25 Best Shaggy Haircuts For Every Face Shape

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Shaggy Haircuts have been around forever, however they came into prominence in the 70s. The shag cut has been an iconic look, that can suit every face shape and hair type, and it is making a comeback! This classic layered style is a modern take on bob cuts, and creates a rebellious, edgy look to it while looking sophisticated, all the same. A shaggy haircut is a great way to wear your natural texture, or have the option to, and a well-cut shag hairstyle gives you this freedom.

A shag cut can be short, medium, or long, and as drastic or subtle as you like. It is characterised by adding volume inducing, choppy layers to the face, while adding face framing bangs or cuts near the front of the face. Whether your stylist uses scissors or a razor, this look is easily achievable and low maintenance. This rock ‘n roll hairstyle is a great way to add texture, volume, and depth to your style.

Read on below to see many different styles you can adopt or get some celeb inspo as well who are donning the beautiful shaggy haired look.

1: Chloe Grace Moretz Shag Cut

This classic wispy shag cut with curtain bangs is the perfect look or Chloe Grace Moretz.

The back has been cut to sit just below the shoulders, razor cut edges and mid lengths provide extra wavy texture with plenty of natural movement, while a middle part and curtain bangs divide her widish heart face shape perfectly.

The whole idea of a shag is to make the hair look casual, free forming and flowing.

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2: Medium Shag Cut

A medium length shag haircut is a modern take on the bob. This length can fall at cheekbone length, chin length, or just graze your shoulder. The haircut is fresh with the wispy ends, and choppy layers. The waves add a laid-back, dreamy look with this simple wavy shag haircut. Spray on a texturizing spray, and then scrunch up your hair to create even more texture.

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3: Taylor Swift Shag Cut

Taylor Swift puts a vintage spin on the medium lob shag with extra textured layers guaranteed to lift any fine hair type. This wispy, full bangs and layered bob is so flattering, and will look gorgeous on almost all face shapes.

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4: Short Shaggy Bob

The shaggy, choppy bob haircut is easy to achieve, and looks fabulous. A shag haircut is a great way to add volume and texture to your short bob hair. The style has a timeless, chic vibe while still maintaining an edgy look. A short shag haircut can be adapted to suit most face shapes. Add bangs, or keep it simple- either way, this shag bob haircut is going to turn heads.

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5: Meg Ryan Medium Shag Cut

We couldn’t talk about shag cuts and leave out Meg Ryan who was synonymous for making the shag cut popular again. Meg Ryan has added lots of layers to her heavily highlighted blonde hair in this 90s shag hairstyle that will suit almost all face shapes, and can easily be styled straight, curly, or blow dried out.

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6: Kylie Bax Short Bangs Shag

How to make a medium layer cut seem stylish and wearable? Update it with some baby bangs on a Wold Mullet shape. A choppy micro fringe, together with wispy side layers, is best worn with a shorter length, textured shag.

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7: Medium Wavy Shag

A low maintenance, shoulder length shaggy cut is so easily achievable, and looks so chic. A shoulder length shag provides loads of volume, and very little styling. You can make the layers as soft and wispy, or subtle as you like. If you do not want to opt for the bangs look, then try different partings and let your hair fall naturally. This is the beauty of the shag look, any part will look great, and your hair will just fall into place.

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8: Short Asymmetrical Shag

Try a layered asymmetrical shaggy haircut, with choppy layers. This modern shag cut is a wearable style and can suit almost anyone. The hair has been cut short on one side and then angled across to its longest point on the other side, while wispy bangs draw attention to the eyes. This shag haircut is extremely fresh, and young, and requires very minimal effort to upkeep.

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9: Farrah Fawcett Classic Long Shag

This classic sexy long shag worn by Farrah Fawcett back in the 1970’s is a great way to tame very thick hair. The levels of shaggy layers are stretched out, so you have multiple tiers that show off the texture. This style will leave your hair with volume, bounce, and some spring.

Slightly tousled and totally messy, the uneven shaggy layers that cascade down to the mid-chest provide a distinctive rock-n-roll feel.

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10: Jane Fonda Medium Layered Shag

Jane Fonda is a star when it comes to the shag cut. Try this hairstyle which is a softened shag look that is perfect for thick locks, and that holds the hairstyle shape pretty well.For special occasions, the hair can be smoothed out using hot irons to create soft feminine lines. The sexy look which plays on textures and shapes, can boost the volume on the crown and adorable wispy flicks around her face.

