34 Beautiful Medium Shag Haircuts with Styling Tips


The ever-popular medium shag haircuts continue to be the most versatile of all haircuts. Whatever your texture may be, the shag offers possibilities that are right for you. Got fine hair? The extra layering in the crown livens up thin, fine hair in a flash. Thicker-haired gals get instant control with a defined styled. Here’s a collection of chic medium shaggy cuts to help you find the one that’s right for you

1. The Perfect Shag for Fine Hair

The Perfect Shag for Fine Hair

Instagram @pink.dagger

Featuring a modern take on the vintage cut, this blonde layered style with a lovely short fringe complements any face shape and hair density, even thin hair. Style with subtle waves to give the body effortless volume and movement.

2. A Cool Center Part Shag

A Cool Center Part Shag

Instagram @ashley.emerson.hill

A more feminine version of the cut – this choppy layered center parted hairstyle looks so stunning when paired with a dark ash brown to complete this wash-and-go look.

3. A Superb Razor Cut Shag

A Superb Razor Cut Shag

Instagram @barrowsalon

These layers cut throughout the length of the hair give it an incredible ’80s vibe along with those feminine curtain bangs. This look works great on hair with density and a little wave to it for easier styling.

4. A Fantastic Shoulder Length Shag

A Fantastic Shoulder Length Shag

Instagram @tiffygotsthishair

The soft fiery waves and those romantic yet edgy layers manage to make this a modern take on the classic 80’s hairstyle. Any skin color can rock this bold shade, while those lengthy full bangs complement long faces best.

5. Shaggy A-line Bob

Shaggy a-line bob

Instagram @vidogisalon

Made to offer you a fuller look and beautiful volume at the back of your head – the A-line bob is designed for everyone. One way to style it is to have messy and shaggy layers for an added thickness and dimension.

6. Purple Choppy Shag with Deep Side Part

A purple medium choppy shag with a deep side part

Instagram @philliprosado

A dope textured medium cut painted with a lustrous purple shade would be one of the bravest things you could do! Although the color is high maintenance when it comes to shower care, this super fashionable look doesn’t need much styling afterwards. A simple deep side part plus a tousled look would do gorgeously.

7. Textured Shag Cut

Medium length textured shag cut

Instagram @ashleykayehair

A fresh texture cut on glossed natural hair is the easiest thing you can get if you want a huge change – not just in your look but also in your lifestyle as well! Super easy to maintain and style at home!

8. Shag for Thin Medium Hair

Shag for thin medium hair

Instagram @alchemyorlando

The thick heavy fringe and the bulk on the top hair creates the illusion of volume throughout the hairstyle which is perfect for thin and fine hair. This super textured cut is a get-up-and-go look that ladies with busy lives would love.

9. Curly Shag

Curly shag

Instagram @joshgmelon

Conditioning is the key to amazing well-defined curls! You can opt for a short bob cut like this if you wanna revitalize your curls and leave your natural color on for a healthier hair.

10. An Edgy Shag for Women Over 50

An Edgy Shag for Women Over 50

Instagram @courtenay.carter.hair

Q&A with style creator, Courtenay Carter

Hairstylist @ Breeze Salon and Day Spa in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

This look is natural with a vintage flair. My absolute favorite thing about it is how the fringe separates and looks as if she ran her fingers through and walked out into a hot day ready for whatever.

Any advice for someone considering it?

Be open to wearing longer fringe and don’t overthink styling the cut. Just give the hair a few waves using a flat iron in a rocking motion in random parts off of the interior. It takes away from the 70’s feel if the bangs are too precise and the body and texture are too uniform.

11. Shaggy Bob with Bangs

Shaggy Bob with Bangs

Instagram @_jennie.rose

Q&A with style creator, Jennie Rose

Hairstylist / Owner @ Haus of Wonderland in Huntington Beach, CA

How would you describe this look?

This look has a modern vintage vibe to it. We loved the 90’s bob because it was classic with a grungy, textured twist. I picture Winona Ryder in the 90’s.

What I like most about this look is it pushes the boundaries on what is considered sexy. People tend to associate sexy with long Victoria’s Secret waves but this style screams just as much sex appeal.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This style is a lot more relaxed and doesn’t require a lot of work, so it’s good for the clients who like a wash and go look but on weekends you can really play up the texture. You’ll want a good dry shampoo, texture spray, and a 1-inch wand or flat iron to help create the perfect textured waves.


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