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Shaggy hairstyles aren’t new to the beauty world, but lately, they’ve taken on a new light. Yup, the ‘70s and ‘80s classic shag haircut has been given a modern twist—hence the modern shag. If you’re a fan of layered haircuts (and let’s be real—most of us are), you’ll definitely want to add this to your haircut inspiration board on Pinterest. Ahead, we break down what a modern shag is, how to get one, and a few of our favorite ways to style the look.
You’re probably wondering what makes a modern shag haircut, well, modern. The classic version of this cut is known for being groovy and full of flair. While we aren’t opposed to a ‘do that’s full of personality, this cut is really all about emphasizing choppy, piecey layers (and the texture they provide) without the unruly volume. It’s also much longer in length, typically falling a few inches past your shoulders.
In order to achieve this hairstyle, you’ll want to turn to the pros. Your hairstylist will be able to expertly transform your mane into the perfect shag ‘do for you. Put an emphasis on the fact that you’re looking for textured layers. Textured layers, as opposed to bluntly cut layers, are what will create that shaggy appearance. It’s also a good idea to have plenty of inspiration photos on-hand, so your stylist can see exactly what you’re envisioning.
After you’ve taken the plunge and given a modern shag haircut a try, we’re sure you’ll be looking for some styling inspo. Below, we’re sharing four easy hairstyle options for a modern shag cut.
Calling all curly girls—if you have naturally curly hair, this option is for you. We’re all about embracing your natural texture, and the modern shag haircut will really highlight your spirals. You see, thanks to the textured layers in this cut, each curl will be that much more defined. If that sounds up your alley, you’ll be happy to know that there are no heat tools required for creating this look. Instead, apply a dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to damp hair, scrunch, and let your modern shag cut air dry.
On the note of no-heat hairstyles, you don’t need naturally curly hair to part ways with your hot tools. Instead, you can play up your shaggy layers by adding even more texture to your ‘do with a hair pomade or paste. Think of this as a trendy way to rock “bedhead.” Take a dime-sized amount of the L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Thickening Medium Hold Cream Paste onto clean fingers, rub it between your hands, and work it throughout your mane. Scrunch as you go and add more product as necessary to define your layers and work that texture.
Sure, heat-free hairstyles are great, but sometimes it’s necessary to turn to your reliable tools—like your curling iron or wand. The modern shag looks particularly stunning when paired with loose, voluminous waves. Think of it as an edgy take on the beachy waves we all know and love. First, mist on a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray. Then, use a wide-barrel iron to curl your hair. When you’re finished, give your head a shake and use your fingers to tousle your strands for a looser, carefree appearance.
While you can totally rock super-sleek strands, we’re fans of pairing a modern shag cut with imperfectly straight tresses. What we mean is, you’ll straighten your mane, then give it a little tousle with your fingers for an undone finish. Just make sure to spritz on the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray before straightening.
Next up: Now that you know all about the modern shag haircut, let’s cover another trending look. Head over to our article, Step Up Your Hair Game With The Step Cutting Technique.
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