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

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.

Medium Red Shag

Instagram / @sofiawithaf31

#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.

Shoulder Length Brown Shag with Highlights

Instagram / @veronicaa_dee

#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.

Edgy Blonde Bob

Instagram / @alecia_theblvd

#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.

Medium Layered Light Ash Blonde Cut

Instagram / @erinatheyhair

#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!

Longer Shag with Sun-Kissed Highlights

Instagram / @salsalhair

#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.

Gray Shaggy Bob

Instagram / @salsalhair

#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.

Medium Razor-Layered Gray Bob

Instagram / @timm.morrison

#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.

Longer Blonde Balayage Shag

Instagram / @timm.morrison

#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.

Lob with V-Cut Layers and Bangs

Instagram / @jodie.smith_hair

#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.

Medium Layered Cut with a Fringe

Instagram / @steampunk_studio

#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.

Messy Mid-Length Cut with Swoopy Layers

Instagram / @accomando

#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.

Medium Brown Shag with Balayage

Instagram / @suzido_

#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.

Shaggy Black Bob with Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @cherise_cheveux

#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.

Medium Straight Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @lisa_myreis

#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?

Brunette Shaggy Inverted Bob

Instagram / @yoavtauber

#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.

Shaggy Blonde Lob

Instagram / @brendakamt

#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.

Medium Brown Shag with Cropped Bangs

Instagram / @cutyourhair

#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.

Pastel Pink Shaggy Bob with Bronde Bangs

Instagram / @kreeepykylie

#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.

Shaggy Brown Bob with Subtle Highlights

Instagram / @anhcotran

#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.

Mid-Length Brown Ombre Shag

Instagram / @mizzchoi

#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.

Wavy Blonde Shag Hairstyle

Instagram / @salsalhair

#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.

Black Shag with Bangs

Instagram / @katiezimbalisalon

#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.

Razored Bob Cut with Bangs

Instagram / @anhcotran

#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.

Medium Brown Blonde Shag

Instagram / @prettylittleombre

#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.

Blonde Shag for Fine Hair

Instagram / @kccarhart

#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.

Medium Dark Brown Hair with Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @rachelringwood

#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.

Medium Wispy Cut with Long Feathered Layers

Instagram / @brianaguilarhair

#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.

Medium Shag with Full Straight Bangs

Instagram / @craigpiatti

#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.

Mid-Length Messy Wavy Hairstyle

Instagram / @cris_cobucci

#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.

Shoulder-Length Blonde Shag

Instagram / @lizhaven

#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.

Flipped End Shag Haircut

Instagram / @_josestylez_

#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.

Brown Blonde Wavy Balayage Hair

Instagram/ @ashdoescolor

#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?

Medium Flicked Hairstyle

Instagram/ @maxwellmathson

#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.

Shaggy Brunette Bob with Highlights

Instagram / @salsalhair

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.