Yes, ladies, you can rejoice because the shag haircut is back. The 2016 and 2017 seasons have seen the comeback of the famous shag haircut that used to be such a darling of the roaring 90s. It was only natural for this to happen, since the 90s made a full comeback themselves, starting with the strappy sundresses, going through the pink lip glosses and ending with the famous chokers.
Therefore, if you missed or if you always wanted to try that beautiful shag haircut you saw in movies on Meg Ryan, Farah Fawcett or Jennifer Aniston and her uber famous “Rachel”, now you can. Here is a list of 60 shag haircuts to inspire you for the big change.
1. The Mary Kate Olsen Shag Haircut
Her acting days well behind her, you can now spot Mary Kate Olsen in the front row at the biggest fashion shows in the world, alongside her sister. Lately, she has taken to wearing this ruff and layered, bottle blonde shag haircut, which we simply adore.
2. The Rock’n’Roll Shag Haircut
Rock’n’Roll is the very definition of shag. You cannot possibly be a rocker chic with an elegant chignon or a ballerina bun perched on top of your head. Therefore, why not try this mess head, complete with oversized bangs and dirty blonde?
3. The Traditional Shag Haircut
We love this shag haircut because it looks natural and effortless. Moreover, when combined with that white blouse with traditional and folklore motives, we wonder why haven’t we tried this style ourselves so far?
4. The Miranda Kerr
A shag haircut can be pulled out of anything, including a short bob. Here’s supermodel Miranda Kerr to prove just that. Her chin length bob is choppy at the ends and very shaggy all the length of the strands.
5. Strawberry Blonde
Getting ready for the spring has never been easier than with this lovely combination – strawberry blonde plus asymmetrical bangs plus a shaggy haircut. There is also an attempt at some light beach waves that takes the cake.
6. Long and Tousled
This chocolate brown long and tousled shag haircut is all you could possibly wish for the fall season. It’s also heavily layered, which makes it look like it has been ombred, although it’s not. What a cool trick!
7. The Jennifer Lopez
Apart from her adulated derriere, the singer and actress is also known for her long and gorgeous tresses. Here she is with a mid-length cut, brown with dirty blonde highlights and, of course, shaggy as they come.
8. Heavy Bangs
Apart from the shag haircut and the soft and heavy bangs, the other thing you simply have to love in this pic is the hair color. It’s a luscious beige blonde, combined with a little honey and just a touch of gold to make it shine.
9. The Wavy Shag Haircut
If you want to jump ahead of the trend even more this year, then why not add some stylized waves to your already shag haircut? You know what you need to do. Bring out the old curling iron, girls!
10. The Grunge Shag Haircut
This picture goes to show that a good, old shag haircut works no matter what style you choose in your day to day life. This is an asymmetrical shaggy hairstyle in a platinum grungy blonde, complete with dramatic makeup.
11. The Casual Shag Haircut
All you need to do if you want to copy this look is to grab a handful of mousse or hair wax and use it to create some textured curls or waves the length or your hair. Blow dry your hair and you can be on your way!
12. Lioness Mane
A shag haircut can also mean turning your hair from a sleek do into a fierce street lioness mane. Having trouble hailing down taxis in the middle of a bustling city? Not anymore.
13. Supermodel Looks
You know that look supermodels have? That one where they seem to have just rolled out of bed and still look like they’re ready to grace the cover of Vogue? What’s the secret to that? A good, old shag haircut.
14. The Megan Fox
Even Megan Fox fell prey to the lure of the shag haircut. Here she is sporting one at a red carpet event. She paired it with subtle makeup and a black dress, letting the hair do all the talking.
15. The Sarah Jessica Parker
Seeing as she has naturally curly hair, a shag haircut might be her only other option. Curly haired girls, you know the continuous struggle, right? Well, now you also know the solution!
16. The Felicity Jones
You loved her in The Theory of Everything and now you’re going to love her amazing chocolate brown tousled, wavy, and, of course, shaggy bob. It simply sweetens up her features, making her look like she is a lot younger that she really is.
17. The Purple Shag Haircut
If you decide to combine your unconventional color with a shag haircut, you really are the queen of trends this year. Here is an icy shade of washed out blue with some white streaks running through it.
18. The Jane Fonda
Just like really good wine, actress Jane Fonda could not have aged better. Everything about her is flawless, including her hair, of course. Over the years, she has stayed true to her shaggy, yet elegant haircut.
