The shag haircut is a heavily layered haircut. It’s a very textured and choppy cut that’s layered to various lengths and was created by Paul McGregor. Whether your hair is long, medium, or short, a shaggy hair looks good on all hair lengths. Try this modern version of Jane Fonda, Joan Jett, or Jennifer Aniston’s “The Rachel” haircut and get ready to flaunt feathers, texture, and volume!
Benefits of a Shag for Each Hair Length
On short hair, it will give you more of a choppy look and work best on thin or fine hair.
On medium-length hair, it will balance out rounder faces.
On long hair, adding lots of choppy layers to your modern shag haircut works if you have thick hair and want more feathered hair.
For naturally curly hair, this layered hair cut a nice way to freshen up your locks and lose the frizz.
Style a shag haircut with texturizing sprays, moisture creams and oils, and hairspray for an all-day, lived-in vibe.
So, before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of the shag haircut.
#1: Short Shaggy Haircut for Fine Hair
A short shag for fine hair gives great texture for edgy styling. Low density hair can best support styles that are weightless in the silhouette. When styling, you can either air dry or blow-dry your hair.
#2: Jaw-Length Shag Haircut
The jaw-length shag gives a French bob a run for its money with a retro twist to a classic style. Best fit for petite frames and hair density ranging from fine to medium. A variation of fringe, side parts, or face-framing can give this haircut evolving looks through the seasons.
#3: Chin-Length Shaggy French Bob
A shaggy French bob at chin length is perfection. This delicate look will have you feeling and looking utterly feminine. If you have a round or chubby face make sure to leave the length a little longer than pictured to make it more flattering.
#4: Modern Shaggy Angled Bob for Brunette Thick Hair
An angled bob shag was handcrafted by hairstylist Sheridan Holyoak. With the brunette bob cut, ask for some heavy layering to take out the weight and to add texture. Instead of scissors, ask your stylist to razor cut your bob.
A great product line for a soft feathered shag is IGK. To recreate, use Call Time as a primer to prepare the luscious locks. Follow up with Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel to create a shiny finish while adding some hydration. To finish your look, use Broken Dreams Texture Paste to add texture and the perfect amount of grit at the base to give that lived-in feel.
Short shaggy bob haircuts look good on almost every face shape. Shags are not for the woman who wants a very low-maintenance look. It requires extra time in the mirror and using proper styling tools.
#5: Gorgeous Short Shaggy Bob for Modern Women
Spruce up your style with a gorgeous short shaggy bob, excellent for modern women. Really texturizing the ends of a shaggy bob creates a chic shaggy vibe. Part your hair in the opposite direction you normally would help add extra volume. Throw in some barrel waves and hairspray to show off the texture. Shaggy bob haircuts are great for all face shapes, and a short bob shag will grow out nicely if you choose to change it up.
#6: The Modern Shag with Side-Swept Bangs
The modern shag with side-swept bangs is a beautiful option if you want to add some shape to your lengths. A shoulder-length shag with bangs adds width to the face’s side. This has a stunning effect on the cheekbones, especially where the side fringe blends with the shaping. For rounder faces, the shag hair trend is still possible. How? Adjust the length of the fringe to sit a little longer.
#7: Soft Shag with Sombre
A soft shag with sombre color is great for natural levels 5 and under. Creating a soft brunette complements the skin without needing to over-lighten the hair. Mid-length textured choppy layers create the soft shag with bangs and also help elongated round face shapes.
#8: Coppery Youthful Shag for Women Over 60
A perfect youthful mid-length shag for women over 60 involves wispy bangs with many long layers and voluminous waves. A choppy shag hairstyle is easy to maintain, playful, and very youthful.
#9: Flattering Blonde Shag for Women Over 50
A flattering short shag for women over 50 can make fine hair look fuller. Side-swept bangs and added layers, styled with a gorgeous wave create the fullness you’ve been looking for in a layered shag.
#10: Attractive Shag for Women Over 40
Attractive shag for women over 40 consists of face-framing layers that fade into long beautiful waves. Styling the best shag haircuts can be simple, easy maintenance and with added texture, the perfect combo of volume and length.
