Welcome to the rebirth of the shag. It’s not enough that nearly every model on the Victoria’s Secret roster is sporting the choppy, layered look – now strangers walking down the street are, too. But this is not your mother’s haircut. Think of it more as a modern twist on a completely different classic.

“The hottest haircut for the last couple of years has been the lob,” said NYC hairstylist Devin Toth. “It’s cool. It’s geometric. It’s fresh, but it can get boring after a while because there’s not much going on in the front. The shag haircut is, in a nutshell, a lob with bangs. It’s so popular right now because it adds a different, more interesting kind of geometry around the face, and not just at the bottom length of the haircut like the lob does at the collar bone. Of course, there are variations of the bangs, the layers, and the hair textures.”

“The two popular shag styles will be ultra curly, ultra layered and then straight with long curtain bangs that sweep.”

What said variations have we been seeing in 2019? “The two popular shag styles are the ultra curly, ultra layered and then straight with long curtain bangs that sweep,” he said. “The curly shag is very round with a pure release of texture. It will be a seamless transition from bangs to short layers to long layers to bottom length. The straight shag can be styled however you want, but it generally has longer layers with the focus of the style being the bold curtain bangs – sweeping but not fully connected to the rest of the style.”

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Additional reporting by Lauren Harano



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