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Women's Shaggy Hairstyles

Updated April 17, 2017

The shaggy hairstyle is a carefree, sexy style that looks attractive on many women. It is strategically messy, as it is cut in layers to mimic a sexy, tousled look. The shag was a popular hairstyle in the 1970s that had made a comeback. A good shaggy cut requires little maintenance and is a look that flatters women of various ages. You can choose from short to long shaggy hairstyles.

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Short Shaggy Hairstyle

The short shaggy hairstyle is perfect for the confident woman in her prime (think Meg Ryan). Sensuality is no longer tied to long hair; this short tousled look calls attention to a carefree style. A short shaggy hairstyle frames the face with layers, with the longest layers in the back to give hairstyle structure and flow.

To care for your short shaggy hairstyle, towel dry your wet hair and spray on leave-in conditioner. Apply gel and volumizer and blow-dry your hair with a brush. Lift strands of hair as you blow dry and direct the blow dryer upward to give your hair texture and bounce. Apply pomade to define the layers. You can also ask your hairstylist to add highlights to your hair to give it more depth and colour. This is an easy way to personalise your shaggy cut.

Medium and Long Shaggy Hairstyles

Shaggy hairstyles are not limited to short hair; women with medium to long hair can also enjoy this sexy look. This style is attractive on many women as it flatters many face shapes. It is especially appealing for women with thicker hair, as your hairstylist uses a razor to sculpt your hair into soft, shaped layers. Moreover, the shag is a relaxed alternative to sleek, long hairstyles that demand more maintenance. However, the shaggy hairstyle is not for the timid. It calls for a flexible personality that embraces the shag's messy, tousled look. The shag is deceptively messy as it has an organised structure of layers that achieve this look. Medium and long shaggy hairstyles enhances a woman's facial features by framing the face with fringe and soft layers.

To style medium and long shag styles, start with dry hair and spray leave-in conditioner on the fringe. Smooth your fringe with a comb. Spray the rest of your hair with hairspray, then bend forward and blow-dry your hair from the back. This will help you achieve the strategically "messy" look in a shag style.

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About the Author

Yu Qing is a freelance writer based in California. She has more than four years' experience and has been published in various print and and online publications She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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