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70s Shag Haircuts: Top 17 Ideas for Women

The shag haircut has been a popular haircut for women back in the ‘70s. It has been a hairstyle that represented cool behavior and many models and rock stars from that time used to wear a shag haircut. Today, the ‘70s shag is back and it is a great time to try out some new retro looks.

Classic 1970s Shag Hairstyles

Check out these shaggy hairstyles to bring back the 70s vibe and get a retro look this season.

1. Shaggy Waves with Bangs

70s shag for thick hair

If you have really thick wavy hair and you’re struggling to control it, a 70s shaggy haircut will add lots of layers to take out the bulk and accentuate your natural texture. A thick fringe will also nicely frame a round or square face.

If you don’t have wavy hair you can achieve this look by curling the hair away from the face with velcro rollers or a curling iron.

2. Straight Layers & Blunt Bangs

70s shaggy layered hair

Ladies with thin hair will benefit greatly from a short shoulder-length haircut. Ask your stylist for shaggy face-framing layers and bluntly cut bangs. The heavy and straight bangs are well-suited for women with longer faces.

3. Shaggy Bottom with Straight Bangs

70s medium shag cut

This shaggy platinum blonde haircut is giving us major space-age vibes. The bottom half is teased for messy emphasis. It contrasts nicely with smooth, bluntly cut, straight bangs.

4. Long Shaggy Hair with Thin Bangs

70s celebrity shag cut

Looking for sophistication and class for your new hairstyle? Taylor Swift flaunted her long locks in 70s shaggy waves on the red carpet.

Her thin long bangs softened her face and drew attention to her gorgeous eyes and the layers give the body fine hair.

5. Curly 70s Shag

Rich chocolate color on a shoulder-length 70s haircut will make ladies with pale or very light skin tones look stunning. With help from soft bangs, your curly hair won’t know what hit it! Make your hair layered according to your curl pattern.

6. Razor Shag Long Hair

70s long shag cut
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A razor-shag haircut simply means giving your hairstyle an edgy vibe with a feather razor. There’s no reason long curly hair with a shaggy top half and thick bangs can’t look both beautiful and punk when styled with a leather jacket.

7. Shaggy Red Hair

70s red shag
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This cut is good for those with an oval and oblong face as the wavy layers will add width to the sides of the face. When you tease curly or wavy layers and add in soft fringe, the look shows the world how eclectic you can be. 

8. Fluffy Curly Shag

70s curly shag
Instagram/SHAG QUEEN

Frustrated with thin curly hair? Fluff it up with 70s shag that brings the focus to your texture. Scrunching in mousse or curl creme before taking a blow dryer to your hair will give you a voluminous body.

9. Farrah Fawcett 70s Shag

70s thick shag haircut

Everyone in the 70s was obsessed with the beautiful Farrah Fawcett. Live your vintage dreams by copying her long shaggy hairstyle with thick feathered back bangs and light blonde highlights. You can mimic this flip by turning the ends away from the face with a curling iron.

10. Modern Choppy Shag

70s blonde shag
Instagram/Aimee Hughes

Platinum blonde hair color is the only option when you’re looking for a youthful, modern result. Pair the color with a long shaggy haircut, choppy layers, and cropped bangs for a statement style no one will forget.

The length can help to elongate the face and pull the eyes down on a round face.

11. Long Curly Shag with Bangs

70s shag haircuts for long curly hair

The 70s curly shag is a retro and fresh look that will elevate the hairstyle on an entirely new level. It is an especially great choice for women with naturally curly hair, whose curls are big and loose.

The shag is layered and the portion of the hair is different on the top and the rest of the head. The layering starts right at the top, and as it continues down it gets a nice form.

The length of the hair reaches the shoulder or a bit over them. The shaggy bangs are long, dense and curly.

12. Choppy Medium Shag

straight shag haircuts of the 70s

A choppy shag is a hairstyle that suits women with thin and fine hair. This cut is a modernized mix between a shag and a mullet.

The length of the hair reaches below the shoulders and helps to elongate the face. The bangs are very short and uneven. This is a very 70s style that has been modernized.

13. Messy Short Shag Cut

short and messy shag haircuts of 70s

A short and messy shag is another retro look that women with long faces choose to wear. This kind of shag tones down the long effect of the face because the layers add width and the bangs cover the forehead.

The hair on the top is dense, messy and layered. Its direction is towards the front and falls over the forehead creating a look of bangs.

The length reaches the neck. The messy style with some soft waves is what defines this kind of shaggy 70s hairstyles.

14. Shaggy Bob

70s shag haircut

The modern take on the short shag was seen often during lots of fashion weeks in the past seasons. This is a fresh change that many women decide to take and to present a look different from what is expected and common.

The hair is mainly styled as wavy. The bangs are deep, round, and uneven. The sides are short and layered, with discreet waves. This shaggy hairstyle gives a round form of the hairstyle.

15. Curtain Bangs and Middle Part

70s shag haircut with curtain bangs

This hairstyle presents a look that is a mixture of modern layering and retro 70s shag haircut. The hair is parted in the middle and the bangs also part in the middle, creating a look of curtain bangs.

The hair to the sides is layered. The shortest layers start halfway down the head somewhere at the height of the cheeks. The longest parts reach the holders. The ends are curled outward while the entire hair is straight.

16. Layered Long Shag Haircut

70s shag haircut for long hair

A long layered shag is a hairstyle option for women with very long hair. It is a new take on wearing long hair with the vibe of the 70s.

What is distinctive about this thick shaggy hair look is that the top portion of the hair is voluminous and dense, and it defines the look. The hair is parted in the middle, and layering on the top is short.

The length of the rest of the hair has gradual layering to the sides. The hair can be worn straight or messy. The bangs are deep and long, parted also in the middle.

To create such short layers on such long hair, the layers have to be over-directed. This look is ideal for thick hair because thin hair would become too straggly and thin on the ends with this many layers.

17. Highlighted Shag

70s shag haircuts with highlights

A modern touch on the 70s retro shag can be done with the addition of highlights. These highlights can come in the form of regular highlights, ombre, or balayage.

The ‘70s shag is a cool way to bring back the retro vibe and present something fresh yet old. There are options for straight and curly hair, and the shag looks great on all hair lengths. This summer is the perfect time to flaunt the new ‘70s look.