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10 Shag Haircut Styles To Inspire Your Next Chop & How To Choose The One For You

Get shaggy with it.

Amongst the many '70s trends currently vying for attention in 2021, a key battleground is a-top our heads. While The Serpent is busy validating and inspiring our groovy flares and experiments with bohemian style, the top '70s-inspired hair trends of the moment are currently Fawcett Flip-ping between waft fringes, mullets—of the modern and soft-serve variety—and of course, the shag haircut.

Shag hairstyles have been on the rise for a while now, but 2021 sees the hairstyle once deemed only for the counter-culture crowd truly enter the mainstream. Iterations of the shag have been spotted on everyone from Zendaya to Miley Cyrus, further cementing its versatility.

As well as adding texture, volume and a lot of interest, the modern glam shag haircut is actually a surprisingly versatile and low maintenance hairstyle. Especially for those who might have cultivated a fair chunk of extra length last year and want a change without a dramatic chop, the shag could be your answer.

Below, 10 shag haircut ideas and the key things to note about choosing a shag to flatter and shape.


If you're ready to get groovy but don't know exactly what to ask for, don't fret, we've broken it down for you.

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The Subtle Long Shag Haircut

With long layers and a straight fringe erring on the wispier side, a shag haircut with layers that predominantly begin in the mid-lengths of the hair is the perfect way to ease yourself in. This style is ideal if you're still looking to preserve length, but want to add a bit more shape and personality to your hair.

Image via Instagram @nicolemariesalon.

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The Long Shag Haircut With Choppy Layers

For those who who have straighter hair that needs a bit more help to achieve a truly shaggy shape, layers can be taken higher for more texture and body. The very subtle lightened ends also add more interest.

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The Shag Haircut With A Low-Commitment Fringe

The shag haircut also offers another enticing opportunity: a way to wear bangs without committing to a blunt front-fringe and an arduous growing out process. This particular cut softly blends a fringe into face-framing layers.

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The Shag Haircut Without A Fringe

Contrary to what you might think, not all shag haircuts necessitate a fringe. If you want to try the trend but have an aversion to *any* hair in your eyes, the modern shag looks excellent with a few very manageable layers around the face.

Image via Instagram @salsalhair.

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The Subtle Curly Shag Haircut

Shag haircuts can work wonders on curly hair, giving them a tonne of shape and personality. Details like a rounder fringe, longer layers towards the front and clever techniques to create height at the front of the crown all contribute to a subtle, flattering shag.

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The Wolf Shag Haircut

If your heart is set on a more clear-cut shag (pun not intended) who better to head to than Australia's mullet shag queen Laura Spinney? Dubbed the 'wolf shag' haircut, this style features tones of layers and a lot of height at the crown.

Image via Instagram @laura.spinney.creative

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The Soft, Feminine Shag Haircut

Enchance curls and cheekbones with a soft shag haircut that has the most volume around ear height. This shag is particularly flattering on curly hair.

Image via Instagram @alyssainthecity.