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April 25, 2022

Midlength Shag Haircut

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Midlength Shag Haircut

What do clients want today? LAYERS GALORE. Guests are embracing their natural texture and want a cut that looks good either air-dried for a more low-key vibe or blown out and voluminous. Learn how to cut a trendy midlength shag from Sam Villa (@samvillahair), Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sam Villa and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken.

 

Here’s what you can expect: It’s a modern take on the shag, layers are cut to release texture organically, creating forward-moving volume and looseness within a strong structured square shape. 

 

“I’m always striving to share new and different ways of doing things to develop progressive practices on how to better approach precision cutting that delivers a lived-in vibe,” explains Sam. Keep scrollin’ for the full step-by-step how-to! 

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Hair: Sam Villa

Art Director: Teresa Romero

Photography: Nico Norsdström/Obsidian and Blush  

Tools: Sam Villa

Makeup: Tanya Ortega and Leticia Tapia

Wardrobe: Michi Lafary/Obsidian and Blush 

Model: Kaitlyn Covington

HOW-TO STEPS

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    Separate the top from the rest of the hair with a Sam Villa Signature Series Tail Comb. Starting one inch behind the hairline, create a zigzag part that goes above and below the parietal ridge.

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    Stay below the zigzag part. With forward overdirection, establish the fringe length over the nose.

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    Remain below the zigzag. Separate the right side from the left, with a center part down the back of the head. Starting on the right side, overdirect all sections to the established fringe length, until the center-back of the head is reached. Repeat on the left side.

  • Learn how to cut a 70s inspired shag haircut. Get the full cutting how-to from Sam Villa!
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    Drop the top section. From the highest point of the head, create eight triangle sections.

  • Learn how to cut a 70s inspired shag haircut. Get the full cutting how-to from Sam Villa!
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    Start in the right-front triangle. Overdirect the triangle section to the highest point of the head. Repeat this step in all the top triangle sections.

  • Learn how to cut a 70s inspired shag haircut. Get the full cutting how-to from Sam Villa!
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    Apply styling product and dry with a Sam Villa Vision Blow Dryer and Deep Bowl Diffuser.

  • Learn how to cut a 70s inspired shag haircut. Get the full cutting how-to from Sam Villa!
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    Finished Look

  • Learn how to cut a 70s inspired shag haircut. Get the full cutting how-to from Sam Villa!
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    Finished Look

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