#11: Gorgeous Long Layered Shag for Thick Hair
A long layered shag for thick hair consists of choppy layers throughout. Style your cut with luscious curls and side-swept bangs to help elongate your face and neck.
#12: Very Curly Shag Bob
A very curly shag bob can be done well on fine or thick hair textures. Shaggy curls define the shaggy hair style with lots of crown layers. Style in sections with mousse, then gel on mid-lengths and ends, while diffusing until dry. Add a little oil warmed up in your hands to break the crunch up and soften the curls.
#13: Choppy Blonde Shag with Curtain Bangs
Shag hairstyles are back, and a choppy blonde shag with curtain bangs is definitely a trend to try. Shorter lengths on top around the crown will give hair volume. Soft textured curtain fringe on a shag hairstyle will create a little more fullness. Style with a ¼” barrel curling iron and spritz with She-Bang-A-Bang by Evo.
#14: Dark Brown Shaggy Layers with Thick Bangs
Shaggy layers with thick bangs bring out a lived-in effortless shag hairstyle. Perfect for medium density hair, wear it naturally wavy or bring out the waves using a soft texture spray. Create fuller bangs by adding some texture, layers, and a good root lift powder after your hair is dry.
Related: More medium shags with bangs.
#15: Trendy Layered Shag with Feathered Ends
A trendy layered shag with feathered ends can be great for thick-haired women. It will remove some weight to make the ends flick out of your shag hair like pretty little feathers. Shaggy haircuts are for the working professional with long round layers around the face and curled back.
#16: Honey Blonde Textured Shag with Long Bangs
Consider a textured shag with long bangs for a summery and beachy style. Add tousled waves to enhance such a long-length shag cut. To keep your fringe looking fresh, try Evo’s Water Killer Dry shampoo.
#17: Light Brown Medium Shag Haircut With Bangs
Achieve a medium shag haircut with bangs by asking for feathered and textured layers. For styling, wrap sections of hair with a 1 ½ barrel curling iron, leaving the ends uncurled. GHD and Babyliss are affordable styling tools for that beachy shag. Spritz the hair with finishing spray and fluff a bit using your fingers to comb through.
#18: Dark Brown Short Shag With Bangs
The short shag with bangs is very low-maintenance. The versatility of a short shag hairstyle with fringe is endless. The bangs can be placed perfectly to sweep your eyebrows and accentuate your eyes. There are messy layers that lift and add playfulness to the hair. Short shags are perfect for women with fine, medium, and thick hair.
#19: Disheveled Short Purple Shag
This textured shag haircut was created by hairstylist Bianca DiMillo of West Hollywood, CA. “It’s intended to look choppy and messy…that undone, just-rolled-out-of-bed look. It is perfect for anyone who wants their hair to look elegantly disheveled,” she explains.
“Styling shag cuts like this is key,” says DiMillo. “While the hair is wet, throw in a product like Sea Salt Spray or Oil Non Oil by Davines to help give volume and separation and emphasize the razor cutting technique. Once it’s dry, dose lightly from root to end with Puff Me by Design Hair to add a messy and tousled look. Puff Me adds grit to your hair, allowing you to shake your hair with your hands and have it hold the style. I love it for a root lift too!”
This cut and style are great for women who want low maintenance styling in the morning and don’t mind re-applying product every day. A shag haircut for fine hair is fun because it will give a little life to your style. “It would potentially work for thicker hair, but make sure your stylist thins your hair out appropriately or you’ll look like a mushroom,” she adds.
Oval and round faces will benefit from this cut the most. Avoid this style if you have a square or rectangular face as it will emphasize the boxiness.
#20: Soft Pixie Bob Shag
This shaggy hair is somewhere between a bob and pixie cut. It’s extremely versatile, since it has so many layers, you can style it all messy and textured, or it can also be more conservative when you need it to be.
For styling this long shaggy pixie, as well as other short haircuts, try Badlands Dry Shampoo Styling Paste by R+Co. Since it has dry shampoo properties, it’s lighter and also matte which is great. A lot of other styling pastes can weigh things down and make it look greasy. Apply it everywhere and stick the hair up all crazy to ensure that the product is evenly dispersed, then you can mold it down into the shape that you want.
