Celebrities Are Proving That the Shag Haircut Is Back, and It's Cooler Than Ever
The shag haircut isn't exactly new. The choppy, layered hair look — typically styled with tons of texture — was popularized back in the 1970s, but it has since made a comeback this year on our favorite celebrities.
What you're seeing on seemingly every A-lister from Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez to Billie Eilish and Jennifer Lopez isn't what you'd see decades ago. The updated version of the shag is what hairstylist Devin Toth told POPSUGAR would be the coolest haircut trend of the year.
"The two popular shag styles will be 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."
See the celebrities wearing this year's most-wanted hairstyle ahead.
Bella Hadid's Shag Haircut
While on the set of an undisclosed project in November of 2020, Bella Hadid got bangs and a shaggy bob in a dark brunette shade, courtesy of celebrity hair colorist Jenna Perry.
Kristen Bell's Shag Haircut
In March of 2021, Kristen Bell posted an up close and personal selfie of her new shag haircut and wispy bangs. "Goodmorning beautiful soul," she wrote in the caption. "You are wonderful. Whether today is breeze, or heavy and rough, I'm rooting for you. You're the only you we've got, and you are enough. It's ridiculous how enough you are."
Jennifer Lopez's Shag Haircut
Jennifer Lopez turned heads in October of 2020 when she debuted a new shaggy hairstyle complete with bangs. Celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton immediately put any rumors that the new look was just a temporary wig to rest with the caption, "J Lo got bangs today," on Instagram.
Billie Eilish's Shag Haircut
Billie Eilish shocked her fans back in March of 2021 when she revealed she dyed her signature neon green ends a bright shade of blond and chopped her hair into a shaggy style.
Halsey's Shag Haircut
Halsey has been a longtime fan of the shaggy mullet haircut trend. The singer has worn the style in a variety of colors. In March of 2021, she posted a photo on Instagram in a red wig option.
Cara Delevingne's Shag Haircut
On Feb. 22, 2021, Delevingne posted a selfie on Instagram of her new hair color and fresh shag haircut and captioned it, "Blondes have more fun, but brunettes..." Mara Roszak, a celebrity hairstylist in West Hollywood, gave her the cut.
Miley Cyrus's Shag Haircut
Miley Cyrus kicked off 2020 with a softer version of her dad's old-school mullet haircut before cutting it even shorter in 2021 into the choppy shag style she's wearing now.
Selena Gomez's Shag Haircut
Celebrity hairstylist Marissa Marino is responsible for Selena Gomez's fresh look, transforming the blunt, shoulder-grazing bob she rocked at the American Music Awards in 2019 into a choppy, layered style that now extends just past her shoulders and features wispy curtain bangs. The ends of her hair also have hazelnut-colored highlights, whereas her roots are her natural dark brown.
Barbie Ferreira's Shag Haircut
The Euphoria star has tried multiple different hairstyles in the last few years — from the mullet to bob — but we especially love this soft shag look Ferreira wore in August of 2020.
Maisie Williams's Shag Haircut
Never one to shy away from a new hair trend, Maisie Williams debuted a curly shag cut last year — with a pretty pink hue to boot.
Anne Hathaway's Shag Haircut
In 2019, Anne Hathaway debuted her choppy layers at a movie premiere for her new film, The Hustle.
Taylor Swift's Shag Haircut
Taylor Swift had summer's go-to haircut on the cover of Time magazine in 2019.
Sarah Hyland's Shag Haircut
Sarah Hyland stepped out of an LA salon in 2019 with a shaggy new cut.
Julianne Hough's Shag Haircut
"Shaggy hair" is what Julianne Hough captioned the photo of her wispy bangs and layered, textured style back in 2019.
Milla Jovovich's Shag Haircut
Milla Jovovich showed off her edgy cut complete with fringe bangs and intertwined highlights in late 2019.
Sandra Oh's Shag Haircut
Sandra Oh debuted a curly shag haircut at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards, courtesy of hairstylist Ted Gibson.