chameleon of cuts, transitioning from work to play seamlessly while also being universally flattering. This low maintenance haircut always looks good.

The shag is designed to show off natural hair texture. It exudes effortless style and edge with its face-framing fringe and free falling layers. It is made for those who seek a low effort, high style look.

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

The shag is defined by its strong perimeter and free movement layers. This cut will come across as put together in the way a great manicure does. For those with straight hair, this is a great option. With volume and texture defining products, your hair will finally feel like it has some personality and doesn’t have to just hang there anymore!

I really love R+Co hair care at the moment. Use Mannequin paste for the mid-lengths in towel dried hair for texture. Badlands dry shampoo is a fantastic finisher, creating big lift at the roots while combating dull, flat and dirty hair.

Those with curls unite! This cut was made to let those bouncy curls dance. By releasing weight in the layers, an opportunity is created for your curls to show off. No more flat roots with heavy curls only at the ends. Use R+Co Twister curl primer in combination with Free Way if you have fine hair texture. If you have coarse hair, layer Twister with High Dive and Air Craft pomade followed by a diffuser for extra lift and volume. You can also air dry for a less dramatic, relaxed feel.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is a great choice for most hair types. The shag releases weight from the interior with layers creating movement and volume while building weight around the face and creating a “frame”. Having this frame around face creates the opportunity to tailor this cut to each individual face shape.

This cut on a square shaped face would call for the face-framing fringe at natural fall to soften the square edges of the jawline. A round face would benefit from leaving the length long, thus elongating the face. A diamond shape beckons for an extra wide bang that will create width at the top, giving the illusion of an oval shape. For a small forehead, begin with layers starting at the tip of the nose and wing back the layers to open up your facial features. I love this cut so much for its versatility, low effort, and high style reward.

#1 Face Contouring Shag

Written by Shannel Mariano

This shag haircut has really short layers throughout that are shorter in front and not as short in the back. The really short face framing layers in the front give the haircut an illusion of even shorter layers that open up the face horizontally and make it appear wider.

The chic horizontal fringe extends past the eyebrows to open the face up even more. Having the fringe covering the forehead also covers up part of the face, making it appear shorter and wider.

face-contouring-shag-haircutStyle by Susanne Dellge, Makeup by Betty Mekonen, Goertz Hair, Braunschweig, Germany

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for shine.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Micromist Spray gives the hair weightless shine and controls frizz.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Long face shapes with hair that is thick in density and medium to coarse in texture will suit this hairstyle best.

#2 Long Shag With Highlights

Written by Shannel Mariano

Since this trendy shag has longer layers, it will have texture and movement without losing too much volume from the hair.

shag-haircut-with-long-layersStyle by Shantell Nunez, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a large round brush.
  3. Smooth the hair away from the face using a flat iron.
  4. Set the style with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Alterna’s Bamboo Anti-Breakage Thermal Protectant Spray smooths, repairs and protects hair from heat styling tools up to 428 F.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#3 Layered Down Shag

Written by Shannel Mariano

This shag haircut is layered from top to bottom. This type of layering removes weight not just on the surface of the hair, but also on the ends. This is why the model’s ends have a light, piecey textured look.

shag-haircut-with-layers-and-textureStyle by Alyssa Shatek, Makeup by Abi Kolosik, Blaze Salon, Cedar Rapids, IA

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair with a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for texture.
  5. Set the style with a flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray gives the hair texture and fullness that is both brushable and buildable.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

With the fringe, this haircut works best for wider face shapes with hair that is high in density and medium to coarse in texture. Without the fringe, it will work on any face shape.

#4 Modern Shag

Written by Shannel Mariano

These layers in this cut and even its perimeter are a lot shorter in the front compared the the back. The cut even has some disconnected shorter layers at the temple on one side. This modern shag hairstyle is worn with a very deep side part, giving it a trendy asymmetric look.

modern-shag-haircut-with-disconnected-layersStyle by Robin Cook, Makeup by Candice Holloway, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair and add some texture by adding some bend to the hair using a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for texture.
  5. Set with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Caviar Perfect Texture Spray gives the hair texture and fullness that is both brushable and buildable.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Longer face shapes with hair that is medium in texture and density will suit this hairstyle best.

