63 Shag Haircuts For Curly Hair: Embrace Your Natural Curls

Key Takeaways
  • Shag haircuts for curly hair accentuate the beauty of your natural curls, making them a stylish and low-maintenance choice.
  • The shag haircut adds volume and texture to curly hair, giving it a dynamic and effortless look.
  • Shag haircuts for curly hair can be customized to suit various lengths and face shapes, making them a versatile option for many.
  • These haircuts require minimal daily styling, perfect for those who prefer a relaxed and carefree look.

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Shag haircuts are the new ‘it girl’ cut, with all the most fashionable women sporting them at the moment.

They are perfect for everyone, regardless of hair texture and length – but there is no denying that they look incredible on those of us blessed with curly locks. 

If you are unfamiliar with the term ‘shag’ when it comes to hair, then all you need to know about the style is that it is characterized by a lot of layers, especially around the crown, as well as an outgrown-looking set of face-framing bangs.

The shag hairstyle works so universally because it adds a lot of movements and lift (which can be useful if you have thin, fine, or straight hair), whilst also thinning out the hair around its lengths (which can make it thinner around the lengths and easier to care for, if you have thick or curly hair). 

If you have curly hair and are looking for a trendy way to change up your hair, then look no further than this article.

Before You Get Started 

  •  Ensure your curly hair is well-moisturized and in good health before getting a shag haircut, as healthy hair enhances the style.
  • Consult with a hairstylist experienced with curly hair to choose the right shag haircut that suits your curl type and face shape.
  •  Shag haircuts often rely on layers and texture, so discuss techniques with your stylist to bring out the best in your curls.
  •  Expect routine trims every 6-8 weeks to keep your shag haircut in shape and prevent overgrowth.
  • Invest in curly hair products, such as curl-enhancing creams and leave-in conditioners, to maintain the health and definition of your curls after your shag haircut.

We have compiled all of our favorite shag haircuts on curly hair, so you can pick out your favorite and take the pictures straight to the hairdresser, and walk out feeling great. Read on

1. Zendaya’s Runway Model Shag Haircut

Zendaya’s Runway Model Shag Haircut

Zendaya always epitomizes style and fashion – especially when it comes to her hair.  From waist-length braids, to red hair and a full fringe, or a fluffy natural Afro, she is always ahead of the curve.

And that is definitely true when it comes to this trend – she is often cited as one of the first celebs to take on this iteration of the shag hairstyle, and probably inspired legions of other women to take the risk.

You can expect Zendaya like results if you have thick, curl hair (that is of a 2 C, 3 A, or 3 B curl pattern).

Ask for layered, medium to long length layers, with a long, face-framing straight across fringe, which is graduated slightly into your curls. 

2. Taylor Swift’s ‘I can do both’ Short Shag Haircut

Taylor Swift really can do both – she can sing country and pop, she can be a femme fatale for ‘Reputation’, and be sweet as pie for ‘Folklore’, and she can rock both curly and straight hair no questions asked.

This hairstyle comes from the era of iconic pop songs that have become eponymous with her discography, like ‘Bad Blood’, ‘Shake It Off’, and ‘Blank Space’.

During this period, she balanced the ‘approachable BFF’ image, with her down-to-business bombshell look, and this hairstyle certainly did some of the heavy lifting.

Her hair could be worn curly and messy or could be seamlessly straight and elegant, and her dramatic sweeping bangs just topped the looks off, helping to take her from a just rolled out of bed look to ready to the met gala without a trip to the hairdresser.

This kind of haircut is great if you have tresses that can be ‘either/or’ and can transition between curly and straight on a day-to-day basis.

It is choppy and messy, without being chunky, making it is easy to wear both with your natural curls or waves, as well as your straightened hair.

We recommend this style if you have in-between hair, or if you like to straighten your hair often. If you have any hesitancy about the shag look, this is the one for you! 

3. The Tight Coily Shag (as seen on Yara Shahidi)

The Tight Coily Shag (as seen on Yara Shahidi)

Don’t be fooled by the loose curls you have seen on this list so far – the shag hairstyle works on tight coils too.

Here, Yara Shahidi’s short shag hairstyle is sculpted to suit her face shape, and straddled the line between a thick, lush Afro puff, and a traditional shag.

There are quite short lengths, especially around the top section of Yara’s hair, to achieve the rounded shape. 

Yara Shahidi has styled her shag haircut with a slightly less traditional set of shorter, curly bangs, that just rest on her eyebrows.

This works perfectly for her, and is truly the cherry on top of a showstopping hair cut.

