Q: What is the difference between a 'shag' hairstyle and a 'layered' hairstyle? Why
do they have different names?
A: The term "shag" as it concerns hairstyles refers to a short-to-mid-length layered
haircut. A "shag" is generally somewhere between chin and shoulder length and is cut
using a stationary guide by combing the hair upward to align the hair with that found
at the top of the head. The term "shag" comes from the word "shaggy" and refers to
the look that was often achieved with this cut.
Like many names for hairstyles, "shag" was coined to appeal to a newer generation, simple marketing. In the 60s and 70s,
stars like Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Leif Garrett, and Andy Gibb sported shag
hairstyles. In the 80s, many of the 'big hair' heavy metal rock bands revived shag
haircuts in one variation or another.