A medium shag with bangs is a multi-layered haircut that creates an effortless, tousled style. The length is somewhere between the shoulders and collarbones—not too short, nor too long.
What’s best about this shag is its versatility and distinctive style. Stylist Theresa Przybyla of Austin, TX says, “It brings out the natural body in the hair. The layers encourage movement and volume.”
Bangs are a great addition. If cut correctly, they can frame your face and accentuate your best features.
Przybyla’s ultimate suggestion to women considering this look is to go through a thorough consultation. Discuss what you love about the cut and what type of fringe you like to have. Will you be comfortable with short bits and flips around your cheekbones?
“A mid-length shag with bangs is a bold statement. Make sure you see all pieces of this hair trend that make it whole,” says Przybyla.
The consultation will allow your stylist to determine what length and shape of cut are best suited for your facial structure. Maintenance and styling techniques are also significant to converse about.
Regarding drawbacks, women who like straight and sleek styles must avoid a shag haircut. This chop isn’t ideal for women who always tie their hair back into a bun or ponytail.
More stylish ways to wear the trendy medium shag with bangs are found in this photo gallery. Check them out now!
#1: Modern Textured Shag with Curtain Fringe
There’s just something about the ethereal texture of a modern shag with curtain fringe that will make your face glow. It’s also one of the best ways you can use texture to frame your face. In my professional opinion, shag bangs are ideal for women who either like to wear their hair up or style it down with some curls.
#2: Medium Shag with Amazing Color Placement
Ask about a medium shag with bangs for a chic haircut that adds texture and movement to your hair. This cut features layers of different lengths. The bangs can be worn swept to the side or straight across the forehead. It works great for women who want a low-maintenance style that can easily dress up or down. To enhance the look, add some color placement that flatters your skin tone and overall style.
#3: Shoulder-Length Dark Auburn Shag
Give this shoulder-length dark auburn shag a try. The number one reason you should try this cut is to help add texture and fullness to your hair!
#4: Bombshell Blonde Shag with Fringe
Embrace your inner bombshell with this voluminous blonde shag with fringe. Ask about a shag if you want your hair to have more layers, movement, and volume. A shag is best on medium to thick hair types but can be customized to suit all hair types and textures. Aim for curtain bangs with this cut. They best blend into the overall haircut and give softness around the face. For big brigitte bardot-inspired hair, try using Color Wow’s Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer.
#5: Fuller-Looking Shag with Fringe
Creating a shag with fringe is my expertise, thanks to my years of experience as a hairstylist. This hairstyle is perfect for adding volume and texture to your hair. It gives it a trendy and effortless appearance. To achieve a fuller look, consider adding layers throughout your hair. Utilize texturizing products to enhance volume and movement. Styling your fringe can be done by blow-drying it with a round brush for a sleek finish. Or use a texturizing spray for a more tousled look.
#6: Face-Framing Shaggy Mullet with Very Short Bangs
Looking for a haircut that’s trendy but not too bold? Ask for a medium face-framing shaggy mullet with very short bangs. It’s the latest hair trend you won’t want to miss. This versatile cut works well for those with straight and wavy hair textures. If you want a cut that brings out your natural layers, it will show off your tresses’ movement and flow. The face-framing choppy layers add dimension. They allow you to flaunt your facial features.
#7: Blonde Shag with Lots of Volume
You’ll love the trendy shape of a blonde shag with lots of volume. The blonde color is perfect for amping up the volume of your strands and will increase fullness. Ask for a curtain fringe flowing away from the face and many textured layers. You’ll want to blow out your style with a metal barrel round brush and touch up the ends with a curling iron for a sexy style.
#8: Grunge Shag Cut with Fringe
A grunge shag cut with a fringe is the current hot style. The best way to achieve a cool and messy shape is texture cutting. The layers are cut into to produce a light and airy shag cut. I suggest finding a stylist who is current and trained in new techniques. Finer hair textures will have an easier time pulling off the style because this shape needs to be weightless. You’ll want to style your hair with wax to add fabulous texture.