We recommend a look like this if you have tight, voluminous coils, that will give you a lot of volume when cut to shorter lengths the round look (and short bangs) will particularly suit those that have a longer, squarer face shape.

If you go in for this kind of haircut, make sure that your hair stylist cuts your hair whilst it is dry – otherwise you might suffer from shrinkage when your hair dries, amd end up with a shorter chop than anticipated. 

4. Tracee Ellis Ross’s Fluffy Retro  Shag

Tracee Ellis Ross’s Fluffy Retro Shag

For years, Tracee Ellis Ross has been an advocate of rocking natural hair in Hollywood.

This is another hybrid style, which seems to be sitting on the fence between a coiffured Afro and a vintage style 70s shag.

Showing her natural curls on the red carpet has been purposeful, she told Lola Gunnaike at Marie Claire magazine that ‘Learning to love my hair in a world that doesn’t mirror that celebration has been a form of both resistance and the claiming of my identity, my selfhood, my legacy, my ancestral lines, the history that I come from’. 

Tracee has maintained the length of her hair, wearing it long enough to fall over her shoulders, whilst still keeping it the mid-length.

If you ant a look like this, ask for a shag style haircut, with short, fluffy and graduated layers.

Add in a dense, dramatic fringe to cap off the Tracee Ellis Ross look.

5. Sandra Oh’s Balanced, Classic Shag

Sandra Oh’s Balanced

With Sandra Oh’s shag hairstyle, we get a feel for the classic, longish shag haircut. Sandra has layers in her hair from about midway down, around her ears, and has long lengths that fall below her shoulders.

The piece de la resistance for this haircut though is her thick, textured curly bangs, that fall romantically (and a little impractically – though who needs practicality on the red carpet) into her eyes. 

We think that Sandra Oh’s look is great if you have a few different hair textures on your hair, and if you feel like at any one time, your hair can be wavy, straight, and curly all at the same time.

Rather than trying to cover up a non-uniformity in her hair, Sandra’s stylish a has played off this, and turned it into a feature, with her long locks showing lovely, laid-back waves, whilst the shorter layers are curlier and springier, adding a lot of face-framing volume. 

6. Natasha Lyonne’s Signature Shag

Natasha Lyonne’s Signature Shag

Natasha Lyonne’s shag haircut has become her signature look over recent years.

Wavy long layers, a choppy moon fringe (which, for the uninitiated, are curved baby bangs, that fall in the shape of a crescent moon.

The look has become completely associated with Natasha Lyonne, not least in part to her 2019 series, ‘Russian Doll’, where she rocks an auburn red version.

She played the straight-talking, party-loving Nadia, and birthed the chop du jour.

Mid-length and half-fringed, the look takes historical inspiration from strong, hard-partying women of the rock and roll past, like Joan Jett, Anita Pallenberg, and Stevie Nicks. 

It is a perfect look for those with loose textured curls, as it emphasizes the dynamism of your hair, and your natural, unique texture.

Regardless of your hair thickness, this look can work well for everyone, helping lighten thick curls, or bring a choppy illusion of weight to finer, thinner locks. 

7. Freja Beha Erichsen’s High Effort Bedhead Shag Look 

Freja Beha Erichsen’s High Effort Bedhead Shag

Freja Beha Erichsen rocks a Parisien-looking shag hairstyle, that has been perfectly styled to look as though it hasn’t been styled at all.

She has totally nailed the bed head look, which accentuates her naturally wavy/curly hybrid hair, making her look like a classy Parisian, or a 70s rock star. 

If you’re after Freja’s model look, then ask your hairdresser for a shaggy lob, with a soft, eyebrow skimming fringe that is graduated into the hair through curtain like long bangs. 

8. Farrah Fawcett’s Era Defining Shag Haircut

Farrah Fawcett’s Era Defining Shag Haircut

Farrah Fawcett has always been an icon of hairstyles, and her sweeping, voluminous curls inspired an army of copycats, an indie-pop song, and hundreds of products that claim to help you achieve the signature look.

But, her shag hairstyle shouldn’t be overlooked either – the feathered look inspired a generation.

If you adore Farrah’s look, then ask your hairdresser for shaggy, textured layers, that go both backward and forwards, to achieve Fawcett’s trademark antigravity look. 

Remember, even if you have the most triumphantly curly hair, this look will take quite a bit of styling to achieve Farrah Fawcett-worthy tresses.

Think all things texturizing powder, hot curlers, and hair spray, so that your curls remain voluminous and lush, whilst still feeling choppy and rock and roll. 

