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Updated on April 04, 2023
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Today very few women opt to have their tresses cut in one-length styles. Shag haircuts look more modern, sharp and shapely, being at the same time easily-styled solutions. Modern shags vary the amount of layers and finishes for the edges. Every hair thickness and length has its ideal shag. Choosing a haircut for yourself, you should also take into account your face shape and life style.

Modern Shag Haircuts

Check out the ideas in pictures below to get inspired before your next head to the salon.

1. Medium Cut with Chunky Swoopy Layers

A shag is perfect for women with medium textured hair. If you’re searching for a unique style, why not try swoopy layers? As well as offering instant volume and dimension, swoopy layers put a contemporary twist on the traditional shag cut.

2. Blonde Shag with Emphasized Layers

Pronounced layers providing showy jagged edges is the main attraction of this modern shag that is additionally upgraded with subtle highlights and downlights. The front tresses are flipped in to bring out the face oval, while the back locks are playfully flipped out.

3. Medium Cut with Cropped Top

Hair cut with high layers and thinned longer down the ends might seem a little too Carol Brady. However, if done by a professional, it can also take the weight off of heavy hair or give thin hair a new lease on life. It’s sure better to go to a salon. If you’re hoping to avoid the 1970s look – don’t try this at home.

4. Tousled Auburn Bob

This wonderful shag haircut can boast of envious thickness and inimitable texture enhanced by glossy auburn highlights. A shag that is neat and silky through the length and getting shaggier towards the ends is the highest class and one of the current trends. If you wish to view more prominent shag haircuts that are popular this season, please, visit this gallery.

5. Medium Brunette Shag with Thick Bangs

The face-framing layers of this shag with bangs do a fabulous job of accentuating the model’s high cheekbones and make her look like a sultry, sexy movie star. The deep auburn color works well with most skin tones, and the tousled choppy style has a lot of sporty attitude.

Choppy Brunette Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @harryjoshhair

6. Medium Two-Layer Cut

If you’re in search of a shag haircut that’s stylish and modern, look no further than a two-layer feathered cut with a little bit of crunchy poof at the top. A golden bronde balayage also helps to create a lush and voluminous shape.

Medium Feathered Cut With Bronde Balayage

Instagram / @moderntekniques

7. Forward-Swept Straight Shag

A forward-swept shag is a perfect choice for thin hair because the various layers work in tandem to create a sense of lift and volume. The straight wispy bangs and slightly darker pieces that cradle the neck also contribute to a fuller and rounder appearance.

Shag With Bangs For Thin Hair

Instagram / @i.do_hair

8. Feminine Feathered Shag for Medium Hair

A center part and feathered waves of the copper-toned shoulder-length shag are ultra-feminine and easy to style. When you let the long bangs fall in front of your eyes, you create a sensual peek-a-boo look.

Medium Shag With Peek-A-Boo Bangs

Instagram / @craft_and_mane

9. Delicate Light Blonde Shag

For the ultimate statement in youthful frivolity, consider a shag style haircut that’s somewhere between a lob and a curly shag. The wavy tendrils are tinted with sexy white-blonde highlights and finished off with a razor for a complete shaggy touch.

Sexy White Blonde Lob Shag

Instagram / @melanieathologram

10. Mid-Length Layered Ash Blonde Hairstyle

Add interest to the classic mid-length shag haircut with bangs by including layered ash blonde highlights. This works best with thin to medium textured tresses, as thick hair can seem bulky due to the amount of layers. Style with a bit of a wave for a sassy, chic aesthetic.

Medium Layered Cut With Bangs

Instagram / @susanfordhair

11. Medium Silver Layers

The mix of both short and long layers means that the hair seems to flow erratically at every angle. Textured locks in this style work best for slender faces with petite features.

Silver Shag With Black Roots

Instagram / @buddywporter

12. Medium Feathered Cut for Thick Hair

This two-tone medium length shag haircut is a feathery nod to the iconic friend Rachel Green. It’s a straight layered hairstyle that looks wonderful on women with thick locks, and the medium brown color with honey highlights makes the most out of your hair’s natural texture.

Medium Length Shag For Thick Hair

Instagram / @hairartistholley

13. Medium Razored Shag for Straight Hair

Distinctively rock and roll, the long bangs and straight hair of this below-the-shoulder shag cut frame the face and bring out your best features. The subtle copper highlights and the shaggy razored ends contribute to the modern, trendy, and youthful vibe.

Below The Shoulder Shag Cut With Bangs

Instagram / @deeprootsatx

14. Layered Shaggy Hair

Multiple pronounced layers are lovely for shoulder length shags. Add in some waves with a large barrel curling iron to complete this sassy and fun style. If your hair is dark, consider some subtle highlights to lighten things up a bit. Think of some fun color to punch up the final look and brighten up your face.

