45 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.

70’s Shag Lob Cut

Q&A with style creator, Lacy J. Ward
Cutting Specialist / Senior Stylist @ Wild Orchid Salon + Spa in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

A modern 70’s Shag-Lob with Tropical Sherbet Color vibes. Her hair didn’t have the thickness to go full shag but the lob (shorter in back, longer in front) helped create the fullness her fine hair lacks, while still giving it some shag-like texture. My favorite thing about this hairstyle is the texture and movement – it really compliments that amazing hair color (by Chelsea Knight-King) so well!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best styling advice would be to use products made for texture and volume, but not so heavy that it weighs the hair down. I personally love No. 4’s Sugar Spray. Any mousse or thickening spray, (R+Co Chiffon or Number 4 Styling Foam) blown out with a round brush for finer hair, or Mason Pearson brush for thicker hair, is great. This haircut is super versatile both curled or straight!

Medium Length Shag With Bangs

Picture of a medium length shag with bangsInstagram @thehairgypsy

Lived-in Sunkissed Bob

Q&A with style creator, Celina Trevino
Stylist & Redken Artist/Educator @ Brock Cassidie Salon in Atlanta, GA


How would you describe this look?

This is what I would call a lived-in bob. The thing I love most about this look is that it is very clean and chic for any women of any age.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a look for the girl that needs low maintenance but wants style. The sunkissed color is a color that only needs to be retouched every three to four months. The cut works great for a round face shape.

To style this look, just blow dry using a vent brush and put in a couple of loose waves. The best way to achieve a messy wave is to curl only the middle and leave your ends straight. Sometimes will curl in the middle and use a flat iron to straighten the ends for more messy, textured effect.

I use Redken’s Powder Grip cocktailed with Redken’s Diamond Oil to give the hair texture and shine. Finish it off with Redken’s Triple Take 32 hairspray and voila, you have a messy, textured, sunkissed bob!

Modern Version of the Classic Shag

Q&A with style creator, Grace Filipowicz
Education Assistant Director @ Jose Luis Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look?

So the best way to describe this look is that it’s the more modern version of the classic shag. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s pretty universally flattering on any face shape and any age.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is such an easy haircut to style with loose waves and looks super cute if you just air-style with a little mousse.

My advice to someone wanting this haircut is to always take into consideration how much layering you are comfortable with. You can always try a more toned down version to start with and gradually add more layers for clients who are hesitant.

Air-styling with a texturizing mousse (like Kerastase Mousse Bouffant) is quick and low maintenance way to style this effortless haircut. It’s a great cut for women on the go.

Multi-dimensional Waves

Q&A with style creator, Jed Styler
Creative Stylist @ TONYC Salon and Spa Square One in Mississauga, ON


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as multi-dimensional waves. We basically used different techniques to create dimension that show off different waves of shades.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s not just a boring color! It has so much dimension that it qualifies on any lighting you are facing!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Healthy hair, patience, products, and consultation ! I cannot stress how important a good consultation is! This color will look best when your hair has a lot of layers. That’s where the beautiful dimensions really pop out the most! I did a modern shag haircut on my client. There is a lot of texture and movement in the front while keeping the layers in the back a little bit longer.

The great thing about this look is that once the hair starts getting longer, the color will still look great because of all the dimension. The maintenance on this look is low. Th next service will mostly just be adding some more babylights for a brighter area around the face and the back to create more dimension.

Finish off this look with some beachy waves or what I like to call “after curls”. Work in different directions as you are curling the hair. Once you’re finished curling, finish it off with a bit of serum and dry shampoo. I like to spray far away from the hair and really separate the curls with my hands to visualize the look. I use dry shampoo because it gives the look more of a matte finish while also giving volume and a grunge finish.

Messy Shag

Messy Shag hairstyleInstagram @raylakehair

Q&A with style creator, Raven Lake
Hairstylist / Barber / Colorist @ Floyd’s 99 Mosaic in Fairfax, VA


How would you describe this look?

This is a messy shag that maintains long length but very short layers.

My favorite thing about this look is the TEXTURE! This look was super fun to cut using a precision concave layering technique, then going back in with a razor to remove even more weight and define pieces.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look works best on average to thick densities of hair, especially naturally wavy hair. My client has very dense hair, so she was looking for a lot of weight removal. If the client’s hair is very fine, this much layering can create a stringy look in the length. With fine hair, we always want to maintain density in the length.

