Short shags are trending as a slightly edgy variation of a short haircut. My team and I scoured Instagram and found pictures showing the best ways you can get this layered cut. I’ll also help you choose one that works best for your hair type, age, and lifestyle.
I’ve cut a lot of shags for women over the years. So I’ve put together the most important things I tell my clients who are considering a shaggy crop. I know these will be helpful for you too!
💡 Key Things to Know First
- Pros: Shags are great if you have thick or thin hair. All of the texurizing and layering, when done correctly, can make your fine hair appear thick and for thick hair to appear less bulk. Shags are a modern cut that not everyone willing to try, resulting in more people noticing your hair.
- Cons: Many shags requires more time to style and products. It’s not your wash-and-go haircut.
- Face Shape: Shorter shags complement most face shapes. If you have a rounder face, the more you’ll want to avoid bangs the shorter your hair gets. If you have a narrower face, it will pair well with a texture fringe.
- Styling: One of my top styling tips for short shags is investing in a high quality texturizing sea salt spray. It will enhance your hair’s natural texture and give you that surfer shaggy look you see all over Pinterest and Instagram.
- Ask Your Hairstylist About:
- Styling products for your hair type or desired look.
- Whether or not you’re face shape will benefit with some face-framing or bangs.
- If you should have more blunt ends for your hair type.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of the best short shag haircuts and hairstyles for women right now!
#1: Shaggy Pixie Mullet
The shaggy pixie mullet is the ultimate edgy-chic cut, especially when paired with creative colored hair. A haircut like this can be used to help transition during a pixie grow-out, or if you’ve always had a short hairdo and just want to try a new shape. The advantages of a shaggy pixie are piece-y texture, wispy bangs, shorter hair on top, and longer in the back, giving you endless styling versatility.
#2: Short Shag with Tendrils
This short shaggy haircut has lots of choppy layers that result in a modern messy hairstyle. The beauty of it is that you can have your stylist add unique elements and various lengths, like tendrils.
#3: Shag with Bangs and Longer In the Back
One of my top styling tips for short shags is that you should work with your natural hair texture. Many women have a hair texture that falls somewhere in between straight and curly. There’s no simpler and quicker way to style your tresses than by finding a shaggy haircut and hairstyle that works with your texture rather than against it.
#4: Shaggy Haircut with Short Fringe
Choose a very textured, short shagged haircut with a short fringe that is very customizable to each woman. This short shag hairstyle is for ladies who are a little more adventurous, out of the box, eclectic, and does not have pin-straight hair.
How to Style a Shaggy Cut with Fringe:
– 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.
#5: Short 70s Shag with Choppy Ends
A short shag haircut looks like this short 70’s shag with choppy ends. This tousled style can give you a fresh look! It frames the face beautifully and gives an effortless texture to the hair.
#6: Short Shag for Wavy Hair
If your waves tend to be unruly and unforgiving, opt for a short shag for wavy hair. This low-maintenance hairdo could be the perfect change for you this year. Apply a dab of Redken Aerate all over to give your hair this amazing texture.
#7: Edgy Shaggy Mullet
The edgy shaggy mullet is back as one of the most popular short shag hairstyles right now! Try this for a trendy blast from the past. This length is easy to style and less maintenance than a pixie.
#8: Short Shag for Ladies Over 40
If you’re over 40 you can also pull off a short shag. This length and style is extremely flattering and low-maintenance. Talk to your stylist about styling tips to get these messy but cute waves.
#9: The Modified Shag
Modified short shag haircuts are making a strong comeback for its 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. If you have small facial features and want to make your face appear bigger or more proportional, a modified cut is a fantastic option because it focuses short textured layers around the face which has an enlarging effect on face shapes and facial features.
#10: Shaggy Pixie Bob
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 short shag haircut will work for you before taking the plunge. Spritz your hair with Kenra Silkening Mist after styling to get this amazing shine.
#11: The Mini Shag
If you’re looking to rock something different this year, try the mini shag. This edgy and feminine style could be the perfect trend to try before the season ends. Ask your hairstylist what products they think you should use to achieve this textured look.
#12: One-Length Shag
Try a one-length short shag haircut for a low-maintenance and trendy style. The bluntness of the ends of this hairstyle give it a look that is rivaled by none. The length of this cut is perfect for face-framing and still leaves enough length to be pulled up.
#13: Trendy Shag for Women Over 70
Some women in their 70s with a sassy personality love this spiky short shag hairstyle. This style is forgiving and youthful and will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time. Use a dime sized dab of Schwarzkopf Osis Thrill and rub all over after styling for this textured look.
#14: Short Shag for Fine Hair
Shag cuts have a lot of short, light, and wispy layering. A short shag for fine hair, however, must have slightly longer layering to maintain a strong perimeter. One drawback is that too many layers or layers that are too short can make the hair appear thinner.
