Long shag hairstyles can transform the way your face looks through the use of layers. Layers add texture and dimension to a hairstyle that a blunt cut cannot. Long shag hairstyles work well with multiple face shapes and are versatile when it comes to styling. The look of a long shag hairstyle can completely change depending on how you style your hair.


Bangs frame the face. Long, big bangs are characteristic to many shag hairstyles. Razored bangs and more soft, accenting bangs completely change the way a shag hairstyle looks. Razored bangs look best when styled with a hot iron to accentuate the textures. Razored bangs can be worn completely straight down and often begin 2 inches back from the forehead. Accenting bangs have a more blunt look that can be flat ironed or blown dry and swept to the side. Not all shag haircuts require bangs. Determine your face shape to decide whether you want a shag hairstyle with bangs.


Long shag hairstyles are made with layers. Layers give your hair texture and dimension. Short layers give your hair volume, while long layers simply add dimension and texture. Shag haircuts look best when styled with texturizing creams and a flat iron to show off the texture and choppiness of the hair. Thin hair often has long layers throughout the hair, while thicker hair often has thick, choppy layers throughout to accentuate the volume. Use a round brush when styling to pick up layers in a shag hairstyle and add additional volume in both thin and thick hair.

Straightened Shag Hairstyles

Shag hairstyles are often worn straight. Straightening balm and a hot iron work best to straighten and texturize a long shag hairstyle. Straightening adds shine to your hair and accentuates the layers. A straight shag hairstyle frames your face and creates a sleek, put together look. Straightened shag haircuts also highlight the colors in your hair due to the added dimension the layers give. Once your hair is straightened, minimal hairspray is needed to keep the look.

Voluminous Shag Hairstyles

Voluminous long shag hairstyles work well with thick hair. Adding a lifting spray to your hair roots creates volume at the root of your hair and allows you to texturize and piece out the lower part of your hair with a texturizing cream. Volumizing a shag style is more time consuming than simply straightening. A medium or large round brush helps add volume to your hair, while a curling iron can accentuate the layers in your hair. Bangs in voluminous shag hairstyles are often blow-dried over to the side and not worn straight down. Side bangs frame your face while blending into the hairstyle better than straight bangs.