20 Best Shag Haircuts That'll Convince You To Chop Your Hair

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January is probably my favorite month of the year (other than my birthday month, obvs). It's a time for ~new beginnings~, fresh starts, and setting goals. But instead of making a resolution I know I'll end up breaking in a couple of days, I've decided to set one I can actually stick to this time: trying out a new hairstyle. Up first? The shag haircut.

Yes, the choppy, layered hairstyle from the '70s is making a comeback—but don't worry, it's been totally modernized. Shag haircuts are a great way to add texture, volume, and depth to your style (and they look, like, super cool). So in an effort to accomplish my goal, I stalked Insta for the best shag haircuts for every length and hair type, below. Trust me when I say you'll want to join me after scoping these pics.

  1. This Long, Curly Shag Haircut

    Don't be scared to layer your curly hair—you won't look crazy, I promise. A few choppy layers will actually perk up your curls and keep them from falling flat. Spritz on a hydrating curl spray in the morning to keep your curls healthy and happy.

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  2. This Short, Blonde Shag Haircut

    Your shaggy haircut from your middle school emo phase is all grown up. Think of this look as the ~adult~ version of Jenny Humphrey's season two Gossip Girl haircut, no teen angst included.

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  3. This Long Shag Haircut

    Yes, you can still rock a shag haircut even if you're emotionally tied to your long hair (no shade). You don't need to sacrifice major length to hop on this trend. Don't forget to finish off your look by adding hair oil on your ends—it'll make them look super shiny.

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  4. This Shag Haircut with Long Bangs

    Super short bangs may not be your vibe—listen, I totally get it. Thankfully, you can keep your front bangs long and still have a shag haircut—just add in texture everywhere else.

  5. This Platinum Blonde Shag Haircut

    I mean, how dope is this platinum blonde hair look? Your shag haircut will already give you major cool-girl vibes, but this platinum blonde will level you up. Be sure to cleanse with a purple shampoo to keep your color from fading.

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  6. This Rose-Gold Shag Haircut

    Rose gold is still trending this season (it's here to stay, people). Give the color some shape by pairing it with a super-chic shag haircut. Grab a sulfate-free shampoo when it's time to wash your hair—it won't strip your color.

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  7. This Shaggy Lob Haircut

    You know what's cuter than a lob? A lob with a shag haircut. Seriously, doesn't this picture make you want to chop off all your hair RTFN?! Work in a leave-in conditioner once a week to make sure your hair stays hydrated.

  8. This Short Shag Haircut

    A shag haircut boosts the volume and texture of short hair instantly. Pro tip if you have curly hair: Work a dollop of curl cream from your roots to your ends to make your curls pop.

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  9. This Blunt Shag Haircut

    Go for a blunt cut—just because the rest of your hair is shaggy doesn't mean your ends have to be. Layer on a shine spray afterward to give it a glossy look.

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  10. This Chin-Length Shag Haircut

    No, your hair won't look like a giant fluff ball if you get a shaggy bob. For real though, how cute is this look? If you’re between washes and your bangs are starting to get a little greasy, spray on dry shampoo to refresh them.

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  11. This Red Shag Haircut

    IDK about you, but lately, I've been seeing red hair allll over my Insta feed. What better way to join #teamginger than with a shag haircut?

  12. This Mid-Length Shag Haircut

    Dealing with hair that's neither short nor long can be tough—how exactly do you style it? Rhetorical question—you don't. Get a shag haircut and give off major "I woke up like this" vibes.

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  13. This Wavy Shag Haircut

    Go for a laid-back, dreamy look with this simple wavy shag haircut. Spray on a texturizing spray, and then scrunch up your hair to create even more texture.

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  14. This Silver Shag Haircut

    Combining silver hair with a shag haircut will make you look like a total badass. PS—use a purple hair mask once a week to keep your color bright.

  15. This Shaggy Pixie Cut

    FYI—your pixie cut doesn't have to be all one length. Mix it up by telling your stylist for a shag haircut. It'll keep your pixie from looking one-dimensional.

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  16. This Side-Parted Shag Haircut

    Yes, the options are preeettty middle-part heavy when it comes to shag haircuts, but trust me when I say side parts are definitely fair game. For a sleek look, work a shine-enhancing oil throughout your hair.

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  17. This Shag Haircut with Shadow Roots

    Shadow roots—when your natural roots create a shadow against the rest of your hair—are perfect if you want to add even more depth to your shag haircut (or if you're trying to avoid booking another expensive-ass hair color appointment).

  18. This Dark-Brown Shag Haircut

    This chocolate-brown hue is the perfect color to combine with a shag haircut—it's sleek and it looks ridiculously pretty.

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  19. This Super Curly Shag Haircut

    You want your curls to have some shape, right? A shag haircut can help you accomplish exactly that (Read: It'll keep your curls from looking flat and sad). To level up the volume, work a lightweight, hydrating cream throughout your curls.

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  20. This Side-Swept Shag Haircut

    Want to recreate this shag haircut look? Mist on a heat protectant spray, create a few bends with a curling wand, and comb your hair into a deep side part. Finish off by sweeping your hair over the part.


This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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