40 Best Variations of a Medium Shag Haircut for Your Distinctive Style

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Medium shag haircuts, what can be more popular these days? Today not only celebrities, but also every woman who wants to look modern and trendy opts for a shag haircut. If you still haven’t taken advantage of a haircut like this, it’s simply because you are not aware of an immense potential that stands behind it. You can create truly unparalleled looks, styling your shag. Our bright collection of photos will provide you with the right impression of a shag haircut and offer some brilliant ideas you can use personally for yourself.

Shag Haircuts: Special Features

The basis of shag haircuts can be bobs of varied lengths or pixies. For a more modern look they are shaggy-textured with layers and choppy ends. Shag haircuts never look the same, because, firstly, we all have different types of hair and, secondly, you can experiment with layering and ends. It can be loads of layers, starting on your crown, less layering, closer to the ends or something in between these two options. How your stylist works through the ends of your hair also determines to a great extent the final result and success of your haircut. For instance, you may come up with an elegant feathered finish, extra drama with spiky ends or create a visually effortless effect of a “bedhead”.

Shag haircuts look amazing on both thick and thin hair, naturally curly and straight. It will add volume, where it’s needed or, on the contrary, decrease it, offering you a beneficial texture and ease of styling.

Okay, enough words. Let’s see some of the best examples of shag haircuts for medium length hair in pictures.

#1: Shaggy Chestnut Locks

Warm chestnut hair color is the perfect canvas for a medium length shag. The light brown shade will add some dimension to the cut and keep it from looking too uniform or dull, while the layers allow for unpredictable movement and styling versatility.

#2: Blonde Medium Cut

If you’re tired of your lifeless, blonde hair, treat yourself to an upgrade in the shape of a cool, shaggy haircut. A honey blonde shag is very retro-chic and a great way to mix things up a bit. You can also get away with messy, haphazard styling of this cut, so running out the door in the morning just got a little easier.

#3: Highlights and the Medium Shag Unite

If your dirty blonde shag haircut is looking a little dull, it might be time for some chunky highlights. This is an easy and relatively quick way to brighten up your hair and give it a recharge. Start the highlights just below the crown and make sure they are well-blended and transition naturally. You’d be surprised what a difference a few streaks of ashy blonde hair color can do.

#4: Flipped Shaggy Hair

Switch up that blowout and add a little flip to your shoulder length ‘do. When blow-drying your hair, blow the strands outward as opposed to inward. You’ll still get body and fullness, but your hair will just have a little added bounce and buoyancy that’s incredibly fun. And that’s what hair’s all about, right?

#5: Balayage for Shoulder-Length Shag

Shaggy hairstyles with a side of balayage are your ticket to trendy this season, so get on board. Ask your stylist to add some feathery layers to that balayage hair. Then, to give the look a little “oomph,” wrap sections around a 1 ½ -inch curling iron, leaving the ends uncurled. Spritz the hair with finishing spray and fluff it a bit with your fingers. You are ready to rock and roll.

#6: Beach Waved Shag

Shag hairstyles are not meant to be worn neat and tidy. It’s all about messing them up and making them look effortless and tousled. If you’re going to go the curly route, make sure you do beach waves. Curl the hair with a flat iron, leaving the ends untouched. Flip your head upside down and let it fall naturally around your shoulders once you flip it back up.

#7: Pretty Pink Medium Shag

By now you’ve been bombarded with pictures of fearless women rocking cotton-candy hair colors and funky, brightly hued locks. Well, if you can’t beat them, join them. If you’re not onboard with dyeing your entire head pink, take baby steps and add sporadic pink panels throughout your hair.

#8: Medium Loose Chocolate Locks

Wanna lighten up that thick, full hair of yours? Feathered hairstyles like this medium-length one, are the way to go. The layered, light-as-a-feather tips help take some of the weight out of your hair and give it some great shape and movement. So, kiss those days of being weighed-down by your hair good-bye!

