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25 Seriously Chic Medium Shag Hairstyles

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 25 chic medium shag hairstyles to help you find the one that’s right for you.

#1 Feathered Wonder

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.

#2 Lavender Lights

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Medium Shag Haircut with Pastel Underlights

Style 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.

#3 Crop Idol

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Medium Shag Hairstyle for Thick Hair

Style 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.

#4 Long Shag

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Long Shag with Short Layering

Style 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.

#5 Apricot ‘Do

Written by Tanya Ramirez

Enhance those shaggy layers with sweet apricot-inspired lowlights.

Medium Shag Haircut with Apricot Lowlights

Style by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA

Medium Shag Haircut with Apricot Lowlights SIde

Style 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.

#6 Rocker Chic

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Rocker Chic Medium Shag Hairstyles

Style by Keely Martinez

Rocker Chic Medium Shag Hairstyles Side View

Style 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.

#7 Coquette Charmer

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 Layers

Style by Don Westbrook, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

coquette-charmer-seventies-shag-with-a-flip-side-view

Style 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.

#8 Crimson Crush

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Crimson Crush Medium Shag with a Fringe

Style by Shortino’s Salon & Spa, York, PA

Crimson Crush Medium Shag with a Fringe Side View

Style 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.

#9 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 Highlights

Style by The Brown Aveda Institute, Rocky River, OH

Shattered Layers Medium Shag with Lots of Highlights Side View

Style 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.

#10 Modern Blonde

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 Front

Style by An Va Salon & Spa, Holland, OH

Modern Blonde Fun Medium Shag with Tapered Front Side View

Style 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.

#11 Fringe Fanatic

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Fringe Fanatic Long Glossy Shag

Style by Lanae Savu

Fringe Fanatic Glossy Bangs Side View

Style 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.

#12 Golden Girl

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Golden Girl Fringey Shag Hairstyle With Bangs

Style by Aveda Las Vegas Academy, Las Vegas, NV

Golden Girl Fringey Shag Hairstyle with Bangs Side View

Style 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.

#13 Mod Bob

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Mod Bob Shag with Highlights

Style by Emily Volk, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Mod Bob Shag with Highlights and Shaped Back

Style 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.

#14 Model Worthy

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Dramatic Platinum Medium Shag Heavy Fringe

Style by Nina John, Elon Salon, Marietta, GA

Dramatic Medium Shag Heavy Fringe Side View

Style 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.

#15 Summer Breeze

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Summer Breeze Flippy Medium Shag with Highlights

Style by Edie’s Styling Center, Oldsmar, FL

Summer Breeze Flippy Medium Shag with Highlights Side View

Style 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.

#16 Schoolhouse Rock

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Schoolhouse Rock Straight Shag

Style by Joshua McDonald, Kathy Adams Salon, Buford, GA

Schoolhouse Rock Straight Shag Side View

Style 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.

#17 Deal Maker

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Deal Maker Glamorous Blonde Shag Hairstyle

Style by Peles Hair Salon, Johnstown, PA

Deal Maker Glamorous Blonde Shag Hairstyle Side View

Style 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.

#18 Curl Control

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Curl Control Soft Wavy Medium Shag Hairstyle

Style 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.

#19 Cinnamon Dash

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Cinnamon Dash Elegant Medium Shag with Highlights

Style 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.

#20 Teen Dream

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 Volume

Style 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.

#21 Blonde Beauty

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.

#22 Makeover Moment

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Makeover Moment Pulled Back Shag

Style 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.

#23 Vintage Vixen

Written by Tanya Ramirez

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

Vintage Vixen Fun Full Medium Shag Hairstyle

Style 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.

#24 Sassy Miss

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 Fringe

Style 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.

#25 Emo Romance

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 Hairstyle

Style 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!