Shag Haircuts Are Trending — Here Are 8 Styles We Love

March 28, 2022
Sarah Ferguson
By: Sarah Ferguson | by L'Oréal
The Best Shag Haircuts for Every Length

Shaggy hairstyles are trending for good reason. The timeless haircut is super versatile — it works on curls and straight strands alike, even if your hair is long, short or in between. We predict the chic, ’70s-inspired cut will continue to dominate 2022 hair trends, so don’t act surprised if you see us strutting from the salon with choppy layers and piece-y bangs looking like the lead singer of the next big rock band. Don’t believe us? Just take a look at the shag haircuts below that are giving us major hair envy

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

That’s right, the shag works at all lengths. Chopping your hair just above the shoulder keeps it manageable while adding shaggy layers gives you a lot of movement.

The Curly Shag

A shag haircut is a great way to revitalize curls and give them shape without losing volume. Keep your curls bouncy, moisturized and defined by using the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls No Build-Up Curls Micellar Shampoo.

The Wavy Shag 

LA-based hairstylist Holly Seidel, who created this look, said that a good shag haircut can last six months to a year. To maximize your mileage out of style, 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 (our favorite is the Evo Salty Dog Salt Spray) at the roots and a styling balm (like the Garnier Fructis Style Power Putty Surfer Hair) on the ends with her hands.

The Pixie Shag

Just because you have a short haircut doesn’t mean you can’t take part in the shaggy hair trend. The style is a great way to grow out a pixie cut and bring more movement to your tresses as they grow out.

Photo: @celladiggshair

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