#9: Hot Highlighted Shag Layers

Show off your choppy layers by trying a little to-and-fro action with your curling iron. Take your curling tool and switch off curling sections of hair inward (toward the face) and outward (away from the face). Once the whole head is curled, shake out the curls. See how vivacious and full your hair looks!

#10: Honey Blonde Shaggy ‘Do

Forget two-toned hair. Three-toned hair is the new frontier. More specifically, tortoiseshell hair is the new frontier. Honey, platinum and caramel hues come together in a lovely mosaic that makes your hair shine brighter than ever before. So, stop limiting your textured, shaggy bob to just two colors. Oh, and if you’re really feeling brazen, throw in some feathered bangs.

#11: Fabulous Fuchsia Chin-Length Shaggy Hair

Sometimes even the cutest medium shag hairstyles need a nice burst of light and color. Make your bright blonde hair even brighter by adding some framing pink highlights. When colored in the front and bottom layers of the hair, the dye creates a cool frame for the face and illuminates your overall look. Yes, please.

#12: Beach Blonde Medium Shag

Boho waves with two-tone hair color aren’t just for those rocking the long shag. Medium-length hair can get in on the fun, too. Just add some honey blonde balayage and loose, subtle waves to your hair. Heck, this style could last for a couple of days, so if you don’t feel like washing and repeating, spritz some dry shampoo on your roots and mid-shaft and be on your way.

#13: Long-Layered Medium Bob

An angular, layered lob looks amazing with a side of shag. Try throwing it over to one side and wearing it in a side-swept fashion for extra cool points. People will admire your effortless, natural style and you’ll be perfecting the shag game in no time.

#14: Banged-Up Shaggy Bob

Nothing works with medium shag haircuts like a little fringe. Blunt bangs and wispy short layers look great on those with oval or longer face shapes. They minimize the forehead and square-off the face a bit so it looks more symmetrical. Not to mention, this haircut is just plain cool. So take yourself to “It Girl” status with bangs.

#15: Wind-Swept Shag

Hairstyles for fine hair should always aim to add some body and life. Look like you just stepped out of a wind tunnel by blowdrying your hair outward. After flipping out the hair, spray it with hairspray while fluffing it with your fingers so it dries and molds in a fuller formation.

#16: Blunt Non-Nonsense Medium Cut

Don’t let yourself fall into a rut with your medium-length hair. It’s easy to let it just hang there— this is especially true for thick hair ladies. Mix things up and take advantage of the versatility of this style. Try drying your hair with a diffuser so it dries wavy and full. Then, curl the top layer of hair with a curling iron away from the face. Voila, you’ve got an effortlessly lovely hairstyle on your hands.

#17: Caramel-Colored Balayage Shag

The idea of shaggy hair may sound like a very old-school, ‘60s sitcom to you, but let us assure you, it’s VERY IN now. Look on any runway or magazine and you’ll catch endless sightings of shagged-up, layered ‘dos in all shapes, lengths and colors. The current favorite shag style is a two-toned shag that’s blended together with a nice ombre effect. Try it for yourself!

#18: Shaggy Silvery Style

Do not let this year go by without trying silver hair. If you’ve got naturally blonde hair, this look is even more of a no-brainer, since it won’t be as extreme for you as it will for someone with brown, red or black hair. Also, the color transition process won’t be as impactful or stressful on your fair locks. So, what are you waiting for? Go for the silver!

#19: Shaggy Auburn Waves

Ombre hairstyles often feature dark to blonde color transitions, but you shouldn’t limit yourself. Play with this cool color-melting technique and try it with different color variations like browns and auburns and bronzes. You’ll be surprised how amazing it turns out and the looks you’ll get from passers-by.

#20: Medium Bed-Head Bob

Yes, shaggy hair is unconventional. But it’s also totally on-trend and chic, especially when worn the right way. Give your medium-length layered bob a seriously cool bedhead look by twisting your wet hair into two buns or braids and letting it dry. Then, undo the braids/buns and shake your locks free. This will create more subtle looking waves. So, you’ll literally look like you woke up like that.

#21: An Excellent Razor Job

This is a sort of a perfect razor job, meaning literally. Yes, sometimes the best layers in medium length shag haircuts can be made only with a sharp razor for a sharp look like this.

