The Spring Haircut All the Cool Girls Have
A shag can refer to a lot of things: what the British call a good one-night stand, a fuzzy carpet, and a piece-y, layered haircut. Today, we’re focusing on the latter—or rather, why all the cool girls seem smitten with spring's newest version. A long-time model favourite, the shag has withstood the test of time for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that it’s supposed to look somewhat unkempt. (In other words, the perfect hairstyle for lazy girls.)
We first started noticing this model-loved cut around this time last year, and it's made a resurgence again come spring. This season’s reiteration is chopped right above the shoulder and comes with blunt, eyebrow-skimming bangs—and every model and actress seems to want to give it a try. Celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend dubbed it “the modern shag” and calls the final look “textured, piece-y, and sexy”—three of our all-time favourite adjectives to describe hair.
Ahead, you’ll see many It girls pulling off the trending cut, each in her own style. Warning: Scrolling may cause a strong urge to speed-dial your hairstylist…
Keep scrolling to see the spring haircut that’s cool-girl approved!
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Johnson’s version of the shag with bangs is tousled, choppy, and long with blunt bangs that part down the centre. (Townsend also happens to be responsible for this chic cut.) To imitate her texture, warm up a medium-hold styling pomade, like Byrd's Light Pomade ($25), in your hands; then spread throughout your dry strands.
Swift debuted a choppier version of her signature sleek bob recently, and we can't get enough. A texturising spray, like Amika’s Un.Done Texture Spray ($35), will give artfully messy life to fine hair.
The It model proves that the shag works for curly hair, too—and that bangs can be part of the equation. Scrunch a light styling cream, like Leonor Greyl’s Éclat Naturel Styling Cream ($36), through damp strands to add shine and definition (but not too much definition) to your curls.
What do you think of this cut? Would you go for it? If not, we suggest you give one of these three other hair trends a try.
This story was originally published on November 5, 2015.