9. Halle Berry’s 21st Century Shag 

Halle Berry’s 21st Century Shag

Halle Berry is the queen of the modern shag style, mixing together buttery highlight, rich lowlights, and beachy textured soft, loose curls.

Her lengths are perfectly tousled, and bathed in tones of honey, simultaneously making it look like she’s spent a summer in the sun, and also as if she goes to the salon every day.

Halle has worn a few different versions of the shag over the years, differing in lengths (from a short length just below her jaw, to a longer look falling below her shoulders) and textures (ranging from a 3 A ringlet, to a loose 2 B wave). 

The key to pulling off a Halle Berry-like shag haircut is the texture – you need a little of wave or curl for this longer haircut to work, without looking flat or straggly.

As Halle has longer layers than a lot of the styles on this list, if you try this style, make sure that your hair has enough lift and volume.

But, the payoff will be great if you do decide that this is the style for you – it will look great fresh out of the salon, and will still look great a few months later when it has grown a couple of inches.

The long layers mean that growth is disguised, and rather than outgrown and unkempt, it will look glamorously messy. 

10. Shoulder-Length Shag for Natural Hair

Shoulder-Length Shag for Natural Hair

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While natural curls have a lot of volume and structure, they all have one thing in common: a flat and fuzzy crown.

However, with the appropriate haircut, your top hair will be voluminous. Consider adding layers and bangs to your hairstyle to give texture and dimension.

11. Medium Shaggy Cut with Soft Waves

Medium Shaggy Cut with Soft Waves

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The Medium Shaggy Cut with Soft Waves is a trendy hairstyle characterized by shoulder-length layers that create volume and texture.

Soft waves add a relaxed, effortless vibe, making it suitable for various occasions.

This versatile look offers a blend of chic and casual, perfect for those seeking a stylish yet low-maintenance appearance.

Messy shaggy haircuts can frame your face while also providing an edgy touch to your look.

So, if you’re a rebel in heart, go for this highlighted curly shag, which will add a fashionable glam rock reference to the whole style.

12. Long Pretty Shag

Long Pretty Shag

The long, pretty shag for curly hair features luscious curls cascading down, complemented by soft, blonde highlights.

This trendy style combines volume with effortless elegance, creating a dynamic, textured look that exudes natural charm and modern allure.

Perfect for those seeking a chic, low-maintenance hairstyle with a touch of sophistication.

This shaggy style will help you uncover your new, passionate side!

Scrunched curls and bright blonde highlights enhance your wild shag hairdo, so if your locks aren’t curled enough, consider getting a perm. 

13. Classic Shag Haircut for Natural Curls

Classic Shag Haircut for Natural Curls

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The classic shag haircut for natural curls features layered, textured, and voluminous locks.

It enhances the natural curl pattern with shorter layers at the crown and longer layers throughout, creating a chic, effortless look.

This style offers bounce, movement, and a timeless appeal for curly-haired individuals.

A long curly shag with razor-cut layers can turn you into the center of attention wherever you go! This haircut will highlight your hair’s texture and define your brunette curls.

14. Multi-Tone Shaggy Bob

Multi-Tone Shaggy Bob

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A multi-tone shaggy bob is a trendy and versatile hairstyle that combines various shades of hair color, typically light and dark, to create depth and dimension.

The bob features layered, tousled ends for a textured, lived-in look. It’s a chic and low-maintenance option for a modern, edgy appearance.

Layered haircuts are ideal for thicker hair because they eliminate superfluous bulk and highlight the exquisite texture of your natural curls.

We also suggest adding some strong highlights in blonde or reddish tones. It will completely transform your look!

15. Gorgeous Curly Shaggy Hairstyle

Gorgeous Curly Shaggy Hairstyle

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Aren’t these medium-length shaggy coils adorable? Spiral curls with layers and jagged bangs will take your natural hair to a whole new level of appeal!

The gorgeous curly shaggy hairstyle features voluminous, cascading curls with strategically layered and tousled locks.

This effortlessly chic look adds texture and movement, framing the face beautifully.

It’s a versatile style that exudes a playful and carefree vibe, perfect for those seeking a trendy and low-maintenance option.

16. Loose Curls Shaggy Haircut

 Loose Curls Shaggy Haircut

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The shag haircuts for curly hair features a textured, layered style with relaxed, natural-looking curls.

It creates a carefree, effortlessly chic appearance, blending soft waves and layers for a playful yet stylish look.

This trendy hairstyle adds volume and movement to the hair while maintaining a relaxed, casual vibe.

If you want a unique and romantic style, pair thick curtain bangs with a long wavy shag. They may require some upkeep because they finish just above the lashes, but they are well worth the effort!

