Shag Haircut DefinitionQ: I would like to know what makes a shag haircut. I know there are long, medium and short shags, but what is the definition of a shag haircut?
A: In a nutshell, what makes a “shag” haircut is the “shaggy-looking” resultant style. The shag is generally characterized by evenly progressing layers in the hair. Whether the overall style is long, mid-ranged or short, the layers progress from shortest lengths at the top of the head to the longest lengths at the bottom.
The names by which haircuts are known tend to “drift” over time. The changes can be gradual: such as the A-line Bob becoming known as simply The Bob, then being referred to as a “Stacked Bob” and finally being called simply a “Stacked” cut.
In other cases, the changes are generational. The haircut known as the shag because of the “shaggy look” in the late-sixties became known as a ”gypsy” cut because of Stevie Nicks and the song “Gypsy”.
Sometimes, the changes are simply regional. The long razor-cut popular among the cast of “Friends” in the 90s was known by a variety of names depending on where you lived. In some areas it was called the Rachel, in others it was a “soft layer cut”, and in other places, still, it was called a “Two Stage Cut” because of the two specific levels of length.
When you want a haircut, sometimes using the popular name is sufficient, but you are usually best served by give specific descriptions of the cut rather than using names.
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