#5 Wild Shaggy Hair

Written by Shannel Mariano

This shag has a lot of disconnected layers and is layered all the way down to the ends. This gives the hair a lot of texture and movement and removes a lot of its weight/density. Volume could be styled into it, but if worn wash-and-wear style, the hair will skinny, which is perfect for people with so much hair.

shag-haircut-with-disconnected-layersStyle by Kaylen O’Brien, Makeup by Candice Holloway, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Apply a styling product to damp hair.
  2. Blow dry the hair with a styling brush.
  3. Smooth the hair and add some texture by adding some bend to the hair using a flat iron.
  4. Apply a product for texture and volume.
  5. Set with a flexible hold spray.

Recommended Products:

Bamboo Uplifting Hair spray gives hair volume at the roots when sprayed on dry hair. Caviar Perfect Texture Spray gives the hair texture and fullness that is both brushable and buildable.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

All face shapes with hair that is high in density and medium to coarse in texture will suit this hairstyle best.

#6 Medium Feathered Hairstyle

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This softly layered medium shag cut is light as a feather.

 How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes.
  2. Smooth hair lightly with a flat iron.
  3. Rake fingers through hair to create light separation.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

Tip:

Use a light pomade for piecey finish.

#7 Lavender Lights Shag

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Take your shaggy look to the next level with pastel underlights.

Medium Shag Haircut with Pastel UnderlightsStyle by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes. Be sure to dry and style the ends so they stay straight.
  2. For a longer lasting set, use a flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Rake fingers through the ends to create light separation.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Tip:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

#8 Cropped Shaggy Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This is a creative and fun shag-inspired look for thick hair.

Medium Shag Hairstyle for Thick HairStyle by Robin Cook, Makeup by Betty Mekonnen, Tangles Salon, Wichita Falls, TX

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume in the crown area. Keep the fringe and side areas smooth.
  2. Backcomb the back crown area for extra height.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Hair Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for extra texture and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, heart or round shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Use a straightening iron to lock in that smooth texture.

#9 Long Shag With Layers

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Short, shaggy layering is great for longer hair that wants to have more fun.

Long Shag with Short LayeringStyle by Sandra Carr, Makeup by Kristian Bailey, Sheer Professionals, Wooster, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume in the crown area.
  2. Use a curling iron or wand for extra texture.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic WIINDSWEPT DEFINING WHIP for bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, heart or round shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Rake fingers through hair for a messy, bedhead finish.

#10 Apricot Hairdo

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Enhance those shaggy layers with sweet apricot-inspired lowlights.

Medium Shag Haircut with Apricot LowlightsStyle by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA
Medium Shag Haircut with Apricot Lowlights SIdeStyle by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume in the crown area.
  2. Create soft waves with a large curling wand.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic WIINDSWEPT DEFINING WHIP for bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, heart or round shaped faces
. This style works best on thick hair.

Tip:

Backcomb the interior to boost fine hair.

#11 Rocker Chic Shag

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This medium-length shag haircut is all rock-n-roll, all the time!

Rocker Chic Medium Shag HairstylesStyle by Keely Martinez
Rocker Chic Medium Shag Hairstyles Side ViewStyle by Keely Martinez

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes. Be sure to dry and style the ends so they tuck under and not outward.
  2. For a longer lasting set, use a flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Rake fingers through hair to create light separation.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy UNDRESSED to create a loose, undone, natural look.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on finely textured hair.

#12 Coquette Shoulder Length Cut

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Add a bit of 70’s flair with flipped out ends and feathered layers.

Seventies Medium Shag with a Flip and LayersStyle by Don Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
coquette-charmer-seventies-shag-with-a-flip-side-viewStyle by Don Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush to create volume and flipped out ends.
  2. Use a large barrel curling iron on ends if needed.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic Fast Drying Shaping Spray for great hold with touchable texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, oval or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#13 Crimson Lowlights on Layered Hair

Written by Tanya Ramirez

A ‘double fringe’ adds extra drama to this striking cut.

