12 Ways to Wear a Modern Shag
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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 are never in your face but still allow movement and texture. Here are the best ways to wear the most hyper flattering cut of the moment/of all time.
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 your waiting for your hair to grow— courtesy of haircutter aficionado Anh Co Tran.
A Softer Side
This soft undercut with intermingled layers is a segue to bangs (though without the full commitment) in another look by Anh Co Tran.
Ghost layer king, stylist Ramon Garcia, molds long waves by invisibly blending strands of all sizes
Micro-bangs on a pixie create an overall edgy feel, via Ramon Garcia.
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. Magic Myst is my go-to product to add healthy texture!” said Nikki of the style.
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.
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.
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.
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 also by Jenny Balding.
Otherwise known as a “chill mullet,” this look by celeb stylist Riawna Capri is a definitively modern blast from the past, as the shag meets the mullet, meets effortless structure.
Julianne Hough is living her best hair life with this inward-shaped modern shag and full fringe by her go-to, Riawna Capri.