The Shag Haircut: What It Is and How to Master The Look

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!

What is a Shag Haircut is and How to Create Shag Hairstyles:

Short, shaggy hairstyles got its name due to it’s relaxed and shaggy 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 or medium length, long fringe, choppy layers and rock’n’roll vibe like the below shag haircut examples.

the shag haircut on dark wavy hair
Shag haircut style on wavy hair. Photo credit:


the shag haircut on blonde hair
Shag hair cuts can also be worn on straight hair. Photo credit:

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:

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 some Suave Professionals Texturizing Sea Salt Spray to damp your hair to create some natural-looking bounce and movement to your hair. If you have naturally wavy hair and want to enhance your natural texture, opt for using TRESemmé Make Waves Defining Cream. After applying the product, scrunch your fingers into your hair as you work the product in and to encourage more texture.

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

Create 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 some of the TRESemmé Platinum Strength Heat Spray to protect hair before blowdrying. Set your blowdryer to a low or medium setting (depending on the thickness of your hair) then blow-dry your twist until they’re 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 mildly 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 TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hairspray for flexible control (which allows movement) and a nice touch of volume.

Did you love this shag hairstyle tutorial? Be sure to check out how to create wavy hairstyles with a flat iron