A shaggy bob is a haircut that is created using the razor cut technique to add choppy ends and textured layers that can be asymmetrical or blunt. Since the shag’s conception in the ’70s, the organic cut has withstood time and kept on evolving to its modern and chicer versions.
Celebrated Texas-based hairdresser and Salon Bugatti owner Chris Jones has mastered the art of all things shaggy and messy – from wavy and curly strands to straight bobs and A-line cuts, he’s demonstrated that #shorthairgoals can easily be pulled off with a perfectly imperfect bob shag cut.
The epitome of low-maintenance – this is also a top reason why the shaggy bob trend is adored by many. With a few styling products and fewer wash days, the shag bob comes alive with all the movement that comes with texture and layers without effort! Textured bob for the win!
Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of popular shaggy bob hairstyles.
#1: Shaggy Blonde Bob with Layers and Curtain Bangs
A shaggy blonde bob with layers and curtain bangs is definitely trending this year. Going shorter will add much-needed volume to fine, blonde hair. The curtain bangs shape the face perfectly to show off your eyes and cheekbones.
#2: Choppy Shaggy Bob Haircut with Bangs
A shaggy choppy bob with bangs is a great way to get a more casual and feathered look. Add a sea salt spray throughout the hair to enhance its new texture. Round face shapes will love a tousled shaggy bob style like this short bob with choppy layers.
#3: Shaggy Brunette Bob for Fine Hair
The best way to complement a long shaggy bob cut for fine hair is by adding bangs and texture. Ask your hairstylist to layer your hair at the tips for volume. (See more bobs for fine hair here). This shaggy lob hairstyle is great for women with short hair.
#4: Shag Tousled Bob with Undercut
A shag tousled bob with undercut is edgy, fun, and a great way to remove any unwanted bulk in thick hair. A deep side part and some curls with a texture spray are the perfect set up for that sassy, tousled vibe.
#5: Neck-Length Shaggy Layered Cut
The neck-length shaggy layered cut can be styled with a leave-in, anti-frizz conditioner. This is to give a better fit for those with straight hair. For curly hair, use a curl activator and dry with a diffuser or air dry naturally.
#6: Shaggy Bob with Wispy Ends for Women Over 70
Shaggy bobs with wispy ends for women over 70 is very on-trend. Softness, texture, movement, and easiness are all benefits of this cut. Styling the hair back opens up the face and is a good way to show off those facial features. Adding in some wispy bangs is another way to personalize a cut to a woman’s liking.
#7: The Ideal Shaggy Bob for Dark Brown Curly Hair
Related: See more short curly bob hairstyles.
#8: The Shaggy Angled Bob
A shaggy angled bob looks best on ladies with round face shapes, as they naturally elongate the face. Angular cut bobs are often achieved with a razor to add choppy ends and extra texture. Angles on shaggy bob haircuts create an illusion of movement and framing.
#9: Short Bob with Shaggy Layers for Thick Hair
The best shaggy bob haircut for black, thick hair features lots of long and short layers to take out some weight. For styling, part it in the middle to elevate the gradual waves that show off your thick mane. Once done, this shaggy hair becomes a guaranteed head-turner!
#10: Inverted Bob Shag
An inverted bob shag highlights the curls and brings a modern twist to the cut. Try the inverted bob shag if you want to highlight your curls. See more inverted bob hairstyles here.
#11: The Shag Bob for a Round Face
The shag bob for a round face works best with chin-length hair. Have your stylist texture the ends with a razor or scissors and add disconnected layers in the crown area. This gives your shaggy cut more height through your crown, giving an elongated appearance to your face.
#12: The Shaggy Lob Cut with Messy Textured Style
Long bobs are in right now for any age. Sea salt spray can be used to achieve the beach wave look for this long layered shag. Meanwhile, the messy curtain bangs add subtle texture to your soft facial features. This mid-length shaggy bob is a must-try!
Related: See more textured lob haircuts.
#13: Short Blonde Layered Shaggy Hair
Short blonde layered shaggy hair works well on a natural texture, making it easy to style. Shaggy bobs are the best fit for a woman that wants a low-maintenance cut that offers versatility, too.
Short hair enthusiast Tyler Gonski of Illinois created this cut. “I did the point and slide-cutting methods to add texture and remove bulk,” Gonski states.
#14: Gray Shaggy Bob for Older Ladies
A gray shaggy bob for older ladies is a wash-and-wear type of haircut. This look creator Mikhaila Anderson of Canada says it works great on thin hair with a natural wave or curl pattern.
“Layers were added by using texturing shears,” Anderson states, mentioning the chunkers method. “I’d pull the hair in larger sections in 180 degrees and chunk first to the shortest layer. Then, I’d chunk twice – once at mid-length, and again closer to the ends,” she explains.
#15: Shaggy and Messy Bob with Ombre
A shaggy and messy bob with ombre is versatile as it looks great with any hair texture—whether wavy or sleek. Stylist Yuri Santos made it modern and practical for ladies who want to go short.
Santos created a straight base with layers to give hair movement, then went with a balayage. For styling, Santos says, “maintain the health of the hair in day use products rich in amino acids, proteins and mainly collagen.”
#16: Blonde Shaggy Bob for Women Over 50
The short blonde shaggy bob for women over 50 is a customizable cut to match any hair texture and face shape. California-based hairdresser Kayleigh Elizabeth used a combo of techniques for this chop.
She explains, “I used precision haircutting to create a base perimeter. The razor texturizing and shaping techniques create the shaggy curtain bangs and lived-in layers plus the face frame.”
Related: More short shags for women over fifty.