#22: A Vibrant Feathered Look

A layered haircut can look very neat when it has fine delicate grades like in the photo. Those cute feathers create sufficient volume and a splendid visual effect.

#23: Thin, Fine And Divine

Those thin layered strands are fantastic: shattered, yet compact and moderately voluminous. This is a perfect medium-length haircut for active ladies.

#24: Adorably Languishing

When a gorgeous shattered shape of your haircut is enhanced with reverse ombre, the effect may surpass the boldest of your expectations.

#25: Neat Feathers

This is a gorgeous short-to-medium haircut with an elegant feathery finish providing a good control over thick hair that is yet not as long as you’d like.

#26: Awesome Shaggy Long Bob

July issue of Yo Dona magazine acquaints us with a new gorgeous shag from Lily Collins. Lily’s locks feature great texture and look adorable in this textured A-line style swept by the wind.

#27: Shoulder-Grazing Shaggy Bob

Hilary Duff’s blonde highlighted locks with dark roots have gained fabulous volume and texture thanks to the shaggy bob haircut with the length above the shoulders. Scrunch-and-go style works perfect with it.

#28: Sexy Shag With Long Wispy Bangs

Poppy Delevingne did her best posing for the Talento Jewelry ad campaign. So did her hair stylist as Poppy’s wispy shag appears light, spontaneous and overwhelmingly sexy.

#29: Soft Rose Gold Shag

A shag haircut doesn’t always look rough and sloppy. Laura Dern’s shag with distinct layering for the face-framing locks appears extremely soft, delicate and just a bit messy.

#30: Shoulder-Skimming Shag With Long Side Bangs

Here is another example of a soft shag with buttery texture. Beth Littleford is rocking a layered shoulder-length haircut with long bangs, framing her face and blending with the adjacent layers.

#31: Black Shag With Side-Swept Bangs

Leigh Lezark experiments with cuts and hair colors to diversify her looks. Her hairstyles on the base of shag haircut are always exceptionally chic. This one dressed up with neat flicks bears the right amount of sassiness and a tint of glamour.

#32: Fun Girly Shag

Ashley Scott sports a delightful short-to-medium shag haircut, “scrunched” for a trendy messy look, usually adopted by girls on the go. Allover layers and razored tips build the edginess with a nonchalant feel, most of us would like to achieve. So, let’s better save this inspiring example as an idea of a great low-maintenance haircut.

#33: Just The Right Amount Of Sassiness

Let your shag haircut be cheeky enough with a little bit heavier layered locks. Such feathered hairstyles are especially fun in movement and when being textured with gel.

#34: Are You An Angel?

This question you are going to hear often if you try on an image, blending curls and a shag style. In general public opinion this is exactly how angels look, so do not be surprised.

#35: A Sexy “Bedhead”

Let some negligence overtake your image. It leaves an impression that although you look stunning, you do not spend much time, if any, on preparations before going out.

#36: One Of The Sweetest Shags Ever

There’s a disputable opinion that a shag hairstyle makes it more difficult to control your hair, especially if it’s unruly. In this case you can opt for fewer layers and have them closer to your ends.

#37: Provocative Emo Style

Emo girls love a shag haircut for its turbulent and rebellious look. If you like this image, ask your stylist for plenty of layers and let them begin on your crown.

#38: Mussy And Messy

This one is currently a very trendy look, created on the basis of a shag haircut. A-line, a long side-swept bang, a tousled effect… you couldn’t do better to get into the trendy stream.

#39: Do You Mind Some Drama?

Finely chopped ends are good for a dramatic look. This haircut is an excellent idea if you want to create some volume on your crown that is fading away to the ends.

#40: Friable Layering

This beautiful shag haircut consists of a million of thin delicate strands, easily shattered in movement and always framing your face harmoniously.

Well, these were the brightest medium-length shag haircuts you may come across today. As you see in these pictures, being made according to the same principle, they look very versatile. So, be free to mimic any ideas you like to create your own distinctive style.

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