To maintain this haircut, ideally, you should be getting it trimmed every six to eight weeks.
Since the modern shag has so many layers, this haircut is perfect for medium to fine density because it gives the illusion of having a lot more strands than you actually do. It requires little to no styling, so it’s ideal for women who just want to air dry and throw some product in to give it some texture.
#21: Playful Long Shag with Dark Roots
A playful long shag can be effortless and low-maintenance. You only need a shag haircut every 6 months to maintain this style. Adding textured long layers to long hair creates beautiful shag styles. The best shag haircuts are great for all lengths and variations of textures.
#22: Sexy Long Shag With Bangs
This is a lovely and casual long shag with bangs. The choppy layers start at the cheekbones, acting as another focal point while encouraging more texture in the hair.
This style should be more on the “undone” side of styling to keep a cool and sexy vibe. To style this Coachella-inspired look, add tonic on damp hair to enhance the hair’s natural texture and dry it using a diffuser. Use a straightening iron to put a slight bend through the mid-lengths of the hair. Finish with Aveda’s Light Elements Smoothing Fluid to separate the waves and add shine.”
To maintain this cut, go in for a trim every six weeks and see your hairstylist at the three-week mark for a fringe trim. Some stylists do bang trims for free between salon visits.
Women with fine to medium density are ideal for this modern shaggy cut and it’s great for any girl or woman who would like to embrace their hair’s natural texture.
#23: The Dark Auburn Mid-Length Messy Shag
If you love undone hair, then the messy shag will give you the loose textured vibe you’re after. Straight shag haircuts benefit from having plenty of levels of layering. These layers can add fullness and life to your locks. Straight cut bangs, meanwhile, balances out the shape.
#24: Mid-Length 70s Shag
A mid-length 70s shag haircut involves many even and choppy layers. A 70s shag is best for thicker hair with a lot of texture styled with gorgeous flowing waves. This allows for even volume and your layers to flow beautifully.
#25: Brunette Shag with Bangs for Thin Hair
This cut is inspired by the 1970s shag haircut. This modern shaggy style with bangs has stayed relevant for decades because it continues to reinvent itself.
The best thing about the modern shag for thin hair is that it’s meant to bring out natural texture. The less you style, the better it is!
If you have curly/wavy hair, start with a leave-in conditioner or some with frizz control and follow with a curl-enhancing product like mousse or cream. If you have little to no wave, add a little volume and texture by using one of my favorites, Kerastase’s Spray a Porter.
This shag cut is so versatile that with the right customizations, almost all women can wear it.
#26: Face-Framing Light Brown Shaggy Layers
Get some shaggy layers to achieve a modern shag hairstyle if you have long hair. The layers in this shag with beach waves are sure to accentuate volume and texture. Don’t forget face-framing pieces to create a free-flowing and feathery look to complement your brown hair. Add a few curls and finish with Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray. The spray will create instant lift and volume.
#27: Medium-Length Shag for Older Women with Dark Hair
This is a mid-length shag cut with lots of layers. Layers are recommended for volume and to soften features around the face.
Always use a volume shampoo and volume conditioner on fine hair. Try Pureology’s Pure Volume line. Use a lightweight heat protectant all over. At the roots, spray lots of mousse. Try Wella’s Root Shoot in the Eimi line. Last but not least, use some finishing sprays like Redken’s Quick Tease and Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play. Also, do some teasing at the root with a teasing brush.
This hairstyle is for women looking to create volume and softness around their face, as well as women with fine hair. Any woman with high cheekbones, a high forehead, and dominant facial features will look great with this style.
#28: Longer 70s Shaggy Hair
A longer 70’s shaggy hair style can bring out the natural waves in the hair. It’s a low-maintenance style that can be cut and grown out beautiful for 6+ months. Longer hair will benefit from a shag giving it more movement with the medium-length layers. A long shag hairstyle softens a square face shape with eyebrow grazing bangs that have a wispy ends that really make the eye and cheekbones pop.
#29: Cute Shag for Older Women with Glasses
A messy shag cut for older women screams an adventurer that chooses to take risks. Now older women can look edgy in one of these wild lobs. When styling, the Hairstory’s hair balm is ideal to give this wavy shag more body and texture.
