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Over the last few months, I’ve grown out my bob, added some bangs, and tried face-framing layers. The result is grungy, easy to style, and adds volume to my fine mostly-straight strands. It’s a cut that was seen frequently on the runways at NYFW—check out the images above for examples. I call this look a shag, but it’s a far cry from the styles with that moniker worn by Jane Fonda, Pat Benatar, or Meg Ryan. The new shag—or “swag” if you’re into rebranding—is predicted to be one of the hottest cuts of 2016. But what does it look like and how exactly does it differ from previous variations? Click the notes to find out. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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The shag is a flattering style for thick textures, but for fine, low-density strands the heavily layered style can look stringy and thin. This shape is the perfect solution, offering a choppy grungy vibe without excessive thinning. Thick, textured bangs add visual density. Un-layered length with choppy tips create a varied surface while maintaining weight. The result is cool, easy to style, and perfect for fine, straight textures. Learn more about the look in the notes. ––  Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →


Shaggy styles are great for thick haired ladies, but if your strands are naturally fine and thin the shape can be too aggressive. The heavy layers of a traditional shag make less bountiful tresses look thin and scraggly. This cut is the solution. The asymmetric bang and aggressive face-framing give the hair a heavily layered feel without taking structure away from the ends. Learn more about the ingenious shape in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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shoulder length shag

Grown-out, eye-grazing bangs are one of this season’s biggest trends, but what do you pair them with? This question can be especially challenging if you’re wearing a bob or lob—which is highly probable considering their current popularity. This shape is your solution. It has enough layers to transform your blunt cut into something fresh while making your bangs feel like part of a complete look instead of a tacked-on accessory. Learn more in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

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When it comes to fashion, everything is cyclical. Whether you’re talking about long skirts, short hair, or frosted lips, trends repeat. Of course, each time something comes back it changes a bit, but the core idea is still the same. No one tries to rename the pencil skirt just because the hemline rises and falls, but with hair it’s a different story. In 2012, when Karlie Kloss chopped off her locks, stylist Garren insisted that her cut was not a bob, but a new shape that he dubbed “the Chop.” The name didn’t stick, but the shape inspired many long haired women to try their own bob variations.

In the last few weeks fashion insiders have been clamoring to predict the “it” cut of 2015. Some call it the “uncut” others the “swag” or the “modern Farrah.” But all the new names are referring to slight variations of the shag—worn in tousled waves or piecey bedhead texture. Calling it by a familiar name has two advantages. First, it allows for greater customization: short or long, with or without bangs. Second, it prevents confusion between you and your stylist so you’re sure to get the cut you want. Click the style notes to learn more about the rebirth of this classic cut. –– Laura Martin

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