How the shag got its start

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When you hear “shag” what do you think about? Carpet, Mick Jagger or Jennifer Aniston’s iconic haircut from “Friends” might all come to mind. Those references alone show that the shag haircut has transcended the decades. It’s a classic style that seems to always be in demand, even in the wig world.

What is a shag?

This cut is usually a mid-length or short, highly layered style. The goal of the shag is to create a free flowing multi-dimensional look that doesn’t need much styling. It was a hairstyle created by barber, Paul McGregor and has become synonymous with the rocker looks of yesteryear.

Delaney by Envy (Alan Eaton)

The shag is great if you want a hairstyle that can keep up with a busy lifestyle. You can just style this look with your hands, and you shouldn’t have to fuss with it often. One of the benefits of having a shag wig means that you can look flawless at all times. Plus this style is easy to dress up or down, so you can wear it to work or you can wear it for special events.

How to choose a more modern look.

If you are a bit hesitant about a shag and don’t want to look like a character from an old school cop drama, consider these simple, yet modern touches when picking a wig.

Go for fewer layers.

Most of the hair in a shag was cut to the same length all over so each hair had maximum movement, now you can select layers that stop at your most prominent feature like your eyes nose or cheeks.

Play with different textures.

Choose a texture that will not overpower your face. If you want a simple, softer look, consider a soft curl or wave. For angular faces, avoid very straight hair as it can make your face look flat and sharp.

Try a shag with side bangs and fringe.

A deep part and a face-framing layers can give bring your shag wig into 2018. Just keep things very simple and soft around the face. You can amp up the look with a more vibrant or daring hair color.

So to wrap things up, a shag wig is a great way to tap into the rocker or rebel inside of you. The style has come a long way since the 70s, so don’t think that this look is dated or out of style. You can find many modern options on, or if you miss the retro look, you can find some on the site as well. So happy shopping and have fun selecting the right shag wig for you!

Why can’t I find a monotop wig that looks like Reese from Noriko?

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From a client email:

I absolutely love Reese, but only wear monofilament tops now. I was super excited when it came out in mono, but alas, was only a mono part…not a fan of those. And no lace front! I keep hoping one if the wig companies will come out with a wig that looks like Reese, but is either 100% hand tied or at least full mono top.

There are Reese-style haircuts available in a monotop, they are just tricky to spot for reasons I will explain below.

Delaney by Envy is a good example. Another good example is Diane by Jon Renau.

Here’s the thing — you won’t be able to reliably reproduce the volume of a wig like Reese without the permatease, which is why it’s difficult to identify that these mono styles are similar to their non-mono counterparts. Without the built-in volume, they look like fairly different styles, even if they’re cut the same!

This may explain why even though these products already exist, many people have difficulty recognizing that they are similarly shaggy styles. Without the built-in volume that permatease provides to synthetic wigs, these styles will look a little deflated by comparison.

Of course, with the high demand of Reese with a monofilament, Noriko released a Reese with a partial monofilament. The partial monofilament cap gives you the best of both worlds: permatease for the lifted style and the natural look from the monofilament part.

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Product Listing Notes:
Reese by Noriko is also available in a large cap size.