#30: Messy Shaggy Layered Bob for Fine Hair
The shaggy layered bob for fine hair is sure to get you all the textured vibes! Finer hair can benefit from a shag haircut as the layers will add width to expand the shape of your mane. Focus on going for a shorter bob length to allow the shape to stay strong and keep its fullness.
#31: Modern Short Curly Shag with Layers
A short curly shag with layers is a great modern hairstyle. For my curly and wavy hair girls, this shag will give you the volume your hair has been wanting. With super short layers on top and cute textured bangs, the style choices with this one are versatile. Just add some leave-in conditioner and curl cream to your locks and see the magic of a shag cut unfold, or just get up and go!
#32: Voluminous Long Shag for Curly Hair
A long shag gives you natural-looking waves if you have naturally curly hair. A curly shag haircut puts out a rock’n’roll vibe on the weekends with some root lift power for body or can be dressed up and professional during the week with a simple styling balm to bring out the waves.
#33: White Blonde Wispy Shag with Choppy Bangs
The platinum retro shag with choppy bangs is playful and fun. Every thickness and length of hair can have its own ideal shag that adds a modern, retro vibe, and texture.
For styling, try Bedroom.Hair by Keven Murphy. It’s a perfect texturizing spray to give it that bedhead look.
A shag haircut could really compliment many hair types. For fine and thin hair, it can enhance volume and create texture. For curlier hair, it can add softness.
#34: Texturized Long Wavy Shag for Thick Hair
With a long, modern shag haircut for thick hair like this, ask your stylist for more texture to get this incredible look. Pair with some choppy bangs and you’ve got a massively trendy shag.
#35: Beautiful Medium-Length Curly Shag Hairstyle
A medium-length curly shag hairstyle is an excellent cut to help redefine your curls while keeping your length. The shorter layers created throughout this haircut will help to remove excess weight from the curls, so they will be tight and bouncy again. To help keep your curls in tip-top shape, wash your hair only once or twice per week and use a moisturizing curl cream to keep curls tame and hydrated.
#36: Dimensional Shag for Women Over 70
Try a shag for women over 70 for a youthful and soft look. This style is perfect for those of you that love to have short hair but want to try some extra length for something new. After styling, massage a dime-sized dollop of Schwarzkopf Osis Thrill all over your fingertips. Then tousle your hair to give it amazing texture. Finish with Redken Control Addict hairspray.
#37: Versatile Short Shag with Curtain Bangs
A short shag with curtain fringe is a low-maintenance way to try out a new style. You’ll need to style the bangs every morning but the rest of the hair can easily be pulled back into a cute ponytail when needed. Before blow-drying, apply some Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil from mid-shaft to ends to protect your hair from the heat.
#38: The Fresh Feathered Shag
Try the feathered shag for a bold and sophisticated look. Not only is this cut extremely complimentary but if you decide to grow it out, it looks great through the whole process. Make sure to ask your stylist to show you how to style this look before you leave the salon.
#39: Gorgeous Brunette Shag
A gorgeous brunette shag can work for almost any lady. This look is timeless, flattering and you can create so many different looks with it. Sprinkle some Schwarzkopf Osis Dust It on your root area after styling to give it this amazing texture.
#40: Stunning Silver Shag
Try a stunning silver shag if you’re ready to wow the room. This color is extremely high maintenance so make sure to ask your stylist about it before you take the plunge. To get this textured look, make sure that when you’re curling your hair you leave at least two inches of the ends out instead of curling them all the way down.
#41: The Dimensional Shaggy Lob
The shaggy lob is a great option for those of you who love your classic bob but are looking to try something different. The length in the back of this cut makes it easy to pull up when you need to, which is a huge plus. Try spritzing some Redken Guts 10 on your root area and rubbing it in before blow-drying to get this amazing volume.
#42: The Face-Framing Shag with Fringe Bangs
The face-framing shag is definitely a keeper. Try this look for something fun and new this season. These bangs are a bold move, but totally adorable. Make sure to ask your stylist if they think this look can work for your hair texture and face shape.
