Top 25 Short Shag Haircuts of 2018

Short shag haircuts are all about letting your natural texture show through! 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 aren’t quite sure what cut might suit them. There’s no simpler and quicker way to style your tresses than by finding a haircut that works with your texture rather than against it. Here are the very best short shag haircuts that are the perfect solution to simple styling if you have naturally wavy hair!

Sassy Shag

Sassy Shag
Instagram @allybrown1004

A sassy modern cut like this styled tousled can give anyone a fresh look! It frames the face beautifully and gives effortless texture to the hair.

Stylish Short Shag 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 is a low maintenance blonde or lived-in hair inspired by Anh Co Tran.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Short shaggy haircuts like this are great for clients 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?

I love this vibrating dimensional color. For her, it 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

I would recommend bringing in pictures to your stylist and having a thorough consultation to figure out what is the best and most appropriate way to get this look.

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

With vibrant blondes, you really have to be willing to take the time to maintain it and keep the integrity of the hair.

This style is great for anyone who doesn’t mind taking a little bit of time to get their style just right every day. It’s not a wash and go kind of look.

I feel like if you are confident and love yourself it can suit anyone.

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 look is relaxed with an effortless aesthetic that moves between French girl vibe and 70s rock and roll queen.

My favorite thing about it is the internal layers and transitions that give it a fresh textured style. It’s easy to wear and showcases your personality.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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. It is ideal for medium to fine hair and the kind of client that seeks hair movement.

Beach waves, texture sea spray, or a texture clay is the easiest way to maintain the fresh and effortless aesthetic of this shag haircut.

Chic Short Shag Bob

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


How would you describe this look?

This short shag haircut is a chic, sexy, and fun look!

My favorite thing about it is how it’s a modern twist on a retro style. Wearing it with big loose waves and pops of balayage ties this look together. Whoever has this look is confident and will surely turn heads!

Any advice for someone considering it?

With all the layering and de-bulking that comes with a shag comes with having to style it in one way or another. If you have some extra time on your hands, my favorite way to style the shag is in big, loose waves. This looks amazing with almost all hair types.

Using a 1-inch iron (I used the Babylisspro Nano Titanium Spring curling iron), grab small sections and curl away from the face in the front, then continue to alternate curl directions. Another tip is to keep the ends out of the curl and give a little tug to really enhance that messy layered look.

Spray some texturizing hairspray (Bumble and bumble Dryspun is my go-to) and voila! You have yourself a tousled shag!

Sexy Shaggy Bob with Middle Part

Sexy 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?

I would call this look a short shaggy bob. My favorite part about this look is that it can be catered to anyone’s hair texture and face shape with the face-framing layers.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If you are considering this hairstyle, it is so low maintenance! This is totally wash and go hair.

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?

This look is fun, sassy, sexy, edgy, and modern!

I love shags because they are modern and you can get creative with styling. They are the definition of having lived-in, sexy hair.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Shags haircuts are a universal cut and can be customized to support any face or head shape. As my beloved mentor once told me that every cut is based off of a shag. That is so true because 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. My personal favorite is Air Paste by Lanza.

Modified Dark Hair Shag with Bangs

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


How would you describe this look?

I describe this look as kind of a modified shag. We kept it a little fuller on the ends (almost like a lob) instead of carving it out as much as a true shag.

I love the how flattering this look is. The fullness created by the layers gives the crown more volume, and the bangs and bits create such a flattering frame for the face. This shag cut is also incredibly easy to wear. It works just as well air-dried and tousled as it does blown out or curled.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Shag hairstyles work on so many different hair types, including very curly and very straight too. If a client has very thick hair, I remove a lot of bulk using my straight razor technique learned at Bumble and bumble. If the client has finer hair, I do not remove as much bulk, if at all.

Shags 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. Because of the many variations possible with a shag, it can be worn by virtually any face shape and hair texture.

Keep in mind that if you decide to get a shag, the look is meant to be a bit imperfect and tousled. That is what makes it a shag!