19. The Ombre Shag Haircut
When you combine the ombre trend and a good shag haircut you might just get a happy surprise. The lighter tips of the hair will make the shag look even scruffier by nature, as an optical illusion.
20. The 60s Shag Haircut
When we say 60s, we mean underground 60s, of course, with the bangs chopped off in an extremely rough fashion, with the long, stringy bob, and, of course, the smudged makeup.
21. The Kaley Cuoco
Actress Kaley Cuoco is the perfect onscreen embodiment of the ditzy and cute girl next door. One thing that helped her pin down that image was her shaggy, heavily gelled, bottle blonde haircut.
22. Decades Past
If you’re looking for a blast from the past, you have definitely found it. There was a time when everybody used to wear these shag haircuts. If you don’t remember, just ask your mom.
23. The Britney Spears
Before she shaved her head, Britney used to have a beautiful golden mane which she wore proudly wherever she went. The shag haircut was one of her favorites back then, either straight or with stylized 2000s curls.
24. Short and Cute
We’ve had rock, we’ve had grunge, we’ve had pop, now it’s time we kept it short and sweet. This is a jaw-length sunny blonde, with beach waves all around and a layered asymmetrical cut.
25. The Mena Suvari
Mena Suvari was everyone’s sweetheart back in her American Pie days. Since then, she chopped off her tresses, going for a shorter and shaggier bob, but kept the same smoldering blonde color.
26. The Rachel
This is considered to be one of the original shag haircuts of all time. Jennifer Aniston appearing in the first season of Friends as Rachel with this precise hairstyle rocked our worlds. Here’s a secret – she didn’t like it one bit.
27. The A-Line Shag
The shag haircut comes in many shapes and sizes. If you want, you can copy this gorgeous A-line lob, which is a long bob, complete with chocolate brown ombre on natural dark hair.
28. The Plane Ride
This shag haircut looks so effortless and relaxed that it makes us believe the model just got off a plane. We love the sandy blonde shade, as well as the hipster glasses that frame her face so well.
29. Medium Copper
This subtle nuance of dark copper mixed with just a little bit of ginger to make it light up from within is all we ever wanted in our lives. The naturally wavy hair curls into a shag haircut ready to be paraded on the streets.
30. Bangs and a Shag Haircut
If you have blue, green or hazel eyes, we suggest you go for this shag haircut with bangs idea. The mass of hair around your head, as well as the long and heavy bangs will accentuate the color of your eyes.
31. The 90s Are Back
How much does this picture remind you of the 90s? We are prepared to bet a lot. From the white getup to the thin, shaggy, wispy, blonde hair, this lovely lady has it all.
32. Top Knots and a Shag Haircut
The downside to an original shag haircut is that some of the hair might sometimes get in your eyes. The solution to that problem is this absolutely gorgeous top knot. On the plus side, it’s incredibly easy to do.
33. The Shaggy Pixie
Yes, as it turns out, even pixies can be shaggy if you style them right. Don’t be afraid to add as much mousse or hair wax as needed into your hair, to copy this gorgeous and sultry look.
34. The Jessica Alba
Here’s yet another Hollywood superstar who has chosen to go for the shag haircut. This time it’s cutie Jessica Alba who looks fresh and delicate in this ‘hello, neighbor’ type of hairstyle.
35. The Sultry Look
Not only is this a very shaggy long bob, but when it’s dyed in this dirty honey color and combined with a sultry smokey eye makeup, you will look like a true summer bombshell.
36. The Emma Stone
A natural blonde, Emma Stone has taken to dying her hair red or ginger as a choice. However, we are not here to talk about her hair color, but rather about her amazing shag haircut, complete with choppy bangs.
37. Molten Copper
What we loved about this strawberry blonde shag haircut with soft beach waves is that it almost looks like molten copper instead of soft locks. What a gorgeous head of hair!
38. The Dakota Johnson
Since appearing in the 50 Shades movies, there have been few hotter than Dakota Johnson. And we love the fact that Miss Anastasia Steele herself actually wears a shag haircut both on and off screen.
39. The Shag Haircut with Curls
The way to obtain this look is very easy. When you have finished rounding up your curls, so to say, use a brush or a comb with wider teeth to both separate and fluff them.
