The shag is a great style that should be called “retro”, as it was popular in the 70s and 80s, but the modern Shag Haircutexamples look totally contemporary!
What is a shag cut?
It was invented by a barber named Paul McGregor and made famous as one of the first unisex hairstyles worn by celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Joan Jett, Rod Stewart and Jane Fonda.
The shag cut is any hairstyle that has many layers of different lengths. The special cutting technique creates fullness around the crown and is often “feathered” to be thinner at the edges. And the modern shag haircut examples in our Inspiration Gallery show below that you can go “shaggy” with short, medium and long hair!
Feathered and broken layers are unique to the modern Shag haircut, and the effect is a low-maintenance and unconventional look that blends in perfectly with the latest trends for a casual look.
Feathering is the highly textured and thinned finish that looks as fine and light as a feather. And broken layers are a very modern kind of separate layers that are part of the choppy-layered trend that’s super hot this year.
For an ultra-modern look, choose a style with asymmetrical, shaggy layers and use the latest balayage highlights to add color accents that accentuate your facial features.
A clever trick for anyone with brown, honey or hazel eyes is to choose a highlight that suits your eye color. The main balayage shades of the season include honey, caramel, copper, chocolate, coffee and gold. If you put balayage in your pony or cheekbone area, you will love it as it emphasizes your eye color!
Thick or fine hair
Although modern shag haircut examples are a fantastic way to sculpt thick or coarse hair, you can also get a successful shaggy cut on fine hair.
Coarse hair can be thinned out, molded or modeled into fabulous edged hairstyles that form a flattering frame for your face. And fine hair benefits from the layers, which make it easier to get plenty of extra volume and to avoid the long, straight and flat appearance.
Whatever your style may be, you can easily bring it up to date by adding some shaggy levels to the basic shape.
Just pick your favorite out of the modern Shag Haircut examples in our amazing gallery and your stylist will be able to customize it to create a totally flattering new look you !