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The shag haircut: the one style that anyone can pull through

If you want your hair to look effortless and easy to care for, enter the shag cut …

Since people embrace their natural hair better – despite its texture or lack – the shag haircut of the 70s experienced a revival at just the right moment. This trend started in 2019 and will increase in 2020.

As a sign of the times, the shag cut is chaotic (in a highly fashionable way), voluminous, multi-layered and undone. High fashion again. It is imperfect and works for almost everyone, regardless of length, fullness, or texture.

However, some updates have been made, and it’s not quite the ode to rock’n’roll it once was – breathe a sigh of relief. Instead, it becomes softer and still somehow maintains a subtle edge. In the modern setting of the cut, full fringes are transformed into gentle side movements or layers that frame the face. a blessing for engagement phobes.

So what do you need to know for it to work? We spoke to some of the biggest names in the hair industry for information.

Shag hairstyles: what can you ask for in the salon?

Internationally renowned celebrity hairdresser Paul Edmonds suggests that you do some research first – when you see your hairdresser, take pictures for advice.

“Hair thickness and waves determine the length of the layers and can be adapted to your face shape,” explains Paul. Having this conversation first will ensure that you get a shag cut that best suits your natural hair type and facial features.

Regarding the variation, Paul says that “the ends can be blunt cut or structured and cut through”. Blunt ends give hair a fuller, heavier look for which it is well suited thinner hair. After making the decision, ask for it to blow dry coarsely and keep it shaggy for a real finish on the cut.

According to Paul, it’s easy to keep the cut. “Conditioning must be a top priority and a high gloss finish is a must. Shu Uemura Essence Absolue All-Purpose Multi-Purpose Oil, £ 33, adds body and protects and gives shine ”.

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How to wear the shag haircut

The good news is that it is very quick to style. “It’s a timeless haircut that can be styled with minimal effort.” Adam Reed, ghd Global Brand Ambassador tells us when asked why there was a comeback.

“Less is definitely more when it comes to the shag,” he says. ‘Keep it simple; Wash and dry the hair with a towel and apply a primer. I love a mousse.

Then use yours Hair dryer – My favorite is the Ghd Helios[£159atFabled[£159atFabled[£159beiFabled[£159atFabled]]how it does all the work for you. Hold the dryer on a medium level and gently take a handful of hair together with the dryer, which is aimed directly into the hair until it dries – that’s if you want an authentic shag.

‘If you want to add details, pass that ghd Platinum + Styler, £ 189 at Fabledpush through the ends of random sections of hair and press lightly to add the definition. Spray it with a spray and you’re done, ”explains Adam. Try Bardot Lift + Volume Spray to improve the body and hold of the hair – a product specially designed for Bridget Bardot, an icon of the shag before its official launch.

Another tip from Paul is to turn your head while blow-drying to lift the root. Once you’re done, dust Maria Nila Style & Finish Power Powder, £ 19.99 at Sally Beauty, in the roots for more height.

The style ranges from smooth, choppy waves to edgy, tousled curls that sit so that they just miss the eyes. How far you take the shag cut is entirely up to you.

Do you need inspiration? Keep scrolling for some celebrities who nailed shag hairstyles …

Words from Tanyel Mustafa

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