The best bangs for square faces can frame and soften women’s facial features. These bangs can accentuate stunning eyes and prominent cheekbones depending on the length. Here are a few tips provided by Melanie Stipdonk, a hairstylist from Kelowna, BC.
“Having layers and texture around the face give your hair the perfect effortless look. That makes a frothy softness that highlights all your best features,” says Stipdonk.
The #1 rule is to keep the lines in your bangs soft. This creates an illusion of a more oval face shape.
Stipdonk recommends a curtain fringe. “It’s great for softening the widest part of the face and creating balance,” she states. It’s a middle-parted style, but you can opt for a side part to give you total freedom to flip or flop your hair.
There are other options, too, aside from curtain bangs. Soften heavier bangs with a point-cutting technique or create a chunky effect. “It draws the eyes up and will help to de-emphasize the line of your jaw,” Stipdonk explains.
When choosing the bangs’ length, don’t go too short to avoid accentuating a broader face. Start anywhere from the eyebrows. If you prefer tying your locks for your workout, consider a longer fringe that blends into face-framing layers.
Consultation is a necessity. “Your stylist will help you decide which bangs will suit your ideals and lifestyle. Have a good chat about what to expect,” Stipdonk notes.
Ready for a new look? Steal ideas from these images of the trendiest styles of bangs for square faces.
#1: Simple Blonde Curtain Fringe
You’ll want to choose a simple blonde with a curtain fringe at your next salon visit. Be prepared to love the shaggy layers of fringe surrounding your face. Don’t forget to style your curtain fringe by moving backward in the corners to achieve this popular shape. Blonde highlights compliment this gorgeous cut and accent the layering. You’ll need a salon visit about every 8-12 weeks to maintain your cut and color.
#2: Chin-Length Cut with Sweeping Choppy Bangs and Tendrils
For square face shapes, a chin-length cut with choppy bangs and tendrils is a great option. If you want, opt for longer layers around the face to create softness and movement. This style works best when there’s some texture to it. Consider using a texturizing product like Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray. It will give your hair more volume and body. Maintain your look between salon visits. Be sure to tell your stylist about any specific styling requirements. For example, controlling cowlicks or adding extra hold.
#3: Collarbone-Length Lob with See-Through Bottleneck Fringe
My best advice for square face shapes is to pay attention to the length and subtle details of your bangs. A collarbone-length lob with a see-through fringe adds a delicate touch. It can be very flattering and create softness. To keep this look polished, use Schwarzkopf OSIS+ Strong Finish Firm Hold Hairspray.
#4: Face-Framing Bottleneck Bangs
Over the course of this year, the fringe has evolved into many styles. This makes it possible for a variety of features and hair textures. Face-framing bottleneck bangs are long and soft and are best for wavy to straight hair. These hair textures are made for easy styling. A daily refresh can be easy. All you need are tools to help control the style. A blow dryer, flat iron, round brush, and velcro rollers are just to name a few.
#5: Wispy See-Through Bangs
Wispy see-through bangs are a nice break from all the blunt and side-swept styles we’ve seen lately. Help your stylist by bringing in some photos of bangs you like in this style for the best results. This will help you both create a perfect version of these bangs that are tailored to you.
#6: Choppy Bangs
It’s amazing how choppy bangs can change your entire look. If you are ready to try bangs, ask your stylist to start small. Just a few choppy pieces in the middle blended into the sides can make a big impact. To blend bangs into the sides of your hair, start with the middle part. Then over direct each side to the opposite side of the head and cut. If you want to see and be seen…get the bangs.
#7: Curtain Fringe and Internal Layers
To keep medium-length hair moving, try internal layers with a curtain fringe. Layers that are cut seamlessly into the hair move with ease without the look of traditional layers. Help conceal a longer face shape with curtain bangs that bring softness around the face.
#8: Curtain Bangs
Curtain bangs are the trend to try this year. Curtain bangs can be easily sprayed or pinned back, so it isn’t too much of a commitment. They can also take attention away from the jawline and soften the features nicely.
#9: Blunt Bangs
Blunt bangs give a bold statement. Strong lines in a haircut can highlight strong lines in a square shaped face.
#10: Long Curtain Bangs
Long curtain bangs are a great way to elongate the face. Keeping softer lines within the haircut is ideal for those with a square facial shape wanting to soften their face shape.
#11: Side-Swept Bangs
Bangs for a square face brings a much needed softness to a strong face shape. Side-swept bangs are the most low-maintenance of any bang type.
#12: For Women Over 40
For women over 40, adding bangs can be flattering and will help elongate the face. Plus, adding bangs are perfect for covering fine lines.
#13: Long Hair with Bangs
Long hair with bangs helps break up the length, giving it more shape and making the haircut more interesting.
#14: Shaggy Curly Hair with Fringe
A shaggy crop with a fringe looks incredible with curly hair and on a square face! If you’re lucky enough to have both, this is a cut you have to try. To flawlessly finish this look, add in a sculpting product before air drying or diffusing. EuforaStyle’s “Sculpture” Glaze is a great choice as it defines and de-frizzes curls without weighing them down.
#15: Lob with Bangs
A lob with bangs is another “must” for square faces. To make this cut the most flattering, keep your length below the chin but above the shoulder, and go for the curtain bang. This will compliment your face shape and draw attention to your best features.
#16: Wispy Bangs
Wispy bangs are a great way to contour a square face. Purposeful snips paired with little peekaboos of the face will shine light where you want and hide what you don’t. Wispy bangs tend to look best with smooth tresses, so be sure to utilize a smoothing serum or cream during your blow dry. REF of Sweden’s “Stay Smooth” is a great option as it works for any hair type.
#17: For Women Over 50
Women over 50 are hitting the rewind button by choosing textured crops and choppy bangs. This youthful cut brings life to aging hair by utilizing endless layers and razored edges. Ultra high fashion and super on trend, this choppy crop serves major movement, huge volume, and a playful spirit.
#18: For Older Women
Softer, rounder bangs for a square face helps change the face shape for a more flattering style. For older women, adding texture and accentuating high points in the face gives a youthful look.
#19: For Women Over 60
This cut is the perfect cut for women over 60! The layering in this style is so soft and flattering, making your face shape look its best. If you’re on the fence about trying this style, talk to your stylist and take the plunge.
#20: Face-Framing Bangs
A face-framing fringe works on a variety of face shapes. When tailoring bangs on a square face, a rounded “short point” and blended texture will create the most compliments. Seamless blending around the jaw line will soften the shape of the face, drawing attention away from the chin and up toward the eyes instead.
#21: Long Bangs
Long bangs are another flattering option for a face that’s square. Utilizing soft, gradual angles around the eye line and cheek bones help balance the strength of the the jaw line.
Styling Tip: To get your bangs to lay just right, try a soft bump with a flat iron, or XL curling iron, after they’re dry. Try the BaByliss Pro 1.5″ Spring Curling Iron or the 1.5″ Vented Flat Iron to get this look.
#22: Short Hair with Bangs
Short hair cuts with bangs can be a challenge on angular face shapes, but it’s totally possible! It’s important to know how to tailor bangs for a square face shape so you can achieve the look you desire. The key is seamless texture and a lot of blending. Keeping things blended around the face and ends will soften the jaw line and distract from harsh angles.