The shag hairstyle has been a fashion staple since the 1970s when it was made popular by celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Goldie Hawn. The shag was originally created in the late 1960s by stylist John Sahag, who was known for using his dry-cut technique to produce unsystematic layers. As of 2010, the shaggy-hair look is still trendy, with many celebrities wearing different versions of the modern, layered coif.
The pixie shag is the messy version of the classic pixie style.
The hair is cut in different lengths to achieve a messy, bed-head look. This cut can be styled by taking a small amount of hair gel or putty and running it through the hair, piecing hair out with the fingers. Halle Berry’s signature style helped make the pixie shag famous, and stars such as Sharon Stone have been seen wearing it over the years.
A sassy, chic version of the traditional bob, the shaggy bob is less structured and more relaxed. To get this look, the hair is cut asymmetrically, with the back shorter than the front and the sides cut into an angle.
Random layers can be added as well, to give the appearance of movement and volume. Textured or chipped ends make the style more edgy and creative. This cut can be styled by blow drying with a bristle brush, concentrating heat on the underside of the hair in order to maximize body. A few hot rollers can also be used to give the hair even more bounce. Celebrities seen with this cut include Jessica Alba and Katie Holmes.
The length of the messy shag should ideally fall in between the lengths of the pixie shag and the shaggy bob.
Hair is cut in face-framing layers in the front, with short layers at the nape of the neck and long layers at the crown. This creates volume while giving a piecey, edgy look. This cut can be styled by blow drying the hair using a concentrator nozzle at the roots, lifting strands with the fingers as it’s dried. Applying a little hair wax or pomade will give the look more texture. Stars such as Lisa Rinna and Meg Ryan wear this trendy style.
Since too many layers can give long hair an unkempt, ragged appearance, the shag style for long hair has fewer layers. The shortest layers should hit the bottom of the ears, and scissors are used to make the ends feathery.
To style this cut, product is applied to the hair and it can be air dried. For a fuller, voluminous look a hair dryer and bristle brush can be used to blow out the hair, with a little pomade added to the ends for texture. Celebrities with this style include Ashlee Simpson and Jessica Biel.