#43: Edgy Shag with Choppy Bangs
An edgy shag with choppy bangs is a daring and fun style to try out. Although this look needs to be styled every morning, it doesn’t take much time. Seek out a stylist with an edgy style to create this cut.
#44: The Retro Shag with Curtain Fringe
The retro shag is a great option for those of you wanting volume but want to keep some length. The angles and layers in this cut keep it lightweight so you can easily get lots of volume that lasts. Ask your stylist if a version of this shaggy look could work for your face shape and lifestyle.
#45: Long Boho Shag with Braids
Try a long boho shag with braids for an extremely fun and modern look. Messy hair is in style and everyone is loving it! This look would do best on thick hair but could be created on almost anyone with long hair. Try using Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo in your hair to give it more texture before braiding.
#46: Glossy Long Shag with Curtain Bangs
A long shag with curtain bangs is a flattering style for oval face shapes. The shorter layers and angles in the front half of this cut allow for tons of volume with ease when styling. Make sure to ask your stylist if they think this cut will work with your hair texture.
#47: Deep Brown Shag with Beach Waves
Try a shag with beach waves for the ultimate amount of movement and dimension. The shorter angles around the face and shorter layers in this cut allow for tons of volume while still being able to keep your hair long. Achieve this style by curling large sections of your hair away from your face with a 1.25-inch curling iron.
#48: The Gypsy Shag with Peekaboo Highlights
The gypsy shag is an amazing option for those of you wanting extra volume while still keeping some length. This style works really well with wavy textures but can be customized for other hair textures as well. Adding peekaboo highlights like these can make the style even more fun and dimensional.
#49: Younger-Looking Short Shag for Women Over 60
A short shag for women over 60 is always a great idea. This short haircut can work with almost any hair texture. After you get your hair cut, ask your stylist to walk you through how they style your hair so that you can get the same great look at home.
#50: Disheveled Curly Shag with Bangs
A curly shag with bangs is an amazing, full-looking style. Make sure you’re seeing a stylist that specializes in curly hair if you’re seeking this cut. Before defusing, apply Deva Curls’ Light Defining Gel to your curls for this soft style.
#51: Flattering Shag for Larger Foreheads
A flattering shag for larger foreheads can work wonders! If it’s the size of your forehead or wrinkles you’re trying to hide, this style will do the trick. When styling, blow dry your bangs forward with a round brush. Let them cool to room temperature, then part them if you desire.
#52: The Funky French Cut Shag
The French cut shag is the perfect look to try if you want to go short but not to a pixie. This style is fun, low-maintenance, and funky. Dip your finger into some Moroccan Oil Molding cream and rub it into your fingertips before massaging it into the ends of your hair for this gorgeous, tousled look.
#53: The Bright Copper Mullet Shag
The mullet shag is an exciting style to try. This look gives you the softness of a layered pixie, yet leaves some length to play with. This style works really well with fine hair textures but can also work for thicker hair as long as it’s heavily texturized. Ask your stylist if they think this style could work for your lifestyle and your face shape.
#54: Flattering Shag for Women with Round Faces
A flattering shag for women with round faces is the perfect style to try if you’re looking for something different but like to keep your hair long. The fringe, layers, and angles in this cut help to give an astounding amount of volume without any loss of length! This style is also super cute when you put your hair up, leaving the fringe and some wispy pieces out to soften the look.
Related: See more long shaggy wispy haircuts.
#55: Daring Shaggy Rocker Cut
A shaggy rocker cut is for women wanting to make a scene! This daring style will have everyone turning their heads when you walk into a room. Before styling, apply a quarter-sized dollop of Deva Curl Light Defining Gel all over to help give you this textured wavy shag look.
#56: Tousled Collarbone-Length Shag
A collarbone-length shag would be the perfect length for many women. This cut is extremely modern and flattering to almost any face shape. The softness of the angles can work wonders to make you appear younger. Instead of washing every day, spritz your hair with Kenra Dry Shampoo on day 2 and rub it in for extra volume and gorgeous day two hair.
#57: Golden Blonde Shoulder-Length Shag
If a textured look is what you are looking for, a shoulder-length shag is a great haircut choice. Shag haircuts really showcase a lot of texture and layers. This haircut is great for any type of hair. Style products would be a root lifter and some tonic spray to get that volume and show off the texture.