15. Wispy Brunette Shag Hairstyle

The following images demonstrate that wispy shag hairstyles give off major retro vibes from the 70s and 80s. Think Joan Jett and Debbie Harry from Blondie for cut inspiration. Channel your inner rock chick by asking your stylist for wispy layers all-over your head to gain a fierce, eye-catching appearance.

Dark Brown Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @suzido_

16. Medium Shag with Crown Layers

Consider a crown-layered hairstyle when you want a perfect solution for fine hair that needs an uplifting boost. The strawberry bronde color is a unique way to make your medium shag the talk of the town.

Medium Bronde Shag For Fine Hair

Instagram / @zealhairstudio

17. Fun Razored Shag for Straight Hair

Tousled at the top and complimented with arched bangs, you’ll love the face-framing qualities of this perky shaggy hairstyle. Ideal for women with straight jet black hair, the cut has a slightly tomboyish look, but still remains feminine and cute. The razored layers gently graze the collarbone and add to the spiky appearance of the overall hairstyle.

Straight Shag With Arched Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

18. Brunette Wavy Razored Shag

Shag hairstyles never go out of fashion, so you can feel confident when you decide to snip your hair and get one of these tomboyish cuts. The chunky waves and the tousled top look fabulous when the hair is parted in the middle, and the side-swept bangs flow effortlessly into wispy, razored sides.

Medium Shag Hairstyle With Waves

Instagram / @tamirescorreas

19. Shoulder-Grazing Flared Blonde Shag

Mid-length shag cuts are funky and distinctive when they graze your shoulders and flare out at the ends. Enhance the appearance of your spiky layers by adding a bit of styling product to naturally tousled locks for an edgy, fashionable look.

20. Choppy Bright Blonde Bob

Slightly boxy, the choppy texture and long bangs of this shaggy blonde bob add a lot of fullness to straight, fine hair. The solid whitish color helps to neutralize the ruddiness of your skin tone, and the long wispy bangs add a feminine touch.

Shaggy Blonde Bob With Long Bangs

Instagram / @chrisjones_hair

21. Medium Cut with Flipped Ends for Thick Hair

If you’re after a shag cut with a more conventional aesthetic and you have thick hair, opt for flipped ends. Vintage-inspired, this cut utilizes the authentic texture and volume of your tresses. To flip your ends, merely blow dry them with an outwards curve, or use a straightener in the same way.

Mid-Length Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @prettypaintedhair

22. Perfect Bangs and Wild Layers

Make no mistakes, the 90s are coming back in a big way. Opting for full, straight bangs may be a throwback, but it’s worth experimenting with. Keep the locks shoulder length and try sharply angled layers throughout for a modern take on the shag that blends finishes and plays with textures.

Brunette Shag With Straight Bangs

Instagram / @anhcotran

23. Short and Medium Layers for Fine Hair

Shorter layers are a go-to not only for thick hair. Fine hair can look adorably wispy with layers around the crown. Layered hair isn’t always easy, but with a little feathering and styling you can work it.

Medium Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @hairbysarahamala

24. Side-Parted Layered Bob

Sure, most shag hairstyles do include layers, but this layered bob is definitely a champion among its peers. Layers through the length swept to one side create a beautiful texture whether you prefer to wear your hair straight or curled.

Chestnut Brown Layered Bob

Instagram / @steamspunk_studio

25. Medium Tousled Hair with Bangs

A medium shag with bangs is optimal if you want to wear your hair loose and tousled while spending minimum time on styling. It’s best suited for medium textured hair but can work for thin hair, too.

Messy Medium Hairstyle With Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

26. Platinum Balayage Shag

For a more polished look to your short, shoulder length shag, try a blowout with maximum lift at the roots and swoopy layers. Balayage coloring is something that will make your style irresistible and perfectly wearable.

Mid-Length Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @ashlindhair

27. Messy Razored Golden Blonde Bob

Messy shag haircuts for women are a great option when you want to have a little fun and break away from a traditional bob. Sun-kissed blonde highlights on ash brown hair keep you looking carefree and frivolous.

Blonde Sun-Kissed Messy Bob

Instagram / @ashleec615

28. Medium Layered Black Hairstyle

Girlish and pretty, a layered shag offers a magnificent way to wear your hair down and have a current, effortless, lived-in look. The jet black hair color is down to earth and neutral. If it flatters you, pick it to compliment the textured shag style.

Effortless Layered Shag

Instagram / @hollygirldoeshair

29. Medium Copper Brown Shag for Thick Hair

Thick hair looks its best when it’s shaped and layered into stacked tiers. Parted on the side and gently tousled at the top, the shaggy copper wisps on chocolate brown hair are sophisticated and easy to style.