#9: Light Brunette Shag with Thick Fringe
Are you craving a fresh new look with a vintage twist? Consider a medium-length shag with a thick fringe in a light brunette shade. At your next appointment, ask about this style. It’s perfect for adding volume and texture to your hair while maintaining a classic, feminine vibe. It’s especially well-suited for those with naturally wavy or curly hair. Thanks to its layered structure, it promotes movement and definition. To keep your shag looking its best, don’t forget to use a sea salt spray or texturizing cream. Each helps to enhance your hair’s natural texture while adding some hold.
#10: Iconic Shag Cut with Fringe
If you are looking for a low-maintenance cut, plan to get a mid-length iconic shag with a fringe haircut. This versatile cut can be customized to suit most face shapes and hair types. By keeping the length of the shag and removing weight from the sides creates volume and texture. The fringe adds a playful touch while framing the face.
#11: Very Thick Shag with Bangs
Try a very thick shag with bangs. You should consider a shag if you’re naturally curly and have thick hair. Ask for a razor cut to remove bulk and carve face-framing petals around the face.
#12: Medium Shaggy Textured Cut with Textured Bangs
A medium shaggy textured cut with textured bangs is trending. If you can, try bottleneck bangs, they are the perfect pair with a shag haircut. They look great right away and grow out nicely with the cut making them face-framing bits. Spend time adding in a few textured waves with a curling iron. Or use a curl product like Afterworld Organic Moisture Lock Curl Serum to bring out your texture.
#13: Mid-Length Shag with Big Volume
One of my favorite hair trends over the last few years has been the mid-length shag with big volume. This is such a cool yet specific haircut. When you can, search for a stylist who specializes in these shapes. That heavy fringe on top adds lots of volume contour. This is ideal for a diamond or round face shape. This is important to note so you can adjust the volume and bangs to suit your natural features.
#14: Face-Framing Edgy Shag with Fringe
Try a face-framing edgy shag with a fringe. A shag will give you fullness and edge to your finer hair. You will spend time with less products when you get a great haircut that suits your face shape and hair texture. Shags have been around for decades and have changed names and variations. But, they have given great style time and time again. From soft to edgy, young and old, and all the in between.
#15: Medium Shag with Internal Layering
A medium shag with intentional layering is retro chic. If you’re looking to have some volume and shape to thick hair, you will want to get a razor cut. The best way to get volume through the crown is with a crown player. Style with a round brush for body and finish with a light-hold hair spray, like Cult + King Set Spray.
#16: 90s-Inspired Layers and Bangs
Go for a medium shag with 90s-inspired layers and bangs. This on-trend style works great for clients with fine or medium hair textures that are not too thick. Combining the bangs and layered shag gives the best balance of softness and movement. To get this look, I suggest starting out by blow-drying your hair straight. Use an expert brush like CHI’s Turbo Ceramic Round Boar Brush. Then add in some soft waves with a curling iron or wand. Finish off the look with a lightweight shine serum. Try a smoothing serum for amazing results that last all day.
#17: Spicy Red Shag
A red shag with fringe is one of the best things you can do if you want to make a semi-casual style look modern yet stylish. The medium-length shag gives your hair plenty of body while the thick fringe adds a touch of elegance. To style this look, start by working a small amount of mousse into your damp hair and then blow-dry with a round brush. Finally, use a flat iron to create a slightly tousled look. With this hairstyle, you’ll have a look that is sure to attract attention!
#18: 90s-Inspired Wolf Cut with Choppy Curtain Bangs
If you want a modern, versatile look, try a shaggy texture. It adds movement and opens the hair, while the razored curtain bangs give it a unique, edgy element. To style it, use a bit of styling wax and use your fingers. This may help to give it a slightly tousled look. Make sure to avoid a low-quality hairdryer, as this cut requires some heat to keep it in shape. With a little bit of styling and maintenance, you can rock this look day after day.
#19: Dark Brown Mid-Length Shag with Long Wispy Bangs
These chic medium shag haircuts with bangs are the perfect way to get an on-trend style. The mid-length, dark brown hair has long, wispy bangs that blend into blunt ends for a modern look. To create this hairstyle, your stylist will use layering techniques and texturizing methods. Both will give you a bouncy yet defined shape with plenty of volume. A benefit of this cut is its versatility. It can be worn up or down in various styles.