#15: Flattering for Grey Hair
Grey hair can often be coarse and heavy for older ladies. A flattering hairdo for grey hair is a shaggy haircut with a lot of layers helps keep volume present instead of weighing the hair down.
#16: The Rocker Shag
Finding a style that shows off your personality can be hard. So try adding short choppy baby bangs to a short shag for rocker look. This haircut is cute, edgy, and shows off your unique style.
#17: Shaggy Pixie Cut
If you want an ever shorter short shag haircut, ask your hairdresser for a shaggy pixie. Adding extra texture gives height to the look, offering more volume and a flattering style.
#18: Tousled Shag
Use a texture spray after adding messy waves to your hair for a more tousled short shag hairdo. This product will lock in heat styling to last all day while also adding volume. When styling textured bangs you can use a clay or pomade to ensure they stay styled forward and in place.
#19: Pixie with Bangs
Most pixies with bangs require higher maintenance and more salon visits. These cuts always seem to grow faster in the nape of the head, causing a mullet hairstyle. Switching to a shorter mullet, or shag, fixes that problem by making the grown out look seem intentional and fresh.
#20: Short Shaggy Layers
A bob shape with short shaggy layers puts a modern twist on this timeless classic style. Wispy layers add a flattering shape to the haircut and provide a youthful look.
#21: Short and Messy Shag
Short and messy shags are made complete with a heavy curtain bang. Ask your stylist to cut your fringe with a razor for a textured shape. Not only will this give the messy hairstyle you want, but it will be less maintenance and will grow out easier than a blunt cut.
#22: Ear-Length Shag
Shorter layers enhance your natural curls. An ear-length shag is the perfect cropped haircut for beautiful loose curls. The extra texture present keeps the weight off your ends giving a voluminous and shiny style.
#23: Short Shag for Round Face Shapes
I advise you 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 opens the haircut and frames the face in a more flattering way.
#24: Wispy Shag
One of the more fun and youthful shags is a wispy one. I highly recommend styling the textured layers to flip out while keeping a strong perimeter creates a unique silhouette.
#25: Short Bob Shag with a Side Part
If you’re looking for a modern twist on a short bob with a side part, I suggest keeping some structure in its form. A side-parted shag works great on squarer faces, as the normal full-on bangs shorten the face even more. This is also perfect for those who prefer a side part. Be aware, due to the side part style, you won’t want the layers too short. Allowing for lots of movement to form around the perimeter brings flow and texture to your bob.
#26: Black Shag Bob with Pink Highlights
A black bob with pink highlights can add some brightness and lightness to your style. The short shag adds a lighter feel to the hair from the layering techniques used. With increased flow and movement to the hair, your color pops even more. 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.
#27: Short Shaggy Bob with 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, just know it’s so low-maintenance! Shagged short bobs are totally a wash-and-go haircut. To style, get a curl cream like Davines Love Curl Controller for wash days and Davines Sea Salt Spray are perfect for a refresher on non-wash days to keep that fun texture.
#28: Short Dirty Blonde Shag Style
A short dirty blonde style is a textured cut, ideal for medium to semi-fine hair. For a big forehead or receding hairline, this short cut’s curtain bangs will be a good look on you. Shorter shag haircuts help ladies with less hair get more body and volume. When hair is cut short with texture, it can create a cute messy look.
#29: Short Shag Cut with Short Layers
This short shaggy hair style is so sassy and sporty. One of the greatest 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. Shaggy short haircuts are beneficial for girls who don’t mind taking a little bit of time to get their style just right every day.
#30: Neck-Length Wavy Shag with Bangs
Shag hairstyles for short hair that are a little fuller on the ends instead of carving it 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 such a flattering frame for the face. This short shag haircut is incredibly easy to wear. It works just as well air-dried and tousled as it does blow out or curled.
#31: Chin Length Choppy Shag for Thick Hair
A chin-length choppy shag cut is a modern take on the classic shag for short hair. The best hort shag haircuts for thick hair are razor cut and textured to remove bulk and heaviness.
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#32: Super Short Balayage Shag
This popular short shag is low-maintenance blonde hair. Super short shaggy haircuts are great for women with strong jawlines.
#33: Short French Crop Layered Shag
A French short shag 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. Now you can wear a short shaggy hairstyle that will help you showcase your personality.
#34: Short and Chic Shaggy Lob
This is the cutest idea of a short shag haircut for women. A chic shaggy lob haircut is a modern twist on a retro style. An important thing to know is that shaggy short styles should have layering and de-bulking. This way it becomes a great way to style a shaggy, short-length haircut in big, loose waves.
#35: Razored Shaggy Pixie Cut for Women Over 60
A very short shaggy pixie cut is a popular short haircut for women in the 60s. This is short in length and so it’s a low-maintenance cut that’s still stylish. This spiky pixie shag can be recreated at home with ease and minimal blow drying.
