18 Ways to Style The Shag Haircut To Stand Out

Learn all about the trendy and cool shag hairstyle and how to style it with a modern twist.

The shag haircut was a favorite during the ’70s, and it’s back today. This style is still one of the most coveted wavy hairstyles for women with short or medium-to-long hair. What we love about this vintage hairstyle is that you can easily give it a modern spin. You don’t really have to cut your hair into a shag to get the look, you can try the style out on a layered lob haircut.

This wavy hairstyle works well on all face shapes and the styling technique is equivalent to the curly gals’ wash and go hairstyle—wash, add some product, dry, and go! These days, the perfect short shag hairstyles have the right amount of volume, lots of movement, and a nicely defined wave.

Keep scrolling to learn more about the hairstyle, how to style the shag, and get inspiration:

Short, shaggy hairstyles got their name due to it’s relaxed, layered, textured appearance. They reached the height of their popularity during the ’60s and ’70s. This look can be easily identified by its signature short to medium length, long fringe, and choppy layers. Basically, an overall rock ‘n roll vibe.

the shag haircut on icy blonde hair
Create a natural-looking texture to your shag hairstyle with salt spray. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Step 1: Use a texturizing agent.

First things first, the shag hairstyle is all about texture. After washing your hair, give it a little bit of time to naturally air-dry. This will help to cut down on styling time.

Apply Nexxus Between Washes Beach Waves Tousled Texture Sea Salt Spray to damp your hair to create some natural-looking bounce and movement to your hair.

Step 2: Twist hair while it’s still damp.

Create a medium-sized twist all over your hair while your hair is still damp to help set the pattern of your waves.

Step 3: Blow-dry your twists.

Spritz your twist with TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray to protect hair before blowdrying.

Set your blow-dryer to a low or medium setting (depending on the thickness of your hair), then blow-dry your twist until completely dry.

Step 4: Tousle your shaggy style and set with hairspray.

Why do so many women love the shag hairstyle? We are pretty sure it’s due to the wild and effortlessly fab look. To achieve, tousle your hair with your hands until you get the messy effect that suits you.

Finish off your hairstyle with Suave Dry Texture Finishing Spray for flexible control.

1. Stick Straight

the shag haircut bleach blonde bangs
Consider this stick-straight style. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

When we think of a classic shag, we usually picture a wavy or curly style. This stick straight iteration is a little something different and we love how edgy and unexpected it is.

2. Cropped Bob

the shag haircut cropped bob blonde
Try a short shag for an edgier look.

Take a bit of the edge off the classic shag by opting for a cropped variety. We love this sweet yet edgy style and how well it pairs with a soft feathered fringe.

3. Caramel Curls

the shag haircut caramel curls
Curly girls can rock a shag, too!

Pair your natural curls with subtle highlights for a truly eye-catching look!

4. Waves for Days

the shag haircut dark brown waves
Try some subtle texture. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Go in on your natural texture and don’t hold back for an effortlessly cool look.

5. The Classic Shag

the shag haircut messy curls
The classic shag. Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

Sometimes a mess is best! This classic messy shag will help you wear this trend exactly as it was intended.

6. Blonde Ombré Shag

girl with short shag hairstyle and ombré orange color
Try out a vibrant color!

Looking for ways to make your shag stand-out from the crowd? Try a vibrant hue like this blonde to orange ombré hue.

When sporting bright colors, make sure to keep your color protected by washing with a set like Nexxus Color Assure Shampoo and Conditioner.

7. The Shag Hairstyle on Curly Hair

girl with curly shag hairstyle and bangs
Shag is very flattering on curly strands.

Wearing a shag haircut is very flattering on curly hair because it adds extra bounce and movement to your hair.

8. Medium-Length Shag Haircut

girl with medium length shag hairstyle and bangs wearing a denim shirt
Go for a medium-length subtle shag.

A shag haircut can be worn in so many ways. It doesn’t need to be drastic either. Try out a subtle shag style on medium hair.

9. Shag Hairstyle on Natural Hair

girl with shag haircut on natural hair
The shag helps add volume to curly natural hair.

Shag hairstyles aren’t just for one hair type. Try out the style on curly natural hair for a voluminous look.

10. Long Shag Hairstyle

girl with brunette long hair wearing a shag hairstyle
Show off your waves with a shag hairstyle.

Have wavy hair? Your hair will truly thrive in a shag haircut! Try out the choppy layers and add bangs for more movement.

11. Shaggy Lob

girl with lob shag haircut wearing sunglasses and a blazer
Feel free to mix two trendy styles together.

Adding a bit of shag to a trendy lob hairstyle is a great way to add more movement and interest to the look.

12. Bob Shag Haircut

girl with red hair and a bob haircut with shag style and bangs
Add a bit of grunginess to your bob.

Go for that full grunge look with your bob by adding shaggy layers and bangs.

13. Shag Haircut with Long Bangs

girl with black hair and long bangs shag haircut
Pair you shag with long bangs.

Go for a full shag haircut by adding long bangs to the look.

14. Long Shag Haircut with Baby Bangs

girl with long blonde shag hairstyle and baby bangs wearing a red coat
Make your style stand out with baby bangs.

Looking for an eclectic look? Opt for baby bangs with your shag. This is a great way to modernize the vintage style.

15. Shag Haircut on Fine Hair

Girl with fine blonde hair and bangs wearing shag cut
The shag haircut works on so many hair types.

Wearing a shag haircut on fine hair can help add more body and volume through the top and mid-shaft of the hair.

16. Shag Hairstyle with Curtain Bangs

girl with shag hairstyle and curtain bangs on blonde hair
With curtain bangs and a shag hairstyle, you’ll be so on-trend this season.

Make the shag style 100% on-trend by adding curtain bangs to the look.

17. Side-Parted Shag Hairstyle

girl with brunette hair wearing a shag hairstyle and side part
Have fun and switch up your part!

Just like wavy hair, curly strands love a good shag haircut. This style gives you an instant wash-and-go look. Talk about easy styling!

18. Pixie Shag Style

girl wearing denim jumpsuit
Even a pixie cut can have some shag!

You read that right. Even a pixie cut can be a shag cut. If you’re a fan of short styles, this look is especially flattering on curly-haired ladies!

Now that you’ve got the quick and easy tut on how to create texture and movement for your shag, your style will always be on point. The shag haircut is all about grittiness and a carefree finish, so don’t overthink styling too much, it’s a naturally cool cut!

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