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September 19, 2018

Modern, Chic Shag


Modern, Chic Shag

The modern shag is a blend of rocker chic and French girl cool—and TIGI® UK Creative and Education Director Philip Downing nailed it with this cut. The trick to expensive-looking hair? Keeping it healthy withTIGI® Copyright. Watch the how-to video below and scroll for every step!

Artist: Philip Downing
Manufacturer: TIGI, @tigiprofessionals



  • 1

    Start with an in-depth consultation, then apply a customized TIGI® Copyright Care treatment at the basin.

  • 2

    Apply TIGI® Copyright Split End Repair Cream from roots to ends, followed by TIGI® Copyright Texturizing Salt Spray as a cutting lotion.

  • 3

    Begin the cut by taking a profile parting from the forehead to the nape.

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    Next, take a radial part from ear to ear across the crown.

  • 5

    Separate the fringe by taking a crescent-shaped section.

  • 6

    Take a vertical section from the crown to the occipital bone. Elevate the hair to 90 degrees to the crown and point cut from short to long to establish the layering guide. Continue with pivoting sections toward the sides and work consistently with the layers.

  • 7

    Repeat the same technique on the opposite side, noting the hand and body position.

  • 8

    At the sides, work with diagonal back sections. Continue the layering using the guide from the back.

  • 9

    Isolate and disconnect the front hairline with a curved section to maintain the integrity of the shape. Using the same technique, complete the layering on both sides of the head.

  • 10

    Reshape the baseline using the one-length technique.

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    Round out the perimeter towards both sides.

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    To blend the disconnected side panels, slice through the front hairline while overdirecting it back to the ear level.

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    Create the fringe by deep point cutting at a low elevation squarely across the front.

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    Slice through the ends from the bottom up to create softness and movement.

  • 16

    Power-dry the hair then blow-dry smooth using a TIGI® Pro Large Round Brush while creating volume and root lift.

  • 17

    Personalize the shape using slicing and parallel point cutting.

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    Finish with TIGI® Copyright Volume Finishing Spray.

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    Finished look.

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