Shag (haircut)

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1972 B&W portrait of David Cassidy
American actor David Cassidy in 1972

A shag cut is a hairstyle that has been layered to various lengths. It was created by the barber Paul McGregor.[1] The layers are often feathered at the top and sides. The layers make the hair full around the crown, and the hair thins to fringes around the edges. This unisex style became popular after being worn by various celebrities, including Joan Jett, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, David Cassidy, Jane Fonda, Stevie Nicks and Florence Henderson in the early 1970s. During the 1990s, Jennifer Aniston popularized "The Rachel" hairstyle, and Meg Ryan wore a shag in the early 2000s. The haircut had a resurgence in popularity during the early 2020s.[2]

In the 2020s, a variation of the shag called a wolf cut became popular. This variation differentiates itself by being shorter at the front in a style reminiscent of the mullet and often includes bangs.[3] The wolf cut has been worn by celebrities including Billie Eilish, Camila Cabello and Miley Cyrus.[4]

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  1. ^ Kleinfeld, N. R. (November 22, 1992). "On the street of dreams". New York Times.
  2. ^ 2021 hair trends
  3. ^ Turner, Elle. "The 'Wolf Cut' Is Summer's Coolest Take on the Shag". Glamour. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  4. ^ Fargo, Morgan. "Wolf haircut: this is how to ask your hairdresser for the laid-back style that's all over your feed". Stylist. Retrieved 19 December 2022.

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