60 Short Shag Haircuts Women Are Getting in 2024

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief
Short shag with choppy shaggy bangs
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#1: Shag with Choppy Bangs

Short shaggy bangs can enhance the texture, movement, and fullness of thin or fine hair. Shaggy bangs with choppy texture and layering perfectly complement a textured pixie cut. Shaggy bangs also enhance the overall face-framing effects without concealing your face. Choppy bangs require minimal styling time and are meant to look messy or disheveled. Similarly to other bangs, these may require more frequent maintenance.

Tousled short shag hairstyle with choppy layers and a short fringe for added texture and movement

#2 Tousled Hairstyle with a Short Fringe

This tousled short shag with a fringe is perfect for adding playful texture and movement to your hair. The soft, choppy layers create a relaxed, effortless look, while the short fringe adds a modern twist and frames the face beautifully. Ideal for those with wavy or curly hair, this cut is low-maintenance and easy to style with a bit of texturizing spray for a lived-in finish. However, it may require regular trims to maintain the desired shape and prevent the layers from becoming too heavy.

Chin-length messy shaggy bob with curtain bangs and choppy layers

#3 Messy Shaggy Bob with Curtain Bangs

This chin-length messy shaggy bob features curtain bangs and choppy layers that create a voluminous, textured look perfect for fine, wavy hair. Ideal for medium hair density, this cut enhances natural movement and adds fullness. The natural blonde highlights give it a sun-kissed appearance, while the curtain bangs frame the face beautifully. It’s low-maintenance and offers a trendy, carefree style that’s perfect for those wanting a youthful, effortless look without much styling effort.

Short shaggy cut with layered texture and a deep side part for added volume

#4 Short Shaggy Cut with Layers and a Deep Side Part

This short shaggy cut with layers and a deep side part is perfect for women looking to add volume and movement to their hair. The layered texture enhances fullness, making it ideal for those with fine to medium hair. The deep side part adds a modern twist and frames the face beautifully, complementing various face shapes. This style is easy to manage and maintain, providing a chic and youthful look with minimal effort.

Flattering short shag haircut for older women with natural grey hair

#5 Flattering Shag for Older Women with Grey Hair

This short shag haircut is perfect for older women embracing their natural grey hair. The cut features soft, tousled layers that add volume and movement, making it ideal for those with fine hair. The side-swept bangs frame the face beautifully without overwhelming it. This style is low-maintenance and highlights the natural texture of grey hair, giving a youthful and vibrant look. However, it may require regular trims to maintain its shape and avoid looking too grown-out.

short shag with middle part curtain bangs
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#6: Shag with a Middle-Part and Curtain Bangs

Opt for middle-part curtain bangs if you want a modern hairdo that adds fullness to your hair. Curtain bangs frame the eyes and soften square face shapes, which is great.

#7: Retro Shag with Bangs

If you’re looking for a flashback to the scene girl hair trend of the early 2000s, this cute and chic short shag with bangs is perfect. It features texture, crown volume, and the right amount of hair in the back for a mini low ponytail. Ask for a cross between a choppy pixie, mullet, and shag.

#8: Messy Shaggy Hair with Curtain Bangs

Try this messy short shaggy hair if you want to take a walk on the wild side. It is perfect for a girl who wants texture in her short, sassy haircut. To style, give yourself a beach wave using a 1 1/4-inch curling wand while leaving the ends of your hair out and uncurled. After styling your hair, spray a texture spray such as Tribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray and brush your hair. Texture sprays are perfect for those who want to separate their hair strands and have a light hold.

Short 70s Shag Haircut with Choppy Ends
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#9: 70s Shag with Choppy Ends

Haircuts with choppy ends, give a 70’s shag vibe and frame the face beautifully. It also adds an effortless texture to the hair.

#10: Shaggy Pixie with Bangs

Most pixies with bangs require higher maintenance and more salon visits. Short shaggy wispy haircuts grow faster in the nape of the head, causing a mullet hairstyle. Switching to a shorter shag like this cute pixie fixes that problem by making the grown-out look seem intentional and fresh.

short shag with tendrils
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#11: Uneven Short Bob Shag with Tendrils

This haircut features many uneven layers, creating a messy modern hairstyle. The beauty of it is that your stylist can add unique elements and various lengths, like tendrils.

