23 Medium Length Hairstyles & Haircuts for Square Shaped Faces

Medium length hairstyles for square faces

Square shaped faces can sometimes look or feel overly angular and harsh. Wide foreheads and chins are balanced but tend to create overly exaggerated lines. But don’t worry!

The best haircuts for square faces are those that soften up your chiseled cheeks or jawline with strategically placed layers, bangs, and texture. These medium length hairstyles for square faces will refresh your look and make you feel totally hip to be a square.

Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of medium haircuts for square faces.

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Textured LOB Haircut for a Square Face

Textured lob haircut on square face
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Shoulder Length Hair for Square Face Shapes

Shoulder Length Hair for Square Face Shapes
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Seamless Layers for Mid-Length Hair

This mid-length shape with seamless layers was created by stylist Brian Aguilar of Newport Beach, CA. “I love this shape because it has movement without the appearance of a lot of layers,” states Aguilar.

This haircut is great for women who want to venture into a mid-length style without much commitment for upkeep says, Brian. “Medium length layered haircuts are easy to style and can be put up with ease if needed.”

Deep Side Part Women with Square Faces

This deep side part for women with square faces was created by Christine Doughty, salon owner of Hawes Hair Salon in Del Mar, CA.

“I love adding a texture product to dirty up the hair and give it a fun, messy texture. The Kevin Murphy Bedroom.Hair spray is one of my favorites,” she states.

Mid-Length Razor Cut for Square Face Shapes

This is a modern take on a classic look says Rachel Cicerone, a master stylist in Knoxville, TN. “We’ll refer to it as a mid-length razor cut,” she says.

“I decided on a razor because it allowed me to carve shape and remove weight on her thick, heavy hair,” she adds. “We added plenty of soft layers (both internal and surface) around her face and throughout the hair to create movement and fluidity.” This helps provide volume at the top and crown to bring balance to a square jawline. This cut can be styled polished or lived-in with a bit of texture.

Since this look is mid-length, it will work on most women. Keep in mind that if your hair texture is finer, the razor can be aggressive on your delicate locks so it’s better to use shears.

To style, Cicerone suggests you use a leave-in product to smooth the cuticle and protect from heat. “I used Davines All In One Milk. For volume, I sprayed Davines This is a Sea Salt Spray at the roots, top, and crown. I completed the look with a large to medium-sized round brush,” she explains.

Simple Medium Length Hair for a Square Face

Simple Medium Length Hair for a Square Face
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This medium length hair for a square face was created by hairdresser Megan Vargas of Visalia, CA.

“The haircut gives her the bounce and versatility you would find in a shorter style, and the length in the front gives the illusion of a longer mid-length cut. It is the best of both worlds,” she explains.

This look is ideal for women who don’t mind spending a little extra time styling. The hairstyle is very simplistic, but you can spice it up with heat styling and products!

When it comes to styling, Vargas advises, “keep in mind the larger your iron is, the larger your curls will be. If you want a textured “beachy” look go with a smaller iron and smaller sections.”

Textured Collarbone Length Blunt Lob

I would describe this look as a textured lob, explains cutting specialist and style creator Terri Holian of Modesto, CA. “My favorite thing about this look is how you can still have the clean, blunt ends with all of the texture happening on the surface. I feel like you can wear this look sleek, or have fun with a messy textured style! It is a very versatile look,” she adds.

This hairstyle can really go either way. You can put in some light styling cream or mousse and let the hair air dry for an effortless look, or style it for more body and texture.

If texturized correctly, this look can work for women with thick or thinner hair. Overall, this cut can be worn by anyone with simple adjustments to the length and amount of texture!

Warm Honey Balayage on Mid-Length Hair

This warm honey balayage on mid-length hair was created by stylist Sarah Hibbs Williams of Hendersonville, TN. “I love the way the movement of the colors flow and define the different dimensions and depth within the hair,” she says.

This cut could be easily customized for square face shapes. Hibbs Williams explains how she styled this haircut. “I used Amika Wizard to add a nice healthy shine to the blow dry, then finished the style with loose waves curled with an Amika 1 1/2-inch Chameleon wand. We added Puff Me at the root for a slight lift, then finished with the Amika Texture Spray for the waves.”

Lived-In Medium Hair for a Sharp Jawline

This lived-in hair was created by hairstylist Courtney Carrara of Wilmington, NC. “Next day, lived-in, freestyled hair is always my goal. I like for the style to complement the face, but accentuate the jaw, cheeks and eyes. Instead of taking sections and curling one in toward the face and the other section away, I take full horizontal sections toward the face to accentuate the jaw. It softens that area just right,” she explains.