#20: All-Over Silver Shag with Curtain Fringe for Older Women
If you’re looking for a mid-length cut with wispy ends and fringe, a silver shag is perfect for you! I recommend this look for older women with thick hair. It will give you a full, voluminous look while still being easy to manage. For added texture and movement, ask your stylist to razor-cut your ends. To keep it looking fresh, I recommend using products that add a bit of hold and texturize your hair. Try Number 4 High-Performance Hair Care’s Sugar Texturizing Spray. It will give you the perfect amount of hold.
#21: Medium Shag with Pink Peekaboo Highlights
Give your hair personality. When you want to avoid looking like everyone else, add pink peekaboo highlights. Its placement can range from around the hairline, fringe, or layers. As for maintenance of the color, it can be refreshed in hue with an at-home color depositing product. Try Keracolor Clenditioner for this.
#22: Wispy Bangs on a Blonde Mid-Length Shag
If you can, try to opt for a medium-length shag with wispy bangs. This cut is perfect for an on-trend look without sacrificing versatility. It’s great, both straight and curled! When styling this type of hair, use products like Redken Powder Grip 03 Matte Texture Paste. It gives your locks a texture that will hold them all day. For extra definition at the roots, go over them lightly with a flat iron.
#23: Medium Shag with Wispy Middle Bits
A medium, wispy shag is a great, low-maintenance cut for those with a slight texture to their hair. A wispy shag is a great way to accentuate texture, add volume and give your hair a styled look with minimal effort. One of the best products for this look would be a texturizing spray or sea salt spray.
#24: Medium Shag Cut with Piece-y Bangs
You may be afraid to take the leap to this medium shag cut with piece-y bangs. But trust that this haircut is the style of the year and looks great on everyone. Don’t be afraid to shorten up your layers and maintain most of your length. The separation will bring your waves to life and create volume. Especially when you ask your stylist to execute this cut with a razor for extra texture and movement.
#25: Edgy Red Shag with Colored Bangs
An edgy red shag with colored bangs is a trendy look that is taking over. Soft stacking layers are customizable and suitable for most hair types and textures. A shag is the best cut to get lots of body and movement. My advice would be to blow dry with a big round brush to show off all the bouncy layers and the shag style.
#26: Shaggy Layers and Bangs for Thick Hair
If you have thick hair try shaggy layers and bangs for a trendy style. Your best bet is to find a stylist that feels comfortable using a razor to cut shaggy layers. Using a razor will give your hair a soft textured look. Don’t forget to use a diffuser on the end of your hair dryer when styling to achieve a tousled look.
#27: Medium Shag Mullet Style
Try rocking a medium shag mullet for a trendy style. I highly recommend this style for all face shapes. If you can, use a round brush to blow dry and style your hair. Using a volumizing spray and round brush is a great way to achieve volume and body.
#28: 70s-Inspired Feathered Medium Shag with Curtain Fringe
Try a medium shag with curtain fringe and 70s-inspired feathered layers. If you have a heart-shaped face, this cut will give you an incredibly sexy softening effect on your angles. One of the greatest ways to style this look is to create volume and movement with L’Ange’s blow drying brush. Finish with Kevin Murphy’s Do.over Powder Hairspray for a bouncy effect.
#29: Shag with Bangs for a Natural Redhead
If you have wavy to curly hair with a medium density, one of the best things you can do is to ask for a shag with bangs. It will debulk the silhouette and give shape for the curls to spring free. For a natural redhead, this will display the curls in a ready-made style. And it will create a low-maintenance routine.
#30: 80s-Inspired Medium Shag with Long Bangs
Take it back in time with an 80s-inspired medium shag with long bangs. A shag will never go out of style and will bring movement and body into your hair. A shag is a wash-and-wear style that is easily managed. If you plan on cutting bangs, you’ll have to be prepared for the maintenance that comes along with them. Cutting them every 4 weeks will be required.
#31: Platinum Razor Cut Medium Shag
Razor cuts are so edgy. Pairing it with medium shag would have to be my favorite combo. If you’re interested, I suggest seeing where your current hair color is. This will show how you can achieve this look. And, if it would work with your budget and lifestyle.
#32: Copper Straight Shag with Fringe
Hair that lays smooth has the best foundation for a straight shag with fringe. However, the style can wear well with most textures and natural colors like copper.
