The Modern Shag Haircut… Not the Shag You Were Thinking Of!
July 26, 2020
Aida Becheanu photographed by Manolo Campion

Yes, the iconic 70s hairstyle is back, but don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you will look like you’re in a 70’s heavy metal band. Why not ask for a ‘shag’ on your first trip to the salon post-lockdown? Sounds cheeky but it’s actually the hairstyle that anyone can rock and is the hottest new hair trend of 2020.

Julia Campbell-Gillies by David Ralph

Maybe you can get inspiration from Jennifer Aniston’s “The Rachel” haircut, which was all the rage in the mid 1990s, with its swishy appeal and pinch of rebellion. Or for a more modern take you can look at Selena Gomez who is one of the latest to spin an updated version of the look.

Left: Jennifer Aniston on the set of Friends, styled by Chris McMillan Right: Selena Gomez styled by Marissa Marino

The great thing about the shag is how versatile it is. It can be any length or colour and you can add as many layers you want. Not to mention it can be rocked with various hair textures, so if your hair is thin and straight and you want to add a bit of volume, or if you have super curly hair, this is always going to be a look for you.


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Shag haircuts are iconic, not to mention timeless, because of how great they are for adding volume and texture to your hair, not to mention they will transform you into an It Girl, cue Alexa Chung. They are effortlessly cool and can be tailored to suit whatever you want out of your hair. Whether you are after a grungy, edgy look like Joan Jett, a bohemian look with a longer length like Stevie Nicks circa 1970s, or a glamorous layered bob like Lana Condor, there's nothing you can't achieve with this look. Think of it as that favourite t-shirt you can't stop wearing but it goes with everything and you can style it in any way you please.


Stevie Nicks circa 1976

The shag haircut is also perfect for those who want to grow their hair out from a short cut. The shag is loose and undone, so you don’t have to worry about uneven layers. It’s low maintenance due to the fact that it isn’t supposed to look perfect, which is why the cut is synonymous with rebellion throughout the years. Women don’t have to change the natural texture of their hair, and if you want you can put as little commitment into it as possible. It is up to you whether you want a more dramatic, choppy look or a subtle shag that frames your face, a la Anne Hathaway.

Anne Hathaway styled by Adir Abergel


As for those of you with curls, Zendaya is proof that you do not have to stray away from the shag, and you can even wear it with a fringe. You will definitely be the coolest person in the room with this one.

Zendaya styled by Ursula Stephen


Take the plunge and go for it, make this style your own. The shag haircut is back and better than ever, and we think it will look great on you.