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As we look back on another year, we can’t help but notice an uptick in all things nostalgia. Be it the return of ’90s sitcoms with an updated storyline, third and fourth movie remakes or the reissuing of classic beauty products, throwbacks are the current trend du jour, and if our spidey senses are still intact, we’d say they aren’t going anywhere. In fact, they’ll only get bigger and more frequent in the New Year.
Of course, those who pay close attention to the evolution of beauty trends know that it’s a constant shift from old to new and new to old. More often than not, what we’re trying on for size drew its inspiration from a past product, trend or moment, so we’re never really done looking back as we move forward. And over the past couple of years, one hairstyle in particular has reminded us of that delicate balance.
The shag cut, a look that had its heyday in the ’60s and ’70s, is the epitome of an effortless “I woke up like this” aesthetic. It’s often emphasized by layers, an abundance of volume and texture, and choppy or thick ends. And as evidenced by countless celebs both past and present, it’s a suitable ‘do for any texture and length. Also, since there’s so much going on atop the crown, maintenance is relatively easy because even when you don’t have time to brush or style before running out the door, the mussed look works anyway.
Should you want to give your hair a permanent #TBT edge, we highly recommend starting with a little inspo and tracking down a stylist you can trust with cutting your hair into the proper layers and angles. Ahead are 11 celebs who have mastered the classic style, all while giving it their own unique twist.
The indie darling managed to pull off an effortless-looking shag, somewhere between a pixie cut and classic bob, at the 2013 SXSW Festival.
Though she typically opts for waist-length hair on the red carpet and stage, we can’t help but highlight a rare moment: Ciara with short hair. Back in 2016, the singer hit NYFW in a stylish shag with eyebrow-grazing bangs.
One of our favorite hair moments for the record-breaking performer happened in 2016, when she opted for platinum blonde hair, cut into an ear-length shag.
Chloë Grace Moretz
The actress looked as though she stepped out of a time machine from the ’70s when she opted for this standout style at the TrevorLIVE Los Angeles 2016 fund-raiser.
Proving that the shag also looks gorgeous on textured hair, the actress (and now new mom) teased out her tresses with a chic part down the middle for the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards.
Who better than one of Hollywood’s fiercest hair chameleons to absolutely slay in this throwback ‘do at the 2017 Variety Power of Young Hollywood event?
The British fashionista has rarely deviated from her signature style—an updated version of the shag, which she paired with a pink lip at the 2017 FN Achievement Awards.
For the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, the Get Out star brought out her inner rock star in this sexy shag with dark roots and heavy eyeliner to match.
Though we’ll always love her iconic pixie cut, we’re equally obsessed with this smoothed-out shag she wore to ICON MANN’s 2018 Pre-Oscar Dinner.
In April 2018, the Last Man on Earth actress looked more radiant than ever in a wavy shag that could also classify as a lob (long bob).
For Chanel’s Cruise Collection show in May 2018, the actress gave her shag an elevated, high-fashion edge by slicking it back.