Last night Carrie Underwood showed up on the CMT Awards red carpet with a new haircut, cementing what we've been waiting for for months: The official return of the retro shaggy layered chop.
The layered, straight-ish cut you see here is not quite a true shag (a soft cut with seamless long layers and eyebrow-grazing bangs), but it's definitely similar to the styles we've seen on actress Kat Dennings and fashion darling Alexa Chung to deserve a spot on the family tree. Hairstylist Sunnie Brook predicted the switch to layered cuts back in the fall, coining the term "swag", a.k.a. "swingy shag" to describe wavy versions with movement and full bangs her clients had been asking for. So we turned to her to find out why this soft, '70s Stevie Nicks vibe is suddenly coming back.
Her explanation: "I think this haircut offers a lot of options and versatility in its shape and design." The other great thing about it? "If you have a prominent nose, chin or forehead this style is great. And it can be customized for oval, square, heart, long, diamond, or inverted (upside down) triangle faces." she says. In other words, round and triangle faces should sit this one out.
Others who should shy away: Anyone who has tried bangs in the past and failed to pull them off (they're the key to this style). And, she says, "If your hair is stick straight this is going to be a bit more extra work for you so in that case I'd suggest a different look if time and effort are important to you."
Beyond that, there are just a couple of things to keep in mind if you're going to go for it. She says, "If you have medium or wavy texture this style will be easy breezy—let it air-dry and go. For curly textures you will want to wear this style to the shoulders or shorter for a more current look."
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