Everything You Need To Know About Cutting a Shag On Curly Hair

Shags are having an extended moment and we think it is safe to say they aren’t going anywhere. Clients have been shifting to lower maintenance styles and one of the best things about a shag is its easy upkeep. We reached out to Arizona hairstylist Mariah Walraven (@mo_raven) for her tips and tricks on ensuring a flawless cut every time. Swipe through for all of the details!

Who is this technique for?

This look is ideal for clients with medium to thick density, and a naturally wavy to loose ringlet curl pattern. “I wouldn’t recommend it for straight, fine, or super curly hair,” says Mariah. 

What tools do you need for this technique?

The ARC™ Scissors PHANTOM II are great for this technique because they are versatile in wet and dry cutting. They work perfectly for “both the wet cutting and sliding to remove weight and texturizing on both wet and dry hair,” says Mariah. In terms of at home styling, product is key. “To create this look I used Schwarzkopf Professional BC FIBRE FORCE and Schwarzkopf Professional Osis Curl Honey and then diffused using the Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer,” explains Mariah.

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What is the maintenance like for this technique?

One of the reasons why shags have become so popular is the maintenance required for the look is minimal. “The grow out is very nice on this cut and I recommend cleanups every 3 or so months,” says Mariah.


What are the steps for this technique?

Check out this killer head sheet Mariah made to give you more of visual!

STEP 1: Section out a star at the crown of the head. Make sure no hair is left out at the recession of the head. Clip all other hair out of the way.

Mariah shared her sectioning breakdown on her Insta. Check it out below!

STEP 2: Take a half inch section from the back of the star point and elevate to 90 degrees. Point cut to the round of the head between 4 and 6 inches. “I shoot for the layer to hit around ear length. Use this as a traveling guide taking horizontal sections towards the front of the head,” explains Mariah.

STEP 3: Section from crown to ear and clip away the rest of the hair.

STEP 4: Starting at the hairline in front, take half-inch sections vertically and over direct to the opposite side of the head in front of the face. Razor slice from the cheek bone to the front length. Over direct each section and repeat to create a face frame.

STEP 5: Razor slice to blend the top layer into this face frame. Repeat on opposite side.

STEP 6: Section from temple to temple and back to where the forehead begins to level out with the crown of the head. Use your guide from the star point layers to razor slice and connect with the face frame.

STEP 7: Beginning in the back of the head, take a vertical section from crown to nape. Elevate to 45 degrees and using the crown layers as a guide, slice using your razor to connect into the length.

PRO TIP: Use this as a traveling guide all the way around the head to connect the length into the crown layers. Make sure not remove too much weight around the ears. 

STEP 8: Following the same pattern used to create the layers and shape, go though with your razor and slice vertically through each section to remove weight.

PRO TIP: “This is a very visual process. Pay attention to how the curls are sitting, where you see weight lines, and where the hair isn’t flowing. Every head and curl pattern is different,” explains Mariah. “I then round brush straight to see where there is weight remaining and texturize by slicing with my ARC™ Scissors PHANTOM II shears to blend anything I may have missed wet,” says Mariah.

STEP 9: Re-wet the hair, apply Schwarzkopf Professional Osis Curl Honey, and diffuse.

What is the pricing for this technique?

“This is considered an advanced cut so I charge $80 for cut and style,” says Mariah.