What are Shag Haircuts for Men?

Written By Well Groomed Gentleman

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Shag haircuts for men have become incredibly popular over the past year and it is easy to see why: they are very flattering and require little or no maintenance.

So, what exactly is a shag haircut? Well, it is a creative haircut that leaves your hair looking deliberately tousled, messy and edgy.

Shag haircuts first became popular back in the 70s when they were popular amongst rock stars and big names in Hollywood. It soon became a mainstream hairstyle with women as well, until the craze finally died out in the early 80s.

Today, this well-loved hairstyle is favored by skaters, surfers and guys who want a fashionable hairstyle that will take them from work, to drinks with friends, to parties and everything in between.

Examples of celebrities who are currently rocking their shag haircuts include Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber, Barry Watson, Jesse Spencer, Josh Holloway and Vigo Mortensen.

Shag haircuts can be short, medium or longer length- it is entirely up to you how long you want your style to be.

Typically, your shag haircut will be layered and will add some nice volume and depth, making it perfect for guys with thinning hair.

The Most Popular Shag Haircuts For Men.

1. The Shaggy Hairstyle with Facial Hair

The Shaggy Hairstyle with Facial Hair.

Who says you can’t have a shaggy hairstyle with facial hair? This popular style is proof that shaggy styles complement facial hair in a very stylish way and allow you to feel comfortable and express who you are.

2. The Skater Boy Shaggy Hairstyle

The Skater Boy Shaggy Hairstyle.

Shaggy hairstyles are incredibly popular with skateboarders and surfers. This style takes advantage of longer length hair on top (falling just above the eyes) and a neater back and sides.

3. Medium-Length Shaggy Hairstyle

Medium-Length Shaggy Hairstyle.

Do you have thinning hair but want to make it look like you have a full head of hair? This shaggy haircut styles your hair in such a way that your hair looks full and healthy. Perfect for the office or for a fuss-free summer!

4. Shaggy Hairstyle with Bangs

Shaggy Hairstyle with Bangs.

A classic shag hairstyle is one that features some great bangs! This style keeps your hair nice and long on the top, while taming the sides and back and allowing you to keep your facial hair.

5. The Short and Curly Shag

The Short and Curly Shag.

Curly hair does a men’s shag haircut a lot of justice and is an excellent way to show off your natural curls. This particular style looks great with or without facial hair, so it’s entirely up to you!

6. The Messy Shag

The Messy Shag.

Sick and tired of styling your hair every morning? Why not try this effortless shag haircut that allows you to just be yourself and let your hair fall naturally? An added benefit is the volume that it creates!

7. The Full Shaggy Hairdo

The Full Shaggy Hairdo.

This full shag haircut for men gives your plenty of volume, a lot of character and is surprisingly low maintenance. In fact, the less maintenance the better and the best part is that you can wear it with a full beard as well!

8. The Shaggy Side Sweeper

The Shaggy Side Sweeper.

For guys who like a bit of length, this side-swept shag haircut is a great choice. It’s also a wonderful choice if you have thin hair and want to introduce a bit of volume and depth.

9. The Longer Shaggy Hairstyle

The Longer Shaggy Hairstyle.

Guys with thin, straight hair often struggle with longer hairstyles, but not with this longer shaggy style which is layered, side-swept and gives the impression that your hair is thicker than it actually is.

As mentioned, shag haircuts don’t need to be expertly styled every morning. In fact, they are very low maintenance and less styling actually makes your hair look better!

Even better news is that the shag haircut suits most hair and face types and will help to accentuate your best features. This makes it a very versatile hairstyle and you are able to wear it as messy and as tousled as you want.

When you get a shag haircut at Well Groomed Gentleman Barbershop, we will layer your hair on the top and at the sides and cut it short or let it sit on your shoulders. The result will be a spectacular hairstyle with a great tousled look.

If you need to look smart for the office, we recommend a shorter shag haircut, which will give you both professionalism as well as a lot of character.


Need a talented barber who can create any hairstyle you want? Welcome to Well Groomed Gentleman Barbershop, which is considered by many to be thebest barbershop in Miami!


We serve a wide customer base in the Miami area, from little boys, teenagers, young professionals, older gentlemen and everything in between.

Our team of talented and experienced barbers always ensure that they are up to date on the latest styles and trends in men’s hairstyles and facial hair, and they can therefore create the perfect style for your needs. We take great pride in helping our customers look their best and would love to do the same for you!

Interested in trying one of these popular shag hairstyles for men, or perhaps you feel like a hairstyle change but are not sure how to go about it? Why not visit us in store for a free consultation and we can advise you what would make you look fresh and trendy!