When it’s time to set your sights on a new hairstyle or haircut, your face shape should be one of the first things you consider. If you have a defined jawline that’s equal in width to your cheekbones and forehead, you have a square face shape. While square face shapes don’t need a ton of help standing out, the right hairstyle can either accentuate your angles or soften your strong jawline.
Wondering what the best hairstyles and haircuts for square faces are and, more importantly, which one is perfect for you? Whether you’re into short hair or like to keep your mane long, read on for 15 of our favorite looks.
The Best Hairstyles For Square Faces To Try Now
Deep Side Part
If you’re not ready to change your haircut just yet, try something with less commitment—a new part! A deep side part can help offset the look of a strong jawline while giving your hair instant volume.
Searching for a special occasion hairstyle with a lived-in vibe? This piece-y low updo with loose face-framing strands is guaranteed to highlight your best facial features. Apply a few spritzes of high-hold hairspray like Redken Triple Pure 32 Neutral Fragrance Hairspray to ensure your look lasts all night long.
If you have curly hair and a square face, you’re in luck! Your natural texture and volume make lengthening and softening your features effortless.
While full bangs might make your face appear wider, side-swept bangs go diagonally across your forehead—which helps to elongate your face and create the illusion of a softer jawline.
There’s a reason so many runway models have square face shapes—your chiseled jawline and sharp cheekbones photograph beautifully! If you’re looking for a runway hairstyle that will accentuate your face shape, try a slicked-back wet look. Be sure to use a hair gel like Matrix Vavoom Hold My Body Forming Hair Gel to give your look firm control and a defined, glossy finish.
Embellished Low Ponytail
If you have a square face shape, don’t be afraid to show it off! Create a low ponytail to make your face shape the center of attention. Loosen a few strands framing your face and slip in a few hair clips for a look that really slays.
If you have curly hair, a short shag can help bring attention to your best features and emphasize your natural texture.
Shoulder length hair is flattering on everyone, but a mid-length chop with long layers works particularly well for softening a sharp, angular jawline.
The Best Haircuts For Square Faces To Try Now
Is there any face shape that doesn’t benefit from face-framing layers? We think not! Face-framing layers can help give your mane shape and accentuate your best facial features—sounds like a win-win to us!
While blunt bobs can sometimes be a little harsh for square face shapes, an angled bob with shorter strands in the back and longer pieces in the front can help elongate and soften your face.
If short hair isn’t your thing, don’t worry! Sticking with long hair can help make your face appear longer. Ask your stylist for long layers to give your cut a bit of natural movement.
If you’re trying to add a few extra inches to your length, opt for a shampoo and conditioner system like Kérastase Bain Extentioniste Shampoo and Fondant Extentioniste Conditioner. This length strengthening shampoo fortifies hair for reduced breakage.
If you want a flattering look with minimal effort, ask your stylist for choppy layers. All you’ll need to do is add a bit of texture to complete your look. Use a texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray for effortless, beachy texture.
You may be wondering if bangs look good on a square face, and the answer is yes! Thick, straight across bangs, however, can make your strong jawline appear even more so. That’s why we recommend layered, piece-y bangs to help soften and balance your features. If you need some inspiration, we love this layered, curtain fringe for square face shapes.
Why hide your square face when you can make it the center of attention? If you’re looking to show off your face shape in a bold way, a buzzcut might be perfect for you.
Piece-y Curly Bangs
If you’re a curly girl with a square face, don’t be afraid of fringe! Ask your stylist for soft, piece-y bangs for a look that perfectly frames your face while softening your features.
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