Here I created wavy texture with a flat iron to enhance the color and cut. However, this cut holds up well without heat styling, especially on naturally wavy hair. For products, I recommend anything with a little volume and texture. My personal favorites right now are Floyd’s 99 Texture Powder, which is a non-aerosol dry shampoo with hold for bigger volume, as well as IGK Beach Club texture spray for gentle volume with a little hold.

Modern-Day Beachy Look

Modern-Day Beachy Look hairstyleInstagram @doreencrider

Q&A with style creator, Doreen Mansour Crider
Salon Manager / Stylist / Colorist @ Saulino Smith Salon in Santa Monica, CA


How would you describe this look?

The cut is a modern-day beachy look with textured shag-like layers and a textured fringe. The length itself is slightly cut from short to long with some disconnection in the front, leaving the two front corners looking longer. The color is a beigey neutral blonde achieved through babylights and balayage while maintaining dimension with a natural rooted look.

My favorite thing about this look is how natural the color appears and how the cut can be worn undone/tousled or polished and still be on trend.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Someone considering this cut should know that it does take styling and product to achieve the beachy curl look. Having a fringe also requires maintenance such as a frequent bang trim and styling in the morning. But, the great thing about this look is that it is versatile. It can be polished or messy and once styled, and with each day thereafter of unwashed hair, it only gets better! If worn straight, this look goes for more of a shaggy textured feel.

As for the color, it is a base, babylight, and balayage combo. Once the color is achieved it grows out beautifully and makes for less frequent visits to the salon for color.

Soft Layers with Movement

Soft Layers with Movement hairstyleInstagram @ashleybigfun

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Brown
Stylist / Editorial Director @ X: Cultivate Studio in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as soft layers with a lot of movement.

My favorite thing about this look and all shags are their wearability. They grow out still looking gorgeous and they also give people that extra volume in the crown and around their face that they are always looking for. This client was the sweetest she said, “I never knew my hair could do this.”

Any advice for someone considering it?

Shags are great for all different face types. I just adjust the length of the layers and fringe to what flatters the client the most.

It is also super easy to style. Just add some sea salt spray and you’re good to go! This look is perfect for people who want a stylish look but also want to stay low maintenance.

Effortless and Wearable Texture

Effortless and Wearable Texture hairstyleInstagram @carlyraecoady

Q&A with style creator, Carly Rae Coady
Stylist @ Local Honey in East Nashville, TN


How would you describe this look?

This look is all about effortless, wearable texture. The longer, shaggy fringe has a low commitment, low maintenance wearability that’s perfect for anyone wanting to dabble with a fringe.

This is a soft take on the shag with a strong perimeter and loose, shaggy surface layers and a shattered face frame.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The modern shag is perfect for those who have grown out a bob but want to change the shape as it continues to grow long. This cut is also perfect for those wanting a medium length, but with a completely different and versatile shape. This cut works for any texture as it is an effortless-looking style. You can alter the fringe to be more Brigitte Bardot-inspired, or even longer like in this image.

The best products for this look would be a good salt spray (R+Co Sail is my current go-to) and a great finishing texturizer (R+Co Badlands or ORIBE Dry Texture Spray) to create movement in the style.

Medium Modern Shag

Medium Modern Shag hairstyleInstagram @pingpaintshair

Q&A with style creator, Ping Muangmingsuk
Stylist @ Ping Paints Hair in Indianapolis, IN


How would you describe this look?

This is a modern shag. The layers are more fluid and less defined and the overall look is less mullet-like.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s super versatile. My client’s hair is very thick and this cut allows movement and an airy feel for her.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This shag look is very different curled verses straight. I feel like it can be tailored to different face shapes, so there really isn’t anyone that can’t have this cut. It’s a little hard to put into a ponytail with all the face framing layers, so clients that need their hair out of their face might not want to go this shaggy.

The messy curls are obviously some work to do, but the pros of this cut include just curling the top layers. The bottom layers are usually too short to be seen anyways. Simply finish with some texture spray at the root and all over!

Layered Modern Shag

Q&A with style creator, Heather Mancias-Wright
Owner / Stylist @ Thairapy by Heather in Round Rock, TX


How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as a modern shag. I love that it’s fun, playful and easy to wear. It is very versatile.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This cut is perfect for fine hair seeking volume with the shorter layers. You could wear this cut softer as a wash and wear, or piece it out using product like I did here. I used the Lanza Healing Hair Plumper and Lanza Healing Brilliant Texture. All of the layers would also be great for some messy waves!

Mid-Length Modern Shag

Mid-Length Modern Shag hairstyleInstagram @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 hairstyleInstagram @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 hairstyleInstagram @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

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 hairstyleInstagram @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.