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Short Shag Hairstyles and Haircuts: Your Ultimate Hair Guide

Short shaggy hairstyles are back! Scroll down to find out more about the shag haircut, now.

Short, shaggy hairstyles are so named due to their relaxed and shaggy appearance. They reached the height of their popularity during the swinging ’60s and cool ’70s. And the haircut is easily identified by its signature short or medium length, long fringe, choppy layers and rock’n’roll vibe. Easy peasy, eh?

Ok, before you scoff at shag haircuts: hear us out! Contrary to popular belief, this hairstyle isn’t just a ‘dated’ hairstyle from the ’60s and ’70s. The truth is that the shag hairstyles are cool.

And hairstyle chameleon and Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Kylie Jenner might make you rethink your stance. The 19-year-old beauty mogul debuted a short, wet-look, shag haircut at New York Fashion Week, and it was truly amazing. Still on the fence? Well, keep reading to get inspired…

Why should I take notice of shag hairstyles?

Short shag hairstyles: Marjan Jonkman's wavy bleach blonde shag
Marjan Jonkman’s wavy shag. Credit:

Because of Kylie Kardashian, of course! The reality TV star attended the Alexander Wang show to support recent lob-convert and sister Kendall Jenner, who was walking on the runway. But, it was Kylie who turned heads when she flaunted this sexy, wavy wet-look shag haircut.

And on that note, did we mention that these short shag haircuts seem to be the ‘do of choice of all the rest of the fash pack? Do you think that models Mica Arganaraz, Edie Campbell and Marjan Jonkman would as recognisable without their signature shags? We think not.

Will a shag haircut suit me?

Shag hairstyles: Blonde Edie Campbell sitting bearfoot on a sofa
Edie Campbell’s straight shag haircut. Credit:

Most likely! The great thing about shag haircut is that it works with a broad range of hair types. So if you have curly hair look to Mica for inspo, while wavy hair types can draw influence from Marjan and straight-haired ladies can get hair ideas from Kylie. Credit: @Edie Campbell

But just remember to take your face shape into account when considering your length and layers, as well as your fringe style.

And don’t forget to read our Should I cut my hair short? 7 Tips on picking the right haircut article, before heading to the salon!

Looking for new ways to style your shag haircut?

Short shaggy hairstyles: Mica Arganaraz's curly shag haircut
Mica Arganaraz’s curly shag. Credit:

Why not look to Kylie and Mica? Kylie has clearly taken style notes from her older sisters, who’ve rocked the wet look hair trend in the past (we’re looking at you Kim and Khloe!).

However, Kylie’s new ‘do combines lots of stunning trends in one: the shag haircut, feathered bangs and the wet look! With this trend-setting combo, Kylie’s proven that she’s already miles ahead in the mane game. Credit: @kyliejenner

How do I create wet-look shag hairstyles?

  1. Prep your hair by applying a few pumps of the TRESemmé Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creating Sea Foam to damp locks. This product will help you create sexy, beachy waves.
  2. If you have naturally wavy hair, you can let your hair air-dry or use a diffuser. But, if you have straight hair, you can create waves using a curling iron after you’ve blow dried your hair.
  3. To get that wet look effect, spritz the VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray over your waves, before scrunching your hair with your hands to help work the product in.
  4. Finish with a spritz of the VO5 Sublime Sleek Creation Hairspray to help provide your ‘do with a slick, glossy finish, as well as keep your style locked in. Et voilà!

Still craving more hair fixes and styling tips? Then don’t forget to check out our Short hairstyles and New Hairstyles pages for the latest #hairspiration.

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