It’s no secret that trends come and go. Still, it’s always interesting to see hair trends from decades ago re-emerge—and the “shag” haircut that was first popularized in the 1970s is no exception!

What is a Shag Haircut?

Specifically, the shag haircut refers to one that boasts lots of layers and texture, as well as a choppy cut that creates plenty of dimension. A shaggy haircut creates a very full look around the crown of the head that tapers towards the ends of the hair.

Shag haircuts can work with any length of hair, ranging from short to long. And while this haircut is most popular among women, the reality is that more and more men are choosing this cut as well. The versatility of this cut is part of what makes it so appealing. With all this in mind, is it really that surprising that this retro style has made a reappearance?

Pulling Off a Shag Haircut

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to shag haircuts. For starters, choosing the right shape is key to pulling off this look. And of course, not every shape is right for every hair type or texture. Some people will be better suited with a more subtle look, whereas others may prefer something more dramatic (such as a shag cut with face-framing bangs).

Knowing how to properly style a shag haircut is also important. The nice thing about a shag cut is that it is relatively low-maintenance and that the layers do a lot of the styling work themselves. Still, finding the right products will be key; many people find success maintaining the look of their shag cut with a great texture-boosting or volumizing spray. This helps to keep the hair lifted at the crown for that iconic look.

Turn Your Passion Into a Career

Whether you’re thinking about trying a shag cut on your own hair or are simply interested in new hair trends, a career in hairstyling and cosmetology could be right for you. At Long Island Beauty School, our 1,000-hour Hairdressing & Cosmetology program will prepare you for success in the real-world. And to suit your busy schedule, we offer part- and full-time options, as well as day and evening classes.

Get started with the admissions process today or reach out to our team at Long Island Beauty School to learn more!