34 Beautiful Medium Shag Haircuts with Styling Tips


12. Medium Shaggy Bob

Medium Shaggy Bob

Instagram @joeltorresstyle

Q&A with style creator, Joel Torres

TIGI Creative Director in Dallas, TX

How would you describe this look?

This is a textured undercut bob. The idea was removing weight from below the occipital bone to promote movement on the perimeter.

This textured bob I created first by establishing the length then doing soft layers and personalization techniques with a razor. The razor is good to create a natural feeling and movement.

I also did a fringe on the model because I wanted to create a frame around her beautiful eyes.

This cut is easy to maintain thanks to the personalization techniques.

Any advice for someone considering it?

First, I think it’s important to do a consultation with your stylist. If a client doesn’t have a good density of hair then the undercut is not a good fit. You can create the same haircut without the undercut part.

Second, if the texture is too frizzy I wouldn’t do it with the razor and choose scissors instead.

Products are an important part to maintain the look. Use something that can control the hair and give you separation on the ends, like leave-in conditioners, dry shampoos, styling cream.

For the face shape: For a client with a really small face or small forehead, I recommend to avoid the fringe because that would make the face even smaller. Other shapes go really well with the cut.

13. Mid Length Shag

Mid Length Shag

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Q&A with style creator, Kirstin Jamerson

Stylist @ V.Vegaz Style in St. Louis, MO

How would you describe this look?

This look is a razor cut shag with a full fringe. I used Davines Liquid Spell and diffused her hair to bring out her soft natural texture. I love shag haircuts for their effortlessly cool vibe.

Any advice for someone considering it?

A shag haircut looks best on wavy to curly hair that’s medium to fine thickness.

It’s an effortless and low maintenance haircut. I usually recommend a mousse or cream gel to air dry or diffuse the hair, working with the natural texture.

14. A Must-Try Shag for Thin Hair

A Must-Try Shag for Thin Hair

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Q&A with style creator, Kaylyn Walborn

Master Stylist @ Barnet Fair Hair in Philadelphia, PA

How would you describe this look?

This look is a textured shag with a choppy fringe. The look was achieved with both shear and straight razor to emphasize the client’s texture. What I like most about the cut is, of course, the fringe. It’s fun and has a striking look just by itself when the hair is pulled away from the face.

Any advice for someone considering it?

The greatest part about this shape is that most people with wavy hair and/or love volume will find this look very flattering. It’s generally easily styled with a wave or salt spray and can be air dried for an awesome effect. Also, the cut grows out quite well and turns into fun new looks as it gets longer. Upkeep on the fringe is more prevalent but it can be worn in a longer shape as it grows out.

15. Shaggy Bob Haircut

Pink shaggy bob haircut

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Q&A with style creator, Anna Peters

Owner / Stylist @ re:Treat Color + Hair Design Studio in Clovis, CA

How would you describe this look?

This Rose Quartz tousled bob is a favorite because its effortless feel and undone texture ups the cool factor for a short bob length cut. The blushing color will catch your eye, and it’s soft enough that anyone can wear it.

I created this cut using my Sam Villa 7″ Dry Cutting Shears to carve through the hair and create the texture seen here. Then using the Sam Villa 2-in-1 Marcel Iron and Wand, I did a lazy wrap around the wand to achieve a loose undone wave to the hair. Finished it off with Redken Wax Blast 10 for definition and hold.

The color was achieved using Redken Lightner Up To 7 to pre-lighten the hair. Then colored over it was Pravana’s Rose Quartz hair color.

Any advice for someone considering it?

It works great for any face shape, depending on where you part the hair and where the layers are placed. The color is high maintenance and fades faster than darker hues, so make sure you are using a professional color protecting shampoo and conditioner.

This haircut works great for clients who have a natural curl or texture to their hair. When curling your hair, keep it very relaxed and don’t try too hard. Use a texture spray to play it up and get volume and texture.

16. Shaggy Blunt Bob

Shaggy blonde blunt bob

Instagram @brittanyrosset.hair

Q&A with style creator, Brittany Rosset

Owner / Colorist @ The Beauty Room in Minneapolis, MN

How would you describe this look?

There is a lot to consider when getting a bob. Layers, bangs, concave, or blunt! For this one, we wanted no layers and super blunt which was opposite of her previous razor cut, and it was very fun to create the blunt line.

Any advice for someone considering it?

If your someone who hates not being able to get their hair all the way up, you probably aren’t ready for a bob. But if you can settle for a cute half top knot then you’re in luck! I love texture in a bob to give it a different vibe.

Sleek is so classic, but I just love how different these two styles can make this cut look. For this specific client, we did a rooted heavy blonde foil and I love the texture it gave her natural hair. She also needed a color that grew out well with the perks of being a blonde.

