While some are under the impression that the shag can’t be achieved on type 4 hair in its natural, coily state, Emilio disagrees. “I think if you’re educated on your client’s hair texture and your client can carry the look, anything is possible,” she says. A stylist “can modify a look to your hair texture and needs.”
To achieve the shag on this curl type, both stylists agree that the hair should be cut dry to avoid issues with shrinkage. As far as at-home styling goes, Miranda recommends using a moisturizing treatment in the shower, like Nexxus’ Humectress Masque, which will hydrate each strand. Afterwards, Emilio says using a styling cream like the Supercream Coconut Curl Styler from DevaCurl works to create coil definition to show off the layered cut. She also adds that finishing off with a gel will help to weigh down type 4 hair, since it’s prone to shrinking.