Short shaggy gemini hair color with two tone purple and brown
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#12: Short and Shaggy Gemini Hair with Purple and Brown

Pair the latest Gemini hair color trend with a short cut. This two-tone color is a bold, fun look. It’s marked by short layers, heavy bangs and a mix of bright purple and brown colors. To keep the color fresh, use color-protecting hair products. To style, a texturizing spray helps bring out the layered look. Don’t be afraid to mess it up a bit for that trendy ‘just-woke-up’ vibe.

Short bixie shag haircut before and after makeover
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#13: Bixie Shag with Curtain Bangs

Switch up your look with a shaggy bixie with a curtain fringe. The addition of a soft curtain fringe frames round faces. Styling is easy – just run a bit of styling cream through your hair to tame the shaggy layers and highlight the texture.

#14: 90s Shag Hairdo

The 90s haircut is a classic, edgy style popular in the 1990s, and it was made popular by Meg Ryan and Halle Berry. It features choppy, textured layers cut to the chin or shoulder length with short wispy bangs. Adding more piecey, razored layers give it a modern look.

#15: Short Shaggy Wolf Cut

The wolf cut is a bold, rebellious choppy style featuring heavily layered locks cut to the jawline or above. Inspired by anime characters, this edgy look has short fringy bangs. Style with your fingers for a tousled, windswept effect. Scrunch in product and arrange the layers. Add volume at the crown and flip up the ends for an anime-inspired look.

Razored Shaggy Pixie Cut for Women Over 60
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#16: Razored Shaggy Pixie Cut for Women Over 60

This very short shaggy pixie cut for thin hair is popular among women in their 60s. It is a low-maintenance and stylish haircut. This razored pixie cut can be easily recreated at home with minimal blow-drying.

See more shags for women in their 60s

#17: Shag with Bangs and Longer In the Back

One of my top styling tips is that you should work with your natural hair texture. Many women have a hair texture that falls somewhere between straight and curly. The easiest and quickest way to style your hair is by finding a shaggy haircut and hairstyle that complements your natural texture instead of working against it.

Shaggy Cut with Short Fringe
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#18: Shaggy Haircut with Short Fringe

Textured haircuts with a short fringe can be customized to suit each woman’s preferences. This cut is for ladies who are a little more adventurous, out-of-the-box, eclectic and do not have pin-straight hair.

short shag for wavy hair
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#19: Layered Shag for Wavy Hair

If your waves are unruly and unforgiving, opt for a shag for wavy hair. This low-maintenance hairdo could be the change you need this year. Apply a dab of Redken Aerate all over to give your hair this fantastic texture.

Edgy Shaggy Mullet
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#20: Edgy Shaggy Mullet with Disconnected Layers

The edgy shaggy mullet is now one of the most popular hairstyles! Try this for a trendy blast from the past. This length is easy to style and requires less maintenance than a pixie cut.

Short Shag for Ladies Over 40
Instagram @shagginsatin

#21: Short Textured Bob for Ladies Over 40

If you’re over 40, you can also pull off this cut. This length and style are incredibly flattering and low-maintenance. Talk to your stylist about styling tips to get these messy but cute waves.

#22: The Short and Modified Shag with Angled Layers

Modified haircuts are making a solid comeback for their easy maintenance and relaxed style and appearance. Also known as a modern mullet, a modified shag can be a great way to test shorter layers without committing to a pixie cut. Suppose you have small facial features and want to make your face appear more prominent or proportional. In that case, a modified cut is a fantastic option because it focuses on short textured layers around the face, which enlarges face shapes and facial features.

Shaggy Pixie Bob
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#23: Petite Shaggy Pixie Bob for Women with Glasses

Try rocking a shaggy pixie bob if you’re looking for something edgy, feminine, and easy to style. Make sure to ask your stylist if they think this haircut will work for you before taking the plunge. Spritz your hair with Kenra Silkening Mist to get this fantastic shine after styling.

