Is the shag haircut right for you?

Celebrities aren’t the only ones who should be jumping on board the shag hair trend. Easy to maintain, bouncy and stylish, the latest hairstyle to emerge from the past is a great look for nearly anyone. It can be a tiny commitment or a bold change, a short punky style, or a long, easy-to-manage look. From Jenna Ortega to Billie Elish, the shag is simple to style and easy enough to achieve with an experienced stylist.

So, what exactly is a shag haircut? Essentially, a shag haircut is a layered haircut that features choppy, textured layers giving the hair a tousled, carefree look. The best part is that it is versatile and can be customized to suit various hair types and face shapes. 

Face Shape

In terms of face shape, the shag haircut can work well for literally anyone. If you have a round face, a shag haircut can help to elongate your face and create a more angular look. If you have a square or angular face, a shag haircut can soften your features. 

Hair Type

All hair types work with a shag. Your stylist should be able to achieve a cute shag haircut that specifically suits the thickness and body of your unique hair: 

Thin Hair: A shag haircut for those with thin hair involves plenty of light layers. These layers allow for more volume and the flexibility to add bangs, face-shaping curtain bangs or a Miley Cyrus-inspired mullet. 

Thick Hair: Those with super thick hair often want to rid themselves of extra bulk and weight. A shag haircut offers the chance to cut out tons of excess hair and provide you with a layered look that won’t weigh you down. 

Curly Hair: Curly locks are equally suited to shag haircuts as stylists cut with the curls, opting for a shag look with springy multi-layered curls. 

Short Hair: Even short hair can be cut into a cute shag. Jenna Ortega’s look at the 2023 SAG awards was the perfect example of a pixie-like cut that could easily be mimicked in a shorter or longer style. 


Finding the products to suit your individual shag look and hair texture is important. The shag is all about a bouncy, tousled feel. Products that are lightweight, de-frizzing and hydrating are key to the health and beauty of your look. We love…

For a matte finish:

AG Stucco Matte Clay Paste

Kevin Murphy Rough Rider 

Great for wash and wear:

Kevin Muprhy Easy Rider 

Perfect for moldability and texture:

AG Infrastructure 

The best Washes and Rinses:

Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Wash

Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Rinse

AG Xtramoist Moisturizing Shampoo 

AG Ultramoist Moisturizing Conditioner 

Perfect finishers:

Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray

Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Cream 

AG Sea Spray Finish

Overall, the shag haircut is great for anyone who wants a low-maintenance, trendy hairstyle that is easy to style and versatile. The shag can be tailored to suit your individual needs and style. Book with Manzer to achieve this look timeless cut.

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