Top 25 Short Shag Hairstyles & Haircuts Right Now

Short shag haircuts

Short shag haircuts are a textured cut with choppy layers on short hair. The shag became popular in the 1970s by celebrities like Joan Jett, Jane Fonda, Stevie Nicks and Farrah Fawcett.

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 isn’t quite sure what cut might suit them.

There’s no simpler and quicker way to style your tresses than by finding a haircut and hairstyle that works with your texture rather than against it.

Here are the best short shag haircuts and hairstyles for women right now.

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Sassy Short Shag

short shag haircut
Instagram @allybrown1004

Modern short shag haircuts that are tousled can give you a fresh look! It frames the face beautifully and gives an effortless texture to the hair.

Super Short with Balayage

Q&A with style creator, Emilya Filippa Do
Colorist / Stylist @ Su’juk Salon in New York, NY &  Studio Tilee in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

This popular short shag is a low maintenance blonde or lived-in and is inspired by Anh Co Tran.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Super short shaggy haircuts are great for women with strong jawlines.

Vibrating Short Layers

vibrating short layers
Instagram @jenikafortrue

Q&A with style creator, Jenika Criswell
Senior Stylist @ True Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa in Las Vegas, NV


How would you describe this look?

This vibrating dimensional color on this short shaggy hair style is so sassy and sporty. The nice thing about this cut and color is that you can get so much diversity out of this look. From sleek and straight to wavy messy and edgy.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Regardless of your hair type, I would recommend deep conditioners, heat protectant, and leave-in conditioners. Getting in Salon treatments to keep your hair healthy and shiny at least once a month.

Shaggy short haircuts for girls are great for those who don’t mind taking a little bit of time to get their style just right every day. The cons of a short shag like this is that it’s not a wash and go kind of look.

French Layered Shag

French Layered Shag
Instagram @cindi.love

Q&A with style creator, Cynthia Valdez De Gamboa
Hairdresser / Owner @ Vinyl Beauty Studio in McAllen, TX


How would you describe this look?

This French short shag style is relaxed with an effortless aesthetic that moves between 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.

Now you can wear a shag haircut that easily showcases your personality.

What’s your best advice for this look?

This look is ideal for the girl on the go that can commit to at least two styling products and can at least take ten minutes to style.

Short shaggy haircuts for fine hair should add movement to the hair. Like this one does.

Products like beach waves, texture sea spray, or a texture clay is the easiest way to maintain the fresh and effortless aesthetic of this short shaggy hairstyle.

Chic Shaggy Lob

Q&A with style creator, Nicolle Muldowney
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Alexandria’s Beauty Salon in Latham, NY


How would you describe this look?

This is the cutest ideas of a short shag haircut for women!

A chic shaggy lob haircut is a modern twist on a retro style.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Know that a shaggy short styles should have layering and de-bulking. This way it becomes a great way style a short shag is in big, loose waves.

Sexy Shagged Bob with Middle Part

Sexy Short Shaggy Bob with Middle Part
Instagram @hairbybethany

Q&A with style creator, Bethany Duffy
Hairstylist @ Salon De Moda in North Providence, RI


How would you describe this look?

This short shaggy bob hairstyles can be catered to any woman’s hair texture and face shape with face-framing layers.

What’s your best advice for this look?

If you are considering short bob haircut like this, it is so low maintenance! Shagged short bobs are totally a wash and go haircut.

I recommend getting a curl cream like Davines Love Curl Controller for wash days and Davines Sea Salt Spray for a refresher on non-wash days to keep that fun texture. If you have a night out, use a wand to define a few of the waves for a sassier look. Even a little bedhead will make it look awesome!

Sassy Dirty Blonde Shaggy Hair

Q&A with style creator, Dani Peralta
Hair Artist @ Craig Piatti Salon in Austin, TX


How would you describe this look?

Short shag haircuts for women are modern and you can get creative with styling.

Inspired by the 1970s short shag, they are the definition of having lived-in, sexy hair.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Shorter shag haircuts for all ages are a universal cut and can be customized to support any face or head shape. Every cut is based off of a shag. You can get super creative with the haircut alone! You can go from conservative to full-blown shagadelic.

Shags are very textured and layered, so no more ponytails. Instead, opt for topknots, diffusing, and lots of texture spray like Air Paste by Lanza.

Wavy Shag with Bangs

Q&A with style creator, Holly Seidel
Master Stylist @ Blackbyrd in South Pasadena, CA


How would you describe this look?

Go for a short shag hair that is a little fuller on the ends instead of carving it out as much as a true shag.

The fullness created by the shaggy layers gives the crown more volume, and the bangs and bits create such a flattering frame for the face.

