Everywhere we look, the cool kids are losing their length (hair, that is). And the short cut of the moment is what the hair clique have dubbed ‘the shag’. Taylor Swift did it, Anja Rubik rocks it, even Miranda Kerr has gone for a sleeker version. The great thing is that it works for most hair textures, requires minimal styling and can be ‘done’ in minutes.

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WHAT IS IT AND WILL IT SUIT ME?

Straight from the seventies, the shag is all about rough, imperfect texture (think Stevie Knicks). The beauty of this look is that it works with varying lengths- from medium to short (if you’re game). Curlier hair should keep it longer (think to your shoulders) to avoid an afro, whereas straighter types can afford to loose the length.

KARLIE KLOSS HAS KEPT A LITTLE OF HER LENGTH

ANJA RUBIK ROCKS ASYMMETRICAL LAYERS

TAYLOR SWIFT WITH SIDE-SWEPT BANGS AND SHOULDER-GRAZING LENGTH

WHAT TO ASK YOUR HAIR STYLIST FOR:

Ask your hairdresser for textured layers with messy ends, and if you’re taking a leaf out of Karlie or Taylor’s book, ask for piecey bangs as well as the face framing layers. If you’re hair is quite thick, ask your stylist to take out a little bit of the bulk.

HOW TO STYLE:

As far as styling, less is certainly more (music to our ears). If your tresses are on the finer side or lack texture, work through a texturizing spray like Shu Uemera Texture Wave Dry Workable Spray. And if you really want to roughen things up, we love R&Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste. Warm it between your fingers, before working through roots and mid lengths. If you want to add movement, use a heat styling tool to add some imperfect bends. The new copper GHD Platinum will do the job perfectly.

SHOP THE LOOK:

SHU UEMERA TEXTURE WAVE DRY WORKABLE SPRAY

R & CO BADLANDS DRY SHAMPOO PASTE

GHD PLATINUM COPPER GIFT SET

Story by Emily Algar. Images via Instagram. 

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  1. October 19, 2016
    Tiffany

    Big fan of the longer version of this, like on Karlie Koss

  2. October 19, 2016
    Jan

    Seems like such a low-maintenance style, may be worth the chop!

  3. October 21, 2016
    Ginger

    For anyone who has chopped off their locks, how do you get the bravery to do it?! I have been debating it for years now – I know it will grow back, but I am terrified to actually make the cut!

  4. October 21, 2016
    Ellie

    I have a very round face and don’t know if this look will suit me or just accentuate the roundness of my face and make it look unflattering… suggestions?

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