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15 Totally Shagadelic Shag Haircuts to Try Today

What makes a great shag haircut? The amazing chiseled layers, the razor-like texture, or the wild and carefree attitude? We think all of the above are necessary for a fabulous shag. Browse these sexy examples of shag haircuts and see which style suits your sassy personality best!

Angled Triangular Bob

Q&A with style creator, Natalie Cericola
Hairstylist @ Good Beauty in Chicago, IL

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

This haircut is an angled triangular bob. With this cut, I added some heavy layering to take out weight and add texture. When creating a look like this, technique is key!

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

My favorite product line right now is IGK. To create this look, I used Call Time as a primer to prepare her luscious locks for this look. I followed up with Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel to create a shiny finish while adding some hydration. To finish this look, I used Broken Dreams Texture Paste to add texture and the perfect amount grit at her base to give that lived-in feel.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Bob haircuts look good on almost every face shape. I believe that face framing or having a fringe is not for everyone though. So, having the stylist ask the salon guest proper questions and examining the guest’s facial features and face shape creates the perfect consultation and desired look that fits the guest. This look is not for someone who wants a very low maintenance look. It requires extra time in the mirror and using proper styling tools.

Shaggy Bob

Shaggy Bob hairstyleInstagram @xelamack

Q&A with style creator, Alex McDonald
Hairstylist @ Atelier by Square Salon in Las Vegas, NV


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

Considering the length, I’d describe this as a shaggy bob. My favorite thing with shag cuts in general is the versatility. You can part the fringe in the middle or to either side, and the same with the part.

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

I recommend any sort of texturizing product! My go-to’s are Badlands from R+Co and Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. Work the products at the root to give sexy volume.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Fortunately, this haircut works for anyone! You can customize the length of the perimeter and fringe to flatter any face shape. Since it involves a lot of layering, it’s great for coarse hair to remove weight. I also have fine haired clients that wear this cut because it adds enough texture on top to make their hair look fuller.

Textured Shag

Q&A with style creator, Bryanne Dyrland
Freelance Stylist @ in Eckville, AB


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

I call this look the “modern shag” because it is loaded with layers and texture, but styled in a modern (non 80s) fashion. The shortest point of this cut is at the crown of the head which creates height and tons of movement. Then everything is blended out from there.

This is my favorite cut to do. I just love all the texture and movement it gives the hair with minimal effort, as well as its versatility. Wear it big with waves, or wear it straight and minimal. It is perfect for a day in the office or a night out at a rock concert!

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

There are many ways to wear this cut. The way I’ve styled it in this picture, I used Alterna Caviar Thick and Full Volume Mousse to give the hair the oomph it needs prior to blow drying. I then blow dried the hair messy, flipping the head upside down to do so.

Once dry, I used Caviar Working Hairspray before curling with a large curling iron, then finished it off with my must-have hair product, the Caviar Perfect Texture Finishing Spray. This spray is what gives it all the body and movement, but keeps it soft and lightweight. Finish with more hairspray. This haircut is awesome on the second day! Just add more texture spray and go!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut is so versatile that anyone can wear it! Of course, the thicker or coarser the hair, the more layers you can put in. It can be customized to fit any hair type. It can be worn with a fringe, or long, face-shaping layers to support any face shape. I am loving all the volume this cut gives. I recommend this cut to all my clients looking for volume. I mean, go big or go home…right?

Cool-Girl Shag

Q&A with style creator, Shauna Forman
Master Stylist & Creative Team Member @ House of Colour in Drogheda, IE


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

This look represents the modern day shag, a current take on a timeless trend. It’s edgy, but authentic and simple at the same time. This raw haircut is wearable and very on trend. To me, this haircut represents personality with its bold beautiful colour and cool-girl cut and feel.

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

To maintain this look, I recommend prepping the hair wet with Wella EIMI Sugar Lift Spray at the scalp for volume. Throughout the mid lengths and ends, use Wella EIMI Ocean Spritz for some lived-in texture. To finish, I like Wella Dry Me for a rough texture feel, sprinkled with some Wella Dynamic Fix, which is a 45 second crafting spray for hold that allows you to create movement freely before setting.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This haircut can be worn on anyone at any age. A haircut should be maintainable and fabulously wearable. This look is for anyone who wants manageable cool-girl hair!