This shag cut for short hair is also incredibly easy to wear. It works just as well air-dried and tousled as it does blown out or curled.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Shag hairstyles for short hair work on so many different hair types, including very curly hair and very straight too. If you have very thick hair, ask your stylist to remove a lot of bulk using a straight razor technique.

If you have thin hair, do not remove as much bulk, if at all.

If you want short wavy shags, then know they come in different lengths and can be modified by the amount and length of layers, as well as the style, length, and fullness of the bangs/fringe.

Razored Shaggy Pixie Cut for Over 60

Razored Shaggy Pixie hairstyle
Instagram @lissettehair

Q&A with style creator, Lissette Brito
Hairstylist & Colorist @ Blu Salon in Edgewater, NJ


How would you describe this look?

This is very short haircut is called a razored shaggy pixie cut on naturally textured hair.

This is short in length and so it’s a low maintenance cut that’s still stylish. It’s the perfect short haircut for 60-year-olds. It can be recreated at home with ease and minimal blow drying.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Use a hydrating shampoo like MoroccanOil to add shine and keep the natural texture from drying out.

Lastly, finish off with a little Redken Outshine to add definition to shaggy wispy haircuts.

Shagged Long Pixie Cut

Shagged Long Pixie
Instagram @style_by_ashley

Q&A with style creator, Ashley Rosky Springer
Designer @ Rush by Dino Palmieri Salon in Kent, OH


How would you describe this look?

Get a short shag cut like a long pixie cut that is easily worn in a few different styles.

What’s your best advice for this look?

To women considering short shag haircuts, keep in mind that the woman pictured has fairly fine hair. If you are considering this style and have thick and/or coarse hair, you may find yourself working a little bit harder to style your hair without it looking “poofy”.

Shaggy Angled Bob

Playful and Shaggy Angled Bob
Instagram @howehair

Q&A with style creator, Midgley Ross Howe
Owner / Stylist @ Howe Hair in Cape Town, South Africa


How would you describe this look?

An angled shaggy bob on short hair is trending right now because it is a relatively easy style to achieve at home with a small amount of effort.

What’s your best advice for this look?

The most important thing to consider when you have a shag haircut is that chunky short hair isn’t always the easiest option. However, for styling purposes, it is easy once you get the hang of it.

This shag hairstyle with short layers works best on women with short fine to medium hair. You will need to be ready to use some sort of product like mousse or texturizing spray to give it that shaggy look and the hold that it needs. If your hair is quite curly or straight, using a tong is the easiest way to get that perfect short summer wave.

Feathered Short Chopped Cut

Feathered Short Chopped Cut
Instagram @prettycutanddry

Q&A with style creator, Sara Carden
Hairstylist / Makeup Artist @ Shanghai Salon in Costa Mesa, CA


How would you describe this look?

A textured bob shag on short hair that has feathered layers as opposed to sitting on top of each other. This celebrity shag inspiration creates a more modern, versatile look.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Short shaggy hairstyles are great for women that don’t have a lot of natural texture to fight with. This is why it’s good to add layering into the cut.

This is one of the best shag haircut ideas for a wash-and-go style that is great for women with thin hair.

The short length works best for women with a heart or oval face shape.

Short Razored Shag

Short Razored Shag hairstyle
Instagram @jpattonsalon

Q&A with style creator, Julia Patton
Colorist / Stylist @ Edo Salon in San Francisco, CA


How would you describe this look?

This short razored shag cut is full of texture and carved out pieces that make it youthful and fun to wear.

Layered haircuts often look undone or lived-in, so it works well for a low maintenance client who is not looking to shampoo and style their hair often.

What’s your best advice for this look?

If you’re exploring popular short shags and aren’t sure if it will work for you, set up a 15 minute consultation with your stylist. Bring some images that you like so your stylist can customize a short scruffy cut shag that will work best for your hair texture and face shape.

How to Style

– Towel dry the hair very well,
– Add some salt spray, then use your hands to style as you dry the hair.

Modern A-Line Shag

Modern A-Line Shag
Instagram @misahara5

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


How would you describe this look?

This is a modern A-line shag haircut for short hair. It’s really a feminine cut.

The best short shags have lots of texture that work for every hair type.

This short cut is great for women with fine to medium texture hair. It gives the appearance of a thicker, sexier and more current style.

What’s your best advice for this look?

To style:

– I Kenra Volumizing Spray at the root
– Blow it dry with round brush.
– After the hair is dry, spray with Kenra Professional Heat Block Spray to protect while flat ironing.
– To finish, spray with Kenra Dry Texture Spray.

Shaggy Neck-Length Cut 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?

Choose a very textured, short shagged cut with a short fringe is very customizable to each woman and fun to create.

This favorite haircut is for ladies who are a little more adventurous, out of the box, eclectic and does not have pin-straight hair.

