Asian woman with a shag haircut

Love Layers? Try These Shag Haircut Ideas

Here are easy ways to rock this layered haircut.

A shag haircut has heavily defined layers and often has messy or wispy bangs. It also has a feathered top and sides. Most of the volume in a shag or shaggy haircut is usually concentrated on your crown. The result? The bottom section of your hair feels thinner and lighter.

Shaggy haircuts come in many forms. You can go for a straight and simple one, a trendy slash haircut, or a shag haircut that’s full of texture and movement. We’ve rounded up some easy looks to inspire you. Check them out.

Our Favorite Shag Haircut Ideas

1. Straight Shag Haircut

Asian woman with a straight shag hairstyle
Choppy layers can help keep your straight hair from looking flat and limp. Credit:

You can keep your hair sleek and straight but still give it the signature rock-and-roll vibe of shaggy haircuts! Keep your bangs wispy for a more casual look.

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Editor’s tip: Keep frizz at bay with TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Anti-Frizz Shine Serum. It has keratin and marula oil, giving your hair five benefits in one amazing product. This hair serum calms frizz, adds shine, detangles hair, makes your strands soft, and tames flyaways. Its light, non-greasy formula leaves your hair silky and full of movement. 

2. Shaggy Long Bob With Bangs

Asian woman with a shag hairstyle
Fond of textured, medium-length haircuts? Then the shaggy long bob is for you. Credit: indigitalimages

This shag cut has subtle layers—just enough to add texture. To style, just finger-comb and scrunch your hair and fringe. Enjoy your messy-chic shag hairstyle!

3. Slash Haircut

Asian woman with a slash haircut
Iron the tips of your hair inward so the layers frame your face. Credit: Jingyi Lyu from Unsplash

This type of shag haircut has well-defined, face-framing layers. You can wear this style on long hair to create more texture and movement, or on medium-length hair like a long bob for a cleaner and more modern look.

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Editor’s tip: Make your hair soft and easy to style with Dove Straight & Silky Keratin Tri-Silk Serum Shampoo. It combines the power of keratin, fiber actives, and serum ingredients to instantly repair damage, deeply nourish and protect your hair, and leave it extra beautiful. It also has Amino Essence that boosts hair health and nourishes up to the core of your hair fibers.

4. Shaggy Haircut for Curly Hair

Woman with a shaggy curly hair
With choppy layers, your curly hair’s natural volume gets evenly distributed. Credit: Gary Barnes from Pexels

Got short curly hair? Make it unique by giving it choppy layers and a fringe. Try this haircut if you’re fond of retro looks.

5. Long Mullet Shag Haircut

Asian woman with a long mullet haircut
Stand out with a long mullet. Credit: Ron Lach from Pexels

Speaking of #throwback hairstyles, this type of shaggy haircut is giving us major ’80s vibes. It has a long back that covers the nape and layered sides that not only add texture but also give your hair its signature shape.

6. Messy Layered Hair With Bangs

Asian woman with a short shaggy haircut
This shaggy hairstyle looks great with glasses, too. Credit: Shutterstock

Leave your shaggy haircut unstyled, and it comes out as this effortlessly tousled look. It exudes a laid-back vibe, perfect for weekends when you just want to chill out at home and be a couch potato.

7. Long Shag Haircut With Highlights

Young Asian woman with shaggy hair and balayage
Do you know what looks great on shaggy hair? Natural waves. Credit: pixelshot from Canva

We all know that the shaggy haircut is in right now, but if you’re looking to take your shaggy style up a notch, consider adding natural waves and highlights! They add color and dimension to your hair, leaving it full of movement.

8. Long Shaggy Haircut With Bangs

Asian woman with brown hair
If you’re looking for a new hairstyle that’s full of attitude and grace, this is your look. Credit: miya227 from Canva

Long, shaggy hair with bangs is easy to maintain because it doesn’t require much styling or upkeep! You can simply apply a styling mousse and let your hair dry naturally (or with a blow dryer).

9. Thin Shaggy Haircut

Asian woman with shaggy hair cut in gym
Looking for a way to give your short hair extra volume? Try a shaggy haircut. Credit: Glowonconcept from Canva

If you’ve got thin, short hair and you want to add more volume, try a shaggy haircut. This gives your hair movement and makes it look thicker than it actually is.

