13 Short Shag Hairstyles That Will Bring Out the Fun in You

One of my top styling tips for clients is that they should work with their natural hair texture. Many women have a hair texture that falls somewhere in between straight and curly and aren’t quite sure what cut might suit them.

Here are short shag hairstyles that are the perfect solution to simple styling if you have naturally wavy hair!

Modern A-Line Shag

Modern A-Line Shag hairstyle Instagram @misahara5

Q&A with style creator, Margarita Ford
Colorist / Stylist @ Euodia Salon in Moorpark, CA

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

I would describe this look as a modern a-line shag.

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

For this look, I used Kenra Volumizing Spray at root, then blew it dry with round brush. After the hair was dry, I sprayed with Kenra Professional Heat Block Spray to protect while flat ironing. To finish, I sprayed with Kenra Dry Texture Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for anyone with fine to medium texture hair. It gives the appearance of a thicker, sexier and more current style.

Shagged Bob With Short Fringe

Shagged Bob With Short Fringe hairstyle Instagram @hairyalexhorne

Q&A with style creator, Alex Horne
Stylist @ Salon San Carlos in Pensacola, FL


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

This look is a very textured, shagged bob with a short fringe! My favorite thing about it from a stylist’s point of view is that it’s very customizable to each client and fun to create, tweaking small things can really keep this cut unique.

From a client’s point of view, it’s super fun, has lots of movement and is easy to maintain. Despite the trendiness of it, not everyone is brave enough to make this big of a chop, so you’re not going to look like every other gal pal you’re out at brunch with on Sunday!

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

This client does not like to spend a lot of time on her hair. She has a lot of natural wave and that’s part of the reason we liked this style for her. I chose to keep it simple. We dried with a diffuser using Aquage Sea Salt Spray for that messy, lived-in look. After that I used a Hot Tools Curl Bar to wand any curls I didn’t like into a direction I did like, then finished it off with Dry Texture spray from L’anza to define the texture and put in some hold.

She can easily achieve this style at home and it is something that will be able to be worn multiple days without shampoo.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone that is a little more adventurous, out of the box, eclectic, and does not have pin straight hair. Don’t worry straight haired peeps! With a little curling iron and product love, you can wear this style with just a little more effort.

I like that this look can be versatile, but that different versions of it are attainable depending on hair texture, length, and even color. I’m big on customizing each cut to each individual. If I had someone who either wasn’t as comfortable with going so short (perimeter or fringe) or had a more rounded face, maybe I’d do a longer version of this with face framing texture instead of bangs. Talk to your hairstylist to figure out what kind of shag and texture will work for you!

Crossover Look

Crossover Look hairstyle Instagram @samkanehair

Q&A with style creator, Sam Kane
Senior Stylist @ Shag Salon in Boston, MA


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

I would describe this look as a crossover between a long, overgrown pixie or really short triangular bob. My favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t really fit into either category. It’s just fun short hair!

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

To maintain this look every day, I would first blow dry (just using fingers) with a salt spray or light mousse. I recommend a texture spray once the hair is dry for that effortless piecey look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone who is maybe a little shy about committing to a full short pixie. You have the shortness in the back, but the safety net of some length in the front. This style is a great way for thin and fine hair to appear thicker and fuller.

1. Copper Chop

This chin-length shag hairstyle has layers throughout and a fringe that grazes the eyebrows.

Chin Length Short Shag Hairstyle with Layers

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Tousle with fingers as you blow dry completely.
  3. Use a small paddle brush to smooth fringe slightly.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Aveda Brilliant Medium Hold Hairspray for long-lasting hold that defies humidity.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, long, diamond, heart

2. Beige Blonde Beauty

A perfectly neutral, medium blonde color really compliments this choppy hairstyle and is great for those who want to cover gray, but don’t want to look like they’re trying too hard!

Short Blonde Choppy Shag Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Towel dry hair.
  2. Work a styling cream through locks from mid-lengths to ends.
  3. Use a paddle brush to lift hair and turn the ends slightly under as you blow dry.
  4. Style bangs forward then separate a bit.
  5. Finish with a small amount of texture wax and flexible hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Paul Mitchell Water Wax is perfect for adding definition and shine to your ends at the same time!

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, heart, long

3. Asymmetric Angle

Take a walk on the wild side with an angled shag! Free-spirited waves keep this cut full of movement.

