All About the Modern Shag Haircut

“Shags are fun—they embrace natural textures, work for any gender, are low maintenance, versatile, and easy to personalize. That’s why they will continue to be on trend in 2023,” explains Teresa Romero, creative director for Sam Villa and artistic/education director for Jose Luis Salon (@_teresa_romero). 

The beauty is, anyone can wear a shag.  

How To Cut A Shag Haircut For Different Textures:

Finer hair types need strategic point cutting for lift and texture, whereas coarse curly types usually need some strategic weight assessment to prevent expanding the shape too much.  

Face Shapes For Shag Haircuts:

All face shapes can wear a shag. Fringe lengths determine what parts of the face are complemented or minimized. Shorter fringe brings attention to the top half of the face and longer fringe brings attention to the lower half.  

Creating Layers For Shag Haircuts:

It’s all about the layers. The more layers and texturizing, the more hair can freely move for that lived-in shaggy appearance.  

Maintenance For Shag Haircuts:

A good shag should last a few months or more before needing a full reshaping. Shorter fringe may need a trim in between visits. Good home care that complements hair texture and color is a must. Coarse hair needs more moisture and finer/chemically processed hair needs moisture and protein. 

Model (Sophia Bachand): This brunette pixie shag is inspired from the Twiggy pixie. To style, apply a mousse or styling cream and then use a Sam Villa Professional Light Ionic Blow Dryer with diffuser to set in place. 

Credit: Hair/Photographer - Teresa Romero, Sam Villa Creative Director 

Learn more from the Sam Villa Team by booking a class here or tunning into free Facebook Live classes and YouTube tutorials.  

Sam Villa is co-founder and chief creative officer of the Sam Villa Company (Allvus, LLC), a leading education and styling tool company for the professional hair industry. He is also Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, a L’Oreal brand. Villa is the 2021 NAHA Educator of the Year, Hair Awards USA Hall of Fame Inductee, 2021 AHP Icon Stylist Influencer of the Year, 2020 International Hairdressing Awards ‘International Hair Influencer of the Year,’ the 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Intercoiffure America/Canada Member, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007) and Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015). His inspiring education and innovative ergonomic styling tools can be experienced on   


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