How-To Video: Short Shag

With the shag in the limelight again, Ruth Roche highlights specific techniques to keep your short hair guests on trend. She creates a short shag with a square shape and rounded perimeter, and then texturizes to create the iconic separation and movement. 

Get the look:

  • Separate the fringe area and cut it at the bridge of the nose.
  • Take a horizontal sub-section and cut a 1" section in the center.
  • Place your fingers on the bridge of the nose for guidance and cut a blunt line. 
  • Angle your fingers down slightly as you move outward. 
  • To cut layers from the top section, take a 1" section all the way to the back of the crown and comb the hair straight up. Use the "point" area of the crown as your guide and cut a blunt line. 
  • Be sure to follow your guide and not the fringe when working with the top section. 
  • Now, work in a vertical section down the center back and pull the top section back as a guide. Cut straight line up and down. 
  • Once desired shape is achieved, go in and cut a rounded perimeter and add texture throughout. 

About: Ruth Roche is Global Artistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care. She specializes in design/finishing trends and business, and is as captivating in front of thousands as she is in an intimate in-salon setting.  She is the winner of multiple North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) awards and has contributed to Milady’s Standard Textbook of Cosmetology.  Stylists from around the world learn, grow and fuel their creative fire with her. She is an established celebrity stylist (Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, Amy Adams, Pink, Jenna Fischer, Mariah Carey…) and maintains a loyal clientele at Cutler Salon in NYC. Website:, Facebook:, Instagram:, Pinterest:, Twitter:, YouTube: