It’s not your imagination, the shag haircut is here to stay! If you’ve scrolled through your Insta feed recently chances are you’ve seen celebrities, strangers, friends, and your aunt Carol all with a fabulous new shag haircut. According to Glamour, the trend remerged in 2017 and we’re clearly all still very much obsessed with it. From Suki Waterhouse‘s iconic shags to Sandra Oh‘s glorious locks, we very well may be living in the golden age of the shag!
We wanted to get a better idea of the different types of shag haircuts you can get so we looked to celebrities and just normal folks to get a better idea of the possibilities. And, let us tell you, they’re almost endless. So, what is a shag haircut? It’s generally a center part with choppy layers and some form of bangs. But, the main thing is that the hair looks carefree yet still flattering. We’re seeing looser adaptations of the shag today and we are excited to share some of the newer styles with you for this list! Let’s talk shag!
Taylor Swift has been nailing some form of a shag for years now. One of our favorite iterations was the blunt bangs meet shag look that she sported just a couple of years ago. If you like the idea of a straight line across the face and then flowing, messy locks on the side, it could be the shag haircut for you!
Curtain bangs can be subtle as this person’s are or rather dramatic. You must choose your own destiny in this regard. These bangs often look less severe than blunt or short ones and flatter the face well.
Smooth Shag Haircut
The softer, smoother shag haircut is really in style today. This smooth look is classy but still offers texture and movement. Alison Brie has really served some excellent looks with her smooth shags through the years.
Name a celebrity with better hair than Tracee Ellis Ross. Iconic! Big, curly shags are just so dramatic and dynamic. If you’ve got some curls, really show them off with a shag. Don’t take our word for it. Ms. Ross’s hair is proof.
We are here for some heavy bangs! You can choose to part them for a slight curtain effect or do as this person has and keep them a block. It will result in a very glam rock look!
Bangs That Curl
Let those bangs go au naturel in curls! As promised, here’s Sandra Oh sporting a curly shag look with curly bangs. What a dream!
Do the Mushroom
Julianne Hough is not the only one who can pull off a mushroom shag! The key to this shape is to get a ton of volume at the top. You can even go heavy with the bangs to make it more dramatic. To keep your hair from looking like a bowl cut, ask your stylist to thin out the ends and give texture to your ends.
Dakota Johnson has made this shag her signature look and she has had some form of it now for years. The soft bangs really frame the face well while the longer layers appear luxurious and sophisticated.
Highlight That Shag Haircut
A shag haircut is pleasantly full of texture by nature but you can bring out even more dimension by strategically adding highlights. Take notes from Chrissy Teigen who is a queen of hair color. Kisses of blonde really do help bring focus to her face. You can do the same!
Zosia Mamet has had some notable shag haircuts through the years but her baby one, or as we like to call it “bebe,” was a really cute look that still maintained a softness.
A Mullet for Today
Miley Cyrus and all the other kids these days seem to be getting mullets. We think she pulls it off well and that they should not be such taboo haircuts. A mullet is simply a short shag haircut. If you feel so inclined, do as Cyrus has done and chop it off!
True to Form: Classic Shag Haircut
Fashion superstar Alexa Chung has made a classic shag haircut her signature look for years now. It has varied in length but it’s almost always been a shag for the better part of the decade. You know what? If something works for you, stick to it! A classic shag could become your signature too!
That Seventies Shag
Suki Waterhouse could be partially to blame for the return of the shag haircut as we know it. The model has sported some truly iconic shags that look like they came right out of Studio 54. Here’s one look that just screams 70s glam!
The Good Beachy Shag
No one is wearing the beachy shag better than Halle Berry these days. Unfortunately her “everyday” cut does not end up on the red carpet so you’ll need to pop on over to her Insta to see more of her absolutely stunning shag. If want to look like every day is a beach day, this is the style for you!
Natasha Lyonne is one of the most intriguing people working in entertainment today. She tends to rock a curly shag look that’s not totally curly, not totally straight. The look is very “too cool to care” and paired with her good sense of humor and confidence it’s a total winner.
The Short Shag
If you’re not looking to mullet and you want something that’s a little easier to manage, a short shag could be the perfect option for you. You can do your bangs in a cute way as this person has done or choose to sweep them to one side for a more contemporary look.
