50 Most Universal Modern Shag Haircut Solutions

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Today very few women opt to have their tresses cut in one-length styles. Shag haircuts look more modern, sharp and shapely, being at the same time easily-styled solutions. Modern shags vary the amount of layers and finishes for the edges. Every hair thickness and length has its ideal shag. Choosing a haircut for yourself, you should also take into account your face shape and life style.

Modern Shag Haircuts

Check out the ideas in pictures below to get inspired before your next head to the salon.

#1: Layered Shaggy Hair

Multiple pronounced layers are lovely for shoulder length shags. Add in some waves with a large barrel curling iron to complete this sassy and fun style. If your hair is dark, consider some subtle highlights to lighten things up a bit. Think of some fun color to punch up the final look and brighten up your face.

#2: Blonde Shag with Emphasized Layers

Pronounced layers providing showy jagged edges is the main attraction of this modern shag that is additionally upgraded with subtle highlights and downlights. The front tresses are flipped in to bring out the face oval, while the back locks are playfully flipped out.

#3: Medium Cut with Cropped Top

Hair cut with high layers and thinned longer down the ends might seem a little too Carol Brady. However, if done by a professional, it can also take the weight off of heavy hair or give thin hair a new lease on life. It’s sure better to go to a salon. If you’re hoping to avoid the 1970s look – don’t try this at home.

#4: Tousled Auburn Bob

This wonderful shag haircut can boast of envious thickness and inimitable texture enhanced by glossy auburn highlights. A shag that is neat and silky through the length and getting shaggier towards the ends is the highest class and one of the current trends. If you wish to view more prominent shag haircuts that are popular this season, please, visit this gallery.

#5: Brunette Layers with Centre Part

Long centre-parted shags are good for oblong faces when you need to add volume on the sides on your face. This cute shag also offers incredible texture and eases your everyday styling. If your face is rather round and full, you can check this page for the most flattering haircuts and hairstyles for your face shape.

#6: Medium Two-Layer Cut

If you’re in search of a shag haircut that’s stylish and modern, look no further than a two-layer feathered cut with a little bit of crunchy poof at the top. A golden bronde balayage also helps to create a lush and voluminous shape.

Medium Feathered Cut With Bronde Balayage

Instagram / @moderntekniques

#7: Forward-Swept Straight Shag

A forward-swept shag is a perfect choice for thin hair because the various layers work in tandem to create a sense of lift and volume. The straight wispy bangs and slightly darker pieces that cradle the neck also contribute to a fuller and rounder appearance.

Shag With Bangs For Thin Hair

Instagram / @i.do_hair

#8: Feminine Feathered Shag for Medium Hair

A center part and feathered waves of the copper-toned shoulder-length shag are ultra-feminine and easy to style. When you let the long bangs fall in front of your eyes, you create a sensual peek-a-boo look.

Medium Shag With Peek-A-Boo Bangs

Instagram / @craft_and_mane

#9: Delicate Light Blonde Shag

For the ultimate statement in youthful frivolity, consider a shag style haircut that’s somewhere between a lob and a curly shag. The wavy tendrils are tinted with sexy white-blonde highlights and finished off with a razor for a complete shaggy touch.

Sexy White Blonde Lob Shag

Instagram / @melanieathologram

#10: Mid-Length Layered Ash Blonde Hairstyle

Add interest to the classic mid-length shag haircut with bangs by including layered ash blonde highlights. This works best with thin to medium textured tresses, as thick hair can seem bulky due to the amount of layers. Style with a bit of a wave for a sassy, chic aesthetic.

Medium Layered Cut With Bangs

Instagram / @susanfordhair

#11: Medium Silver Layers

The mix of both short and long layers means that the hair seems to flow erratically at every angle. Textured locks in this style work best for slender faces with petite features.

Silver Shag With Black Roots

Instagram / @buddywporter

#12: Medium-to-Long Feathered Cut

Medium to long feathered cuts provide a lot of bounce and body. This is because they’re typically done with a razor to achieve the fine-textured layers. Feminine and flattering, feathered cuts look great tousled to showcase their natural fluffiness and swing.

