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Long Live the Shag Hairstyle

Long Layerd Shag Hairstyle

The Layered Shag Hairstyle Should be Considered Amongst the Classics

The shag hairstyle has been one of the longest living hair trends, it is said to be created by barber Paul McGregor; it came to mainstream popularity when Joan Jett, Mick Jagger, and Jane Fonda all rocked this androgynous style in the 70’s. It appealed to many Americans at the time for it’s rebellious feel, the unisex style giving some the feeling of equality, while giving others an outward statement of their opposition to the social norm.

Joan Jett

The shag hairstyle has maintained it’s popularity throughout the decades by riding the style line between edgy and glamorous finding it’s way on the heads of many of Americans. Celebrity stylist Sally Hershberger has become known for her shaggy shapes, adorning the heads of Joan Jett, Meg Ryan and many others.

Layered Shag Hairstyle

The shag maintains it’s place in the hairstyle hall of fame for it’s versatility, it can be work for all hair textures and face shapes. Most recently it has been featured in hairstyle collections and on runways. It began it’s resurgence when Kristen Stewart chopped her locks for the hit film The Runaways. A shag is characterized by it’s short to long layering pattern, and although it seems like it may be a easy thing for your hair stylist to do you should make sure they are comfortable with it to give you just the right shag. If you get the right shag it can be a fun, easy look to achieve, and trims on the shag hairstyle should be about only be every 6-9 weeks.

Longer shapes can still be worn by all as long as the length is carefully selected. Oval face shapes can wear shags however they see fit, where as short or round shapes should avoid length past the collar bone.

The following looks are some great long shag options to print, show your hairdresser and wear yourself:

This look came from the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013 runway show,
While an extreme version, it can be worn both sleek and sophisticated or wild and free.

Layered Shag Hairstyle

To achieve this undone look;

  1. Apply salt spray (or light volumizer) from mid-lengths to ends and blast dry
  2. Turn head upside down and shake head while spraying a light hairspray, flip back over and shape into place

Layered Shag Hairstyle

For this longer curly style:

  1. Apply curl enhancing product into damp hair, smooth fringe by working back and forth with a flat brush, then diffusing remaining hair till dry.
  2. Use flat, or curling iron to shape curls in place and spay with light hold hairspray to finish.

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For this voluminus shag:

  1. Apply volumizer at roots and styling cream from mid-lengths to ends.
  2. Rough dry hair by using hands to remove excess moisture till hair is 70% dry.
  3. Use medium to large round brush to shape and lift sections creating bends at the ends of the hair till completely dry.
  4. Utilize flat iron to finish shaping and bend ends towards face.
  5. Finish with light wax or paste to give separation to ends.

Layered Shag Hairstyle

For this shattered style:

  1. Apply thickening creme (or smoothing cream for those with plenty of hair)
  2. Rough dry hair to 80% dry
  3. Utilize paddle brush to dry and smooth hair
  4. Straighten ends with flat iron
  5. Blast the hair with light shine spray and cold air from your dryer for separation.

Long Layered Shag Hairstyle

For this more traditional long shag:

  1. Apply styling creme from mid-lengths to ends, and rough dry hair.
  2. Smooth ends with large round brush.
  3. Use texture powder on roots and mid-lengths to create separation and lift.

Which ever shag hairstyle you choose this season make sure you wear it with confidence, because nothing says beautiful like a woman who radiates confidence.

Kalvin Pugh
Contributing author Kalvin Pugh has been a licensed hairdresser since 2007. After advanced training at Toni&Guy in Dallas TX, Kalvin became an educator and shared his love of hairdressing with thousands of salon professionals around the US. In 2012 became an ambassador for TIGI. In 2013 Kalvin fulfilled his dream since beauty school opening up his own hairdressing space Kalvin Pugh Hairdressing in Overland Park, Kansas.




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