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This Is How You Rock a Modern Shag

A modern shag is one of the most versatile cuts you can get. It works on any length, texture, or level of re-growth—seriously, this is the best way to mask your in-between lob. A modern shag relies on subtle layers to create shape and volume, that is never in your face but still allows movement and texture. Here are the best ways to style a shag haircut so you can rock it proudly.

The Long of the Short

Long layers are the hack you need to know when growing out a shorter style. Chin-length strands add a face-framing element to this fresh shag that looks current and deliberate—instead of like you’re waiting for your hair to grow.

 

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A Softer Side

This soft undercut with intermingled layers is a segue to bangs (though without the full commitment).

 

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Ghost Layers

Ghost layer king, stylist Ramon Garcia, molds long waves by invisibly blending strands of all sizes. This take on the modern shag is a great way to ease into the style.

 

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Pixie Mini

Micro-bangs on a pixie create an overall edgy feel. You can rock a shag haircut at any length.

 

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Shagged Auburn

Nine Zero One stylist Nikki Lee created Sarah Hyland’s shag as she was looking to embrace her natural texture and length. “This look is perfect for festival season and looks best on naturally curly or wavy hair,” says Nikki.

Go Big

Give a modern shag mega volume (without much work) by plumping and teasing the intricate layers already present in the cut, like this epic style for Taylor Hill by celeb stylist Harry Josh.

 

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Shaggy Curls

Straight-haired ladies aren’t the only ones that can reap the benefits of a shag—ringlets are enhanced through a multi-layered cut, as seen on Laura Harrier by Hollywood stylist Lacy Redway.

Tapered Lob

Lacy Redway has given Sarah Paulson’s otherwise fine hair some serious texture with this modern shag cut, thanks to tapered ends of varied (though similar) lengths.

Blunt Bob

Redken stylist Jenny Balding adds softness to a blunt bob by molding ends with a razor.

Lady Bird Shag

Longer layers in the front, coupled with shorter ends towards the back, helps eliminate tangles while keeping hair contoured in this Lady Bird-inspired style.

Chillet

Otherwise known as a “chill mullet,” this look by celeb stylist Riawna Capri is a definitively modern blast from the past. The shag meets the mullet, meets effortless structure.

 

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Full Fringe

Julianne Hough is living her best hair life with this inward-shaped modern shag and full fringe by her go-to stylist, Riawna Capri.

 

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The shaggy mullet is also making quite the comeback. Learn all about the combo hairstyle HERE!



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