#33: Pink Punk Rock Shag Cut
If you want an edgier color and texture in your current look, try this pink punk rock shag cut and color combo. A bold move with dyeing your hair pink but still soft, long, and feminine with this razored haircut. I suggest rounding out the edges with a curling iron and defining the ends with the r+co dry shampoo paste.
#34: Medium-Length Face-Framing Layers
Medium-length face-framing layers enhance the face beautifully on almost any hair type. Perfect for keeping length, I suggest taking a lot of weight out by debulking and layering. This will help you get more volume. Don’t forget to style your bangs and piece out hair with product for an edgy fringe.
#35: Copper Shaggy Mullet with Choppy Fringe
Try this copper shaggy mullet with choppy fringe if you’re looking to add some sass to your life. If you have not tried a shag cut, I suggest you give it a go! The combination of the fringe and short layers will give you that bounce that you long for.
#36: Soft Shag with Fringe
Revolutionize your locks with a medium-length soft shag and fringe. Shaggy hairstyles boost volume and add body, especially for fine hair. A face-framing fringe will soften your look. For a messy, undone style, don’t forget to apply a texture spray when styling.
#37: Rounded Bangs for a Long Face
Try opting for rounded bangs for a long face shape. This creates a line horizontally for the eye to follow and will give your face a more balanced shape.
#38: Long Shaggy Bob with Wispy Fringe
Try this long shaggy bob with wispy fringe for an edgy haircut that is still soft and feminine. If it’s your first time trying bangs, my best advice is to always stay a little longer. Or, you can always cut more once the cut is fully styled or even at your next appointment. A texture spray to finish and show off all the layers.
#39: Full Choppy Bangs on a Shag Cut
Full choppy bangs on a shag cut bring an amazing balance between the amount of hair and face within your look. Adding bangs is a great way to take the attention away from your forehead and highlight your eyes, cheekbones, and lips. With the shorter layers, your hair will look fuller and give more movement.
#40: Silver Curly Shaggy Cut
A silver curly shaggy cut is a trendy, modern hairstyle that adds so much texture and volume to women that have fine or thin hair. The most effective way to style this haircut is by blow drying your hair upside down and using volumizing hair products. Throwing curls into your style will give you all that messy, shaggy texture your heart desires.
#41: Copper Mid-Length Wolf Shag with Thick Fringe
A copper mid-length wolf shag with a thick fringe is to die for if you love loads of volume and texture in your hair. This is one of the easiest hairstyles to style and is so versatile as far as how many different ways it can be styled. Remember to avoid cutting your interior layers on top and at the crown of your head too short because this is what will create texture and movement in your hair. It’s best to brush all of your hair forward, parting slightly in the middle part to frame around your face.
#42: Cute Shaggy Long Bob with Fringe
The possibilities are endless with this cute, shaggy long bob with a fringe. Bobs are so versatile that you can wear them layered, blunt, or textured. If you want to take it all the way, you can even add a bang or face frame. Before you go and get a bob cut, ask your stylist what options are most suitable for your hair needs.
#43: Grey Shag with Glasses
A grey shag with glasses is a good way to go to keep your hair textured and stylish. One of the best ways to frame your eyewear while still keeping your face shape open is to incorporate a shorter bang. Shorter bangs look great with a shag. They are also trendy, easy to style, and won’t get in the way of glasses.
#44: Medium Shag with Crown Layers and Fringe
Rock a medium shag with crown layers and fringe if you love a messy, texturized hairstyle. You can ask your stylist to use a razor and thinning shears to soften the ends of your hair and create extra texture. Wear your hair brushed toward your face and use a styling pomade or paste to piece out individual strands and sections of hair to add to your messy hairstyle. You can also try adding a texture spray or a sea salt spray when your hair is still damp for natural volume and texture.
#45: Sexy Bright Copper Shag Cut
You’ll be autumn-ready with this bright, sexy, mid-length copper shag cut with bangs. Shag cuts are on trend and perfect for most hair types. For an edgier version with more texture and movement, ask for your ends to be cut with a razor. Even though a shag is low-maintenance, remember to trim it every 8 weeks to preserve the shape of your cut.