17. Long Shaggy Mullet with Curtain Bangs

Long Shaggy Mullet with Curtain Bangs

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Shaggy haircuts are a popular choice for women with naturally curly hair. Consider adding bangs to balance your facial shape and soften your appearance if you have a high forehead.

A long shaggy mullet with curtain bangs is a trendy hairstyle featuring a lengthy, layered haircut at the back, often reaching the shoulders or beyond.

The distinctive curtain bangs frame the face, parting in the middle, creating a relaxed and edgy look with a touch of retro charm.

Quick Guide to Shag Haircuts for Curly Hair: Embrace Your Natural Texture

  • Curly Texture Embrace: Shag haircuts for curly hair celebrate your natural texture, with layers enhancing the bounce and definition.
  • Styling Versatility: Curly shag haircuts are versatile, allowing you to wear your curls wild and free or style them for a more polished look.
  • Regular Trims: Schedule trims every 6-8 weeks to maintain the shape and layers of your curly shag haircut.
  • Curl Care: Use hydrating and curl-enhancing products to keep your curls defined and moisturized, maintaining their health and vibrancy.

18. Short Razor Shag for Curly Hair

Short Razor Shag for Curly Hair

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The Short Razor Shag for Curly Hair is a trendy haircut featuring layers cut with a razor for a textured, edgy look.

It is ideal for curly hair and adds volume and definition while maintaining a manageable length. This style enhances natural curls, creating a chic and low-maintenance appearance.

A shaggy bob is a modern classic that looks great on ladies of all ages! Keep your bangs and layers around your face to compliment its form and attract emphasis to your stunning eyes.

19. Copper Curly Hair with Textured Layers

Copper Curly Hair with Textured Layers

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Copper curly hair with textured layers showcases vibrant, reddish-brown locks cascading in natural curls. The textured layers add depth and dimension, enhancing the hair’s volume and movement.

This style exudes warmth and personality, perfect for those seeking a unique, eye-catching look.

Red hair color provides a lively appearance that can highlight your upbeat nature.

Combine it with a medium-long shaggy haircut to highlight the wavy texture of your hair throughout its length.

Add a stylishly edgy fringe and daring disconnections around the face for more volume.

20. Long Shag Haircut with Layered Curls

long shag haircut with layered curls

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A long shag haircut with layered curls is a trendy hairstyle characterized by cascading, voluminous waves.

This cut features multiple layers to add depth and texture while maintaining length.

It creates a playful, effortlessly chic look with curls that flow gracefully, offering a blend of sophistication and bohemian charm.

That appears to be an excellent scruffy haircut for folks with thin hair.

Layering can assist in creating body and volume, and the choppy fringe can help provide fullness to the front. Furthermore, the messiness of the cut makes it simple to style your curly curls.

21. Creative Shullet for Naturally Curly Hair

Creative Shullet for Naturally Curly Hair

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“Embrace your curls with the ‘Curly Cascade.’ This cullet seamlessly combines the sass of a shag cut with the allure of a mullet, creating a dynamic and effortlessly chic look for your natural curls.

The shorter front layers frame your face, while the longer back adds drama and movement.”

Shag hairstyles are adaptable and may be worn in various lengths and textures.

Cutting your curly hair in shaggy layers is an excellent option if you love shoulder-length hair!

Consider adding highlights or bleaching the bangs, as shown below, to give your haircut a fashionable, robust appearance.

22. Modern Shag Haircut

modern shag haorcut

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The modern shag haircut for curly hair is a trendy, textured hairstyle characterized by layers of varying lengths, typically starting at the crown and extending to the ends.

It often features choppy, feathered bangs and a tousled, lived-in look. This style adds volume and movement, making it a popular choice for a stylish, chic appearance.

A midi shag with bangs is a versatile hairstyle that can be fashioned in a variety of ways to suit any occasion.

The curly shaggy layers add movement and texture, making the length appropriate for work. It’s the ideal blend of edginess and refinement.

23. Vibrant Red Shag

 Vibrant Red Shag

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Are you considering a significant hair color change? Going red might be a great way to make your long shag seem more fashionable and eye-catching.

However, it is vital to consider your skin tone while choosing a red tint that would suit it.

Vibrant Red Shag is a striking, energetic rug featuring a deep red hue and soft, luxurious shag texture.

Its bold color and plush pile create a warm and inviting atmosphere in any space. This rug is visually captivating and incredibly comfortable underfoot, making it a standout decor choice.

