Square Face Shape: The Right Hairstyles for You

By Roy (TheHairStyler.com)

With a square face shape, your main aim should be to soften your strong jawline.

A square face shape requires haircuts, styles and makeup that will help to soften the strong angles that are the trademark of the shape.

Square Face Shape

If you have a square face shape then you'll recognize the following characteristics: 

All of these characteristics add up to a strong looking face shape that can be flattered with the right hairstyle and makeup choices.
 

Hairstyles to Try

Hairstyles to Avoid

If you like any of the following hairstyles, click on each image for larger views, how to style steps and a try on link for the virtual hairstyle.

 

The Right Short Hairstyle

short concave bob hairstyle
This short concave bob is a great looking hairstyle for a square face shape. The sides falling forward soften the jaw line, while the diagonal bangs also are ideal for minimizing squareness. The hairstyle has a rounded appearance making it the right choice for framing square face shapes. Other short styles that will work are looks with soft wispy side parted swept across bangs in wavy or curly textures.
 

The Wrong Short Hairstyle

Agyness Deyn Short Straight hairstyle with tapered sides
This short cut illustrates really well what to avoid on square face shapes. Firstly, the top area has a very square shape about it. Secondly, the short tapered sides accentuate the squareness of the jaw line, and the square hairline only adds to what is doomed from the very start. Definitely the wrong cut for square face shapes.
 

The Right Medium Hairstyle

Medium soft and wispy hairstyle
This hairstyle has all the right ingredients to suit and compliment square faces. The sides are soft and wispy, falling onto the jaw line hiding squareness, and the side swept bangs create a diagonal illusion that loses any focus on squareness. The graduated sides and back angle up creating a whole new shape to frame the face. Other variations in different textures will also work keeping to this theme.
 

The Wrong Medium Hairstyle

Medium hairstyle with straight across bangs
If a picture tells a thousand words, what does this say to you? Terrible in capital letters! The shape of the cut makes a square face shape look even squarer. The straight across bangs shorten the length of the face, while the chin length sides create width and draw attention to the jaw area. This shape should be avoided.
 

The Right Long Hairstyle

Long wavy hairstyle with side-swept bangs
This long wavy hairstyle with side-swept bangs is just right for square faces. The waves are open ended and have curved lines that are softer to the eye, and the across bangs also help to change the perception of shape to the eye making it appear rounder rather than square. Other good long looks include wispy face framing layers in straight, wavy or curly textures.
 

The Wrong Long Hairstyle

Selena Gomez Long Straight hairstyle with heavy bangs
This hairstyle looks very heavy and solid all over making it a bad choice for square face shapes. The heavy bangs create a very square shape alone, but once they are added to the straight sides and back, the result is very square and angular. The sides need layers, while the bangs need to be less heavy and more across. This is a good example of the wrong cut for the wrong face shape.

 

The Right Bob Hairstyle

One of the most flattering and versatile hairstyles is the bob. It looks great in a short, medium or long hair length, can be worn curly, straight or wavy, and there is one to suit just about everyone - all you need to know is how to choose the right one for you!

The most suitable bob hairstyles for a square face shape should feature all or some of the following:

Long Bob

Long bob
This long bob is perfect for adding length and a rounded appearance to short, square face shapes.
 

Graduated Bob

Adrianne Palicki graduated bob
Due to its rounded nature, a graduated bob will soften a square jaw line.
 

The Wrong Bob Hairstyle

To ensure your bob hairstyle is suitable for your face shape, select a bob that does not have any of the following hairstyle features:

 

Blunt Cut Bob with Heavy, Full Bangs

Blunt bob with heavy bangs
A blunt cut bob, particularly one teamed with heavy, full bangs, will only further promote the squareness of your face shape.
 

Short Blunt Cut Bob

Short blunt cut bob
Because square faces have such a strong jaw line, any hairstyle that makes this the focus of your face, such as this short blunt cut bob, should be avoided in favor for longer, more rounded bobs that will flatter your jaw line.

Now that you know which bobs to try, and which ones to avoid, take a look at the great range of bob hairstyles that we have available in our hairstyle categories.

 

The Right Bangs

Adding bangs to your hairstyle is a great way to create a new look without sacrificing the length of your hair or using hair color. But as with a new haircut or hair color, if you choose the wrong type of bangs, you could end up with a new look that isn't exactly the right look for you.

To avoid getting bangs you'll regret, do your research first and choose the right bangs by looking at the ultimate deciding factor – your face shape.

Square face shapes have an angular jawline so bangs that will draw attention to the upper part of your face, especially to the eyes, are ideal.
 

Full, Diagonal Bangs

Full diagonal bangs
Bangs that run fully across your forehead with a diagonal element should give your face shape the illusion of roundness rather than squareness.
 

Long, Side-Swept Bangs

Long side-swept bangs
Long, side-swept bangs will draw attention to the eyes, create softness, and will minimize the squareness of your face shape.
 

The Wrong Bangs

Bangs that shorten the length of your face, create a box around your features, or cover up the majority of the top section of your face will only enhance the square nature of your face shape.

Heavy Bangs

Heavy bangs
Heavy bangs that will hide your entire forehead will only bring attention to the square jaw area of your face shape.
 

Straight Across Solid Bangs

Straight across solid bangs

Solid bangs that run straight across will instantly shorten the length of your face shape and create a square shape across the top half of your face, which is something a square face shape needs to avoid.

By knowing which bangs to try and which ones to avoid, you can reap the rewards that bangs can offer to your face shape, hairstyle and look.

If you're after more options then visit our hairstyle categories for plenty of great bangs hairstyle ideas.

 

Makeup

To downplay the heaviness of a square face shape your makeup should create a delicate look. A good place to start is using lipstick and eye shadow in a dark tone and leaving all other makeup as light as possible. For further advice, try these tips:

Face

Cheekbones

Eyes

Lips

When it comes to makeup, the number one rule is that you should always be comfortable. Use these tips as a guide for creating your own look and remember that all face proportions are different and the aim is to balance your own individual features within your face shape.

 

Now that you know your face shape and how to choose the right hairstyle, why not take a look through TheHairStyler.com's range of hairstyles for square face shapes? We also recommend taking a look at the following links:

 

To see if the hairstyles featured in this article will suit you, click on the images to try the virtual hairstyle on your own photo or our model.

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