#24: The Mini Shag Haircut

If you’re looking to rock something different this year, try the mini shag. Ask your hairstylist what products you should use to achieve this short textured hair.

short one-length shag cut
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#25: One-Length Shag with Face-Framing Layers

One-length haircuts are a low-maintenance and trendy style. The bluntness of the ends of this hairstyle makes it unique. The length of this cut is perfect for face-framing and leaves enough length to pull up your hair.

trendy short shag for women over 70
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#26: Trendy Shag for Women Over 70

Some women in their 70s with sassy personalities love this spiky hairstyle. This style is forgiving and youthful and will make you feel rejuvenated. Use a dime-sized dab of Schwarzkopf Osis Thrill and rub it all over after styling for this textured look.

#27: Shaggy Haircut for Fine Hair

Shag cuts often feature short, light, and wispy layering. However, a short shaggy haircuts for fine hair must have slightly longer layering to maintain a strong perimeter. One drawback is that too many layers or too short can make the hair appear thinner.

#28: The Rocker Shag with Choppy Layers

Finding a style that shows off your personality can be tricky. So try adding short choppy baby bangs to a shag for a rocker look. This haircut is cute and edgy and shows off your unique style.

Shaggy Pixie Cut
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#29: Shaggy Pixie Cut

If you want an even shorter haircut, ask your hairdresser for a shaggy, messy pixie. Adding extra texture gives height to the look, offering more volume and a flattering style.

#30: The Ear-Length Layered Shag with Wavy Bangs

Get ready to flaunt your natural curls like never before with a shorter, ear-length shag haircut! Not only does this cropped style add extra texture to your locks, but it also helps to keep the weight off your ends. This haircut results in a more voluminous and shiny look. Embrace your curls and try this haircut for a truly beautiful and unique style.

#31: Face-Framing Shag for Round Face Shapes

Avoid heavy and blunt lines because they tend to close off the face shape instead of complimenting it. A great choice is this cut for round face shapes because the shorter layers with extra texture open the haircut and frame the face in a more flattering way.

#32: The Short, Wispy Shag

One of the more fun and youthful shags is a wispy one. I recommend styling the textured layers to flip out while keeping a solid perimeter, creating a unique silhouette.

Short Inverted Bob with Piecey Layers
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#33: Short Inverted Bob with Piecey Layers

Try a shaggy inverted bob if you’re looking for a modern twist. Adding a side-part works great on squarer faces, as the regular full-on bangs shorten the face even more. This short hairstyle is also perfect for those who prefer a side part. Be aware that you won’t want the layers to be too short due to the side part style. Allowing for lots of movement to form around the perimeter brings flow and texture to your bob.

#34: Layered Shaggy Bob with Pink Highlights

A black bob with pink highlights can add brightness and light to your style. The cut adds a lighter feel to the hair from the layering techniques. Your color pops even more with increased flow and movement to the hair. Try to add pink highlights to your black shag to enhance the depth, with the bright pink sitting against black tones that blend into the layers.

Short Shaggy Bob with Middle Part
Instagram @hirohair

#35: Shaggy Cut with a Middle Part

Short shaggy bob hairstyles can be catered to any woman’s hair texture and face shape with face-framing layers. If you are considering a short bob haircut like this, know it’s so low-maintenance! Shagged bobs are a wash-and-go haircut. To style, get a curl cream like Davines Love Curl Controller for wash days, and Davines Sea Salt Spray is perfect for a refresher on non-wash days to keep that fun texture.

#36: Dirty Blonde Shaggy Layered Bob

This short shaggy bob for fine hair is a textured cut. A short-cut with curtain bangs will give you a good look if you have a prominent forehead or receding hairline. Hair cut short with texture can create a cute, messy look.

Shag with Short Layer Cuts
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#37: with Short Layers

This hairstyle is so sassy and sporty. One of the beautiful things about a cropped shag cut is that you can get so much diversity out of this look, from sleek and straight to wavy messy, and edgy.

#38: Neck-Length Wavy Shag with Bangs

Short shag hairstyles that are a little fuller on the ends instead of carving them look amazing. The fullness created by the wavy hair and shaggy layers pictured here gives the crown more volume, and the bangs and bits create a flattering frame for the face.