24. Effortless Wavy Shag Hairstyle

Effortless Wavy Shag Hairstyle

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If you like a more traditional style, this soft shag haircut with feathered layers is for you. The hairstyle is highly adaptable: it works well for straight hair, adding structure, as well as curly strands, minimizing bulkiness.

The effortless wavy shag hairstyle is a chic, low-maintenance look featuring layered, shoulder-length hair.

It combines messy waves with textured layers for a carefree, beachy vibe.

Achieve it by using a curling iron to create loose waves and texturizing products to add volume and definition. Perfect for a relaxed yet stylish appearance.

Keep In Mind

  • Curl Type Understanding: Consider your curl type (wavy, curly, or coiled) when selecting a shag haircut that complements your natural texture.
  • Face Shape Harmony: Choose a shag haircut that enhances your face shape, as it can greatly impact the overall look.
  • Curly Hair Maintenance: Regularly deep-condition and moisturize your curly hair to keep it healthy, and use products designed for curly hair maintenance.
  • Layer Length Discussion: Consult with your stylist about the length and placement of layers to ensure they bring out the best in your curls.
  • Maintenance Commitment: Plan for regular trims and touch-ups every 6-8 weeks to preserve the shape and texture of your shag haircut for curly hair.

25. Curly Shag with Bangs

Curly Shag with Bangs

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A curly shag with bangs is a trendy hairstyle characterized by layered, textured curls that frame the face.

Usually parted in the middle, the charges add a playful and youthful touch.

This style combines a relaxed, carefree vibe with a touch of retro charm, making it a popular choice for those seeking a chic, low-maintenance look.

Choppy layers, chunky highlights, and long face-framing bangs are all you need to dress up your curls. Flick your fringe out with a thin round brush and a hairdryer to get this style.

26. Shag Haircut for Wavy Hair

 Shag Haircut for Wavy Hair

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A shag haircut for wavy hair features layered, textured, and tousled locks.

This trendy style adds movement and volume to wavy tresses, with shorter layers framing the face and longer ones enhancing natural waves.

It’s a low-maintenance, effortlessly chic look that suits various hair lengths and face shapes.

Opt for a heavily layered shag haircut that falls just below the shoulders to make the most of wavy hair.

Fortunately, you can avoid using hot tools with this haircut; instead, scrunch your hair with some curl-promoting serum and diffuse it, or let it air dry.

27. Curly Shag Bob

Curly Shag Bob

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A curly shag bob is a trendy and versatile hairstyle characterized by short-to-medium length hair with layers and textured curls.

It offers a relaxed and tousled appearance, framing the face while maintaining a playful, low-maintenance vibe.

This style adds volume and dimension to the hair, making it a chic choice for various occasions.

This shag haircuts for curly Hair is relaxed and undone, requiring little effort to style while looking flawless. Apply sea salt spray or mousse to wet hair, scrunch it, and blow dry it on a medium setting.

28. Wavy Shag Haircut with Curtain Bangs

Wavy Shag Haircut with Curtain Bangs

Curtain bangs are undeniably one of the most distinguishing elements of a modern shag cut.

Is it even a shag if it doesn’t have bangs? Straighten those face-framing strands or let them air dry for a natural finish.

The wavy shag haircut with curtain bangs is a trendy hairstyle featuring layered, tousled waves that create texture and movement.

The curtain bangs frame the face, parting in the middle and gently sweeping to the sides, adding a touch of vintage chic to the modern, relaxed look.

29. Wavy Shag with Chunky Highlights

Wavy Shag with Chunky Highlights

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A wavy shag hairstyle features textured, layered waves for a relaxed, beachy look.

Chunky highlights add bold streaks of color, creating dimension and contrast in the hair.

This style is perfect for those seeking a trendy, effortless appearance with vibrant flair.

Highlighting your wavy hair is an excellent method to bring out the texture and create the illusion of additional volume and dimension in your curls.

To achieve this effect, use a diffuser and some serum.

30. Long Curly Shag with Blunt Cut Fringe

Long Curly Shag with Blunt Cut Fringe

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The Long Curly Shag with Blunt Cut Fringe is a trendy hairstyle featuring cascading, voluminous curls that frame the face and extend down the back.

The fringe is cut straight across, adding a bold and edgy contrast to the soft curls. This style exudes a chic and effortless look.

This textured scruffy haircut is perfect if you want to add volume to your curly hair without sacrificing length.

Blunt round bangs will create a difference and add a distinctive touch to your haircut.

31. Shaggy Bangs for Curly Hair

Shaggy Bangs for Curly Hair

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Shaggy haircuts for curly hair are a trendy, low-maintenance hairstyle.