#46: Cute Shaggy Bob with Thick Bangs
Always go for a cute above-shoulder shag with a heavy fringe. If you want to give your fine hair some extra fullness try a heavy fringe and shoulder-length hair. You can try to style your hair with a soft beach spray for added texture or throw in some waves with your curling iron. This is an easy-to-maintain style with bang trims in between cut appointments to keep them out of your eyes or you can part them in the middle and style them like curtain bangs.
#47: Medium Brunette Wavy Shag
A wavy shag can be extremely flattering because your hair will frame around your face shape nicely. You’ll want to avoid taking off too much weight and length from your ends so you don’t end up with an outdated, scraggly-looking shag. However, you will want to make sure you take out enough bulk around the crown of your head to ensure your new hairstyle can get the texture and volume it deserves.
#48: Half Pink and Half Silver with Fringe
Rock a half pink and half silver hair color with a fringe if you love bold, colorful hair that is bound to make a statement. Split hair color looks best when paired with a fringe because it can help bring the “split” effect to life by being framed around your face. Not to mention, having a fringe with a split hair color gives the illusion that you spent the time to perfectly part your 2 hair colors away from each other when really all you have to do is brush your hair forward and the fringe does all the work for you! Avoid shampooing every day, using hot water when shampooing, and swimming in the pool when having hair colors like these.
#49: Sassy Wolf Cut with Choppy Fringe
Get the look of your dreams with a sassy wolf cut paired with a choppy fringe. A wolf cut has many soft short layers that move and give body. Have your stylist use texturizing shears, because the more piecey, the better. When it comes to styling, you can use some volumizing spray at your root before blow drying.
#50: Beautiful Medium Shag with Blonde Balayage
Try a popular cut with a beautiful medium shag with blonde balayage. Your hair will look good either waved or straight with all the shaggy tousled layers. Add a curtain bang for a trendy spin on the regular bang that comes with less maintenance.
#51: Fluffy Bangs
Fluffy bangs can help you avoid having boring, lackluster hair by giving texture and piecey layers around your face. You can ask for a shaggy haircut with bangs by bringing this photo to your next appointment.
#52: Full Curtain Bangs and Feathered Ends
You should consider full curtain bangs and feathered ends if you love a shag but don’t want to commit to shorter layers. Curtain bangs are textured bangs lightly blended into the sides of your hair. You will style them like regular bangs, but at the end of drying, roll them up and to the side to get that flick. Ask your stylist to point cut or use a razor on the ends of your hair to take out some of the bluntness for a more flowy style.
#53: Razored Shag with Choppy Bangs
A shag with choppy bangs will bring out your creative and edgy side. Using a razor will give you the texture and flow that is needed. The choppy bangs are the focal point that will bring out your features.
#54: Mid-Length Shaggy Wolf Cut
A mid-length shaggy wolf is a modern spin on the trendy 70s shag. A mid-length shag with bangs is perfect for highlighting the eyes. Try a wolf cut with long bangs to create softness on the cheekbones.
#55: Textured Shag with Big Bangs
Try a textured shag with big bangs if you want to add movement and body to your tresses. The different layers will add the texture you’re wanting. By using a large round brush when styling, you can create some voluminous hair that will last!
#56: Choppy Shag Cut with Wispy Bangs for Thin Hair
A choppy shag cut with wispy bangs for thin hair is a fresh take on traditional short layers. A perfect medium style for someone trying to grow out a haircut or try something new. Explore a shag cut for thin hair while maintaining thickness.
#57: Undone Shaggy Lob with Middle Part Bangs on Fine Hair
An undone shaggy lob with middle part bangs on fine hair brings attention to the eyes and nose. A shoulder-length shaggy bob with bangs is a great way to remove old unwanted hair. Try a small once curling iron to create soft beach waves.
#58: Shoulder-Length Shaggy Bob with Curtain Bangs
A shoulder-length shaggy bob with curtain bangs is the best alternative to cutting a precision bob. A medium shag with curtain bangs removes weight in thick hair while still maintaining movement. Try Aiir Texture Aiir Spray for soft flexible hold and style.
#59: Medium Wolf Cut with Shaggy Bangs for Wavy Hair
A medium wolf cut with shaggy bangs for wavy hair is soft and romantic. A medium hair length is a perfect touch for a soft style. Shaggy bangs with medium hair creates movement around the eyes and temples.
