THE OLD SHAG
We’ve all heard of “The Shag”, a 70s style popularly worn by Joan Jett, Mick Jagger, Jane Fonda and others. It is a cut, layered at many different lengths and often feathered around the face and crown area. Today, the Shag is often seen as outdated because of its retro style and dramatic feathering. Therefore, the Shag is a haircut that not many people will go into a salon and ask for.
EXPLANATION OF CHANGE
Today, people have gotten away from blowouts, roller sets, and other time consuming styles. Many are looking for a more lived in look, a sort of wash and go style and the modern shag, executed correctly, can give you that.
THE MODERN SHAG
Now, lets talk about the “Modern Shag”. It definitely has characteristics of its previous style but with a much softer approach. I want you to think Alexa Chung, not Farrah Fawcett. The Modern Shag creates a messy, undone texture with strategic layers. The 70s Shag had very blunt and choppy layers, where the Modern Shag is wispy around the face, soft and beautiful. It is full of movement and texture. It can also be worn at many lengths of hair.
WHO IT SUITS
The look is best suited on people with medium to thick hair but it can certainly be worn on people with thin hair as long as it is executed correctly. The best way to get the look you are going for is by always bringing in a picture to your stylist. Your stylist can then advise you of what the next steps should be.
HOW TO STYLE
Often times, a slight wave or bend in the hair can be flattering with this cut. Your stylist should also recommend a product to you so that you can achieve your desired look. With most Shags, I recommend a mousse type of product to achieve volume and messy texture. There are also texturizing sprays that can give you lots of lift at the root, as well as creating a piece look with the layers and fringe around the face. I recommend Reference of Sweden’s Fiber Mousse and ColorProof’s TextureCharge.
Looking for a new color to go with your new Shag? Balayage is a beautiful way to not only change your hair, but it will pair perfectly with the Modern Shag. The free hand painting in balayage enhances the free form layers in the Shag. Balayage is also a great way to grow color out without the harsh line of foils or an all over colors.
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