These Shag Haircuts Are Giving Us LIFE

March 25, 2020
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal

Is there a cooler haircut than the shag haircut? We’d like to argue that nope, there’s definitely not. Get some choppy layers and piece-y bangs, and you’ll be strutting out of the salon looking like the lead singer of the next big rock band. It’s kind of amazing how the ’70s style can transform your entire look. 

The timeless haircut is also more versatile than you might think. It works on curls and stick straight strands alike, no matter if your hair is long, short or in between. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the shag haircuts below that are giving us major hair envy. Be sure to bookmark this page for whenever social distancing ends and we can all finally go to the salon again!


The Classic Shag

An OG shag haircut has lots of face-framing layers and volume focused around the crown. The finishing touch? That lived-in, mussy texture.

The Modern Shag

While shag haircut purists may not approve, we love this fresh and feminine take on a classic. It’s got the curtain bangs and bedhead texture (get it with the Matrix Style Link Texture Builder Messy Finish Spray), but with longer, softer layers. For more inspiration, think Brigitte Bardot. 

The Bob Shag

Micro bangs give a chin-length, shaggy bob even more of an edge. 

The Curly Shag

A shag haircut is a great way to revitalize curls and give them shape without losing volume. To add definition, try the Mizani True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion

The Wavy Shag 

LA-based hairstylist Holly Seidel, who created this look, said on Instagram that a good shag haircut can last six months to a year. To maximize your mileage out of style like the one below, just be sure to get regular bang trims.

The Mullet Shag

Now this is a type of mullet we can get behind. The key to taking the look out of the ’80s is to blend the short layers by the ears with the longer layers in the back.

The Short-Layer Shag

Jayne Matthews, a Northern California-based hairstylist known for her shag creations, said she created this look by cutting petal-like layers at the crown for height and separation. To style, she applied sea salt spray at the roots and a styling balm (like the Garnier Fructis Style Power Putty Surfer Hair) on the ends with her hands. 

Photo: @hollygirldoeshair

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