Trendy Looks 2017

Men Love Wearing the Shag

Men’s Hairstyle Shag
Shags run the gamut from tousled everyday style to elegant. Here, model and actor Douglas Booth ("Romeo and Juliet") shows the medium-length tousled shag
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The pop-inspired shag is the 2012 hairstyle trend, whether it is short, medium long, layered or tousled. Men everywhere embrace the style. We show you how male stars wear the shag

  • In the 1970s, shags first started to be the hairstyle of choice for men as well as for women. Mick Jagger, Jane Fonda and other well-known persons quickly took to the casual hairstyle. That's not surprising in view of the many advantages this hairstyle offers. Let’s see what the appeal is.

  • The Men's Shag is Back in Full Force

    Shags are layered, feathery looking haircuts, which may be very short or reach all the way to the shoulders. We like the shag best with side parting. Of course, it has to be a messy parting to go with the shaggy look. Obviously, the devil-may-care tousled look is the big attraction. The shag stands for fun, openness, and youthful nonchalance. The shag even looks good in the transition period to another hairstyle. Men love the no-muss-no-fuss style.

  • Men's Hairstyles: Styling Tips for the Shag

    Start with a shampoo, work styling mousse through your hair and blow-dry it. While you blow-dry, keep running your fingers through your hair to create the tousled look. Then use your fingers to shape your hair the way you like it. Allow the hair to air-dry completely. If your hair is thin you may like to work some volumising mousse through you hair before blow-drying it with your head hanging upside down. Put some styling gel between your fingers before running them through the dry hair again. This provides additional structure. Use hair wax to accentuate individual strands and hair ends. A full beard looks great with the shag.

  • Men's Hairstyles: Ways to the Perfect Shag

    Gel and wax are not the only tools to give shags the proper structure. Streaks will do the same trick. Keith Urban added differently coloured streaks to his shag, while Owen Wilson used more subtle streaking in a nuance of the same colour for the same purpose.

    We hope you find some inspiration for your hairstyle in our gallery of male stars wearing the shag.

  • Gallery: Trendy Shag Hairstyles for Men

    Shag: David Guetta

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    Men's Hairstyles: David Guetta's Long Shag

    The French DJ and music producer David Guetta ("Nothing but the Beat") is in his mid-forties and looks years younger with his way-out shag. The side and neck hair is styled outward, which is typical of the shag

    Shag: Keith Urban

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    Men's Hairstyles: Keith Urban and his Long Shag

    Rock musician Keith Urban is Nicole Kidman’s sweetheart. He wears his only slightly layered shag long with middle parting. Blonde streaks give his brown hair structure and add interest to the soft rocker style

    Shag: Adrien Brody

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    Men’s Hairstyles: Adrien Brody with his Long Shag

    Adrien Brody ("The Pianist") wears his long shag with his suit and bow tie and sometimes with his knitted jumper. He matches his outfit, not his hairstyle, to the occasion. The hair above the forehead is slightly teased to conceal a cowlick

    Shag: Ben Whishaw

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    Men's Hairstyles: Ben Whishaw with Midi Shag

    Ben Whishaw ("Perfume" and "Skyfall" 2012) wears a bold type of shag. The long top hair is (finger-) combed all the way from the back to the front

    Shag: Owen Wilson

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    Men's Hairstyles: Owen Wilson with Midi Shag

    Shags are the perfect solution for men with fine hair. Owen Wilson knows it and therefore wears the shag for many years

    Shag: Rob Lowe

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    Men's Hairstyles: Rob Lowe with Short Shag

    Rob Lowe's shag is layered throughout. The US American actor accentuated individual strands of his short hair with wax. The side hair covers a small part of his ears

    Shag: Howard Donald

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    Men's Hairstyles: Howard Donald with Short Shag

    Howard "Howie" Donald of "Take That" fame shows off his curly short shag without parting. The full beard completes the natural, easy-going look

    Shag: Chace Crawford

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    Men's Hairstyles: Chace Crawford with Gelled Shag

    Some occasions call for more elegance. Here, Chace Crawford has gelled his shag back for a festive event. The three-day beard gives him an edgy look