Wavy Shag

Q&A with style creator, Lexie
Hairstylist @ Nicholas Sebastian Salon and Spa in Newtown Square, PA


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

This look is very soft and airy. My favorite thing about it is how effortless it looks.

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

I recommend using a wave enhancing lotion or sea salt spray while the hair is still wet to produce its natural movement. Follow with a dry finishing spray once the hair is all dry to promote more texture and hold.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is for the type of client who is relaxed and low maintenance, but still on trend.

Elegantly Disheveled

Elegantly Disheveled hairstyleInstagram @biancaxglam

Q&A with style creator, Bianca DiMillo
Hairstylist @ Bianca DiMillo Private Studio in West Hollywood, CA


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

This is a textured shag haircut. It’s intended to look choppy and messy…that undone, just-rolled-out-of-bed look. It is perfect for anyone who wants their hair to look elegantly disheveled.

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

Styling this cut is key. While the hair is wet, throw in a product like Sea Salt Spray or Oil Non Oil by Davines to help give volume and separation and emphasize the razor cutting technique. Once the hair is dry, dose lightly from root to end with Puff Me by Design Hair to add a messy and tousled look. Puff Me adds grit to your hair, allowing you to shake your hair with your hands and have it hold the style. I love it for a root lift too!

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This cut and style is great for someone who wants low maintenance styling in the morning and doesn’t mind re-applying product every day. It’s a fun cut for those with fine and/or flat hair to give a little life to your style. It would potentially work for thicker hair, but make sure your stylist thins your hair out appropriately or you’ll look like a mushroom.

Oval and round faces will benefit from this cut the most. Avoid this style if you have a square or rectangular face as it will emphasize the boxiness.

Pixie Bob

Pixie Bob hairstyleInstagram @hair.by.jenny

Q&A with style creator, Jenny
Hair Stylist & Colorist @ Little Lion Salon in Brooklyn, NY


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

I would describe this look as somewhere in between a bob and pixie. My favorite thing about this haircut is the versatility you get with it. Since it has so many layers, you can style it all messy and textured, or it can also be more conservative when you need it to be.

This client came in bored with long hair and just asking for a trim, and I said, “Okay, if that’s what you want we can do that. Although I think you would look cute with short hair!” I’ve mentioned that to a few clients, but rarely do people take me up on chopping all their hair off on a whim. There are some people who are just meant to have short hair, and if you’re bored and not styling it anyway, why not?!

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

For styling this look, as well as most of my short haircuts, my go-to product recently has been Badlands Dry Shampoo Styling Paste by R+Co. Since it has dry shampoo properties, it’s lighter and also matte which is great. A lot of other styling pastes can weigh the hair down and make it look greasy. I’ll typically apply it everywhere and stick the hair up all crazy to ensure that the product is evenly dispersed, then you can mold it down into the shape that you want.

To maintain this haircut, ideally you should be getting it trimmed every six to eight weeks.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

Since it has so many layers, this haircut is perfect for medium to fine hair because it gives the illusion of having a lot more hair than you actually do. It requires little to no styling, so it’s ideal for people who just want to air dry and throw some product in to give it some texture.

Playful Shag

Playful Shag hairstyleInstagram @hairbymollie

Q&A with style creator, Mollie Guthrie
Stylist @ Suite Escape Beauty Retreat in Fishers, IN


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

This is definitely a more playful adaptation of a shag cut. It’s not as intense for those who are scared of lots of layers, but it still gives the tousled, undone look that a shag cut would. I love that it gives so much body to the hair. Whether you choose to wear it wavy or straight, you’ll see those shorter layers popping out.

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

My go-to product for a tousled look is Davines’ Dry Texture Spray. This product is the holy grail of all products. It gives enough hold without being too tacky like a hairspray. It’s the perfect combination of a dry shampoo and hairspray. Another great product is the Sea Salt Spray (also by Davines). You can spray it on your roots while your hair is damp for added volume, and throughout the hair (both wet and dry) for more texture.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this style for my more low maintenance clients. It’s an easy look to style, especially since the goal is to have that undone effect. I like these concave layers best on fine to medium hair to add more movement, but you can definitely adapt this cut to any hair type as well as face shape. I recommend staying away from an intense amount of these layers if you have a rounder face.