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11: Face Framing Shag

While the classic shag cut is usually seen on medium length hair, or short hair, the long-haired ladies can also rock the layered shag look with wispy face framing layers. The layers add movement and dimension while taking some of the weight away and are ideal for those with coarser long hair.

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12: Curly Shag

The shag haircut is not just for straight-haired ladies, it also suits all those curly haired gals out there! If you have bouncy curls, then the curly shag haircut is for you! While the layers are less visible than on straighter hair, this look will provide your coils with even more movement and direction. At the same time, the curly shag haircut gives the hair more shape while eliminating some of the weight of and leaving your curls even more springy and light.

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13: Kimberly Stewart Long Shag and Bangs

Kimberly Stewart showed another way to personalise a long shag cut and this is through adding wispy bangs. This particular cut softly blends a fringe into face-framing layers and creates a very modern sultry, feathered look.

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14: Shaggy Ruffled Bob

Try this low maintenance ruffled shaggy haircut with bangs. Bangs are a great addition to many haircuts, including the shag. They help frame the face and make your hairstyle more flattering and can enhance your features too.

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15: Short Pixie Shag

Switch up your look with a short shag pixie cut. Mix it up by asking your stylist for layers and razor cut edges that will keep your pixie haircut looking multi-dimensional. Try adding some highlights to make your hairdo look even more dishevelled and seductive.

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16: Mica-Arganaraz Curly Shag Hairstyle

If you are blessed with natural curls like Mica Arganaraz, ask your stylist for a softly rounded shape with bangs. This layer cut with sliced edges for a fly away finish is not for the faint hearted and definitely embraces the rebellious freedom that comes with wearing a shag cut

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17: Alexa Chung Wavy Shag with Bangs

On short or medium-length hair, the shag cut looks best on hair types that have natural movement or light waves to give a little volume and texture to the structure of the cut. Try Alexa Chung’s relaxed style with sparse bangs that can be pushed away to give a curtain bangs effect.

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18: Miley Cyrus Wolf Cut Mullet

Born in Korea and popularized on social media, the wolf cut mullet is the newest shag hair trend that has a definite late 80’s look and feel about it. Many celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Billie Eilish and Debby Ryan have joined the trend and are sporting this style.

The Wolf Cut Mullet hairstyle is a modernized version of the mullet, but with a twist where top layers fall forward to short and long bangs, while sides are longer than a traditional mullet, but still heavily layered and razor cut for extra feathery wispy ends.

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19: Lisa Rinna Wispy Shag Cut

When you think of Lisa Rinna you think of her shag haircut with her bangs that hit just below her eyebrow but are still perfectly long enough to be swept to one side.

Heavy razor cutting on the mid lengths and ends creates an abundance of texture that is further enhanced by spot blonde highlights, followed by pinching styling wax to the ends for shine.

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20: Stevie Nicks Hippie Shag

A long shag haircut can be a wonderful way to celebrate your inner tomboy, while still looking feminine. Stevie Nicks has loved her long shag cut over many decades now with wavy bangs and textured pieces that bring more body to naturally fine hair. Long shag hairstyles for women come in all shapes and lengths, try a choppy cut with layers throughout as a way to go.

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21: Medium Wolf Cut Mullet

If you have fine to medium hair type, then your hair is suited to this medium Wolf Cut Mullet shag haircut. The back has been left a little heavier, while the sides have been jagged cut shorter blending into the wispy bangs.

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22: Maisie Williams Shag Cut & Bangs

Maisie Williams took her signature super layered shag cut up a notch by dying her locks a bright rose gold hue. For those wanting to try the e-girl hair trend, a pink shag haircut is a gorgeous option.  The edgy, choppy layers of the cut contrast beautifully with the soft and feminine color.

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23: Halle Berry Long Shag Cut

Halle Berry knows how to make a shag haircut look sultry. She also has the perfect slices of highlights that make her hair appear even more textured. Try a wispy fringe with the shag cut like Halle has done here to give some framing to your face. You can keep your bangs as full, or as sparse as you like, and opt for a curtain bang once the bangs grow out.