40. The Short and Spiky
A shag haircut can also mean short and spiky, again like they used to wear back in the 90s or in the early 2000s. If you need some celebrity inspiration, think Six Pence None the Richer lead singer Leigh Nash.
41. The Bohemian Shag Haircut
The contrast between the shaggy blonde haircut and the multitude of silver necklaces is outstanding. Both the hair and the long jewelry create a line which elongates both the face and the model’s figure.
42. The Khloe Kardashian
Yes, even the perfect Khloe Kardashian has gone for a good shag haircut. She roughly parted her hair on one side and used a ton of mousse to style into the shape she wanted.
43. The Courtney Love
Apart from the ‘Rachel,’ here is another one of the original shag haircuts. Courtney love was sporting it long before anyone else. In fact, sporting it is a bit of an understatement. She was rocking it.
44. The Selena Gomez
She is the most famous person on Instagram and for a good reason. All her pictures look like mini photo shoots and Selena looks amazing no matter what she decides to wear or how to style her hair. Go take a look!
45. The Music Festival Shag Haircut
Evidently, since the summer music festival is such a huge trend, we could not have possibly missed the opportunity to include an idea or two on this list as well. There is one thing you have to remember here – keep it simple!
46. The Platinum Ponytail
Even ponytails can count as a shag haircut if you do them right. Tie your ponytail as usual and then fluff it using a comb or your brush and some hair mousse. Don’t forget to go gently on it.
47. The Sienna Miller
Actress Sienna Miller has a classically beautiful face. White skin, blue eyes, and cherry red lips, all beautifully framed by a shag haircut and a pair of killer honey blonde bangs.
48. Vertically Layered
If you want to accentuate the impression of a shag haircut in a natural way, without having to work on it too much every day, all you need to do is ask your hair stylist to give you some vertical layers.
49. Curls Are the Best
Girls who have naturally curly hair will tell you that their hair is a shag haircut by default and they are right. Use some high-quality hair care products, ladies, and flaunt it like you mean it!
50. Wispy Bangs
If you have a small and delicate facial bone structure but you still want to frame it, you can go for the wispy bangs and the shag haircut that comes with them, of course. We are also quite in love with this very pale sandy blonde with dark roots.
51. The Blorange Shag Haircut
Don’t know what blorange is? It’s the most fashionable color of the moment, hair wise. It’s a delicious mashup between blonde and orange that has got the entire internet in an uproar. Rose and peach be gone, it’s time for blorange.
52. Velvety Blue
For a different type of shag haircut, you can go ahead and try this awesome large asymmetrical bob, combined with a velvety blue that will just make everything seem better again. Check out some other ideas for blue ombre hair right here.
53. Keeping It Natural
One of the easiest ways to go for a shag haircut is to keep things as natural as possible hair wise. For example, don’t dye your hair and don’t use a lot of hair care product. Instead, use your brush to roughly comb through it and blow dry it at the same time.
54. The Chocolate Shag
The reason why we love this haircut so much is the fact that its asymmetrical ends have been turned and curled to point toward the outside, exactly like they would do in the 80s.
55. Dreaming About Curls
The reason is that, as far as a shag haircut is concerned, these curls are the stuff of dreams. A soft caramel brown with just a touch of darker chocolate at the roots, the curls run wild over your shoulders and all around your head.
56. The Gigi Hadid
When she is not on the runway or at a photo shoot, supermodel Gigi Hadid likes to wear her hair in a gorgeous jumbo mess of beach waves or, of course, in a long shag haircut.
57. The Platinum Shag Haircut
If Queen Elsa decided she no longer wants to rule but wander the kingdom instead in a van with her Jack Russell and a stack of traveling books, this is what her hair would have looked like. We’re feeling inspired.
58. Two Layers and Two Colors
If you feel the need to free your face a bit, then you can go for the half up half down shag haircut. It works extremely well if your hair is asymmetrical so that you can create a fluffy ponytail in the back.
59. Wind Swept
To copy this look, you can either use some gel or mousse to tousle your hair around or simply go outside and allow the natural elements to wind sweep your hair. Any way you choose to do it, your hair will look amazing.
60. Going Back to the Roots
Since the best part of the ideas for a shag haircut are at least a little bit inspired from the 70s, it would be a good idea to go back to the place where it all began and use it as your forever inspiration. It’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?