Crimson Crush Medium Shag with a FringeStyle by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA
Crimson Crush Medium Shag with a Fringe Side ViewStyle by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes to minimize volume.
  2. Use a flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try TIGI Bedhead HEADRUSH Shine Spray for a high-gloss shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, square or round face shapes. This style works best on medium hair.

#14 Shag with Shattered Layers

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Disconnected layering is a great way to enhance movement of thick hair.

Shattered Layers Medium Shag with Lots of HighlightsStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH
Shattered Layers Medium Shag with Lots of Highlights Side ViewStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a large round brush, keeping the ends straight and smooth.
  2. Rake fingers through hair for piecey separation.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy HAIR.RESORT Spray for added texture with great hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, heart or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

#15 Modern Blonde Shaggy Cut

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Soft, rounded layers add just the right amount of sassiness to this classic cut.

Modern Blonde Fun Medium Shag Cut with Tapered FrontStyle by An Va Salon & Spa, Holland, OH
Modern Blonde Fun Medium Shag with Tapered Front Side ViewStyle by An Va Salon & Spa, Holland, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush to create light volume. Smooth the ends of the top layers under, while flipping ends out along the back perimeter area.
  2. Rake fingers through hair to create movement with texture.
  3. Finish with a lighthold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy SESSION.SPRAY for flexible hold with anti-humidity protection.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#16 Shag with Fringe

Written by Tanya Ramirez

A full fringe adds great contrast to this lightly layered haircut.

Fringe Fanatic Long Glossy ShagStyle by Lanae Savu
Fringe Fanatic Glossy Bangs Side ViewStyle by Lanae Savu

 How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes.
  2. Smooth hair lightly with a flat iron.
  3. Rake fingers through hair to create light separation.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy YOUNG.AGAIN treatment oil for smooth, shiny hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

#17 A-line Cut with Golden Color

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Choppy layers add playful texture to this A-line hairdo.

Golden Girl Fringey Shag Hairstyle With BangsStyle by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV
Golden Girl Fringey Shag Hairstyle with Bangs Side ViewStyle by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes for a sleek finish.
  2. Rake fingers lightly through the crown area for light definition.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy EASY RIDER for flexible hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium hair.

#18 Modern Chic Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The right layering can offer super volume and great control for thick hair.

Mod Bob Shag with HighlightsStyle by Emily Volk, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Mod Bob Shag with Highlights and Shaped BackStyle by Emily Volk, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume in the crown area. Keep the fringe and side areas smooth.
  2. Backcomb the back crown area for extra height.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try DermOrganic WIINDSWEPT DEFINING WHIP for bounce and movement.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for square, heart or round shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

#19 Blonde Medium Hairstyle with Bangs

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Ultra white locks offer a perfect backdrop for this gorgeous cut with a feathery finish.

Dramatic Platinum Medium Shag Heavy FringeStyle by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA
Dramatic Medium Shag Heavy Fringe Side ViewStyle by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume.
  2. Backcomb the base for extra fullness and defined shape.
  3. Create piecey texture along the face frame and ends.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy STAYING ALIVE Leave-In Conditioner for added protection and flexibility.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on thick hair.

#20 Summer Ready Hairstyle with Highlights

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This casual, windswept look is great for a party at the beach.

Summer Breeze Flippy Medium Shag with HighlightsStyle by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL
Summer Breeze Flippy Medium Shag with Highlights Side ViewStyle by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for volume.
  2. Alternate directions when drying to create playful movement
  3. Rake fingers through hair for light separation.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Oribe Apres Beach for touchable waves with beautiful shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#21 Medium Shag with Rich Brown Color

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This simple cut gets jazzed up with shattered layers and a disconnected perimeter.

Schoolhouse Rock Straight ShagStyle by Joshua McDonald, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA
Schoolhouse Rock Straight Shag Side ViewStyle by Joshua McDonald, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes to minimize volume.
  2. Use a flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Moroccan Oil Gold Glimmer Shine Spray for long lasting, unparalleled shine, while protecting hair from the effects of UV light and free radicals.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#22 Face Framing Shag

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This chic shag haircut means business, so get ready to sign on the dotted line.