Medium Layered Copper Brown Hairstyle

Instagram / @beautiesbygrace

30. Elongated Feathered Cut

The feathered layers of some medium shag haircuts can give the illusion that the hair is longer than it actually is. A blonde balayage with darker roots adds depth and texture to the below-the-shoulder hairstyle. It’s a cut that looks great parted on the side or down the middle.

Medium Shag Haircut With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @hairbybellanancy

31. Mid-Length Feathered Shag for Thick Hair

The long feathered layers of this shaggy haircut help thick straight hair look pliable and soft. Style the hair so the ends are slightly flipped up. This trick gives the sporty and playful cut a little extra bounce as you walk or jog.

Shaggy Haircut With Flipped Up Layers

Instagram / @ashleylanierhair

32. Collarbone Bronde Shag

The images of beachy shags attract women who want a haircut that will capture their sporty lifestyle. Copper and blonde tones over the dark brown base have a feminine flair that balances out the tomboy vibe of the razored ends.

33. Pretty Shaggy Brunette Bob

The sassy brunette bob is a modern twist on the traditional short shag haircut. Slight teasing in the crown gives it a little extra height, and the wispy bangs swept to the side emphasize the eyes and cheekbones.

Brunette Short Shag Haircut With Bangs

Instagram / @anhcotran

34. Sliced Platinum Blonde Bob

Parted in the center and sliced into feathered pieces that seem to sprout from the crown, straight shag haircuts bring an air of sultry elegance. This platinum shag is cool and edgy, perfect for a girl with a matching personality.

Straight Platinum Shag Haircut

Instagram / @chrisjones_hair

35. Shoulder-Grazing Razored Cut for Straight Hair

Embrace your perfectly straight hair by going with the flow of the medium length shag. The razor-cut technique is the best way to emphasize the shaggy layers and wispy edges that barely touch the shoulders.

36. Short-to-Medium Shattered Gray Shag

Wear your new gray shag with confidence, because it’s a color that looks amazing on women of all ages. The long feathery peek-a-boo bangs balance out the shattered shape of the overgrown pixie/bob and create a distinctively urban and edgy feel.

Gray Feathery Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @stephanysmithhair

37. Dynamic Feathered Brunette Shag

When you’re looking for a simple and carefree shaggy haircut that’s not too over the top, go for a lowkey, natural-looking style like this one. The solid chocolate brown color is neutral, yet pretty, and the feathered ends add a lot of texture and visual interest.

38. Razored Blonde Bob with Bangs

Adding some height in the crown of a shag haircut with bangs makes it appear more elegant and sophisticated. It’s a versatile haircut that may also be worn with side pieces tucked behind the ears.

Blonde Bob Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @hairicadavis

39. Razored Shaggy Chocolate and Caramel Bob

If you want to use a shaggy haircut to minimize the volume of extra-thick hair, then razor it out into jagged layers. The honey caramel highlights over the dark brown base lend a summery, warm touch.

Shaggy Haircut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @chrisjones_hair

40. Chestnut Brown Choppy Lob

A rounded choppy shag cut that grazes the clavicle is another choice for thick hair. The chestnut brown base color has an overall rusty tone with warm richness, and the piece-y angled layers of the new-style bob work well with most face shapes.

41. Long Cut with Feathered Face Framing

Your shag will look healthy and shiny if you leave lots of long layers in the back that slightly flip up at the ends. Wispy bangs frame the face and copper highlights add extra sheen. A medium-length haircut can also be pulled back into a ponytail, which is a nice option if you’re an active lady.

42. Medium Choppy Shag with Bangs

Certain types of shaggy hairstyles have a distinctly rock flair, so you can dress them up with a heavy makeup and extra-long bangs that cover the eyes. The slightly wavy choppy locks touch the collarbone, accenting your neck and chin, and the subtle golden highlights liven up the medium brown base color.

Medium Brown Shaggy Hairstyle

Instagram / @cutyourhair

43. Medium Sliced Ash Blonde Hairstyle

If you want a celebrity haircut that brings back memories of Heather Locklear, an ash-blonde layered shag can just do the trick. Ideal for women with thick, straight hair, the cut can be parted down the middle or off-center. The slicing technique also helps to tame the volume and keep the hair neat.

44. Silver Shag with Feathered Layers

A silver-blonde shoulder-length shag with feathered ends is a definite throwback to the 1970s when these were popular hairstyles for housewives and women on the go. The tousled choppy crown section tops the longer slim layers that touch the shoulders and add to the overall sense of extra length and volume for women with fine hair.