#58: The Short and Shaggy Wolf Cut
A short and shaggy wolf haircut is the perfect blend of a mullet and shag. With lots of layers and texture, this cut really shows off natural waves. Shorter pieces in the front and a crop top really creates a fun and sassy shape. Hand styling is the best style choice for this look to really enhance the natural wave.
#59: The Lovely Pixie Shag Cut
Shags can come in a variety of lengths and a pixie shag cut is one of them. Super tight sides and longer length on top really showcase a shagadelic look. Texture is a must with this one. Spray some sea salt spray in damp hair and let the haircut do the rest.
#60: Simple Shag Without Bangs
Not all shag cuts need to have bangs, a simple shag without bangs is just as gorgeous. Bangs aren’t for everyone and a long textured front can still give you movement without sacrificing the length. Wand styling with this haircut will show off that movement while creating volume. A textured spray is a great finishing product for this look to create a more lived-in vibe.
#61: Dramatic Razor Cut Shag for Thick Hair
Thick hair is great for a razor cut shag. Having thick hair with this cut really allows for a lot of layers without sacrificing the fullest of the hair towards the ends. Razor cuts really help to carve the hair out and help to reduce a lot of weight that lives in the hair. A textured spray is a great product to show off the shag look and hand styling would be the best drying method.
#62: The Red Shag
A shag that’s red really screams retro 70s look all the way. With the bold choice of red hair color and flirty layers, this look is sure to turn heads. A flexible hairspray and curling iron will really show off this layered look. Shag haircuts are really great for all hair types and textures.
#63: Rounded Shaggy Bangs
Try rounded bangs that are shaggy for a cute new look. This style gives you an edgy appearance that is hard to imitate. These bangs work well on long or oval-shaped faces.
#64: Jet Black Medium-to-Long Shag
A shag that is medium to long is extremely flattering if you have jet black hair. This soft style can look amazing on almost any face shape. Textured cuts tend to give an airy, messy look that will never go out of style.
#65: Short Straight Shag Mullet with Sideburns
A shag mullet that is short and straight is a daring choice. Make sure to find a stylist who is experienced in mullets for straight hair before scheduling. Ask your stylist what you’ll need to do to maintain your new cut to make sure you’re up to the challenge.
#66: Simple Wavy Shag for Women Over 30
Women over 30 can sure pull off a simple shag. This style is classic and can work with almost any hair texture. Use a 1-inch wand and curl away from your face to get these perfect waves.
#67: Cute Blonde Shaggy Bob with Bangs
When you take a bob with bangs and make it shaggy, you can’t go wrong. This style softens the face shape and works best on women with straight hair. If you have curly or wavy hair this style can still work for you, it just may take a little more time to style. If you’re looking for a youthful new look, this is your hairstyle.
#68: The Face-Framing Low-Maintenance Shag
Shag cuts can be low-maintenance, too! Opting for longer layers and face-framing, rather than shorter snips and a fringe, will prolong the life of this look. The low-maintenance shag can be trimmed every 8-12 weeks vs. every 6-8 weeks with your typical shag.
#69: Soft Shag with Swoopy Bangs
Consider a soft shag with bangs swept bangs. A cut with soft textured layers below the cheek works great for round and square face shapes. Ask your stylist for curtain bangs that hit right below the eye and sweep out from a center part.
#70: Classic Shag with Ombre
Try a soft shag haircut with an ombre color for a low-maintenance, lived-in look. Style this look by adding soft waves with a large 2-in barrel curling iron, and finish with a dry texture spray like O&M Desert Dry.
#71: Shag Cut for Fluffy Hair
Reshaping your hair doesn’t mean you have to lose length. A shag cut removes maximum weight allowing a ton of movement in the crown, as well as a wispier perimeter. If you’re considering deflating your fluffy hairstyle with a fun textured shag, then consult with your stylist on the best styling routine and products suited for your hair type.
#72: Platinum Blonde Shag for Long Hair
A platinum blonde shag for long hair is a daring and flattering style for those of you that have fine hair. The layers in this cut give the illusion that you have more dense, thick hair. Ask your stylist if they think this style could work for you.