Razored Shaggy Pixie Cut

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?

I would describe this haircut as a razored shaggy pixie on naturally textured hair.

My favorite thing about this look is the low maintenance aspect of it while still looking stylish. It can be recreated at home with ease and minimal blow drying.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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 the shaggy details.

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?

I would describe this cut as having the nostalgic feel of a classic short shag, but with a modern makeover.

I love that this shag cut is easily worn in a few different styles. It is virtually effortless to go from a sophisticated and smooth look to a trendy and disheveled nightlife look.

Any advice for someone considering it?

To any client considering this cut, I would 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”.

Playful and 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?

The look would definitely be described as a shaggy, messy bob. I think this look is trending at the moment because it is a relatively easy style to achieve at home with a small amount of effort.

My favorite thing about this look is, of course, the playful summer waves.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The most important thing to consider is that short hair isn’t always the easiest option. However, for styling purposes, it is easy once you get the hang of it. This look suits almost anyone because the waves soften the overall look. Playing around with different lengths makes it easier to pick a length that you feel comfortable with and that suits your particular style.

This look works best on someone with fine to medium hair. You will need 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 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?

This look is a textured bob. My favorite thing about this look is how the layers feather in together as opposed to sitting on top of each other, creating a more modern, versatile look. Because of where the texture is, correct product placement will help create movement and flow.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Short shaggy hairstyles like this are great for clients that don’t have a lot of natural texture to fight with. This is a wash and go style that is great for finer haired clients. The length works best for clients that have an oval or heart 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 is full of texture and carved out pieces that make it youthful and fun to wear. It’s meant to 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.

For this particular client, I love how soft and airy her bangs are. They really complement the rest of the haircut.

Any advice for someone considering it?

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

For most of my clients, I recommend a sea salt spray to use at home for styling as you can use it on both wet and dry hair. I will normally towel dry the hair very well, add some salt spray, then use my hands to style as I dry the hair. And remember, there is no need to shampoo every day. Embrace the vibe of this trendy, flirty, lived-in hairstyle!

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 and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a modern a-line shag haircut.

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

For this look, I used Kenra Volumizing Spray at root, then blew it dry with round brush. After the hair was dry, I sprayed with Kenra Professional Heat Block Spray to protect while flat ironing. To finish, I sprayed with Kenra Dry Texture Spray.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this cut for anyone with fine to medium texture hair. It gives the appearance of a thicker, sexier and more current style.

Shaggy Bob 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 and what is your favorite thing about it?

This look is a very textured, shagged bob with a short fringe! My favorite thing about it from a stylist’s point of view is that it’s very customizable to each client and fun to create, tweaking small things can really keep this cut unique.

From a client’s point of view, it’s super fun, has lots of movement and is easy to maintain. Despite the trendiness of it, not everyone is brave enough to make this big of a chop, so you’re not going to look like every other gal pal you’re out at brunch with on Sunday!

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

This client does not like to spend a lot of time on her hair. She has a lot of natural wave and that’s part of the reason we liked this style for her. I chose to keep it simple. We dried with a diffuser using Aquage Sea Salt Spray for that messy, lived-in look. After that I used a Hot Tools Curl Bar to wand any curls I didn’t like into a direction I did like, then finished it off with Dry Texture spray from L’anza to define the texture and put in some hold.

She can easily achieve this style at home and it is something that will be able to be worn multiple days without shampoo.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

I recommend this look for anyone that is a little more adventurous, out of the box, eclectic, and does not have pin straight hair. Don’t worry straight haired peeps! With a little curling iron and product love, you can wear this style with just a little more effort.

I like that this look can be versatile, but that different versions of it are attainable depending on hair texture, length, and even color. I’m big on customizing each cut to each individual. If I had someone who either wasn’t as comfortable with going so short (perimeter or fringe) or had a more rounded face, maybe I’d do a longer version of this with face framing texture instead of bangs. Talk to your hairstylist to figure out what kind of shag and texture will work for you!

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 and what is your favorite thing about it?