These bangs feature uneven, textured layers that blend seamlessly with naturally curly locks, adding a playful and effortless vibe.

They frame the face beautifully, requiring minimal styling, making them perfect for those seeking a chic and relaxed look.

Look no further if you want a fuss-free, textured, and easy-to-style haircut for your curly hair. This shag style is both fashionable and easy to maintain.

32. Short Coily Mullet Cut

Short Coily Mullet Cut

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The short, coily mullet cut is a bold and edgy hairstyle characterized by a shorter length on the top and sides with longer, curly hair at the back.

This retro-inspired look combines a modern twist with vintage vibes, making it a unique and eye-catching choice for those who crave a distinctive appearance.

Curly hair is generally renowned for being the ideal foundation for shags and mullets.

If your hair is naturally straight and you still want to try this look, why not try a modern perm? This hairdo is anything but ordinary when paired with vibrant teal color.

33. Mullet Shag with 70s Curly Bangs

Mullet Shag with 70s Curly Bangs

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The Mullet Shag with ’70s Curly Bangs is a retro-inspired hairstyle featuring short front bangs curled inward, while the back is more extended, layered, and tapered, creating a trendy and edgy look.

This season’s must-have hairstyles are disheveled copper coils and messy 70s-style curly bangs.

A saggy mullet with bangs is a fashionable and elegant method to style your naturally curly hair.

34. Shag Haircut for Curly Hair

Shag Haircut for Curly Hair

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A shag haircut for curly hair features layered, textured locks with a carefree, tousled look. It enhances natural curls, adding volume and movement for a trendy, low-maintenance style.

One of the issues with curly hair is too much mass at the ends and a flat top.

Cutting shorter layers around the crown would provide the desired volume while maintaining the length at the bottom.

35. Textured Shag Haircut 

Textured Shag Haircut 

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Shift the weight of your thick curly locks from the ends to the crown with this textured shaggy cut.

Finding a hairdresser confident in cutting curly hair is a big challenge.

We recommend looking for a stylist who uses Rezo Cut of Deva Cut techniques – the best and most popular among the curly hair community.

36. Natural Afro Shag Cut

Natural Afro Shag Cut

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The Natural Afro Shag Cut is a trendy, textured hairstyle for curly or coily hair.

It features a short, layered, and voluminous look with a soft, free-flowing texture and embraces natural curls.

The shag cut, which is choppy and layered, is ideal for natural afro hair.

Big afro hair appears to be a current trend, and curly shag is one of the most excellent methods to emphasize the texture and volume of your locks.

37. Vintage Wavy Shag for Medium Length Hair

Vintage Wavy Shag for Medium Length Hair

The vintage wavy shag for medium-length hair features textured layers with soft, cascading waves, creating a chic and effortless look reminiscent of the ’70s.

We adore this look’s soft contour, blended layers, and defined asymmetric accents. To create this look, you’ll need a smoothing serum, a large barrel round brush, a hairdryer, and some time to style it. But it’s worth the work!

38. Afro Mullet Haircut

 Afro Mullet Haircut

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The Afro Mullet is a bold and distinctive hairstyle that combines the classic Afro with the edgy Mullet.

It features a voluminous and rounded Afro crown on top, while the sides and back are short, often with a pronounced contrast.

This style exudes a unique fusion of retro and contemporary aesthetics.

Short, choppy layers give this shaggy hairdo a lot of volume and energy. It’s ideal for afro hair texture or any other form of tight ringlets.

39. Long Choppy Mullet Shag

Long Choppy Mullet Shag

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The long choppy mullet shag is a trendy hairstyle characterized by a combination of long, layered locks at the back with shorter, textured layers at the front.

It exudes a rebellious, edgy vibe.

With this ultra-heavy fringe and long curly back, you may join the shaggy mullet trend.

While you must have the guts to pull off this style, you may have your hairstylist create a more subtle version of it.

40. 80s-Inspired Layered Shag for Curly Hair

 80s-Inspired Layered Shag for Curly Hair

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Who doesn’t adore an 80s-style shag? This hairstyle will bring out your beautiful curls with layers and bangs.

It will offer you a fashionable, modern appearance. Using a leave-in conditioner is one of the best things you can do. It keeps your hair moisturized, frizz-free, and brilliant.

To add volume and definition, use a diffuser. Scrunch your hair with your hands to keep your curls in place.

Pro Tip

To add extra definition to your curls with a shag haircut, use a curl-enhancing mousse or gel and scrunch your hair while it’s damp. Allow your curls to air dry for a natural, bouncy look.

