3 Things You Need to Know About the Shag Haircut

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

What we love about hair trends is that you can take a vintage hairstyle and give it a modern spin. The shag haircut has been a favorite during the ’70s, and today, it’s still one of the most coveted wavy hairstyles for women with short or medium-to-long hair. 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 is extremely easy, 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.

Curious to know how you can nail the look? Learn more about the hairstyle below and check out our easy shag haircut tutorial:

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

Shag Haircut Tutorial on Short Hair:

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 its due to its 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 Love Beauty and Planet Light Hold & Frizz Control Coconut Milk & White Jasmine Light Hold Hair Spray for flexible control.

1. Stick Straight

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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

shag haircut cropped bob blonde
Try a short shag for a sweet yet edgy 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

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

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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

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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.

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