A Photo Gallery of Fabulous Shag Haircuts

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The Modern Shag Haircut

Julianne Hough
Julianne Hough. Valerie Macon/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

The shag haircut is very rock 'n' roll -- casual, mussy and visually effortless. Think "bedhead." The typical features that make up a shag hairstyle include choppy ends, loads of layers around the crown and lots of texture.

The shag works on almost every hair texture and in every hair length. One has to be careful with the shag because a hairstyle with too many layers can appear dated. Search online for shag hairstyles (or on Pinterest) and the images that appear show women with hairstyles that seems straight out of 1999. Think Jennifer Aniston on the early "Friends" episodes or guys with mullet hairstyles.

The modern shag is choppy, has lots of texture but doesn't resemble an '80s hair band. The images in this gallery show off the very best shag hairstyles today.


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    Alexa Chung

    David M. Benett (l) and Marc Piasecki (r) for Getty Images

    She's sort of the inventor of the modern shag hairstyle and Brit it-girl Alexa Chung has worn a version of it from short to long to shoulder-length to somewhere between the chin and shoulders as seen here for almost a decade.

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    Lisa Rinna

    Lisa Rinna. Frederick M. Brown for Getty

    The key to Lisa Rinna's sporty shag haircut is to not over-style it, according to hairstylist Kerrie Urban in Allure Magazine.

    Urban says to avoid products that make your hair stiff (think gels) and instead opt for styling creams with a medium hold.

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    Arizona Muse

    Arizona Muse. Kirsten Sinclair for Getty Images

    Lovely shag hairstyle on model Arizona Muse. It's the perfect example of wash, scrunch and go. The shag looks best when air-dried or blown dried with a diffuser. Always scrunch from below.

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    Steffy Argelich

    Steffy Argelich. Steffy Argelich Instagram, photo by matteomontanariphotography

    Steffy Argelich is a model known for her gorgeous wavy hair that she wears in a shaggy mop.

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    The Best Shag Bangs on Pinterest

    The best bangs on Pinterest. Pinterest: http://honestlywtf.com/beauty/bangs/

    These rocker girl hairstyles work so beautifully on women with thick hair. Note the super heavy bang and the air-dried look.

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    Karlie Kloss

    Karlie Kloss. Dimitrios Kambouris for Getty Images

    This is a great medium shag cut for women with some natural wave in their hair. Karlie Kloss' hairstyle, pictured here, is extremely trendy at the moment and has been featured in magazines, newspapers and online. Read more about  and her iconic hairstyles.

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    Jane Fonda

    Jane Fonda. From left: Pascal Le Segretain and Jason Merritt for Getty Images

    Jane Fonda is famous for her shag hairstyle.

    To get this look, ask your stylist to cut choppy layers from front to back with shorter layers framing your face. Use a molding gel to style hair.

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    Julianne Hough

    Julianne Hough shag hair. Barry King for Getty Images

    Another great short shag hairstyle.

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    Dianna Agron

    Dianna Agron. Kevin Winter // Getty Images

    Dianna's mussy hairdo here is a great example of a modern shag hairstyle. Mimic this look with texturizing spray scrunched in. Let hair air dry. Or blow dry until hair is 80 percent dry, then scrunch and let it air dry the rest of the way.

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    Dianna Agron's More Subdued Shag

    Dianna Agron. Getty: D Dipasupil (l) and Theo Wargo (r)

    This version of Dianna Agron's shag is just the right amount of shaggy and sophisticated. Since bedhead remains so very popular, this look will carry you through another year without looking dated.

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    Dawn Olivieri

    Dawn Olivieri. Michael Buckner // Getty Images

    This shag hairstyle is longer in the front, shorter in the back.

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    Maria Valverde

    Maria Valverde. Carlos Alvarez for Getty

    Shag hairstyles are basically bobs, long bobs, long hairstyles and even pixies, but with choppy ends and lots of layers. Here is a great example of a long bob "shagified."

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    Jennifer Lawrence

    Jennifer Lawrence. Jason Merritt for Getty

    Allure Magazine asked Mark Townsend, Jennifer Lawrence's hairstylist and the man behind her shag hairstyle, for the stories behind the cut. Here's what he said:

    On the inspiration for the cut

    "It wasn't for a role...it was totally spontaneous. Her hair had quite a bit of damage from all the coloring, so I thought we'd take about four inches off, but she kept telling me to take off more and more. I was the nervous one, because she had never said she wanted to go shorter before, but she was so excited. I ended up cutting about eight inches."