Silver Feathered Shag For Fine Hair

Instagram / @hairbysamhostad

45. One-Length Cut with Feathered Layers

The one-length layered bob is a modern shag haircut that looks spectacular because of the random feathery pieces. The razored ends bring out all the natural shine of healthy, thick hair, and the abundance of layers make the style a popular option for women who want a shag style with hassle-free maintenance.

Modern Razored Shag

Instagram / @haircut.adam

46. Long Layered Chop

For a romantic, windswept hairstyle, you just cannot go wrong with a long cut that features short and medium layers. Movement is everything here — use a styling wand to make simple ringlets at the ends of your layers.

Long Layered Haircut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @lj.sharman

47. Textured Shag with Rocky Bangs

The punk rock scene definitely has an impact on the styles of today. It’s no doubt a daring move to opt for super short jagged bangs, but it’s one that will pay off in no time. Remember, when wearing a shag haircut with bangs, the finishing touches are everything.

Medium Shag With Short Bangs

Instagram / @cutyourhair

48. Grungy Cut

Free spirits will fall head over heels in love with the grungy haircut. Chopping into mid-length hair and adding some boho flicks is a truly excellent way to try something new. You can even style this cut by hand and create fun waves in seconds.

Medium Wavy Shaggy Haircut For Fine Hair

Instagram / @d_osalonmarin

49. Medium Cut with Razored Face-Framing Layers

The razor cutting technique is amazing for removing weight and developing a wider range of motion. Request that your hairdresser incorporates razoring around your face to frame it and point to your best features. Include a pop of color for a standout style.

White Blonde Hairstyle With Pastel Pink Roots

Instagram / @hairbyac_alcorn

50. The 1970s Flick

Allowing the ends of the hair to flick out may feel wrong, but it seems oh so right in this case. If you search easy, low-maintenance hairstyles, shags are a rewarding wash and go option.

Medium Layered Bronde Hairstyle

Instagram / @keriungerhair

51. Brunette Layers with Centre Part

Long centre-parted shags are good for oblong faces when you need to add volume on the sides on your face. This cute shag also offers incredible texture and eases your everyday styling. If your face is rather round and full, you can check this page for the most flattering haircuts and hairstyles for your face shape.

52. Medium-to-Long Feathered Cut

Medium to long feathered cuts provide a lot of bounce and body. This is because they’re typically done with a razor to achieve the fine-textured layers. Feminine and flattering, feathered cuts look great tousled to showcase their natural fluffiness and swing.

Layered Haircut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @suzido_

53. Blue Black Shag with Arched Bangs

Frame your face and shape your blue-black hair by a modern shag haircut. By cutting thick bangs into an arch from the forehead to the cheekbones, your hair will look super-healthy and have an extra whimsical touch.

Medium Modern Black Shag Haircut

Instagram / @aaashleee

54. Sleek Mid-Length Haircut with Shaggy Ends

Elongate your neckline by training your medium-length straight hair to dip inward towards your collarbone. The purposely razored shaggy ends help disguise dry hair and split ends.

Mid-Length Shag For Straight Hair

Instagram / @alchemyoakland

55. Lovely Two-Tone Choppy Lob

A choppy lob can be promptly updated with a two-tone effect. Whether you choose to style it straight or wavy, you can create a beautiful texture and show off your burly layers by applying some volumizing powder to the roots.

Caramel Shag For Medium Hair

Instagram / @sierralynne27

56. Long Wispy Brunette Shag

Wispy layers are stunning on longer hairstyles as their nature gives off carefree, casual vibes. You can straighten your locks using a straightener for a more pronounced layer definition; however, this style is best worn loose, tousled and flowy for maximum impact.

Long Tousled Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @brockstarhair

57. Wispy Layered Hairstyle in Spicy Color

The best shag haircuts look natural and are easy to take care of. Let the blowdryer do its thing and watch out for the ultimate shagginess on the horizon — no special styling required!

Easy Mid-Length Shag Hairstyle

Instagram / @dnosalon

58. Golden Bronde Sliced Bob

A shaggy sliced bob is a cross between a traditional bob and a shag cut. It’s ideal for women who have super-fine tresses. Blonde highlights on a light brown base color provide additional depth and richness for limp and overworked hair.

Shaggy Bob With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @gleam_hair_studio

59. Two-Tone Long Feathered Shag

A long shag haircut that feathers down the back and flips around the neckline and shoulders is a wonderful way to wear your wavy hair. The two-tone color also helps to define the distinct layers of this chic shag haircut.

Long Shag With Feathered Layers

Instagram / @hairbycaseybrook

60. Shoulder-Length Shag with Babylights

A shoulder-length shag haircut can be given an instant style update with babylights. These are created using a very fine coloring technique and consist of delicate caramel highlights. The idea is to mimic the lighter hue that is naturally accomplished when your hair is exposed to the sun.

Medium Brown Shag With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @toppcutts

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