How to Style:

– Dry with a diffuser using Aquage Sea Salt Spray for that messy, lived-in look.
– After that use a Hot Tools Curl Bar to wand any curls you don’t like into a direction you go like.
– Finish it off with Dry Texture spray from L’anza to define the texture and put in some hold.

Crossover Short Haircut

Crossover Short Haircut
Instagram @samkanehair

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


How would you describe this look?

This is really short shaggy bob is the trendiest cut for bold girls.

Edgy short shags are great for any woman who is maybe a little 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 short hair style is a great way for thin and fine hair to appear thicker and fuller.

How to Style:

– First, blow dry (just using fingers) with a salt spray or light mousse.
– Apply a texture spray once the hair is dry for that effortless piecey look.

Chin-Length Choppy Shag for Thick Hair

Chin-Length Choppy Bob for Thick Hair
Instagram @singing_stylist

These chin-length choppy shag cut ideas feature a modern take on the classic shag for short hair.

Short shag haircuts for thick hair are a great way to remove the bulk and heaviness.

Prettiest Jaw-Length Shaggy Cut

Prettiest Jaw-Length Shaggy Bob
Instagram @allisondaza_theyoungamerican

This blonde short shag haircut features long and messy layers that reach the chin. The long choppy bangs really rock the shag cut to a new level of short cuts.

Edgy Shaggy Asymmetrical Bob

Edgy Shaggy Asymmetrical Bob
Instagram @tagyourhair

Q&A with style creator, Kim Taglienti
Hairstylist @ Art + Science Salon & Spa in Philadelphia, PA


How would you describe this look?

This shaggy short hair is a super textured, asymmetrical razor cut with a ton of layers.

Use the razor to create texture in a short haircut, and then texturizing it with shears when it’s dry, will create an effortless short style that has the shag haircut feel.

What’s your best advice for this look?

This shorter cut is great for all hair types from straight to wavy to curly. It just depends on what style the guest is going for, and that determines how it will be styled.

It’s up to your stylist to adjust the length, layers, & face framing for the client to make it work for their face shape.

How to Style:

– Use a volumizing tonic & damage remedy daily hair repair while wet & after curling.
– Use a 1 1/4″ curling iron alternating the direction leaving the choppy ends out to give it the tousled beach wave shaggy hairstyle. – Then, use the defining whip & control force hairspray.

Using a pomade is key in achieving this look to help give it the texture.

Champagne Blonde Shag with Bangs for Over 50

Sweet Champagne Blonde Shag
Instagram @christopherashleysalon

A short shag cut is perfect for older women who still have 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.

Cute Shaggy Cut for Curly Hair

Q&A with style creator, James Blake Hanson
Stylist @ Alchemy Hair Salon in Orlando, FL


How would you describe this look?

Short shag cuts are super trendy right now. This short cut is very diffused, rounded at the top, squared on the sides, and very open around the face.

A short curly shag can fit any woman. It can enhance natural hair texture, remove weight, or add body. It’s extremely easy to maintain as long as you’re willing to use a little product.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Straight hair can become textured, wavy and curly short hair can become enhanced.

This girly shag really opens the face and looks great with fringe too. For someone with strong cheekbones, you can really 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.

Textured Shag with Side-Swept Bangs

Chic Short Textured Hair with Side-Swept Bangs for thin hair
Instagram @stonekinghair

Short shag hairstyles are great for thin hair to give the illusion of thick hair with all the texture and layers. Add in some pops of caramel highlights on a side swept shag to contrast the dark espresso hair for one of the most gorgeous short hair cuts and color.

Cute Short Blunt Shag

Cute Short Shag Blunt Cut
Instagram @selena_rosemary

This is a super cute short shag hairstyle with bangs. When searching for cut, request the blunt cut for a modern look!

Messy Short Cut with Highlights

Messy Short Bob with Highlights
Instagram @definedbysav

Add some toffee highlights to dark brown hair for a fun and fresh short to medium shag. Each highlighted stand will show off all the dimensions of your new short shaggy haircut.

The Cutest Short Layered Shag

The Cutest Short Layered Shag Hair
Instagram @holly.stylist

Q&A with style creator, Holly Scott
Colourist / Stylist @ Salt Spring Island Hair Studio in Salt Spring Island, BC


How would you describe this look?

Try a short shag with baby bangs, which gives short hairstyles a vintage and punk feel.

The best thing about this cool short haircut is that it is so versatile, depending on how you style it. Waves give it a soft ‘lived-in’ look while straightening this gives an edgier vibe.

What’s your best advice for this look?

Wavy medium/fine hair is perfectly suitable best for a this shag’s length and shape. If you have straight hair, the key to making it look effortless is to create a ‘bend’ with the flat iron vs a curl. Lastly, tousle your hair with a texture spray to finish your new short shaggy hair!