Sexy Shag

Sexy Shag hairstyleInstagram @susanfordhair

Q&A with style creator, Susan Ford
Creative Director and Master Hair Stylist @ Asha Salon Spa in Chicago & Schaumburg, IL


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

This look is a modern shag. My favorite feature of this cut is the long and full fringe because it draws all the attention to the eyes. The layers start at the cheekbones, acting as another focal point while encouraging more texture in the hair.

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

This style should be more on the “undone” side of styling to keep a cool and sexy vibe. I used Aveda’s Texture Tonic on damp hair to enhance the hair’s natural texture and dried the hair using a diffuser. A straightening iron was used to put a slight bend through the mid lengths of the hair. I finished the style with Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to separate the waves and add shine.

To maintain this cut, I recommend a trim every six weeks and tosee your hairstylist at the three week mark for a fringe trim.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I believe a fringe (or bangs) suit practically everyone and can quickly create change and drama without having to go short. The length most flattering for this cut is when it falls at or just below the collarbone. It’s a universally friendly look and can be customized to suit all face shapes.

Clients with fine to medium density hair are ideal for the modern shag and it’s great cut for any girl or woman who would like to embrace their hair’s natural texture. You can achieve this Coachella-inspired look with the Texture Tonic, or you can use Aveda’s Smooth Infusion products and a round brush to have a more styled finish. Both looks go great with this cut!

Airy Shag

Q&A with style creator, Maria Prendergast
Owner & Stylist @ Helmet Salon in West Hollywood, CA


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

This is a shaggy, layered razor cut with a soft fringe. My favorite thing about it is how airy, light and playful it is, as well as how it plays with and interacts with the color.

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

For this particular look, I used Unite’s Leave-In Conditioner and Blow & Set Styling Lotion to to get a nice, shiny and smooth blow out. I finished with Unite’s Tricky Spray (which is a spray wax) to accentuate the ends.

For maintenance, depending on your texture, this could be something that is very easily a wash-and-wear style because there are no heavy weight lines. You could literally scrunch your hair, put some product in to control your texture, and go! Or you can take the extra time to blow it out and finish it with a spray wax to accentuate the edges to make it look extra piecey and edgy.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look could work well for many different hair types and face shapes because it is so soft. The razor gives a very light and airy edge to the hair. It is so soft that you can move and toss it around. It can be customized for really almost any texture, but ideally it would worn on medium-weight hair that is straight or with a light wave.

Wearable Modern Shag

Wearable Modern Shag hairstyle Instagram @hollygirldoeshair

Q&A with style creator, Holly Seidel
Master Stylist @ Chignon Salon in Pasadena, CA


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

This is a very wearable version of what like to call a modern shag. It is cut with a razor for softness and accentuated head shape, creating fullness at the crown. It can be worn with side , middle or straight across bangs, but the slightly disconnected layers at the crown with bangs and bits around the face and are what really sets it apart from other cuts.

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

Depending on what texture you have, product choices can vary. This model has a very curly and naturally frizzy texture, so she uses both a moisture creme called High Dive and an oil called Tinsel by R+Co.

For fine to medium textures, I would recommend a couple of drops of Tinsel for dry or flyaway hair and volumizing styling cream like Jackpot, also by R+Co. I also love Sail which is their soft wave spray. I spray it generously over Tinsel on my own hair and let it air dry for a little beachy wave.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

The beauty of this cut is that it can really work with many face shapes, depending on how the bangs and face framing are cut. Shags can be long or short or curly or straight, making them low maintenance for styling if cut well.

Additionallym they can be as edgy or conservative as you like, depending on how short or far down the layers are cut. Make sure your stylist has taken continuing education classes on how to cut a proper shag.

#12 The Soft Shag

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This haircut is more of a whisper when it comes to a shag, but nonetheless those textured ends are there. We love how soft this haircut looks with the sweet side bangs and tousled texture. It’s a very feminine and fun look.