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24: Short Shag Hair Cut

If you are looking for a change to your hairstyle, an easy and low maintenance style is a short shag look. A short shag haircut is a great way to add volume and texture to your short hair. This cropped shag is so easy to style and achieve, and your hair texture will be out of this world!

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25: Suki Waterhouse Medium Shag Cut

Simple, feathered, stringy, and textured are all words to describe Suki Waterhouse’s medium shag cut. Slight curtain bangs expose a little more forehead, creating the illusion of more length in Sukis face, with a centre part also helping to add vertical length.

Throw in some pastel blonde highlights and you have a classic look that turns heads.

Did you get inspired to try a new shag hair cut?

As you can see, shag hairstyles truly do come in all shapes and sizes, and across all hair textures too.

Razor cut, or layer cut, or combinations, anything goes with shaggy haircuts.

We hope our article has moved you to speak with your hair stylist and to try something new, all so that you can experience feeling refreshed, new, and beautiful.

FAQs

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Natural human hair colour is melanin, a pigment that the human body produces that makes up a person’s complexion. Everybody has a variation of pigment colors, and it’s these combinations that make up the hair, skin, and eye colors differently for every single person.

Hair color is also an important element in every hair style, and so if a hairstyle is the frame around a person’s face, hair color is the type of frame, the material, texture and color that compliments the picture (a person’ face, eyes, complexion).

Hair color thus further individualizes each person, haircut, style, and look.

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Artificial hair color can be described as anything foreign that is used, applied, processed on the hair that will either, stain it (Henna), cover the outside (Temporary Color), chemically alter it internally (using chemical reactions between molecules, pigments, ammonia and peroxide, knows as permanent Hair Color).

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Bleached hair or as it’s better known, lightened hair can be achieved using natural bleaching agents such as vinegar, lemon juice, and even UV light that will lighten pigments inside the hair shaft.

Using Bleach and peroxide to lighten hair is okay when done by a professional, this is where the bleach oxidizes the melanin pigment making it colorless. It’s always the larger darker melanin molecules that oxidise first (dark browns, reds, orange, and finally yellow) and is why untoned bleached hair will always look golden yellow in color.

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Yes, well almost anybody.

Chemical lightening has improved dramatically in the past 10 years, meaning that people that start off with natural dark hair colours, and where the hair is in good enough condition have a very high chance of their hair colorists turning them into blondes.

Now if your hair is in bad condition, is color processed already, you may not be able to go blonde. You should check with a professional hair colorist first.

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Light hair can suit anybody, even people with darker, olive skin complexions so long as it’s the correct tone of blonde.

Just as people’s complexions are warm and cool, blonde hair colors need to stay on the same side of the spectrum or the same tone to suit them.

For example, a person with a fair, cool complexion should stay away from warm tones like golden blondes, copper tones, and instead have artic blondes, beiges, and ash blondes.

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Balayage is a highlighting technique that does not use foils, instead this is where a colorist will hand paint color or bleach directly onto your hair, creating a more natural and blended effect.

Painting hair color directly onto usually dry hair, allows the colorist to add splashes of colour just as an artist would on canvass, seeing where the hair falls naturally, this way being sure to add hair color where it’s needed to compliment a person’s features, or a specific haircut.

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Ombre hair color technique is where the hair is blended from one color hue to another, usually where the hair will start darker at the roots and then gradually get lighter right to the very ends.

The definition for Ombre is the French word for “color that is shaded or graduated in tone.

One advantage to Ombre hair color is that if your roots are dark, you will not see a regrowth, or need to commit to regular roots touch ups as the Ombre effect already appears as a grown-out hair color.

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Millions of dollars have been spent in research and development and then advertising alone between all the competing hair color companies, and naturally they will tell you that their hair color is superior to their competitors.

Some will claim their dye has low ammonia, is organic, safe, will cause less damage to your hair and so on.

The truth of the matter is that most hair dyes that you can purchase online or from a store, and that is manufactured by a big reputable brand, is safe and okay to use.

The risks however are that it depends what condition your hair is to begin with, and then what you are hoping to achieve by coloring your hair in the first place?