41. Airy Curls

Airy Curls

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Make a statement with some airy curls. Puff your ringlets out a little to make them more airy and voluminous.

Try shaking your curls while hanging your head upside down. Consider layering the ends of your hair to add volume.

Allowing your hair to air dry will result in a smoother finish. Natural hair tends to have more voluminous curls, so fluff out your ringlets.

43. Dark Brunette Layered Curls

Dark Brunette Layered Curls

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Dark chocolate layered curls are significantly stunning when cut and appropriately groomed. Tapered layers will help your ringlets stand out and create a gorgeous shape.

The upper layers have been left longer, and the taper is toward the bottom of the form. Air drying is an excellent way to achieve finely defined ringlets while reducing frizz.

For stunning results, utilize superb curl products like L’Oréal’s Curl Expression.

44. Burgundy Shag Haircut

Burgundy Shag Haircut

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The Burgundy Shag Haircut is a trendy and textured hairstyle characterized by layers of varying lengths that frame the face and create volume.

Its defining feature is the deep burgundy color, adding a bold and vibrant dimension to the look.

This haircut combines a retro vibe with a modern twist, making it a stylish choice for those looking to stand out with a chic and edgy appearance.

45. Soft square layers Shag Haircut 

Soft square layers Shag Haircut 

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The soft square layers shag haircut is a trendy hairstyle characterized by layers that frame the face and create texture and movement.

It features a squared-off shape with gently tapered ends for a modern yet relaxed look.

This style suits various hair types and lengths, providing a chic and effortless appearance with a touch of edginess.

46. Razor Shag Haircut 

Razor Shag Haircut 

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A razor-shag haircut is a trendy, edgy style characterized by layers and choppy, textured ends.

It involves using a razor tool to create a wispy, jagged appearance, adding volume and movement to the hair. 

This haircut suits various hair lengths and types, providing a rebellious, lived-in look that exudes confidence and individuality.

It’s versatile for those seeking a modern and effortlessly cool hairstyle.

48. Piece-y Shag Haircut 

Piece-y Shag Haircut 

Taylor Swift has dared to try a mullet shag in the past (huge props), but our favorite is this ultra-flirty piece-y cut that fits her personality perfectly.

Try this style if you have fine, straight hair and want to add texture with waviness.

Katz recommends it for people with bleached blonde hair since the sloppy style hides unsightly surfaces. 

49. Pink Shag Haircut For Curly Hair 

Pink Shag Haircut 

Nothing says you can’t experiment with hair color and a short haircut at the same time.

We’re in love with Kolo Kish’s bob hairdo with loads of choppy layers and piece-y bangs in this ultra-cool, bright pink color.

“A powder-pink shag is the epitome of perfection!” Katz claims. “It’s a combination of color and texture.” “What is there not to like?”

50. Julianne Hough Shag Haircut 

Julianne Hough Shag Haircut 

If you already have stylish curtain bangs, add some lengthy layers to achieve Julianne Hough’s lob shag.

It’s a subtle approach to experimenting with the style without going too far into rockstar territory, and it shows off your best features.

It’s also relatively simple to style. “To style curtain bangs on a shag, I’d take a small to medium-sized round brush and first blow dry them forward,” Porter adds.

“Once I’ve got a bit of volume, I split the bangs down the middle and round brush the piece parallel to the ground, then gradually pull back to the side to sweep the bang off the face.” 

51. Pixie Shag Haircut 

Pixie Shag Haircut 

A pixie cut, on the other hand, can be styled to look like a stylish shag with the correct amount of shorter layers.

Michelle Williams’ side-swept bangs blend effortlessly into her short layers. Those with thin, straight hair will find this style appealing and easy to maintain.

Furthermore, “people with shorter face lengths (round, heart, oval) who want a cut with minimal styling will love a pixie cut,” Porter adds. 

52. Rockstar Shag Haircut

Rockstar Shag Haircut

Chloe Grace Moretz’s short shag features a lot of layers around the crown, making it a more classic shag.

Her curtain bangs are razored and flow into her shoulder-length, jagged layers.

This is a low-maintenance hairstyle for individuals with straight hair, but those with a lot of natural texture may have to work harder to nail all those classic layers. 

“A heavy curtain bang looks great on any hair type, as long as it’s tailored to your features,” says Porter. “It’s a very rocker chic cut with a customizable cut.” 

53. Straight Shag Haircut

Straight Shag Haircut

Alternatively, ditch the wavy hair and embrace your straight hair with lengthy layers. The curtain bangs on Alexa Chung to keep the appearance from looking too lifeless.

