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Wolf cut, chopped bob, choppy lob, modern shag, butterfly cut, there are so many names when it comes to describing a shaggy undone layered cut, but they all spawn from a shag foundation. Mandy McCullough, Sam Villa Ambassador, Redken Artist and owner of Fix Salon @FancyFinish breaks down how to cut a shag in 5 minutes below. 

How To Cut A Shag in 5 Minutes


“Why do you need to know this?  Because it takes a mere 5 minutes out of your life to learn and it will save you tons of time at the chair,” says McCullough.

The Benefits

  • Any of the shag-inspired cuts can be created with this foundation
  • Great for enhancing natural texture
  • Creates lovely movement in any texture
  • Hair falls forward lending to a modern vibe
  • Layers shape the face to enhance or diminish various facial features
  • Face framing helps hide signs of aging and looks sassy and youthful
  • Great for those that do not want to fuss with too much styling, an undone soft textured finish is built into the cut

How does she do it?

  • Expedited sectioning patterns that are easy to follow and replicate
  • Special techniques to remove weight in areas that need to be collapsed
  • Razor-cutting shortcuts that allow slicing at lightning speed

Tools Needed:

Sam Villa Signature Series Razor

Sam Villa Dry Sectioning Clips

Sam Villa Professional Light Ionic Blow Dryer

Sam Villa Signature Series Paddle Brush


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