Layered Haircut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @suzido_

#13: Blue Black Shag with Arched Bangs

Frame your face and shape your blue-black hair by a modern shag haircut. By cutting thick bangs into an arch from the forehead to the cheekbones, your hair will look super-healthy and have an extra whimsical touch.

Medium Modern Black Shag Haircut

Instagram / @aaashleee

#14: Medium Cut with Chunky Swoopy Layers

A shag is perfect for women with medium textured hair. If you’re searching for a unique style, why not try swoopy layers? As well as offering instant volume and dimension, swoopy layers put a contemporary twist on the traditional shag cut.

Layered Haircut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @tesssadidmyhair

#15: Wispy Brunette Shag Hairstyle

The following images demonstrate that wispy shag hairstyles give off major retro vibes from the 70s and 80s. Think Joan Jett and Debbie Harry from Blondie for cut inspiration. Channel your inner rock chick by asking your stylist for wispy layers all-over your head to gain a fierce, eye-catching appearance.

Dark Brown Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @suzido_

#16: Medium Shag with Crown Layers

Consider a crown-layered hairstyle when you want a perfect solution for fine hair that needs an uplifting boost. The strawberry bronde color is a unique way to make your medium shag the talk of the town.

Medium Bronde Shag For Fine Hair

Instagram / @zealhairstudio

#17: Sleek Mid-Length Haircut with Shaggy Ends

Elongate your neckline by training your medium-length straight hair to dip inward towards your collarbone. The purposely razored shaggy ends help disguise dry hair and split ends.

Mid-Length Shag For Straight Hair

Instagram / @alchemyoakland

#18: Lovely Two-Tone Choppy Lob

A choppy lob can be promptly updated with a two-tone effect. Whether you choose to style it straight or wavy, you can create a beautiful texture and show off your burly layers by applying some volumizing powder to the roots.

Caramel Shag For Medium Hair

Instagram / @sierralynne27

#19: Shoulder-Grazing Flared Blonde Shag

Mid-length shag cuts are funky and distinctive when they graze your shoulders and flare out at the ends. Enhance the appearance of your spiky layers by adding a bit of styling product to naturally tousled locks for an edgy, fashionable look.

#20: Short Shaggy Bob

Curly hair always appears incredible when it’s cropped, styled, and teased out a little. Whether you’re a blonde, brunette, or someone even more daring, you can rock it. Notice the unkempt bangs too, which just scream punk.

Blonde Layered Bob With Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

#21: Medium Cut with Flipped Ends for Thick Hair

If you’re after a shag cut with a more conventional aesthetic and you have thick hair, opt for flipped ends. Vintage-inspired, this cut utilizes the authentic texture and volume of your tresses. To flip your ends, merely blow dry them with an outwards curve, or use a straightener in the same way.

Mid-Length Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @prettypaintedhair

#22: Perfect Bangs and Wild Layers

Make no mistakes, the 90s are coming back in a big way. Opting for full, straight bangs may be a throwback, but it’s worth experimenting with. Keep the locks shoulder length and try sharply angled layers throughout for a modern take on the shag that blends finishes and plays with textures.

Brunette Shag With Straight Bangs

Instagram / @anhcotran

#23: Short and Medium Layers for Fine Hair

Shorter layers are a go-to not only for thick hair. Fine hair can look adorably wispy with layers around the crown. Layered hair isn’t always easy, but with a little feathering and styling you can work it.

Medium Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @hairbysarahamala

#24: Side-Parted Layered Bob

Sure, most shag hairstyles do include layers, but this layered bob is definitely a champion among its peers. Layers through the length swept to one side create a beautiful texture whether you prefer to wear your hair straight or curled.

#25: Medium Tousled Hair with Bangs

A medium shag with bangs is optimal if you want to wear your hair loose and tousled while spending minimum time on styling. It’s best suited for medium textured hair but can work for thin hair, too.

