Long shaggy hairstyles for thick hair are multi-layered cuts that remove bulk to create a lighter feel.
Hairstylist Reanna Read of Wallingford, CT loves the versatility of this hair idea. It’s great for all hair types and textures, whether natural, blown-out or air-dried!
The perimeter and surface layers are crucial in any hairstyle. But to complete the shaggy look, don’t forget the texture built within the hair.
“These interior layers create movement in the shape, affecting how the hair behaves,” says Read.
Before getting a shag, discuss with your stylist about your desired outcome. Are you looking to enhance your thick hair or condense it?
Read explains, “This helps your stylist work on a shape that you’ll love. They can make proper product and styling recommendations to support the look you opt for.”
During the consultation, ask if your chosen style will work well with your hair texture. Understand the steps to recreate the look and how much time it’ll take every morning.
As for the maintenance, talk about how frequently you must schedule salon visits.
Check out more hair inspiration here. These images show the most popular long shaggy hairstyles for thick hair.
#1: Sexy Shaggy Butterfly Cut
One of the best hairstyles to bring instant fullness and body is a shaggy butterfly cut. This haircut constants of long and short layers. Shorter, face-framing layers will accentuate a strong jawline. Finish with a 1.5 inch wand for effortless waves.
#2: Voluminous Shag with Peekaboo Highlights
#3: Long Soft Shag with a Deep Side Part
Your hair will grow out nicely when you ask for a long soft shag with a deep side part. If your hair has a slight wavy texture to it, it will really thrive in a haircut like this. But, don’t forget to prebook your touch-up in 8 weeks. That way you can keep the lived-in look, fresh.
#4: Shaggy Thick Black Hair with a Blonde Money Piece
An edgy take on a huge trend is shaggy thick black hair with a blonde money piece. Starting with virgin color or lighter color will be the quickest way to achieve the bright money piece against this dark shag. But with patience and multiple visits to the salon, you can most likely achieve this contrast while keeping the hair healthy!
#5: Straight Shag with Bangs for Round Faces
Consider a straight shag with bangs on round face shapes. Ask your stylist to use a razor or slicing technique with shears on cuts for thick hair. Balance round face shapes with eye-enhancing framing pieces that flip out and away.
#6: Beautiful Dark Brown Hair with Choppy Bangs
Spice up your beautiful dark brown hair with choppy bangs. Bangs will make you look and feel younger instantly. If you can’t commit to bangs fully, try working your way up to it with some short face-framing layers first.
#7: Shagged Cut with Loose Curls for Frizzy Hair
Try a shagged cut with loose curls for frizzy hair. Embrace your curls and your frizz with the perfect shag for a long hairstyle. Removing some weight with interior layers will help lift and shape your natural curls. Use a little hair oil or balm to tame some of the frizz, but embracing the natural texture is beauty at its finest.
#8: 70s Shag with Razored Layers for Women Over 50
Consider a 70s shag with razored layers for women over 50. Give your mane a lift along with those cheekbones with a razored shag. Ask your stylist to removed interior weight and shape your face with layers to hit the features you’d like to bring out.
#9: Long-Length Shag with Feathered Layers
Try a long-length shag with feathered layers. A waterfall haircut is a long shag for thick hair. Adding layers throughout the hair will create a beautiful effect of dips and waves. Remove weight through the ends and layering to highlight your facial features.
#10: Razor Cut Shag with Middle Part Bangs
Go for a razor cut shag parted down the middle with bangs. Keep your long cut stylish by adding bangs and lots of razor cut textured layers. Balance your face shape with a middle part if you are a diamond, pear, heart, or inverted triangle face shape. It’s one of those low-maintenance haircuts that maintains a nice shape as it grows.
Related: See more long hairstyles with bangs.
#11: Mid-Back Choppy Shag with Straight Bangs
Go for a mid-back choppy shag with straight bangs. Soften up a shaggy cut with long textured layers and eye-framing bangs. A beautiful style is for ladies in their 20’s and 30’s who want a low-maintenance style.
Related: Low-maintenance shag haircuts with bangs.
#12: Two-Toned Shag with a Middle Part for Square Faces
Consider a two-toned shag with a middle part on square face shapes. Soften square face shapes and balance the face with a middle part. A shaggy style gives a rock n roll vibe and compliments all lengths of hair and thicknesses.
#13: Medium-Long Shaggy Haircut with Curtain Bangs
Go for a medium-to-long length shaggy haircut with curtain bangs. If you’re needing help to stay looking professional but want a modern style, try a shaggy haircut with minimal layers and more of the ends sliced piecey. This style is great for busy women in their 30’s and 40’s.
#14: Shag with Face-Framing Layers for Straight Hair
Go for a shag for straight hair with face-framing layers. Long shaggy hairstyles for thick straight hair are great for removing weight and allowing more movement to the hair. An easy way to style a long shag is by blow-drying the long face-framing bangs with a 1 1/2 inch round brush – turning away from the face giving the style of a shag and letting the rest of the hair down in its natural state.
#15: Curly Shag with a Fringe
Opt for a curly shag with a fringe. Long shaggy hairstyles for thick curly hair will release your curls into freedom. Lightening up the hair with crown layers and face-framing will give your hair body and shape. Hand style the hair with heat for a quick dry or set with your favorite curl product till it’s dry and massage out the style with your palms till you achieve the shape you want.
#16: Layered Shag Cut for Women Over 70
Go for a layered shag cut if you’re a woman over 70. Women over 70 rocking a long style can enjoy the comeback of shags to create a soft texture and easy maintenance style. Try adding crown layers and a few beachy waves for body if your hair is on the finer side.
#17: Long Shaggy Hair with Wispy Bangs
Rock a long shaggy haircut with wispy bangs. Shapeshift your long haircut into a lightweight style by getting textured layers. Remove bulky weight for fewer headaches due to too much hair, and frame the face with piecey bangs that hit right above the eyebrows. A great style for low-maintenance and pear face shapes needing more width at the crown.
Related: See more long shaggy wispy haircuts.
#18: Razored Shag for Wavy Hair on Women Over 40
Try a razored wavy shag on women over 40. Long shags with layers all over and face-framing around the eyes work great for oval and long face shapes. A long shaggy hairstyle for thick wavy hair can be styled with a 1-inch curling wand or your natural curls with a styling balm and texture spray.
#19: Waist-Length Shag with Face-Framing Bangs
Rock a waist-length shag with face-framing bangs. Thick hairstyles rock a shag so well with layering up the crown and mid-layers to help remove weight and carve movement into the hair. Face-framing bits around the eyes help bring out the natural beauty. For volume in the crown and bangs, try using “Powder” by Hairstory.
#20: Long Layers on a Shag Cut for Women Over 60
Rock a shag cut with long layers for women over 60. Shag haircuts for thick hair were basically made for women with thicker hair and endless opportunities to carve out some weight and enhance your texture. Face framing and styling away from the face gives the face a natural lift by drawing the attention upwards.
#21: Very Long Textured Hair with Shaggy Layers
Go for a very long textured hairstyle with shaggy layers. It’s a modern shag hairdo with lots of texture and style for thick hair. Focus on layers in the crown and around the face to bring out your best features.
#22: Long Shag with Crown Layers and Bangs
Go for a long shag with crown layers and bangs. If you’re looking for low-maintenance, a shag with lots of short layers will give longevity and grow out nicely. For the thickest hair, you will want to get lots of texture and weight removal with a combination of shears and razor.