Hot Hair: The Mid-Length Shag

Lately, the most popular hairstyles seem to hit extremes, like Solange's super-short crop or Ciara's waist-length locks. But another, more in-between style is quickly gaining popularity--the New Shag. Choppy, tousled, and shoulder-grazing or a bit longer, this medium-length 'do is poised to be fall's coolest coif. From highlights to retro curls, here's how these trendsetting A-listers have made the New Shag their own.
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 12, 2010

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Lately, the most popular hairstyles seem to hit extremes, like Solange’s super-short crop or Ciara’s waist-length locks. But another, more in-between style is quickly gaining popularity—the New Shag. Choppy, tousled, and shoulder-grazing or a bit longer, this medium-length ‘do is poised to be fall’s coolest coif. From highlights to retro curls, here’s how these trendsetting A-listers have made the New Shag their own.

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Gabrielle Union’s blonde streaks accentuate the long layers in her shaggy cut.

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Sanaa Lathan curls her face-framing layers outward for a flippy, Farrah-esque effect. So sexy!

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Holly Robinson Peete winds small sections of hair around a curling iron for a casually tousled, sexily mussed look.

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Zoe Saldana’s loose waves add dimension and depth to her shoulder-length, long layered shag.

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Malinda Williams sports pinned-back bangs and flirty curls for a charmingly retro look.

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Thandie Newton’s New Shag gets a volume boost from long, flippy layers and a slightly off-center part.

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Elise Neal goes for a casually chic vibe with fluffy, feathered layers and side-swept bangs.

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