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: 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.
#3: 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!
#4: Medium Messy Layered Style
If you want to spice up your mid length hair, look no further than messy layers. Medium shag haircuts are a sure-fire way to inject volume and texture into your strands for a beautifully effortless aesthetic.
#5: 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.
#6: 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.
#7: Wavy Layered Cut for Thick Hair
Styling a thick mane can prove challenging – what to do with all that hair? Take advantage of your bountiful locks opting for a medium razored cut and wavy styling. These layered ends are ideal for downplaying your hair’s heaviness.
#8: Blonde Lob with Disconnected Jagged Layers
These jagged layers achieve a perfect edgy look that can be enhanced by a statement color. A shoulder length lob like this won’t take much of your precious time in the morning; just apply a bit of your favorite texturizing product and go.
#9: Medium Feathered Ash Blonde Hairstyle
The key to feathered hair is lots of angled layers. Medium length shag haircuts don’t necessarily have to sport choppy ends, you can design an airy feel with feathered wisps that bend towards the face. Styling tip: use a brand new toothbrush to gently tease hair at the roots for an extra lift that doesn’t impair the flow of layers.
#10: Centre-Parted Medium-to-Long Shag
A longer shag is a beautiful downdo, and it can also be a great base for a variety of messy updos you see on today’s fashionistastas. Accentuate you new shaggy layers with subtle sun-kissed highlights and be ready to rock’n’roll!
#11: Razored Gray Bob with Bangs
The thought of going gray is no longer something that induces fear. In fact, gray hair — both dyed and natural — is more popular than ever before. This razored gray bob complements every skin tone and hair texture. Implement some shaggy bangs to soften angular face shapes and add some visual interest.
#12: Subtle Shag with Highlighted Ends
We love pairing the shag haircut with bangs: this new variation of the shag utilizes less messiness and sleeker locks for a modern edge. Don’t forget to keep a smoothing serum or oil at hand to tame flyaway strands.
#13: Gorgeous Wavy White Shag
If you have hair that has a slight wave to it, the shag is a breeze to style. While for many a simple wash-and-go routine works, a bit of texturizing product before roughdrying won’t hurt. This wavy shag makes the ultimate fashion statement that proves that gray and white can be attributes of a chic style rather than a dreaded sign of aging.
#14: Funky Blonde Shag
Razor-cut layers throughout the medium length hair produce a noticeable feeling of movement. Don’t be afraid to add a retro twist with an alternative, untamed silhouette. This particular blonde balayage shag flatters oval, oblong, square and diamond faces.
#15: Voluminous Layered Bronde Lob
Voluminous V-cut layers come to life in medium shaggy hairstyles. If you simply can’t commit to one hair color, a combination of brown and blonde tones is flattering on almost anyone and can be executed in an endless amount of variations.
#16: Longer Cut with Wispy Layers and Blunt Bangs
Bangs are a great way to accentuate best features of heart shaped and oval faces. Thin, blunt bangs can take away a few years from your face by covering frown lines and exuding a youthful vibe. Balance the accurate lines of blunt bangs with longer wispy layers scattered throughout the length.
#17: Longer Textured Cut with Sun-Kissed Balayage
Nothing screams sun-kissed more than an enviable balayage mane. These streamlined highlights are an effective way to emphasize the texture of your shaggy hair. The longer brunette cut becomes all the more dramatic with a punch of light blonde.
#18: Shag with Blunt Ends and Angled Layers
Show off your wild and carefree attitude with sassy shag hairstyles. Blunt ends and angled layers generate a very chiseled, choppy and textured look. For the finishing touch, use a texture paste to style the perfect amount of grit and achieve that lived-in feel.
#19: Sleek Layered Cut for Thick Hair
If you’re striving to minimize a heavy appearance of thicker hair, try strategic layering that naturally lifts strands and pulls them away from the face. This not only brings your visage to the spotlight, but also adds a bit of volume to the mainframe, giving your overall style a touch of elegance that looks lovely in pictures and life.
#20: Two-Tone Disheveled Layered Hairstyle
In the world of beauty, messy doesn’t mean a bad thing. Master the art of looking flawlessly disheveled. Try a medium shag with two-tone coloring and leave the hair product-free for a truly deconstructed effect.
#21: Black and Brown Choppy Bob
This medium shaggy bob features emphasized strands sticking out as if randomly. The black-and-brown combo is a sultry and chic medley that complements a variety of skin tones.
#22: Dimensional Wavy Blonde Shag
Wavy, au naturel hair is beautiful with its perfectly tousled tresses. If you weren’t blessed with naturally wavy locks, you can easily imitate the look at home with a hair straightener. Fight the frizz with a hydrating, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
#23: Longer Cut with Thoroughly Layered Bottom
If your hair is straight and you don’t feel like styling waves on a daily basis, consider this delicate svelte cut with long feathered layers. Making the upper pieces lighter and shinier while toning down the bottom creates a gorgeous dimensional look full of texture that straight hair often lacks.
#24: Black Angled Bob with Shaggy Layers
The shoulder length shag pairs well with an abundance of layers. Framing them into an angled bob lets the hair fall naturally into a pretty shape that doesn’t require an insane amount of upkeep. Who knew shaggy layers could be so versatile?
