50 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: 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: Voluminous Wispy Lob with Feathered Layers

A more professional approach to a shaggy layered haircut requires a good blowout with ample volume. When you’re in the stylist’s chair, ask for wispy, feathered layers that begin at around chin-length, and request volumizing products for just the roots. The result is classy, chic, and far from boring.

Medium Layered Blonde Hairstyle

Instagram / @suzido_

#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: Medium Wavy Bronde Shag

Something about textured, carefree waves can give the shag that dreamy, ethereal vibe. For this look, wrap hair around a wand instead of a curling iron, and leave out the bottom inch so the ends have a natural finish. Don’t brush the waves together at the end — just run your fingers through to separate.

Caramel Blonde Shaggy Cut For Medium Hair

Instagram / @anhcotran

#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: Messy Curly Hairstyle for Medium Hair

Often, naturally curly girls shy away from the thought of bangs and layers, but there are tons of pictures that prove texture can work with, not against, this type of style. For medium length shag haircuts, ask your stylist to cut your hair when it’s dry, so he or she can see how long your curls will actually be.

Medium Layered Curly Shaggy Cut With Bangs

Instagram / @soraverly

#10: Feathered Black Shag with Side Bangs

There’s something so rock and roll in a good shag haircut with bangs — especially on dark hair, that it really channels icons like the Ramones. The look is still flirty and feminine, and short, feathered layers paired with chunky side bangs can give the tough shape some girly nuances.

Mid-Length Cut With Razored Layers

Instagram / @suzido_

#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: Shoulder-Length Wavy Layered Hair with Highlights

When styling medium shag haircuts, remember loose, imperfect waves – these are your best friends. This approach makes even the thinnest hair look full and bouncy, and adding highlights really showcases the texture.

Light Chocolate Shag With Blonde Balayage

Instagram / @amandarourkehair

#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: Medium Layered Black Hairstyle

Unlike heavily highlighted hair, a matte black mane may appear too flat in sleek hairstyles. To combat this, super wispy, piecey layers are necessary to break things up and allow a bit of movement. While blow-drying your hair, turn ends in and out for a flipped finish that adds a little fun to an otherwise simple style.

Medium Two-Tier Shag With Feathered Layers

Instagram / @suzido_

#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: Shaggy Lob with Chunky Blonde Highlights

Want to make thin hair look fuller? The right highlights have the power of tricking the eye. Adding in super chunky streaks in a lighter shade to contrast the base gives the illusion of thicker strands in general. This works especially well on a medium lob, since longer hair would weigh things down.

Razored Caramel Blonde Balayage Lob

Instagram / @truenorthsalon

#17: Medium Blunt Cut with Added Choppy Layers

If you love the look of a perfectly imperfect pony or braid with thin pieces sticking out here and there, ask for light haphazard layers throughout the length to copy this pretty medium length shag. When hair is worn down, they’ll add movement and allow volume at the crown, and when pulled back, you’ll get those cute flyaways.

Medium Ash Brown Hairstyle With Layers

Instagram / @sarahc_mangosalon

#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: Blonde Choppy Cut for Medium Hair

There’s nothing cooler than a cut for medium hair featuring mid length textured layers. If hair has some natural texture, layers like these will only enhance it, so you won’t even need to reach for the curling iron. Use a curl-enhancing shampoo, followed by a texturizing spray on damp strands.

Shoulder-Length Hairstyle With Medium Layers

Instagram / @maryfulton_hair

#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: Curly Bronde Cut with Choppy Ends

A medium shaggy bob pairs well with any hair color, but bronde — the golden mean between brown and blonde — looks especially great. Layer colors in a balayage same like you layer hair. The dark chocolate, golden caramel and sunny blonde breathe magic into this basic layered cut.

Medium Wavy Caramel Bronde Hairstyle

Instagram / @truenorthsalon

#27: Warm Brown Hairstyle with Feathered Layers

Warm brown hair with golden undertones can really sparkle when styled in soft, shaggy layers. Hair cut with a feathered finish really shapes straight strands and creates a whole new silhouette that emphasizes natural or dyed highlights and adds interest without being too fussy.

Light Brown Layered Shag

Instagram / @craft_and_mane

#28: Mid-Length Light Blonde Shag with Bangs

There’s nothing edgier than medium shaggy hairstyles worn straight — not pin-straight, though, just left alone in that “too cool to care” kind of way. To pull this style off without it coming off as messy or unintentional, spritz the ends with a leave-in conditioner to make sure they don’t look overly dry.

Medium Blonde Shag For Fine Hair

Instagram / @timm.morrison

#29: Medium Shaggy Brunette Hairstyle

It only takes the right layers and subtle highlights to really amp up your natural texture and to transform unruly wavy hair into a gorgeous mane. The longer the strand of hair, the more weighed down it is, and the straighter it lays. Razored layers automatically boost volume.

Mid-Length Cut With Razored Layers

Instagram / @alldayhairday

#30: Curled Bronde Bob with Textured Ends

If you’ve got thick hair and want to try out a shaggy bob, ask your stylist to razor your ends to lighten things up down there, so you can go short without any worries of ending up with the “dreaded triangle” or the so-called “pyramid head”.

Wavy Shaggy Golden Blonde Balayage Bob

Instagram / @mneese4

#31: Voluminous Shaggy Lob with Subtle Waves

Nothing spices up a medium shag like some tousled waves and uneven layers; the latter can double as a life-saving lift for your hair. Gather up all the shortest layers towards the back of the head and gently tease them to give your crown a boost, then smooth out the top layer so everything blends.

Uneven Shaggy Bronde Long Bob

Instagram / @erin.boha

#32: Edgy Platinum Feathered Shag

If you’re planning to go platinum blonde, remember that the bleaching process really takes a toll on your strands. For those who have suffered some breakage or just notice their strands looking lackluster, adding in choppy, feathered layers throughout will hide the damage until the hair’s health is restored.

Medium Shaggy Cut With Curtain Bangs

Instagram / @alliedoeshair

#33: Mid-Length Sliced Bronde Cut

In case your hair texture is rather fine, razored layers may build a chic, sliced cut that helps to fill out the overall shape and give added body to the hair. Contrasting darker roots with lighter ends also creates the illusion of a fuller head of hair, and a bronde shade is easy to maintain.

#34: Medium Layered Messy Cut for Straight Hair

People often associate messy, beachy hair with waves, but it’s also possible to generate a similar vibe for straight strands. The key is to zhuzh layers in a way that doesn’t appear too styled, and to work with frizz instead of going super-sleek. Spray some dry shampoo to give hair the necessary grit, and tousle it.

#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: Textured Bronde Bob with Silver Balayage

The look of ashy blonde is lightened and brightened by a white balayage. It’s a cool choice that’s not as traditional as the full-on platinum or silver. Bleached strands often dry out as a result of the process, so sticking with short hair and layers will ensure locks look fresh and not too straggly.

Straight Ash Blonde Layered Cut With White Balayage

Instagram / @ashlindhair

#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: 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

#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: 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

#46: 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

#47: Wavy Shaggy Brown Hairstyle with Curtain Bangs

Shaggy hair isn’t just for bobs or lobs! The shoulder length shag gives off an easy-going, casual feel. It can be worn wavy, curly, or straight. Talk about options! Pair shaggy layers with longer bangs to play up the contrasting lengths, and keep hair mostly one shade, so the color doesn’t compete with the cut.

Medium-To-Long Wavy Shag Hairstyle

Instagram / @_hairsplinters

#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: 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

#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.

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