Someone needs to write a power ballad about Lady Gaga’s new shag haircut because we’re in love. On Oct. 18, the Grammy winner and beauty-brand owner debuted her shaggy new layers and curtain bangs outside Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
A day later, Gaga returned to Greenwich Village for a surprise performance with The Rolling Stones in celebration of their new album, “Hackney Diamonds,” at Racket NYC. Always one to go all in with her musical personas, Gaga, who is set to appear in “Joker 2,” leaned into the rock and roll aesthetic with a sequin jumpsuit and messy waves to tie the look together.
The singer’s shoulder-length shag haircut featured a set of choppy layers and shaggy curtain bangs that grazed just above her smoky eyeliner.
As she performed for the star-studded audience — which included Daniel Craig, Mary Kate Olsen, Jimmy Fallon, and Trevor Noah — Gaga enthusiastically mimicked Mick Jagger’s classic onstage walk, showing off the buoyancy of her voluminous layers as they bounced from side to side.
She completed her look with a glossy pink lip reminiscent of the ’70s glam rock days and an almond-shaped black manicure.
For Gaga, whose vast hair and makeup catalog has inspired thousands of at-home beauticians, the edgy cut is comparatively tame. Some of her most memorable hair transformations over the years include her severe “Fame Monster” bob with blunt bangs in 2009, her butter-yellow “Born This Way” wig from 2010, and her blond bob from the “House of Gucci” premiere in 2021.
Unlike her recent jazz-era updos and romantic beauty tributes to Old Hollywood, however, Gaga’s mullet-adjacent look screams rock-star chic. Some might even say the rock and roll look hints at the possibility of a new musical era for the superstar, who released her last studio album, “Chromatica,” in 2020.
Of course, Gaga is the latest in a long line of celebrities to partake in the shag haircut trend in recent months. Stars like Nicole Scherzinger, Jenna Ortega, and Madonna have all undergone a dramatic snip, inspiring fans and fellow celebrities to follow suit. As one of several stars to test out the shag haircut trend, Gaga’s new look is further proof that the shag cut is here to stay.