17. 70’s Shaggy Lob Cut

A 70s shag lob cut

Instagram @haircutsbylacyjward

Q&A with style creator, Lacy J. Ward

Cutting Specialist / Senior Stylist @ Wild Orchid Salon + Spa in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

A modern 70’s Shag-Lob with Tropical Sherbet Color vibes. Her hair didn’t have the thickness to go full shag but the lob (shorter in back, longer in front) helped create the fullness her fine hair lacks, while still giving it some shag-like texture. My favorite thing about this hairstyle is the texture and movement – it really compliments that amazing hair color (by Chelsea Knight-King) so well!

Any advice for someone considering it?

My best styling advice would be to use products made for texture and volume, but not so heavy that it weighs the hair down. I personally love No. 4’s Sugar Spray. Any mousse or thickening spray, (R+Co Chiffon or Number 4 Styling Foam) blown out with a round brush for finer hair, or Mason Pearson brush for thicker hair, is great. This haircut is super versatile both curled or straight!

18. Golden Wavy Shag With Long Bangs

A golden blonde shag with bangs

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19. Sunkissed Shaggy Bob for a Round Face

Sunkissed Shaggy Bob for a Round Face

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Q&A with style creator, Celina Trevino

Stylist & Redken Artist/Educator @ Brock Cassidie Salon in Atlanta, GA

How would you describe this look?

This is what I would call a lived-in bob. The thing I love most about this look is that it is very clean and chic for any women of any age.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is a look for the girl that needs low maintenance but wants style. The sunkissed color is a color that only needs to be retouched every three to four months. The cut works great for a round face shape.

To style this look, just blow dry using a vent brush and put in a couple of loose waves. The best way to achieve a messy wave is to curl only the middle and leave your ends straight. Sometimes will curl in the middle and use a flat iron to straighten the ends for more messy, textured effect.

I use Redken’s Powder Grip cocktailed with Redken’s Diamond Oil to give the hair texture and shine. Finish it off with Redken’s Triple Take 32 hairspray and voila, you have a messy, textured, sunkissed bob!

20. Modern Medium Length Shagged Haircut

A modern shag

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Q&A with style creator, Grace Filipowicz

Education Assistant Director @ Jose Luis Salon in Austin, TX

How would you describe this look?

So the best way to describe this look is that it’s the more modern version of the classic shag. My favorite thing about this haircut is that it’s pretty universally flattering on any face shape and any age.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This is such an easy haircut to style with loose waves and looks super cute if you just air-style with a little mousse.

My advice to someone wanting this haircut is to always take into consideration how much layering you are comfortable with. You can always try a more toned down version to start with and gradually add more layers for clients who are hesitant.

Air-styling with a texturizing mousse (like Kerastase Mousse Bouffant) is quick and low maintenance way to style this effortless haircut. It’s a great cut for women on the go.

21. Multi-dimensional Wavy Shag

Cool multi-dimensional waves

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Q&A with style creator, Jed Styler

Creative Stylist @ TONYC Salon and Spa Square One in Mississauga, ON

How would you describe this look?

I would describe this look as multi-dimensional waves. We basically used different techniques to create dimension that shows off different waves of shades.

My favorite thing about this look is that it’s not just a boring color! It has so much dimension that it qualifies on any lighting you are facing!

Any advice for someone considering it?

Healthy hair, patience, products, and consultation! I cannot stress how important a good consultation is! This color will look best when your hair has a lot of layers. That’s where the beautiful dimensions really pop out the most! I did a modern shag haircut on my client. There is a lot of texture and movement in the front while keeping the layers in the back a little bit longer.

The great thing about this look is that once the hair starts getting longer, the color will still look great because of all the dimension. The maintenance on this look is low. Th next service will mostly just be adding some more babylights for a brighter area around the face and the back to create more dimension.

Finish off this look with some beachy waves or what I like to call “after curls”. Work in different directions as you are curling the hair. Once you’re finished curling, finish it off with a bit of serum and dry shampoo. I like to spray far away from the hair and really separate the curls with my hands to visualize the look. I use dry shampoo because it gives the look more of a matte finish while also giving volume and a grunge finish.

22. Aqua Messy Shag with Short Layers

An edgy aqua messy shag haircut

Instagram @raylakehair

Q&A with style creator, Raven Lake

Hairstylist / Barber / Colorist @ Floyd’s 99 Mosaic in Fairfax, VA

How would you describe this look?

This is a messy shag that maintains long length but very short layers.

My favorite thing about this look is the TEXTURE! This look was super fun to cut using a precision concave layering technique, then going back in with a razor to remove even more weight and define pieces.

Any advice for someone considering it?

This look works best on average to thick densities of hair, especially naturally wavy hair. My client has very dense hair, so she was looking for a lot of weight removal. If the client’s hair is very fine, this much layering can create a stringy look in the length. With fine hair, we always want to maintain density in the length.

Here I created wavy texture with a flat iron to enhance the color and cut. However, this cut holds up well without heat styling, especially on naturally wavy hair. For products, I recommend anything with a little volume and texture. My personal favorites right now are Floyd’s 99 Texture Powder, which is a non-aerosol dry shampoo with hold for bigger volume, as well as IGK Beach Club texture spray for gentle volume with a little hold.


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