What Is a Gypsy Shag Haircut

The term gypsy shag haircut is dated to the 1970s and 1980s, but the actual style itself has lived on to today. Gypsy shag cut refers to a long layered choppy hairstyle that can be worn both long and short. This look is great for any type of hair or face shape, when stylized personally.

Where the Name Comes From
The name "gypsy" shag comes from the entire style and look from the 1970s. A bohemian outfit with long billowing skirts and tunics were usually paired with a shag type of haircut, giving it the gypsy name. It became popular during the early days of musician Stevie Nicks, who often wore a long wavy shag look and was associated with this style, and now it's still a popular look with the likes of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson.

In the 70s, the gypsy shag was the epitome of a carefree bohemian style, and today can be used for a similarly earthy chic look or even a more refined and sexy fashion. Paired with the right clothing and accessories, a gypsy shag haircut can say a lot about your personal style.

Get Your Own Gypsy Shag
To get a gypsy shag bohemian look, find a local hair salon with a stylist who can do exactly what you are looking for. Ask for long layers and choppy ends, which give the traditional gypsy shag an updated look. A shorter gypsy shag looks best with pieces that frame the face; side swept bangs work well for a long shag.

Give volume to your hairdo by blowdrying upside down or using a large roundbrush. If you want to create waves or keep curls, blowdry using a diffuser. Use a light mousse to keep hair frizz free and add definition to your waves or curls. Highlights look great in a shag because the layers give even more dimension. Scarves are a great accessory to add to the gypsy shag haircut, as they are even more reminiscent of the 70s hippie style.

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