Messy Medium Hairstyle With Bangs

Instagram / @salsalhair

#26: Platinum Balayage Shag

For a more polished look to your short, shoulder length shag, try a blowout with maximum lift at the roots and swoopy layers. Balayage coloring is something that will make your style irresistible and perfectly wearable.

Mid-Length Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @ashlindhair

#27: Messy Razored Golden Blonde Bob

Messy shag haircuts for women are a great option when you want to have a little fun and break away from a traditional bob. Sun-kissed blonde highlights on ash brown hair keep you looking carefree and frivolous.

Blonde Sun-Kissed Messy Bob

Instagram / @ashleec615

#28: U-Cut with Layers for Thick Hair

Cutting thick hair into a U-shape complements bulky locks as it creates a multi-length, dimensional aesthetic. The layers at the front are shorter than the ones at the back resulting in a style with movement that’s more straightforward to manage.

#29: Medium Copper Brown Shag for Thick Hair

Thick hair looks its best when it’s shaped and layered into stacked tiers. Parted on the side and gently tousled at the top, the shaggy copper wisps on chocolate brown hair are sophisticated and easy to style.

Medium Layered Copper Brown Hairstyle

Instagram / @beautiesbygrace

#30: Long Wispy Brunette Shag

Wispy layers are stunning on longer hairstyles as their nature gives off carefree, casual vibes. You can straighten your locks using a straightener for a more pronounced layer definition; however, this style is best worn loose, tousled and flowy for maximum impact.

Long Tousled Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @brockstarhair

#31: Wispy Layered Hairstyle in Spicy Color

The best shag haircuts look natural and are easy to take care of. Let the blowdryer do its thing and watch out for the ultimate shagginess on the horizon — no special styling required!

Easy Mid-Length Shag Hairstyle

Instagram / @dnosalon

#32: Golden Bronde Sliced Bob

A shaggy sliced bob is a cross between a traditional bob and a shag cut. It’s ideal for women who have super-fine tresses. Blonde highlights on a light brown base color provide additional depth and richness for limp and overworked hair.

Shaggy Bob With Blonde Highlights

Instagram / @gleam_hair_studio

#33: Pretty Shaggy Brunette Bob

The sassy brunette bob is a modern twist on the traditional short shag haircut. Slight teasing in the crown gives it a little extra height, and the wispy bangs swept to the side emphasize the eyes and cheekbones.

Brunette Short Shag Haircut With Bangs

Instagram / @anhcotran

#34: Razored Shag with Fringy Ends

They call this hairstyle a “new shag” but we see it is very much a throwback to the 1970s. Brush it towards the jaw in the front and flip up the ends of the mullet-style back area and you’ll be on your way to your very own Carol Brady shag. (Google her to see what we mean!)

Shag With Flipped Up Ends

Instagram / @lisa_myreis

#35: Shoulder-Grazing Razored Cut for Straight Hair

Embrace your perfectly straight hair by going with the flow of the medium length shag. The razor-cut technique is the best way to emphasize the shaggy layers and wispy edges that barely touch the shoulders.

#36: Swept Layers for Medium Hair

If your hair is naturally straight but tends to be medium in texture or length, try some swept back layers that are styled to bring fullness to the sides and back of the hair. Add in some subtle highlights if you want to take your new look a step further.

#37: Two-Tone Long Feathered Shag

A long shag haircut that feathers down the back and flips around the neckline and shoulders is a wonderful way to wear your wavy hair. The two-tone color also helps to define the distinct layers of this chic shag haircut.

Long Shag With Feathered Layers

Instagram / @hairbycaseybrook

#38: Razored Blonde Bob with Bangs

Adding some height in the crown of a shag haircut with bangs makes it appear more elegant and sophisticated. It’s a versatile haircut that may also be worn with side pieces tucked behind the ears.