#25: Medium Length Choppy Layers
To add some grunge vibes and extra sex appeal to the classic beach hair, go for choppy, shaggy layers like these. Keeping the front pieces long and adding short pieces in the back creates a really cool shape with a lot of lift. A clipless curling iron is a must to style this look.
#26: Sexy Texture and Rockabilly Bangs
A short fringe of bangs is a natural pairing to a shag hairstyle. Bangs like these are not for the faint of heart, and if your hair isn’t straight to begin with, they can be a challenge to style daily. That said, it’s a notice-me look that’s undeniably cute and fashionable.
#27: Wavy Choppy Pastel Pink Bob
Add some oomph to your shoulder-length bob with wavy, choppy layers and a romantic or edgy color. The pastel pink / strawberry blonde is a beautiful cool-and-warm combo that makes your hairstyle modern and much more flattering than any of these colors in a solid version. The romantic cut is perfect for giving extra dimension to a style that tends to fall flat.
#28: A-Line with Soft Waves
Medium shag haircuts are a great opportunity for trying not only different colors but also different lengths within one haircut. Really drastic a-lines tend to look too dramatic (best reserved for divas), but a slight a-line like this is way more wearable. Ask your stylist for a mostly one-length shag with longer pieces in the front.
#29: Shaggy Face-Framing Layers
For shoulder length hair that’s full of volume, ask for layers that start at cheekbones. Choppy layers are the best starting point for modern waves. When you curl layered hair in a variety of directions, you can achieve the best shaggy texture.
#30: Modern Platinum Shag
A long shag haircut follows the same principles as any shag: tons of texture and lots of layers. To put a California beach girl spin on the haircut, try a center part, effortless waves, and (of course) platinum locks! Gradually working a bright shade of blonde into dark hair is super sexy.
#31: Dark Shaggy Cut with Violet Highlights
Shaggy hairstyles should never take too much time or consideration. Practice? Maybe. If your hair naturally has body, you can let it airdry and then haphazardly add waves with a curling iron. For flat or stick straight hair, you’ll want to blow dry. As with any shag, the use of products is essential, namely mousses and texturizing sprays.
#32: Cute Medium-Short Shag
This cute shaggy bob is made all the better with a soft blonde balayage. Working the light color at the tips (instead of most of the way through) gives this style more of the punk appea — and less of the beachy look that’s so common with balayage. Straight across bangs give off a rocker vibe too.
#33: Effortlessly Cool Caramel Waves
Do you remember shoulder length hair ever looking so good? This tiger’s eye inspired combo of caramel, brown, and blonde is enviable for sure. To style it, wrap sections around a large clipless curling iron. Next, spray with a texturizing product and run your fingers through the loose waves.
#34: Textured Waves and Center Part
Shaggy hair and a center part go together so well. For a seventies inspired rendition, skip the bangs and go for front layers that hit just above the chin. To get waves like these, apply a medium-hold mousse before creating pigtail French braids. Keep them in for a few hours et voila.
#35: Black and Tan Curls
Mixing dark hair and blonde streaks (with little to no transition color like copper or caramel) is certainly bold. It’s a super sexy look that’s perfect for women with cool-toned skin. Combine this hair color with a medium length shag and you’ll get a style that’s effortless and glamorous all at the same time.
#36: Choppy Lob with Textured Arched Bangs
If you’re aiming for that just-woke-up-like-this look, these bangs are an ideal style to rock with some seriously tousled locks. The next-level bedroom-approved lob features undone hair without the flatness or excessive frizz. The textured, arched bangs might take a little prep time in the morning, but no one needs to know that.
#37: Medium Length Cut with Full Bangs
This shaggy haircut takes on a retro feel with thick, full bangs. Long eye-skimming bangs like these are super sexy and flattering — something every woman should try at least once. Paired with textured layers, these bangs are totally adorable.
#38: Gorgeously Glam Curls
Not every shag haircut has to be grungy. There are tons of options for medium shag hairstyles. Go for beach hair, rocker hair, or something like this: soft and romantic. When styling loose curls, make sure to use high hold products in low doses.
#39: Grown Out A-Line Style
If you’ve ever felt torn between a medium length haircut and an a-line, have no fear. You can have both! Not every a-line haircut is short. These cuts look really great at the shoulder length as well. Big loose waves and subtle highlighting give a modern edge to this longer rendition of the a-line.
#40: Strawberry Blonde Bob with Flipped Ends
A layered shag can take the shape of a cascading cut that sweeps back and looks wispy rather than shaggy. For a more feathered variation of the ‘60s “bubble flip,” add lots of volume to the roots and major bends towards the ends.
#41: 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.
#42: 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.
#43: 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.
#44: 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.
#45: 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!
#46: 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.
#47: 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.
#48: 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.
#49: 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?
#50: Medium Cut with Subtle Balayage
Medium shag haircuts are all about you: your style and your best facial features. These fuss-free haircuts are so sexy because they look like they were made for you. So, be sure to find a master stylist who can craft a personalized cut that will hit at all the right points on your face.
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.