Soft Textured Shag Hairstyle With Side BangsStyle by Emily Volk

How to Style:

  1. This soft textured shag is awesome because it requires minimal styling. Use a paddle brush to blow strands dry and smooth. The paddle brush will help keep hair straight and soft.
  2. Avoid using a flat iron as it slightly changes the soft texture you just created. Let strands be product-free for a soft and natural finish.

Recommended Products:

Prive Flash Brilliance is a fantastic shine spray to protect strands from heat and the mist is great for fine hair.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Heart shaped faces would be complemented well by this chin-layered hairstyle. Fine hair would be a good candidate because the ends aren’t totally razored out so hair still looks full and not straggly. Straight or wavy hair is the best hair type for this look.

Tip:

The healthier your hair is, the more soft and shiny looking it will be. Invest in good hair products to keep your strands in tip-top shape.

#13 The Midnight Shag

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This dark colored shag has fun, wispy layers cut throughout the hairstyle. The part is just off of center and layers are cut starting at the cheekbones. Layers are kept around the face only for a more thick and full result.

Dark Shag With Wispy LayersStyle by The Brown Aveda Institute, Mentor, OH

How to Style:

  1. Blow hair dry with a medium-sized round brush to really give hair volume and shape. Concentrate on rolling hair under for that flipped in effect.
  2. When hair is completely dry, use a flat iron to smooth out any pieces of hair that need it and tease the crown if you want to add a little more volume.
  3. Spritz your favorite finishing product to polish off your look.

Recommended Products:

Prive Texturizing Spray is a spray wax that helps define layers and show off shape without weighing your hair down.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

This haircut is really slimming for most face shapes because of the chiseled layers around the face. Fine to coarse textured hair that is on the straighter side is best on girls with thin to thick amounts of hair.

Tip:

Usually light colored eyes look best with lighter shades of brown and blondes, so a really dark shade like the one shown here gives a really striking and dramatic result.

#14 The Shaggy Bob

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This long bob is cut above the shoulders and slightly angled up to a shorter length in the back. Layers are added around the jaw line for movement and shape. Shorter pieces are razored around the face for that fun, shaggy texture.

Long Angled Bob With TextureStyle by Casal Aveda Institute, Youngstown, OH

How to Style:

  1. Begin with dry hair. Part hair just off of center and brush hair out.
  2. Disperse your favorite heat-protecting product throughout hair.
  3. Use a flat iron to go through strands, section by section, and make hair smooth.

Recommended Products:

Bed Head Control Freak Serum smoothes out the most unruly of hair strands.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Round, heart or square shaped faces would look great with this cut. Fine to medium amounts of hair that can be smoothed out easily would work well.

Tip:

If you have fine hair and are worried about having your hair cut with a razor, ask your stylist to point-cut the ends of your hair to create a similar shaggy texture.

#15 The Flirt

Written by Irene Bredthauer

This fun and flirty shag is a long pixie with tons of amazing texture. The entire haircut is created with a razor so the result is an extremely pieced-out effect. Hair is left longer at the nape and around the jawline for a softer, more girly touch.

Long Pixie Shag With TextureStyle by Benita Edwards

How to Style:

  1. Use your fingers to arrange hair in the direction you want it to lay. Push the bangs forward and the sides down.
  2. Blow hair dry in the direction you want it to lay. Pointing the air down the hair shaft also helps minimize frizz.
  3. Use a flat iron if you need to when hair is completely dry.
  4. Run a pomade or hair paste through strands to define layers.

Recommended Products:

Redken Rewind is a flexible hair paste that helps define and show off your amazing shaggy texture.

Best Face Shape and Hair Type:

Square or rectangular faces would look great with this hairstyle. The soft edges help balance out a square face and the bangs help balance out a longer face shape. Straight hair texture with a subtle wave is ideal. Fine hair tends to look slightly straggly when cut with a razor, so be careful.

Tip:

Change it up! Rough up your hair even more for a totally wild look. Or, use a gel to slick hair back for a more fashion forward style.

Is one of these shag haircuts the right look for you? It’s so fun to see how they come in all different shades and varying lengths. Mix and match different elements to create a custom shag to fit your style.