There’s a new haircut on the block—and it turns out it’s not new at all. While the classic bob and blunt lob have seen their fair share of the attention recently, it’s the new shag that’s taking over salons everywhere. Before you lose yourself flashing back to Stevie Nicks, Jane Fonda, David Cassidy, and Mick Jagger with their choppy shag cuts, we want you to instead envision a new, more flattering shag everyone is going to be rocking this fall. This modern nod to the shag cut that reigned supreme in the 1970s is just as mussed and layer-heavy, but a little softer in approach. And it’s so flattering.
While getting a layer-packed cut like this can be intimidating once out from under the wings of a professional stylist, the new shag is approachable, softer, and not one-size-fits-all. An old-school shag cut hits traditionally between the collarbone and chest, but face shape and hair texture should dictate your most flattering length instead. The bangs are still eyebrow-grazing and longer on the sides, and oodles of layers give the midsection major volume and body (but ask for softer layers that aren’t choppy!). The best way to get started styling this look is to use a great mousse while the hair is wet to encourage texture, but apply a smoothing oil or serum once almost dry for a slightly sleeker look. We’re telling you—there are so many ways to style a modern shag that we know you’ll be feeling adventurous on your next trip to the salon.