#60: Face-Framing Shag with Bangs for Thick Hair
A face-framing shag with bangs for thick hair hugs the face in all the right places. Try a medium-length shag with bangs for a fuller effect around the face. Ask your stylist for full bangs and soft layers.
#61: Soft Shag Style with a Fringe for Women Over 70
For a refreshing change-up, consider a soft shag style with a fringe for women over 70. The modern version of a shag features angled bangs that complement nearly every face shape. If you don’t have natural waves, use a 1.25” curling iron to create soft bends throughout the hair that showcase the voluminous short layers.
#62: Disconnected Layers on Mid-Length Shaggy Hair
Disconnected layers on mid-length shaggy hair with bangs are an ideal medium hairstyle for fine textures. Ask your stylist for volume that’s layered to various lengths. A great way to ask is by adding a razor cut to your hair regimen.
#63: Medium-Length Curly Shag with Razored Layers
A medium-length curly shag with razored layers is the perfect hair inspiration for any curly girl. Try a medium cut if you have curls that shrink in size or coil up tight. Introduce DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture hair mask for an extra drink of hydration. Ask your stylist for a choppy fringe to enhance the cut even more!
#64: Wispy Shag with Waves for Women Over 50
Try a wispy shag with waves for women over 50 for a more youthful look. Ask for messy layers to keep the cool softness of an effortless style. Crown layers also help to create volume and bring the eyes up.
#65: Medium Shag with Textured Bangs and Layers
A medium shag with textured bangs is the perfect cut for women with thick hair. Shaggy shoulder-length hair with bangs favors round and square face shapes, as the short layers add volume to the crown area. Emphasize the airiness of this cut using a texture paste such as Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It.
#66: Shag with Brow-Length Bangs for Women Over 60
A shag with brow-length bangs for women over 60 is a chic way to keep hair length. A shoulder-length shag with bangs allows volume in the crown area while still maintaining length, which draws the eyes up. Try a volume shampoo and conditioner to keep a weightless finish.
Related: Medium-length shags for women over 60.
#67: Feathered Layers and Bangs on Shagged Hair
When looking for a fresh haircut that’s low-maintenance, consider feathered layers and bangs on shagged hair. A shoulder-length haircut with short layers and bangs is volumizing on most girls. Flip out the fringe using a small round brush for an edgy finished look.
#68: Textured Shaggy Cut with Heavy Bangs
A textured shaggy cut with heavy bangs is a great way to embrace a medium haircut. Textured layers keep the shape interesting while a chunky bang creates a little edge. Try a medium-sized curling iron to create effortless waves.
#69: Layered Shaggy Cut with a Face Frame
A layered shaggy cut with a face frame adds lots of volume. Try Kevin Murphy’s Powder Puff on dry hair for an extra boost. A medium shag haircut with bangs and wispy face-framing is perfect to highlight facial features.
#70: Razor Cut Shag with Short Bangs
A razor-cut shag with short bangs is the ultimate cool-girl haircut. The effortlessly edgy style features textured short fringe sweeping across the forehead that compliments most face shapes. The great part about a razor cut is that it automatically creates softness in the layers – make sure you ask for a stylist that knows how to do razor cuts prior to booking your appointment.
#71: Tousled Shag with Face-Framing Bangs
A tousled shag with face-framing bangs closes off the forehead and eyes. Try a layered shape for more attention to the lips and cheeks. Shaggy medium hair with bangs is an excellent way to draw attention to the cheeks. Ask for long layers for an even softer finish.
#72: Choppy Layers on Shaggy Straight Hair
Consider choppy layers on shaggy straight hair for an updated take on a 90s classic haircut. The wispy shag hairstyle can be tailored to fit your hair texture, density, and face shape. Full bangs draw attention to the eyes and add a feminine touch.
#73: Shagged Cut with Soft Curls for Women Over 40
A shagged cut with soft curls for women over 40 is by far one of the most stylish and trendy ways to show off curls. A tip to keeping your hair hydrated at night, sleep with a humidifier to enhance texture and shaggy layers. Try a silk pillow case to keep the curls happy all night long.
#74: Mullet Shag with Choppy Bangs
A mullet shag with choppy bangs is an ideal edgy style for a creative! Textured bangs and shag haircuts for medium-length hair are both sophisticated and interesting. Try adding a pop of color for an extra boost.