Learn How to Style the Shag Haircut for the Ultimate Sultry Look

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 today, it’s 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.

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.

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 Suave Dry Texture Finishing 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

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

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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.

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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