Shoulder-Length Shang Haircut
Lana Condor proves that a shag at the shoulders can be the perfect happy medium for most people. If you’re looking for the Goldilocks of shag haircuts, get it at shoulder length and go mellow with your bangs.
The Mini Chop
You can still achieve a shag effect on a one-length cut! The ends just need to be a little choppy to get the shag look as Kerry Washington has done here.
One of the best-known wearers of the ultra-long shag haircut is Julia Roberts who tends to keep her long locks flowing all the way down her back. If you’re looking to switch up your long hair but don’t want to take off too much, just add some choppy layers throughout with the shorter pieces in the front near your face.
Learn to Love a Lob
Selena Gomez was once the queen of the lob but she has since grown it out. We look back fondly on those lob days in which her hair looks very symmetrical and also somehow choppy at the same time. Unlike a normal lob, the shag gives so much more texture.
Priyanka Chopra often styles her hair for events into a glam 60’s look by choosing smooth waves over choppy texture and by adding a ton of volume at the crown of the head. Don’t go overboard or you’ll end up looking like a character from Mad Men.
Actor Meredith Hagner often wears a classic shag with longer bangs that can be pushed behind the ears. Easy layers and easy bangs mean easy-to-style hair.
Teeny-tiny bangs often called “baby bangs,” push the shag look to its limit. If you’d like a shag haircut that feels fresh and modern go short with your bangs for an interesting style.
Highlight Your Curly Shag
Highlights bring so much to any head of hair but the nature of curls really brings a little bit of color to life. If you’d like to lighten up your curly shag with some highlights, you should totally go for it. We love the way a golden color looks in this style.
Super Soft Shag
We could have easily nominated Chrissy Teigen again for this, but we thought we’d turn to the Kardashians for some inspiration. Kim Kardashian looks so excellent with her soft, long shag that perfectly frames her face. If you want some texture but don’t want anything “chunky” you should go with this softer look.
It’s a bob! No, it’s a shag! Get the best of both worlds with this bob and shag hybrid. To get a bob to go into a shag, you have to break some rules. The back will need to be cut shorter than the front to give you the movement you’re after. Just make sure those front pieces stay long enough to frame your face well.
The Choppiest Lob
Do the lob but ask for it to be as choppy and textured as possible for the ultimate medium-length style. You want dramatically short layers in there. Don’t leave your salon without some texturing spray it will help you make magic with this shag haircut.
Experiment with Color
So, you’ve already got a shag haircut. Now, what? Because shag haircuts are so incredibly textured color really does bring them to life. While you could absolutely throw some highlights in there to achieve more visual interest, going full color is also rewarding!
Really! Go Wild!
We’re saying it again for the people who were turned off by the orange! Go with some fun colors to really show off all of the hard work your stylist put into layering and texturizing your beautiful hair. Blue would be nice or even a lovely pastel. Have fun with it!
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The Shortest Shag
Get yourself a super short shag haircut that’s not quite a mullet but not a bob either and you will never look back. Piecey bangs and flipped ends look so cute and youthful. Keep it short in the back but don’t be afraid to leave some length on the bangs that frame your face.
There you go! What did you think of these wonderful shag haircuts? There are tons of ways to make a shag all your own so speak to your stylist and ask for recommendations that will work best for your hair type and face shape. It’s easy to get bored with a certain style and you can absolutely switch things up with a brand new shag!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Blunt Shag
- 2 Curtain Bangs
- 3 Smooth Shag Haircut
- 4 Full Curls
- 5 Heavy Bangs
- 6 Bangs That Curl
- 7 Do the Mushroom
- 8 Long Layers
- 9 Highlight That Shag Haircut
- 10 Bebe Shag
- 11 A Mullet for Today
- 12 True to Form: Classic Shag Haircut
- 13 That Seventies Shag
- 14 The Good Beachy Shag
- 15 IDGAF Shag
- 16 The Short Shag
- 17 Shoulder-Length Shang Haircut
- 18 The Mini Chop
- 19 Ultra-Long Shag
- 20 Learn to Love a Lob
- 21 Sixties Vibes
- 22 Easy-Breezy Shag
- 23 Mini Bangs
- 24 Highlight Your Curly Shag
- 25 Super Soft Shag
- 26 Shag Bob
- 27 The Choppiest Lob
- 28 Experiment with Color
- 29 Really! Go Wild!
- 30 The Shortest Shag
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