In the age of micro-bangs and unicorn hair, we’re ready to go back—way back—to a classic cut: the shag. Shaggy styles have been back in the limelight for a good reason, and the modern shag haircut is still going strong. We’re not talking Mick Jagger, circa 1972, but rather a nostalgic nod that’s approachable, softer, and absolutely not one-size-fits-all.
We rounded up the most fabulous short shag haircuts to try out this year, and these looks are packed with layers, texture, and bangs of all types but kept at the lowest maintenance of lengths. Check out these short shag hairstyles that give of-the-moment inspiration for a throwback style.
Curly Chin Bob
This bob has got some personality. Cut those curls to a chin-grazing length, and add some killer fringe for fall. It’s the cherry on top of this cheeky cut by Nova Arts Salon owner Sal Salcedo.
Take on some French girl fringe. If forehead-covering shaggy bangs aren’t your thing, this stylish alternative will keep the cool factor going from the choppy layers to the effortless texture.
This shag is a gorgeously edgy take on the classic cut that Joan Jett would approve of—Short layers, tapered ends, and a slight angle. It’s a cool girl’s dream.
If you’re no stranger to bangs and bobs, take it to the next level with choppy baby bangs. It adds shagginess to a layered chin-length bob, instantly making your short haircut a bold statement.
It’s a little wispy and a whole lot sassy. Stylist Chris McMillan conjured up this cut as a fresh way to grow out his client’s bob. If this is the transition phase, we can’t imagine how good the next look will be.
Low maintenance and high style, this is the little black dress of shags. The layers and bangs of a classic shag have started growing, and the vibe has skewed slightly more refined.
No matter what time of year, it’s always the perfect time to embrace your natural texture. Luckily for curly girls, a shag cut (and all of its glorious layers) helps let those curls run wild—and not look weighed down—and let’s not even talk about how cute curly bangs are.
Getting a shag cut doesn’t mean you have to constantly conjure up those “undone-done” waves with your curling iron. This straight shag welcomes the name from its layers and curtain bangs, and the cool platinum color more than secures its place on the lineup.
Long Ashy Bob
Kiss those warm locks goodbye, and go full-on ash tones for the season. The remarkable brunette shade makes an excellent cut even more extraordinary. A lob-length shag will also be flattering on just about any face shape.
Shaggy Short Bob
Rock the shaggiest of short layers with this razored chin-length bob. The modern shag goes light on the bangs but heavy on the textured layers, courtesy of a razor haircut by stylist Ashlee Norman.
Keep things posh and polished with this side-swept shaggy bob that’s lighter on the short layers and perfect for thick-haired ladies.
This shag says one thing: No holds barred. Break out the texture spray and styling wax—because this edgy bob loves them both.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a shaggy bob?This type of bob haircut has choppy layers and highly textured ends. A shaggy bob can be chin-length or graze the shoulders.