#36: Shaggy Long Pixie Cut
Look for a short shag haircut like a long pixie cut that is easily worn in a few different shag hair styles. Take this shaggy pixie for example. Keep in mind that the woman pictured has fairly fine hair. If you plan to wear short shaggy styles and have thick and/or coarse hair, you may find yourself working a little bit harder to style your hair without it looking poofy.
#37: Shorter Shaggy Angled Bob
An angled shaggy bob on short hair is trending right now because it is a relatively easy hairstyle to achieve at home with a small amount of effort. This shag hairstyle with short layers works best on ladies 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 hairstyle and the hold that it needs.
#38: Feathered Short Chopped Shag
This is one of the best shag haircut ideas for a wash-and-go hairstyle that is great for women with thin hair. The short length works best for women with a heart or oval face shape. A textured bob shag on short hair that has feathered layers as opposed to sitting on top of each other makes for a versatile shag. 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 shaggy layering into the cut.
#39: Short Razored Shaggy Hair
A short razored shag cut is full of texture and carved out pieces that make it youthful and fun to wear. Layered haircuts for short hair 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.
#40: Modern Short A-Line Shag
A modern A-line shag haircut for short hair 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 shaggy trend for short hair.
#41: Short and Shaggy Undercut
A really short shaggy bob with an undercut is one of the trendiest haircuts for bold girls. Edgy short cuts 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 hairstyle is a great way for thin and fine hair to appear thicker and fuller.
#42: Prettiest Jaw-Length Shaggy Cut
The prettiest 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. Showing off the jaw creates a fun short shag haircut.
#43: Short to Medium Shaggy Asymmetrical Bob
Adding texture with an asymmetrical razor cut and a ton of layers makes for noticeable shaggy short hair. I use the razor cut technique to create texture in shaggy bob haircuts, and then texturizing it with shears when it’s dry. This will create an effortless short hairstyle that has a shag feel you’re probably looking for. This shorter cut is great for all hair types from straight to wavy to curly. It just depends on what hairstyle you are going for, and that determines how it will be styled.
#44: Short Blonde Shag with Bangs for Over 50
A short shag haircut 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.
#45: Cute Shaggy Cut with Curls for Short Curly Hair
Short shag haircuts 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 with naturally curly hair. 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. This haircut really opens the face and looks great with fringe too. For women 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.
#46: Short Textured Shag with Side-Swept Bangs
A short textured shag with a side-swept bang is a sassy and cute style. A shag differs from a bob because the sides are shorter than the back.
#47: Cute Short Blunt Shag with Bangs
This short shag with bangs is a razored haircut that has graduation along the length showing disconnected ends. The cute short blunt shag and bangs stands out with a super stripped messy finish.
#48: Short Brown Shag Haircut with Highlights
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 shag, and the darker hair color is sure to match any skin tone.
#49: The Cutest Short Layered Shag
Try a short shag with curtain bangs, which gives short hairstyles a vintage and punk feel. The best thing about this 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. If you have straight hair, the key to making a short layered shag look effortless is to create a ‘bend’ with the flat iron vs a curl. Tousle your hair with a texture spray to finish your new short shaggy hairstyle!
#50: Short Shag With Middle-Part Curtain Bangs
A shag with a middle-part curtain bangs is a perfect cut if you’re looking to add fullness to their hair. Curtain bangs are great to frame the eyes and soften square face shapes.
#51: Modern Textured Shag with Full Curtain Fringe
A modern textured shag with a full curtain fringe is the “it” hairdo of the moment. Great for a variety of face shapes and hair textures, this look can be tailored to your individual needs and lifestyle. Consult with your stylist about what version of this hairstyle would work for you.
#52: Colorful Shaggy Short Mullet
A mullet cut is becoming one of the more popular ways to get a shaggy haircut right now. Something spunky to try is a colorful short mullet cut and styled in a shag. Strawberry blonde ombré tips and whispy styled ends gives this cut and style a whimsical feel. Ask your color specialist which color combo is best for you.
#53: Short and Choppy Shaggy Bangs
Short and choppy shaggy bangs are a fantastic way to add texture, movement, and fullness to thin or fine hair. Shaggy bangs with choppy texture and layering are a perfect compliment for a textured pixie cut. It also opens your face without taking away from the overall face-framing effects of bangs. Choppy bangs require minimal styling time as they are meant to look messy or disheveled. Like any other bangs, these will need a bit more frequent maintenance appointments.
#54: Flattering Shag for Square Face Shapes
Try a short shag for a flattering look that pairs well with square face shapes. Short shag haircuts are a perfect way to soften the harsh horizontal lines of square faces while adding roundness to balance out 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.
#55: Fluffy Shag
This fluffy short shag haircut is neck-long and extremely voluminous and textured. The length is slightly brushing the shoulder and fringe softly falling below the eyebrows. To achieve this shag hairstyle, the fluffy curls are done and put in pins or rollers then sprayed with hairspray and left to cool down and brushed out.