I would describe this look as a crossover between a long, overgrown pixie cut or really short triangular bob. My favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t really fit into either category. It’s just fun short hair!

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

To maintain this look every day, I would first blow dry (just using fingers) with a salt spray or light mousse. I recommend a texture spray once the hair is dry for that effortless piecey look.

What type of client would you recommend this look for?

This look is great for anyone who is maybe a little shy about committing to a full short pixie cut. You have the shortness in the back, but the safety net of some length in the front. This style is a great way for thin and fine hair to appear thicker and fuller.

Chin-Length Choppy Bob for Thick Hair

Chin-Length Choppy Bob for Thick Hair
Instagram @singing_stylist

This features a modern take on the classic shag. Going short is a smart idea for those who wanna remove bulk from their thick hair.

Prettiest Jaw-Length Shaggy Bob

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 take this shag cut to the next level.

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 haircut is a super textured, asymmetrical razor cut with a ton of layers. I love using the razor to create texture in a haircut, and then texturizing it with shears when it’s dry to create an effortless style that has the shag haircut feel.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look 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 me, as the professional stylist, to adjust the length, layers, & face framing for the client to make it work for their face shape.

When styling this look, I used a 1 1/4″ curling iron alternating the direction leaving the ends out to give it the tousled beach wave shaggy hairstyle. The products I used to create this look were all from Aveda. I used the volumizing tonic & damage remedy daily hair repair while wet & after curling, and I also used the defining whip & control force hairspray. Using a pomade is key in achieving this look to help give it the texture.

Sweet Champagne Blonde Shag

Sweet Champagne Blonde Shag
Instagram @christopherashleysalon

This 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 natural gray hair and add more youth.

Cute Shaggy for Curly Hair

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


How would you describe this look?

This style is super trendy right now. It originated in the 1970’s as a unisex hairstyle, then a rounder version became popular in the 1990’s by Jennifer Aniston, the “Rachel.” Style trends are cyclical every 20 years so naturally, it’s back. This look is very diffused, rounded at the top, squared on the sides, and very open around the face.

I love this look because it can fit anyone. It can enhance natural hair texture, remove weight, or add body. This hairstyle is modern yet it’s a throwback to classic rock and roll and grunge at the same time. It’s extremely easy to maintain as long as you’re willing to use a little product.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This shag haircut can really be worn by anyone as long. Most of the time air drying is the best way to go. It allows the hair’s natural texture to take form and since it’s cut with a razor most of the time, that texture is enhanced quite a bit. If you want the shape to be a bit bigger or if your hair feels a little flat you can diffuse your hair instead.

Any hair type can rock this look. Straight hair can become textured, wavy and curly hair can become enhanced.

This look really opens the face and looks great with fringe too. For someone with strong cheekbones, you can really open it up. For a more rounded face, you will still look great and you can even narrow the look of your face with a slightly longer face frame.

This is perfect for a laid-back, not trying too hard lifestyle. Although, the product is key. If you’re the “hop out of the shower and go” kind of person, you’ll need to take a couple more minutes just to throw some product in. An air dry cream is great. I usually recommend Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It for an air dry cream. If you have a flatter hair texture you can use some sea salt spray with the cream as well.

It’s versatile, easy, and perfect for anyone.

Chic Short Textured Hair with Side-Swept Bangs

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

Short shag hairstyles like this one give the illusion of thick hair with all the texture and layers. Add in some pops of caramel highlights to contrast the dark espressor hair for that gorgeous pop.

Cute Short Shag Blunt Cut

Cute Short Shag Blunt Cut
Instagram @selena_rosemary

Messy Short Bob with Highlights

Messy Short Bob with Highlights
Instagram @definedbysav

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

The Cutest Short Layered Shag Hair

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?

I love the easy look of this short shag. The mini fringe adds a hint of a pixie to this look which gives it a vintage feel.

The best thing about this look 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.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Wavy medium/fine hair works best for this 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. Tousle hair with a texture spray to finish.