Chin-Length Choppy Bob for Thick Hair
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#39: Chin-Length Choppy Shag for Thick Hair

The best haircuts for thick hair are razor-cut and textured to remove bulk and heaviness. A shaggy chin-length cut is a modern take on the classic cut.

#40: Shag with Balayage

Try this popular 1970s haircut if you want a retro look. They are great for women with strong jawlines.

#41: Short French Crop Shag with Wispy Bangs

A French style is relaxed with an effortless aesthetic that moves between the French girl vibe and 70s rock and roll vibe. The internal layers of this short cut and transitions give it a fresh textured shag style with French bangs.

Shaggy Long Pixie Cut
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#42: Shaggy Long Pixie Cut with Long Bangs

Look for a haircut, like a long pixie cut, easily worn in a few different hair styles. Take this long shaggy pixie, for example. Keep in mind that the woman pictured has relatively fine hair.

Shorter Shaggy Angled Bob Haircut
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#43: Shorter Shaggy Angled Bob with Bangs

An angled cut is trending because it is a relatively easy hairstyle at home with little effort. This hairstyle with short layers works best on ladies with fine to medium hair. You must be ready to use a product like mousse or texturizing spray to give it the hold it needs.

#44: Feathered Shag for Thin Hair

This photo is one of the best haircuts for a wash-and-go hairstyle, and it’s great for women with thin hair. The short length works best for women with a heart or oval face shape. A textured cut that has feathered layers as opposed to sitting on top of each other makes for a versatile shag.

#45: Short and Razored Shaggy Hair with Curtain Bangs

A razored shag cut is full of texture and carved-out pieces that make it youthful and fun to wear. Short layered haircuts often look undone or lived-in, so it works well for a low-maintenance woman who is not looking to shampoo and style their hair often.

Modern Short A-Line Shag
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#46: Modern Short A-Line Shag

A modern A-line shag haircut is still a feminine cut. This short cut is great for women with fine to medium-texture hair. It gives the appearance of a thicker, sexier and can help you pull off the trend.

#47: Very Short Shaggy Bob with an Undercut

A really shaggy bob with an undercut is one of the trendiest haircuts for bold girls. Edgy short cuts are great for any woman who is shy about committing to a full short pixie bob cut. You have the shortness in the back but the safety net of some length in the front. This hairstyle is an excellent way for thin, fine hair to appear thicker and fuller.

#48: Jaw-Length Short Choppy Bob

This cute jaw-length shaggy cut works well on fine textures and a heart-shaped face. Taking away any underneath bulk with an undercut and texture the ends. Shorter layers in the back crown give a lot of lift working around any cowlicks and mid-length layers around the face.

Short to Medium Shaggy Asymmetrical Bob
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#49: Short to Medium Shaggy Asymmetrical Bob

A razor-cut shaggy bob will add a ton of layers. If you want texture in a choppy haircut, ask your stylist to use the razor-cutting technique and add texture with shears when your hair is dry. Doing this will create an effortless hairstyle with the shag feel you’re probably looking for. This shorter cut is excellent for all hair types, from straight to wavy to curly. It just depends on what hairstyle you are going for, which determines how to style it.

Short Blonde Shag Haircuts with Bangs for Over 50

#50 Short Razored Bob with Bangs for Women Over 50

A short shag haircut is perfect for women over 50 with thick hair. Adding some champagne blonde balayage color is a great way to hide your naturally gray hair and add a youthful look if you go short.

#51: Curly Shag for Naturally Curly Hair

This short cut is very diffused, rounded at the top, squared on the sides, and open around the face. It can enhance natural hair texture, remove weight, or add body to your hair. It’s effortless to maintain if you’re willing to use a little product. This haircut opens the face and looks great with fringe, too. For women with strong cheekbones, you can open it up. For women with a round face, you will still look great, and you can even narrow the look of your face with a slightly longer face frame.

Short Textured Shag with Side-Swept Bangs
Instagram @mainpointsalon

#52: Textured Shag with Side-Swept Bangs

A short textured shag with a side-swept bang is a sassy and cute style. Bangs are a great way to breakup short hairstyles to add more dimension and face-framing.