Asymmetric Angled Shag with Waves Asymmetric Angled Shag with Waves Front View

How to Style:

  1. Part dry hair over one eye and away from the shorter side.
  2. Spray hair with heat-protecting style prep spray.
  3. Use a flat iron or large barrel curling iron to create wavy curls throughout.
  4. Finish with a medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

MoroccanOil Protect Heat Styling Protection give locks a glossy finish, a soft hold, and protects against the high heat of styling irons.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, pear, square

4. Champagne Shag

Give your shag haircut plenty of dimension by opting for a darker color beneath softer, beige highlights.

Short Shag Hairstyle with Dimension and Highlights Short Shag Hairstyle with Dimension and Highlights Back View

 

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair deep to one side.
  3. Smooth and turn hair under with a paddle brush as you blow dry completely.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Elastic is a buildable hold hairspray that is designed to keep your locks in place, but still keep hair soft to the touch.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, long, square, diamond

5. Simply Shattered

You can pull off a shag on straight hair too just by using a little product to piece out the ends.

Straight Shattered Shag Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Use a medium paddle brush to smooth hair from scalp to mid-lengths as you blow dry. Allow ends to dry freely; do not smooth ends.
  3. Add more texture to ends by flipping them out slightly with a flat iron.
  4. Finish with a spray texturizing wax.

Recommended Products:

KMS California’s Hair Play Dry Wax helps you achieve a “perfectly undone” look with tousled definition.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, round, long, diamond

6. Basic Black

Bring back the night with this shiny, healthy, deep brown color and dreamy daytime curls.

Shiny Deep Brown Shag Hairstyle

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Tousle with fingers as you blow dry completely.
  4. Add wavy curls with a ¾ or 1-inch curling iron.
  5. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Check out KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray for protecting your hair from heat before you add curls.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, heart, long

7. Platinum Sweep

This platinum blonde shag accents the eyes with a wavy side part!

Platinum Blonde Shag Hairstyle with Wavy Side Part Short Shag Hairstyles

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling through damp hair.
  2. Blow dry hair while using fingers to tousle, giving hair a natural random texture.
  3. If you have naturally straight hair, use a large, 1 1/4-inch barrel curling iron to curl sections of hair away from your face. Alternately, you can use a flat iron to create ribbon curls that are directed away from your face.
  4. Finish with a buildable hold hairspray, adding more hairspray if you want more hold.

Recommended Products:

OSiS Elastic Flexible Hold Hairspray can be layered to give added structure to any style.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, pear, heart, square

8. Brunette Waves

Caramel highlights really accent the waves and layers in this voluminous shag hairstyle.

Shag Hairstyle with Caramel Highlights and Waves Shag Hairstyle with Caramel Highlights and Waves Back View

How to Style:

  1. Work a nickel-sized amount of styling cream through towel dried hair.
  2. Part hair to one side.
  3. Tousle with fingers as you blow dry completely.
  4. If you have naturally straight hair, add curls through the middle with a ¾-inch barrel curling iron.
  5. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Hot Tools makes tons of incredible styling irons in all different sizes! They can easily be found at Sally Beauty stores or online.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, long, diamond

9. Choppy Blonde

Buttery blonde layers are the center of attention on this ultra-texturized hairstyle!

Short Choppy Blonde Shag Hairstyle with Layers

How to Style:

  1. Spray texturizing spray through towel dried hair.
  2. Tousle with fingers as you blow dry completely.
  3. Create an invisible part while you style by working hair slightly to one side in the front.
  4. Finish with medium hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Try Bed Head Foxy Curls Spray which defines and separates natural curls and texture while fighting against frizz.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, heart

10. Blue Ribbons

Metallic blue hues run through this short shag hairstyle, bringing extra focus to the eyes.

Short Shag Hairstyle with Metallic Blue Hues Short Shag Hairstyle with Metallic Blue Hues Side View

How to Style:

  1. Spray root booster through towel dried hair.
  2. Use a small paddle brush to lift and smooth hair as you blow dry completely.
  3. Add definition and shine by using a bit of texture wax on the ends.
  4. Finish with medium or high hold hairspray.

Recommended Products:

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump gives hair lots of volume and a shiny, healthy finish.

Best Face Shapes:

oval, diamond, long, pear

Remember, short shag hairstyles are all about letting your natural texture show through! There’s no simpler and quicker way to style your tresses than by finding a haircut that works with your texture rather than against it.