As a rule

  • Semi-permanent hair colour won’t damage your hair as there is no ammonia, peroxide, or oxidation of your hair pigment molecules. Note that this also means that you can’t lighten your hair.
  • Natural colours such as Henna, Coffee basically stain the hair and the color will wash away over time, however beware, these types of hair colors can cause problems with other color or hairdressing treatments.
  • Reputable permanent hair colour is fine if you are doing a root touch up, covering grey hair, sticking to hair colors that are close to your natural hair color.

My recommendation is to always seek any hair color advice from a professional hair colorist, particularly for anything where going lighter, or using permanent color is concerned.

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Blonde highlights in hair can be described as small slices, pieces, wefts of blonde hair that interweaves and creates a contrast with your other hair color that is normally darker or brighter.

There are many techniques used to create blonde highlights in hair and some of these include;

  • Foils, where hair is weaved using a tail comb, separated, color applied to the hair on foil, and then left to process without changing the hair colour outside of the wrapped foil.
  • Balayage, where hair color or bleach is painted directly to the hair using a tint brush, usually in slim vertical strips.
  • Streaks and frosting were all the rage 20 years ago, where a plastic or rubber cap is placed over your head, and then using a croquet hook, a small weft of hair is pulled through, and bleached lighter. Once the desired color is achieved, excess color is rinsed away, the cap removed, and the hair now has two colors.
  • Ombre, where bleach is applied in time intervals starting from the ends to the mid lengths.
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To get purple hair you need to start off with a light base color, if you are a natural blonde then lucky you, otherwise you will first need to bleach your hair as light as possible (for more vibrancy), and then you will need to add the purple hair color dye.

There are a few purple hair colors on the market, but most reputable ones will be very similar in results that will fade and wash away overtime.

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Red hair color is always fashionable year to year. What you will find however is that hair color companies through their marketing and advertising departments like to push red hair tones more in the fall as a seasonal thing.

Sometimes they will launch a collection of deep mahoganies, chestnuts, and other times they will go with warm reds.

The important thing here is that a red hair color is chosen that will suit your complexion.

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Platinum blonde hair color has been popular ever since Jean Harlow, one of Hollywood’s biggest move stars back in 1911 made it popular.

There have been periods in the last 110 years where trends saw the tone change slightly to

  • Artic blonde
  • Beige blonde
  • Honey blonde
  • Strawberry blonde
  • Ash blonde

However, Platinum blonde hair remained strong throughout these periods in time, and still today is as popular and as mesmerising as ever.

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Platinum blonde hair color is blonde, lightened hair that has had all warm, yellow tone pigments removed through hair coloring, bleaching, and toning.

The “term” platinum blonde was apparently invented by Howard Hughes in reference to Jean Harlow as a nickname.

There are two elements important to achieving a great platinum blonde hair color,

  1. The hair must be lightened to a level that oxidises (makes translucent) as much yellow pigment as possible.
  2. The hair then must be toned with a cool shade of color such as silver, ash, pearl, (blue pigments that counteract gold and look PLATINUM)
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There have been many famous platinum blonde females in the past 100 years that have had a variety of talents, contributed to society in many ways, but that all had one thing in common, that is how their platinum blonde hair colour made them stand out from the crowd. Some of these include

  • Jean Harlow
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Lana Turner
  • Mae West
  • Grace Kelly
  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Brigitte Bardot
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Dolly Parton
  • Madonna
  • Debra Harry
  • Pamela Anderson
  • Lady Gagga
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Kim Kardashian (really bad platinum blonde)
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Balayage hair color is a technique that will work on anybody with any starting hair color, be it dark brown, red, or blonde hair.

Blonde Balayage is lighter blonde ends that gradually get darker right down to the roots, and so if you are starting off blonde, then you will need to make the ends even lighter and less gold (hair naturally goes gold when it lightens) for the ends to appear blonder.

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Strawberry blonde hair color is really blonde hair that has some red, a little blue, and not much gold tones through it.

It is extremely rare for people to have strawberry blonde hair naturally as most people have an abundance of gold pigments, and so their hair often appears more copper gold (some people call this strawberry blonde mistakenly).

Strawberry blonde hair color is applied either as a full color to light shade hair, or as a toner where adding a smidgen of blue, gives the red hues a cool appearance, just like strawberries.

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Brunette hair color is can be considered anything from darkest brown (almost black) through to deep dark and medium browns. Brunette hair color can be warm or cool in tone depending on a person’s natural pigmentation, or the hair dye used.

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