Deal Maker Glamorous Blonde Shag HairstyleStyle by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA
Deal Maker Glamorous Blonde Shag Hairstyle Side ViewStyle by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes. Be sure to dry and style the ends so they stay straight.
  2. For a longer lasting set, use a flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Rake fingers through ends to create light separation.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FRESH.HAIR for perfect next-day hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or oval shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#23 Curls On Medium Length Cut

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Break the rules and try this dual textured haircut for a fun night out.

Curl Control Soft Wavy Medium Shag HairstyleStyle by Lachane Lee, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush for a smooth finish.
  2. Lightly curl the ends in alternating directions for contrasting texture.
  3. Rake fingers through hair for light separation.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Sebastian Whipped Creme for delicious curls and perfect waves.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#24 Cinnamon Hair Color on Layered Hair

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Add some stunning streaks and face framing layers to play up your texture.

Cinnamon Dash Elegant Medium Shag with HighlightsStyle by Above and Beyond Salon, Vermilion, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes. Smooth ends so they tuck under.
  2. Rake fingers through ends to create light separation.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy FULL.AGAIN Thickening Lotion for natural movement and body.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

#25 Medium Shag Featuring Max Volume

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This haircut shows us a great way to style thick hair while still maintaining volume in all the right places.

Teen Dream Medium Shag with VolumeStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume.
  2. Backcomb the base for extra fullness and defined shape.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy TEXTURE.MASTER for massively big hair!

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for oval, round or square shaped faces. This style works best on thick hair.

#26 Contouring Blonde Medium Hairstyle

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Fine-haired gals CAN wear a statement cut!

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes.
  2. Lightly flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Rake fingers through ends to create light separation.
  4. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy ANTI.GRAVITY Spray to add volume and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on finely textured hair.

#27 Layered Punk Hair

Written by Tanya Ramirez

When over-processing has finally taken its toll, it’s time to snip it off.

Makeover Moment Pulled Back ShagStyle by Nicki Favre, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes. Be sure to dry and style the ends so they stay straight.
  2. Lightly flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Backcomb base for extra volume.
  4. Rake fingers through ends to create light separation. Pin the fringe up and away from face.
  5. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy DAMAGE.MANAGER to nourish and protect distressed hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#28 Vintage Shoulder Length Cut

Written by Tanya Ramirez

This haircut will make you nostalgic over rock-n-roll days gone by.

Vintage Vixen Fun Full Medium Shag HairstyleStyle by Alexis Richte, The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush for maximum volume.
  2. Backcomb the base for extra fullness and defined shape.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try TIGI Bed Head HARD HEAD Hairspray for superior hold and high shine.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for round, square or heart shaped faces. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

#29 Sassy Chin Length Cut

Written by Tanya Ramirez

The soft layers and fringe on this haircut are a great way to enhance fine hair.

Sassy Miss Soft Medium Shag With Layers and FringeStyle by Folicle Salon and Spa, Charlotte, NC

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a round brush to create light volume. Smooth the ends under in the top layers and along the perimeter.
  2. Rake fingers through hair to create light movement.
  3. Finish with a light hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Kevin Murphy BODY.BUILDER Volumizing Mousse to boost hair with flexible fullness and hold.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on fine to medium hair.

#30 Emo Shaggy Hairstyle

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Shattered layers and disconnection will have you falling in love with your hair all over again.

Emo Romance Messy Spiky Medium Shag HairstyleStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

How To Style:

  1. Blow dry hair with a paddle brush using downward strokes to minimize volume.
  2. Use a flat iron to seal and smooth hair.
  3. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Davines Defining Wonder Wax to define and polish hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This look is suitable for most face shapes. This style works best on medium to thick hair.

Now you’ve seen what makes medium shag haircuts so unique. Not to mention, it’s perfectly suited for a variety of hair types and textures. This cut offers a great transition from a short to a long hairstyle, or if you simply have trouble growing your hair long. Amp it up or keep it simple, the choice is yours!