    Did Lawrence bring in a picture like normal people do?

    "She had a picture of Dianna Agron. It was a cut with choppy layers."

    What did she think of the length?
    "She loved it from the first chop. She couldn't stop running her fingers through her hair as I was cutting. When she was getting dressed, she said, "Oh my god, it feels so good, it's never been this short!"

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    Peyton Knight's Bowl Cut

    Peyton Knight. JP Yim for Getty

    Model Peyton Knight is known for her signature bowl cut, worn in a shag here on the runway.

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    Carine Roitfeld Shag Hairstyle

    Carine Roitfeld. Getty Images

    The shag hairstyle isn't just for women in their teens and 20s. Here, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld models a gorgeous shag hairstyle. Note how mussy and casual it is.

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    Tori Spelling

    Tori Spelling. Jason Merritt

    This is another gorgeous shag hairstyle, modeled by actress Tori Spelling. You can get this look by curling hair around a large-barreled curling iron.

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    Marley Shelton

    Marley Shelton. Alberto E. Rodriguez//Getty Images

    This is another version of a wonderful medium-length shag hairstyle.

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    Emmylou Harris

    Emmylou Harris. Michael Loccisano

    Another example of an older woman with a shag hairstyle.

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    A Long Shag Hairstyle With Side-Swept Bangs


    You can have long hair and a shag hairstyle.

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    Ashlee Simpson

    Ashlee Simpson. Frank Micelotta for Getty

    Here's another example of a long hairstyle that's also a shag.

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    Model Edie Campbell

    Edie Campbell. Getty Images: Melodie Jeng (l) and Pascal Le Segretain (r)

    This shag hairstyle is great because it's both shaggy and short, making it an interesting look that won't be seen on everyone.

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    Kate Mara's Ombre Shag

    Kate Mara. Getty Images Rindoff Petroff/Dufour

    Note the center part here and the blonde ends.

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    Lauren Conrad

    Lauren Conrad chop. Lauren Conrad's Instagram

    Here's a photo from Lauren Conrad's Instagram account showing off her shag cut ,which she got at the end of 2014.

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    Model Freja Beha Erichsen

    Model Freja Beha Erichsen. Photo by Adam Whitehead

    There aren't many shots of model Freja Beha Erichsen, but this photo shows why she's known for her shaggy long hair.

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    Alexa Chung With Bangs

    Alexa Chung with bangs. Jason Kempin//Getty

    The secret to a great shag hairstyle lies in the cut. Ask for choppy ends and layering. Your stylist may need to create layers with a razor. Don't be afraid of the razor. It helps add movement to hair and allows the stylist to remove heaviness from hair. As for bangs, they work great with the modern shag, but you can skip them. Long side-swept bangs paired with a shag hairstyle are lovely.

    Product application is also important. You want to add texture to hair with a salt spray or a pomade. After you apply the product, squeeze hair to work in the product and shape with your fingers. You may want to twist large sections of hair and let them dry in place.

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    Julianne Hough

    Julianne Hough. Valerie Macon for Getty Images

    It's boring when hair is overly done. You know -- blow-dried to perfection with not a hair out of place. No matter the hair length, mussy looks better. Actress Kirsten Dunst insists on choppy ends because she hates her hair to look done. 
    To get the mussy look, follow these tips:

    1. If you have straight hair, ask for choppy ends when you get your hair cut. Then scrunch hair and let it air dry.
    2. For curly girls, ask for layers to be cut into hair so that the fullness is not on the ends. There's nothing worse on curly hair than the A-frame hair, where the ends fluff out like a fluffy skirt. Muss up curls by allowing them to airdry and twisting curls into thick ringlets as they dry.
    3. Got wavy hair? Skip the flat-iron and embrace your waves. With a great cut, you never have to flat-iron again. Hair should dry naturally into a gorgeous shape. Women pay big bucks to get hair like yours. Freshen hair with gorgeous highlights, instead. Add texture with a texturizing spray. I love Shu Uemura's Liquid Fabric, buy it from Amazon.