Blonde Bob Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @hairicadavis

#39: Soft Wavy Shag for Fine Hair

Medium shag haircuts can be transformed into very feminine hairstyles when they have lots of waves and curls to frame the face and jawline. Side-swept bangs and loose tendrils also help to accentuate the cheekbones and eyes.

Shag With Bangs For Wavy Hair

Instagram / @erinmacdhair

#40: Shoulder-Length Shag with Babylights

A shoulder-length shag haircut can be given an instant style update with babylights. These are created using a very fine coloring technique and consist of delicate caramel highlights. The idea is to mimic the lighter hue that is naturally accomplished when your hair is exposed to the sun.

Medium Brown Shag With Caramel Highlights

Instagram / @toppcutts

#41: Graduated Medium Shag

As images go, the one here is certain to inspire you a whole lot. Thick hair often seems blocky, which is a problem for many women. Hence, a chic graduated cut that breaks density may well be the way forward.

Wavy Blonde Layered Hairstyle

Instagram / @kearybladel

#42: Layered Style with Bangs

Often enough, when people visualize shag haircuts, they see messy, unkempt hair. But there’s really no reason why you can’t take things to a voluptuous place. Blowing out the hair with a round brush means that the locks appear full and ultimately healthy.

#43: Shaggy Bob with Bangs

Is it time to shake things up a little? The shaggy bob allows you to be really fun and playful with your haircut and look chic. With sweeping bangs and a ‘raw and ready’ finish, it’s a cut that will suit almost any lady. Don’t overstyle your hair, though.

Choppy Bob With Bangs For Fine Hair

Instagram / @richiemiao

#44: Medium Layered Messy Hairstyle

If you have a shoulder length shag, consider showcasing it through a messy and effortless style. This can be achieved by curling small sections of your hair loosely with a curling iron. Then use your fingers to comb through the curls and ruffle them up towards the roots for enhanced volume. Finally, apply some texture paste or gel to finish off the look.

Layered Messy Bronde Cut

Instagram / @accomando

#45: Medium Shag with Bangs for Fine Hair

Pictures show that shag haircuts can appear soft and feathery on fine hair. By implementing bangs, you can develop the illusion of thickness and depth, especially if you opt for a soft warm hue. Bangs with medium length locks will also frame your face and accentuate your features.

Strawberry Blonde Shag With Bangs

Instagram / @soraverly

#46: Long Layered Chop

For a romantic, windswept hairstyle, you just cannot go wrong with a long cut that features short and medium layers. Movement is everything here — use a styling wand to make simple ringlets at the ends of your layers.

Long Layered Haircut For Thick Hair

Instagram / @lj.sharman

#47: Textured Shag with Rocky Bangs

The punk rock scene definitely has an impact on the styles of today. It’s no doubt a daring move to opt for super short jagged bangs, but it’s one that will pay off in no time. Remember, when wearing a shag haircut with bangs, the finishing touches are everything.

Medium Shag With Short Bangs

Instagram / @cutyourhair

#48: Grungy Cut

Free spirits will fall head over heels in love with the grungy haircut. Chopping into mid-length hair and adding some boho flicks is a truly excellent way to try something new. You can even style this cut by hand and create fun waves in seconds.

Medium Wavy Shaggy Haircut For Fine Hair

Instagram / @d_osalonmarin

#49: Medium Cut with Razored Face-Framing Layers

The razor cutting technique is amazing for removing weight and developing a wider range of motion. Request that your hairdresser incorporates razoring around your face to frame it and point to your best features. Include a pop of color for a standout style.

White Blonde Hairstyle With Pastel Pink Roots

Instagram / @hairbyac_alcorn

#50: The 1970s Flick

Allowing the ends of the hair to flick out may feel wrong, but it seems oh so right in this case. If you search easy, low-maintenance hairstyles, shags are a rewarding wash and go option.

Medium Layered Bronde Hairstyle

Instagram / @keriungerhair

Lately I invariably choose shag haircuts for myself. If you are like me and find shags irresistible, I Invite you to the paradise of shag hairstyles, welcome:)

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