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Shaggalicious, Baby - Shag Hairstyle of the Stars

Updated on December 26, 2012

One of the most enduring hairstyles is the shag hairstyle. It first gained popularity in the 70s when David Cassidy from the television show The Partridge Family got his hair cut in a shag. He was the biggest teen idol in the world at the time and many people, both men and women, wanted to copy his look. Many people asked for the hairstyle (men and women) and posters of Cassidy soon began appearing in hairdressing salons throughout North America.

Another icon of the 70s, Farrah Fawcett had a long shag hairstyle. Farrah had become a huge star after appearing on the television show Charlie's Angels. Her million copy selling poster (pictured below) which appeared on the walls of many teenage boys (and probably older men’s) bedrooms further enhanced the popularity of the shag. Her hairstyle also became popular with hairstylists and the general public. Many, many women got themselves a "Farrah" haircut...whether they suited it or not; they all wanted to look just like Farrah Fawcett.

The shag sort of disappeared for a while and then made a comeback in the 90s when Jennifer Aniston from Friends had her hair cut in a medium shag style.

John Paschal/Celebrity
John Paschal/Celebrity

The show Friends was the biggest thing to happen to television in the 90s. The entire cast became almost instant stars and Jennifer Aniston quickly became one of the most popular cast members; many young girls and women wanted to look like Rachel.

Here is Jennifer Aniston wearing the "Rachel shag." This hairstyle became huge all over the world...a lot of women wanted that shag.

The "Rachel shag" is an example of a medium length shag hairstyle.

And the popularity of the shag still goes on into the 21st century. Actress Jodie Foster was recently photographed wearing a shag hairstyle. It frames her face nicely, adds body to her hair and gives the head a lively looking appearance. It is a great look for a woman in her forties.

A shag hairstyle is defined as being multilayered, with the shorter layers closer to the top of the head. The shag hairstyle is a true unisex hairstyle and is one of the most attractive. It adds body to flat hair and enhances curly hair. It frames the face nicely and most people suit it.

Who do you think suited the shag hairstyle best?

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    Paul Perry 4 years ago from Los Angeles

    oh dear this is so classic. I have never had shaggy hair in my entire life, mainly because I just can't pull it off. But I have to admit that I have always been slightly jealous of those with big bountiful beautiful hair!

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    i don't care what the name of farrah's hair was... she was smokin...

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    Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

    I love the look on so many people. I found it hard to choose which of you examples I wanted to pick as my fav.

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    alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Brought back the memories from when I had long hair -- but never could manage the shag look. Voting this Up and Awesome.

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    Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

    Hi :)

    I only just found this ~ it was the picture of David Cassidy that drew me to it. I loved his hairstyle back then and I'm sure that it would suit him now, too, better than the severe look he has opted for.

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    Pamela N Red 6 years ago from Oklahoma

    I loved it when men wore their hair like that. David Cassidy was so cute.

    I had a Farrah hairstyle for a while. My poor, straight, limp hair didn't want to cooperate so I needed lots of hairspray.

    Great article. Fun to reminisce in the past.

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    Dash 7 years ago

    My mom just gave me a shag hair cut by putting my hair in a ponytail and cutting it off. It's my favorite hair cut ever and I've had my hair cut by the same person who cut britney spears hair.

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    Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

    Farrah was the most beautiful of course but David's cut was good for male or female and even still today I think so and so easy to live with besides being so cute..the hair cut that is.

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    Julianna 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

    Oh what a fun hub!!!! When I was little I had a shag the layered look is actually really nice. :)

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    Research Analyst 9 years ago

    Good job I really like the picture of the long hair shag, smile.


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    Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Great Hub Susan! I used to wear my hair in a shag for quite a few years... I hate to think of how long ago...

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for all the comments. Everyone loves a good shag ;)

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    Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

    Yup, I too had a shagalicious cut back in the day. Here is how I achieved my shag haircut. Made a ponytail as high up on the head as possible. Then snip the ponytail off. Now you have a perfect shag. Don't know if I'd ever try doing that again! I often wonder if I was under the influence of something when I did that!! LOL

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    Cailin Gallagher 9 years ago from New England

    I had the Rachel cut back in the day. I loved it! As I get older, I'm going more and more *shaggy* he he for non U.S. hubbers.

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    Ananta65 9 years ago

    Oh Behave! Shagadelic hub, baby! :)

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    SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

    A couple of years ago I had a modern looking shag cut that was more layers than anything else, but could look shaggy if I styled it the right way.  Shags are fun and creative, but I would not want a Carol Brady one for sure.  Thanks for the great hub!

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    In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California

    This was a great Shag flashback. I remember sporting the shag in middle school. It was the bomb! I think that the hairstyles of today are simply a variation of the original shag do's.

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    dineane 9 years ago from North Carolina

    cool! I had shag cuts when I was younger, too. Never would have considered Farah's haircut a shag, but I guess I didn't understand the technicalities. Ah, the things we can learn from a HubMob!

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    DJ Funktual 9 years ago from One Nation Under a Groove

    I thought that was pretty good!

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    VioletSun 9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

    I forgot about the shag, and used to have my hair cut that way. When Farrah's style was the rage, I had it cut and frosted with highlites like hers, boy I have had hair adventures. Nowadays, simple is best for me. LOL!

    This hubmonster topic is getting to be entertaining! 

    Well done hub, Uninvited!

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    B.T. Evilpants 9 years ago from Hell, MI

    That Farrah poster lived on my bedroom wall when I was kid! Great hub!

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    pcjunkychick 9 years ago from OKC

    Love it lol! Great hub!

    I love the fact you show how to cut the hair that's great!

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    The score will go up in the next few hours...hopefully.

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    NYLady 9 years ago from White Plains, NY

    GREAT title, Uninvited. It really got me right into the hub, which was also fun to read. Shouldn't it have a higher score? Great job anyway.

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    Ryan Hupfer 9 years ago from San Francisco, CA

    Very, very shaggalicious, baby!

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Yes...I'm very aware of what shag means :) I kept giggling while I was writing it :)

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    Matthew 9 years ago

    I wish I had hair to shag ;)

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    Amanda Severn 9 years ago from UK

    Oh dear. I can't read the comments here without smirking. Do you know what having a shag means in in the UK? I daren't tell you for fear of the hubpages moderator! That said I enjoyed the hub, and seeing your picture of David Cassidy took me right back to the 70s when I had an enormous crush on him.

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    Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

    I never had enough hair to shag (I didn´t knew this meaning for shag lol). But now that I saw Jodie Foster wearing it I´m a buff :D

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    I've always had a girl crush on Jodie Foster since people used to tell me I looked like her :)

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    James Paterson 9 years ago from Scotland

    I had to vote Jodie Foster, I have had a crush on her for as long as i can remember, great addition to the hair raising Hub Mob Challenge.....jimmy

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    Susan Keeping 9 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for the comments. I've had shags many times. Actually, I usually end up getting a shag hairstyle. Except for the time I permed my hair but we won't talk about that...

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    Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    By the the title!

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    Shadesbreath 9 years ago from California

    I had that poster. Farah was so hawt in her day. Jodie still looks good too. Good job.

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    Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I had a shag! I've had about a hundred shags. That's what they used to do with my hair because they didn't know what else to do with it.

    Loved David Cassidy! He even told me that he thought he loved me, too. :)

    Great hub, Susan!