Cute Short Blunt Shag with Bangs
Instagram @timpascoe_hair

#53: Micro Shag with Bangs and Razored Layers

This cut is a razored haircut with graduation along the length showing disconnected ends. The cute short blunt shag and bangs stand out with a super stripped, messy finish.

Messy Short Bob with Highlights
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#54: Brown Shag with Highlights

Add some toffee highlights to dark brown hair for a fun and fresh haircut. Each highlighted stand will show off all the dimensions of your new shag, and the darker hair color is sure to match any skin tone.

#55: The Cutest Short Layered Shag Haircut

Try this short shag with curtain bangs, which will give your hair a vintage and punk feel. The best thing about this haircut is that it is versatile, depending on how you style it. Waves give it a soft ‘lived-in’ look while straightening, which gives an edgier vibe. If you have straight hair, the key to making this cut look effortless is to create a ‘bend’ with the flat iron vs. a curl.

modern textured shag with full curtain bangs
Instagram @yukistylist

#56: Textured with Full Curtain Fringe

A modern textured shag with a full curtain fringe is the “it” hairdo of the moment. Great for various face shapes and hair textures, you can tailor this to your needs and lifestyle. Consult your stylist about what version of this hairstyle would work for you.

#57: Colorful Shaggy Short Mullet

A mullet cut is becoming one of the more popular ways to get a shaggy haircut right now. A colorful short mullet cut that’s styled as a shag is something spunky to try. Strawberry blonde ombré tips and whispy styled ends give this cut and style a whimsical feel. Ask your color specialist which color combo is best for you.

Short shag for square face shapes
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#58: Flattering Shag for Square Face Shapes

Try a shag for a flattering look that pairs well with square face shapes. They are a perfect way to soften the harsh horizontal lines of square faces while adding roundness to balance the face shape. Use a shag to draw attention to the features you love about your face while diminishing the features you may not want as much attention brought to.

fluffy shag hairstyle
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#59: The Short and Fluffy Shag Haircut

Fluffy haircuts are becoming more popular this year. This haircut falls at the neck length, features abundant volume, and is textured. The length is slightly brushing the shoulder and fringe softly falling below the eyebrows. To achieve this shag hairstyle, use rollers to create the curls, then spray with hairspray and leave to cool down and brush out.

Shaggy Pixie Mullet
Instagram @kris_you_up

#60: Shaggy Pixie Mullet

The shaggy pixie mullet is the ultimate edgy-chic cut, especially when paired with creative colored hair. You can use a haircut like this to help transition during a pixie grow-out or if you’ve always had shorter hair and want to try a new shape.

A short shag haircut is a short, layered hairstyle for women characterized by choppy, textured layers cut at various lengths. All the layers create movement and a piecey, messy look. Keep scrolling to see pictures of the best ideas for short shag haircuts for women!

I’ve cut a lot of shags over the years. Here are the most important topics I cover with women considering a shaggy crop.

💡 What to Know About Short Shaggy Haircuts:

  • Pros –
    • Shag haircuts are excellent for both thick and thin hair. When properly executed, the texturizing and layering techniques used in these cuts can give fine hair a thicker appearance, or reduce bulk in thicker hair.
    • Shag haircuts are a contemporary style that stands out because not everyone opts for it, making it more noticeable.
    • Any shag cut cut short can be tailored to suit your hair type and face shape, making it a versatile option for anyone looking to try a fresh, new style.
  • Cons – Many short shaggy haircuts require more time to style and products. It’s not your wash-and-go haircut.
  • Face Shape – Shorter shags suit most face shapes well. For those with a rounder face, it is advisable to avoid bangs as your hair becomes shorter. On the other hand, if you have a narrow face, a textured fringe can be a great addition.
  • Styling – When styling short shag hairstyles, a helpful tip is to use a high-quality texturizing sea salt spray for added texture. It will enhance your hair’s natural texture and give you that shaggy surfer look you see all over Pinterest and Instagram.
  • Ask Your Hairstylist About:
    • The best styling products for your hair type or desired look.
    • Determining if your face shape will benefit from some face-framing or bangs.
    • Considering whether your hair type would benefit from having more blunt ends.

Pictures of The Best Short Shag Haircuts for Women: