60 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: Shag with Disconnected Razored Layers

Razored layers with beachy waves in a medium length shag are the perfect accessory for every season. This length of bangs gives a peek-a-boo vibe, and they’re still long enough if you want them out of your face.

Medium Length Shag With Beachy Waves

Instagram / @cutyourhair

#9: Gray Razored Shag with Black Roots

The razored look is back, this time in a shoulder-length shag with black roots to make the gray lengths pop. It’s a punky style for a night out but can be easily dressed down and pulled back to be professional at work.

Gray Shoulder-Length Shag

Instagram / @buddywporter

#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: Piece-y Blonde Shag with Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs: short enough to cover the forehead, long enough to be parted and pinned back. This shaggy blonde relaxed ‘do is cute when accented with tousled waves, and the different layers leave a lot to look at. When ready to switch things up, straighten your locks.

Medium Shaggy Blonde Hairstyle With Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

#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: Dramatic Reddish Brown Shag

The deep reddish brown shoulder length shag makes the green eyes pop and the cheekbones look so prominent. For even more wave, braid the lengths to sleep on overnight. When you wake up and shake hair loose, you’ll blow everyone away with beauty.

Shoulder Length Shag With Messy Wave

Instagram / @harryjoshhair

#17: Shorter Shag with Razored Layers

This shaggy haircut is low-maintenance, feminine, and featuring the perfect length for warm weather. Put in choppy layers to frame the face and keep shaggy bangs along for the ride.

Shorter Choppy Shaggy Haircut With Bangs

Instagram / @hairbylizvela

#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: Cute Soft Feathered Shag

The new trend of feathered ends really took flight, and not just as a part of the 70s trend anymore. Designed for straight hair, the layers look good whether side-parted or center-parted. Brush back to give lift and body boost.

#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: Sharp Shag with Razored Layers

If you want a medium shag with bangs, go for this lived-in style with highlights in different shades. The balayage really pops with the darker base and will make facial features stand out. When you want a dressed-up look, either keep it down or pin sides back with cute clips.

#26: Elongated Razored Straight Shag with Bangs

The shaggy fringe on this funky straight hairstyle is dense and goes just past the eyebrows for a Bambi-eyed innocent look. Using a textured hairspray will keep the choppy layers full-looking around the crown. Work in your favorite highlights for added bling.

Textured Razored Shag For Straight Hair

Instagram / @angelinamarie72

#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: Feathered Golden Brown Cut

The golden brown mid-length shag catches the light and shines. It’s given an upgrade with feathered ends and short layers around the crown. The thinned out ends take the weight of thick hair off the neck.

#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: Silver White Wispy Hairstyle

Medium length shag haircuts with dramatic colors, like this gray and white wispy hairstyle, are timeless and reminiscent of Carol Brady from The Brady Bunch. With tons of body on top, who wouldn’t want to look like this hip 70s mom?

Medium Length Gray Shag

Instagram / @hairbysamhostad

#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 Piece-y Feathered Cut

A modern shag with blonde highlights and a hint of grey silver. The soft rounded layers keep the body bouncy, while the length is good for a free-flowing hairstyle or a ponytail/bun whenever it’s necessary to pull hair back.

Modern Medium Shag

Instagram / @bladerunnerhair

#35: Two-Layer Razored Blonde Hairstyle

A beautiful color on a cute cut – and you’ll be more than fabulous. This style is perfect for thin hair as the razored layers will make it look like the strands are thicker and fuller. The lighter blonde highlights accentuate the razored edges.

#36: Medium Messy Shag with Arched Bangs

Amp up volume of medium shag haircuts with a texturizing spray for a messy vibe. The organized chaos of the cut and arched bangs that make eyes pop will inspire a feisty carefree attitude – just what you need for a season update!

Medium Shag Haircut With Highlights

Instagram / @anhcotran

#37: Edgy Messy Shag with Bangs

We’re pretty sure we’ve seen stars like Vanessa Hudgens rocking this sexy messy shag. Dark red and copper highlights on brunette hair mean an effortlessly edgy look. The uneven bang only adds to the character.

Shoulder Length Sexy Messy Shag

Instagram / @nickarrojo

#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: Medium Cut with Feathered Ends

A modern take on the shag haircut, make this wispy blonde bombshell your next glow-up. Platinum highlights and feathered ends that flip out pack your style with detail. To freshen up in between errands, simply run fingers through hair to fluff it up.

Medium Wispy Blonde Shag

Instagram / @ashleylanierhair

#45: Feathered Golden Brown Bob

The gorgeous medium shaggy bob is played up to be dimensional by subtle highlights. Centre-parted bangs are versatile and wispy for that weekend when you’re on the go and don’t have time to style hair. This look screams cool soccer mom.

Medium Shaggy Bob With Subtle Highlights

Instagram / @antoniovhair

#46: Black Shag with Feathered Bangs

Fortunately, feathered bangs are interchangeable, so if you get bored with one style, try another. One option is to side-sweep your bangs. Use hair spray to keep short bangs in place. For longer bangs, let the wind do its thing for a casual look!

Feathered Bob Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @hollygirldoeshair

#47: Mid-Length Choppy Cut for Thick Hair

Don’t know what to do with your long thick hair? Take it up to the shoulder length and throw in some shaggy layered pieces with highlights. Caramel and chestnut brown are light enough for summer and transition well for fall fashion. Wear hair wavy at work or straighten for a more polished look.

Shaggy Layered Cut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @askforamy

#48: Thick Feathered Blonde Lob

Medium shaggy hairstyles come in all shapes and sizes, including the classic lob that looks even hotter with feathered ends. Short layers give the crown body, while thinning out the bottom brings a breezy cool feel.

Medium Shaggy Lob With Feathered Ends

Instagram / @sweptawaysalon

#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

#51: 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

#52: 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

#53: 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

#54: 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

#55: 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

#56: 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

#57: 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

#58: 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

#59: 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

#60: 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

Well, these were the brightest medium-length shag haircuts you may come across today. As you see, 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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