Pro tip: For a more beachy look, add a little mousse. “Scrunch and go, or diffuse for extra fluff,” Katz recommends.

54. Vanessa Hudgens Shag Haircut 

 Vanessa Hudgens Shag Haircut

Vanessa Hudgens usually wears her curly hair in lengthy layers, but this bob looks excellent. This cut emphasizes her doll-like features with shorter layers around her face.

A shag lob will look great on you even if you lack her curl pattern. “It looks great on so many people and frames her face,” Porter claims. “It also works on a variety of textures.”

55. Smooth Shag  Haircut 

Smooth Shag  Haircut 

Have you ever seen a more flawless blowout than Joan Smalls’? The model’s medium-length hair has shaggy layers that can be curled beneath for a more glam look.

“This style is great for Joan because it complements her face shape while showcasing her hair’s beautiful, natural dimension,” Porter says. 

56. Subtle Shag  Haircut 

Subtle Shag  Haircut 

Scarlett Johansson’s shag haircut may be difficult to spot, but it’s there if you look closely. Her delicate hair moves thanks to lengthier layers that offer a gentle shag just over her collarbone. 

57. 70’s Shag  Haircut For Curly Hair

70’s Curly Shag  Haircut

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The original ’70s curly hair shag hairstyle will transport you back in time! While it isn’t as stylish or feminine as a modern shag, its allure is undeniable.

This classic haircut, with more volume at the crown and less at the ends, is excellent for ladies who prefer a relaxed mood with a retro appearance.

58. Short Curly Shag Haircut 

Short Curly Shag Haircut 

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A short curly shag hairstyle is all about confidence and comfort.

Texturized curls and a neatly trimmed shag draw attention to your pretty eyes, making a woman look beautiful and glamorous.

Combined with a shorter length, the result is “oh so charming.”

59. Older Woman Curly Shag Haircut 

Older Woman Curly Shag Haircut 

A curly shag haircut adds volume and bounces to a mature woman’s hair.

The finely formed layers and the texturized curls will undoubtedly make your tresses appear fuller and bring the much-needed glamour you have been seeking.

Whatever type, length, or curls you have, a shag haircut will make your locks seem stunning, even at an older age.

60. Thin Curls Shag Haircut 

Thin Curls Shag Haircut 

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The very adaptable curly shag hairstyle also looks fantastic on thin-haired girls.

The layers in your manes and the beautiful curls offer the right blend of texture, volume, and dimension, making your hair seem as fabulous as ever.

61. Round Face Shag Haircut

Round Face Shag Haircut 

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A stunning shaggy haircut will sculpt your round face!

The numerous layers of this cut precisely shape your round face and make it appear smaller and sharper than ever before without even trying.

Fun Fact

The iconic “shag” haircut made waves in the 1970s, becoming a symbol of counterculture and rebellion, with celebrities like Farrah Fawcett popularizing the trend. It was a hairstyle that defied convention and celebrated individuality.

62. Natural Ringlets Shag Haircut 

Natural Ringlets Shag Haircut 

The sexy shag in natural ringlets is nothing less than trendy yet classic!

While the smaller curls in black tresses already have movement, the shaggy “do” enhances it with several notches and offers your hair plenty of bounce.

This fantastic haircut also removes a lot of weight from your thick natural hair and still gives you a gorgeous, feminine outlook.

63. Shaggy Bob for Curly Hair

Shaggy Bob for Curly Hair

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A curly hair shaggy bob adds a lot of edge and shape to your head, full of bouncy curls.

Although the layers of the shag are not as evident in your ringlets, they undoubtedly add bounce and movement to your seductive curly tresses.

This trendy haircut also shapes and directs the curls, preventing them from seeming like a “hot mess.”

Final Thoughts 

The shag hairstyle can work for (nearly) everyone, especially if you have some hair texture.

On this list, we have covered a wide gamut of options and shown you what a shag looks like across a lot of lengths (from jaw length to past the shoulders), and textures (from barely-there waves to bouncy coils). 

If you do opt for a shag haircut, there are a few things that you will need to do to keep it looking in tip-top condition between salon visits – use plenty of deep conditioners and leave-in conditioners, so that the ends don’t look dry and frazzled, as the many layers can exacerbate crispy split ends.

Use gentle heat, such as a diffuser, when you blow-dry, to keep your fair fluffy, but not overly styled. 

Give the style du jour a go – the shag is a really adaptable hairstyle, so you can go as conservative or statement as you like with it. Whether you want a big chop, or just a little revamp, then there is a shag haircuts for curly hair that will work for you!


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