#17: Shag Cut on Graduated Bob for Women Over 60
A shag cut on graduated bob for women over 60 works on any hair type—it can be thin, medium, or thick, textured hair. Stylist Lynn Felix from Arizona says it’ll suit any face shape by customizing the cut.
“I created texture on the ends first, then worked into the layered bob for 60-year-old women. I did interior texture with Hanzo shears. We’re growing the front to create longer bangs to control a widow’s peak in the hairline,” Felix explains.
#18: Shaggy Wavy Bob with Blunt Bangs
Pair a shaggy wavy bob with blunt bangs and rock messy yet fab-looking hair! Stylist Simona Atzeni of Cagliari, CA created this messy bob for ladies that want a straight, but undefined line.
To achieve this style, Atzeni used a point-cutting technique. “It allows me to give some disconnection and to create very shady and undefined layers,” she notes.
#19: The Short Shaggy Bob with Bangs
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#20: Long Layered Bob Shag
A layered shaggy bob hairstyle with loose waves is versatile because, at shoulder-length, you can wear it up or down, and curled or straight. It also features blonde highlights for an added dimension.
This is a great haircut for women who want a low-maintenance style. You can throw this shaggy wavy bob up if you’re not styling that day but also wear it down and put some easy beach waves to dress it up!
#21: Short and Shaggy Pixie Bob
Try a short and shaggy pixie bob if you want a modern style. The shaggy pixie gives a structured look to straight hair. This shaggy bob is for women who like practicality without losing style.
#22: The Medium-Length Shag with Soft Waves
This medium-length shaggy bob with defined waves is effortless for the girl who wants to wake up and go.
If you have a natural texture, the cut allows for air drying with a spritz of sea salt to enhance the separation in your waves. Also, it’s the perfect way to grow out that short cut without ever having that awkward length.”
If you’re considering bangs for your shaggy shoulder-length bob, ask your hairstylist which length/style/shape is right for your face. It adds that extra flair to a short, simple look. Also, if you have a blonde shade, wash your hair with purple shampoo to keep its tone.
#23: The Mid-Length Shag Bob with Layers and Choppy Ends
The mid-length shag bob haircut is a modern shag with layers, texture, and bangs.
What’s best about this cut is that it has a strong feature out the line of a bob haircut. The layers and texture bring out the modern, edgy, lived-in, and undone look, giving the haircut more young energy and the feel of freedom.
The shaggy bob haircut is all about simplistic and edgy combinations. This cut and style can fit on wavy to straight hair. For fine hair, the layers can add more body and movements and create volume throughout. For short, thicker hair, the inner layers can remove weight, adding more spaces, so the hair can move with lightness and movement.
#24: The Chin-Length Shaggy Bob
A chin-length shag bob can create styles that provide movement and texture with short layers.
This short hair cut would be best for women with a higher hair density and some sort of wave or curl pattern. If you have straighter hair, it would require more styling to give your hair body.
#25: The Shaggy Shoulder-Length Bob on a Copper Balayage
This is a beautiful shoulder-length bob with shaggy layers.and copper balayage.
Ask your stylist for a custom color conditioner to keep reds vibrant or, at minimum, color-safe shampoo and conditioner. Minimal washing will also help keep the color vibrant. This long bob works best for women with a natural curl, wave, or those who are willing to put in the extra time to style it. If not, then understand it may look a little boxy when worn straight.
#26: Voluminous Long Shaggy Bob Haircut
Stand out in a crowd with a voluminous long shaggy bob haircut. Heavy layering and tons of texture ensure that even thick hair can be piecey and airy. Ask your stylist for extra texture cutting in the bang area for a soft, jagged fringe. Use a volumizing product at the root for lots of lift and finish with a pomade to set the hair in place.
#27: Short Blonde Shag with Light Blonde Money Piece
A short blonde shag with a light blonde money piece is super trendy right now. The soft shag haircut is perfect for ladies with fine hair looking to add fullness. Face framing with the addition of a light blonde money piece highlights the eyes and cheekbones while softening sharp jawlines.
#28: Shaggy Bob with a Deep Side Part
A shaggy bob with a deep side part is an excellent low-maintenance but still trendy haircut. A shaggy bob lends itself nicely to all hair types and can be adjusted to work with most face shapes. Square or rectangle face shapes are less suitable, but can still look very beautiful with proper cutting and styling. The blunt ends of the shaggy bob keep hair looking thick and healthy while the deep side part adds volume and interest with asymmetry. Try beachy waves with some texture spray to really kick the volume up a notch.
#29: Before and After Shaggy Copper Bob
Check out the before and after of a copper shaggy bob. For long and rectangle face shapes, ask your stylist for a medium-length shaggy bob to soften your features and balance the face with bangs above the brows. A warm copper red works well with those green, hazel, and blue-eyed ladies.
#30: Soft Shaggy Bob with Fringe
A soft shaggy bob with fringe is perfect for ladies with heart-shaped faces. The combo of fringe and choppy layers help make the hair look more full around the ends and voluminous at the top.
#31: Lived-In Shaggy Bob Hairstyle with Curtain Bangs
A lived-in shaggy bob hairstyle with curtain bangs can be worn by any density, from fine to thick, yet suits the naturally straight to wavy hair texture best for easy styling. Shaggy haircuts are ultra trendy and can be worn at one length with styling, within the interior with invisible layers, or choppy layers like a true shag. A 1 1/2″ wand can help achieve the lived-in look along with Bumble and Bumble airspun texturizing spray.
#32: Blonde Shaggy Bob with Dark Roots
Try a blonde shaggy bob with dark roots if you’re looking for a new, trendy style. Darker roots make for a softer grow-out if you have naturally dark hair. If you’re used to having light pieces around your face you can ask your stylist to bring the blonde up to your root in the front and keep the rest darker.