10. Shaggy Bob With Bangs

Asian woman with a short shaggy haircut
Scrunch your hair to nail the undone look. Credit: Spring TH from Pexels

Tired of a basic bob? Spice it up by adding razored layers and wispy bangs. The result is a textured hairstyle that gives character to your everyday look.

11. Shoulder-Length Choppy Shaggy Hair

Asian woman with shaggy hair cut in cafe
Choppy, shaggy hair is a great choice for women who want a fun, feminine look. Credit: piyato from Canva

Here’s another shag cut that can add more bounce and volume to your hair. You can leave it down if you want a laid-back look, or you can jazz it up by experimenting with shoulder-length hairstyles.

12. Naturally Wavy Shag Haircut

Asian woman with shaggy hair cut
If you’ve got naturally wavy hair, then the shaggy hairstyle is for you! Credit: miya227 from Canva

Layers are flattering for naturally wavy hair, so try the shaggy haircut if you have this hair type. Don’t be afraid to play around with products that help enhance your natural texture.

13. Ash Gray Shaggy Haircut

Asian woman with ash gray shaggy haircut
Keep your ash gray shaggy hair vibrant and stylish with regular touch-ups and a trusty purple shampoo. Credit: Chandri Anggara from Pexels

Ash gray shaggy hair, the effortlessly cool trendsetter’s go-to, is perfect for those who want the spotlight. While it requires some TLC, like using purple shampoo and styling products, rocking this fierce look is worth every strand of effort.

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Editor’s Tip: To keep your ash gray shaggy hair from turning brassy, use TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo. Its purple formula neutralizes brassy tones, so your ashy hues stay beautiful for longer. It also has jojoba oil to give your hair moisture and shine.

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Pair TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo with TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner to get the best results.

14. Wolf Cut Shag

Asian woman with phone
Make a bold statement with the wolf cut shaggy hair, where mullet edge meets shaggy layers. Credit: miya227 from Pexels

Unleash your inner beast with the wolf cut shag! To achieve this, ask your hairstylist to mix short, textured layers at the top with lengthier, jagged layers running down the sides.

15. Wavy Shaggy Haircut with Curtain Bangs

Asian woman with dark blonde shag
Add beach waves and bangs to define your shaggy haircut. Credit: Trần Long from Pexels

The wavy shag with curtain bangs is the perfect way to showcase your effortless, chic style while enjoying the unruly charm of a layered haircut. To enhance your shaggy haircut’s distinct look, consider adding waves or loose curls, which give a unique texture and volume that elevates the style.

16. Beachy Shag

Asian woman blogging
Go for beach waves if you want to embody the easygoing lifestyle of sun, sea, and sand. Credit: Hirurg/Getty Images Signature from Canva

Here’s a totally chill hairstyle that gives off all those warm, sandy beach vibes. This super relaxed ‘do is all about messy layers and that “I woke up like this” look, so you’ll always feel like you’re on a tropical vacay. This is perfect for turning heads whether you’re rocking a swimsuit or just hanging around in your fave beach outfit!

17. Modern Medium-Length Shaggy Haircut

Asian woman with black top in office
Remember that texturizing products and regular trims are your best friends for maintaining this effortlessly chic style. Credit: Alexander Surohucov from Pexels

When it comes to styling, embrace your hair’s natural texture—whether it’s a loose wave or a tight curl—and opt for minimal heat tools to maintain a relaxed, effortless appearance. Finally, invest in regular trims to keep your shaggy layers looking sharp and polished, ensuring your shaggy haircut stays chic.

18. Soft Shag

Asian woman with a short shag haircut
Got thin and flat hair? This haircut might give it the bounce it needs. Credit: Shutterstock

Want a subtle-looking shag haircut? Try this short one with fewer layers. It may look less choppy than other shag haircut types, but its charm lies in its volume. Thanks to short layers near the ears and below the crown, this haircut is full of bounce and movement.

There you have it! Now, pick your favorite shaggy haircut peg, and try it in your next makeover. Enjoy!