The next horizontal section would go away from the face, beginning to form our “next day” shape and showing off those cheekbones. “I continue the toward/away horizontal sections until the bangs area. I like for the bangs to all go away from the face to make sure we open up those eyes,” she adds.

Carrara loves a good dry texture spray at the root and then some through the ends before and after you curl. Her favorite is by Oribe. “If you have finer hair, spray a little hairspray all over to help the style last. I try to let the curl settle and cool a little before running my hands through.”

Slightly Angled Blunt Cut for Shoulder Length Hair

This blunt, shoulder length cut with a slight angle to it was created by hairstylist Holly Painter of South Hill, VA.

“My advice for someone considering this look would be to go for it,” says Painter. Bangs are a bit of a commitment, so that is definitely something to consider. To style the look like this, you will need a 1 1/4-inch curling iron and a lightweight hairspray for hold.

Medium Length Lob for a Square Face

Medium Length Lob for a Square Face
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“As hairstylists, we always try to be one step ahead for our clients to revamp their hair,” says hairstylist and style creator Ely Gurrola of Encino, CA. “This medium layered haircut for a square face is super low maintenance. Long bobs are great because they are shorter and playful, yet you can still wear a low braid or ponytail,” she adds.

Gurrola advises, “Always have a thorough consultation with a game plan so you know what to achieve overall in a look that is customized for each woman’s face shape and lifestyle.”

Soft Lived-In Curls for Shoulder Length Hair

Soft Lived-In Curls for Shoulder Length Hair
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These soft, lived-in curls accentuate the energy of the hair, giving the light a chance to radiate throughout, says hairstylist Kayla Glenn of Acworth, GA.

Glenn explains her normal routine when a client sits in her chair, “I start each client off with 21 Benefits by Pureology. This product adds shine, controls frizz, and provides heat protection. I added MoroccanOil Volumizing Mousse for flexible hold with movement.”

Modern Next-Day Hair for a Square Face Shape

Modern Next-Day Hair for a Square Face Shape
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“I would describe this look as modern, mid-length, next-day hair,” says hairstylist Reghan Campbell Rojas of Kailua Kona, HI.

“My favorite thing about it is all the texture and detail in the cut. The whole cut was done on dry hair, making it easy to go in with heavy point cutting to get those seamless internal layers,” she explains.

To recreate medium layered haircuts for square faces, you need a curling iron and texture spray, states Campbell Rojas. “My favorite product to get that disheveled, undone look is L’Oreal Professional Tecni Art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair. I also love R+Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste to help get some nice volume at the roots. My favorite curling iron is BaByliss Pro Nano Titanium Curling Iron 1 1/4-inch.”

Razored Mid Length Hair with Bangs

Blended and beautiful hair highlights cascade into medium length bangs and shoulder sweeping layers. The brightness of the color on top of the head as well as the razored texture throughout, keep the eye moving around this multi-dimensional style. Keeping the ends piece-y and textured instead of blunt helps add instant diffused lines.

angle of medium length hairstyle

How to Style Razored Mid Length Hair with Bangs:

  1. First, apply the appropriate products out of the shower to help add smoothness and volume.
  2. Then blow dry your entire head with a paddle brush to help remove moisture. Use a medium sized round brush on the top layers and bangs to really control direction, shape, and volume.
  3. Lastly, if you still have frizz, use a flat iron on the lengths to really smooth out your hair and make it straight.

Shining Weightless Amplifier by Privé is awesome for silky shine and great volume. Apply to wet hair at the crown and through the ends for a great blowout.

This medium hairstyle with bangs for square faces works well on square shapes because of the soft lines, color, and texture. Your eye looks at the fun colors and softness and does not concentrate on what shape your face is. This style is great for thin to thick hair with straight texture.

Classic Curls for Square Faced Women

Soft curls and waves are a great way to offset strong lines of a square shaped face. These curls are directed back and away from the face, but you could curl them towards your face, too. Adding pops of spicy highlights throughout the chocolate color help add some punch and interest.

A classic medium wavy hairstyle for a square face

How to Style Curly Hair:

  1. Start by parting your hair to one side of the head.
  2. Use large hot rollers and set your hair.
  3. Take them down, brush them out a little bit, and go out on the town! Or you can use a large, 1 ½” curling iron to curl your entire head. Focus the curls on the mid-shaft of the hair to ends so you create a smoother look at your roots.

Try Moroccan Oil’s Leave-In Treatment right out of the shower or before you curl to zap frizz.

Curls are a fabulous way to minimize strong linear shapes, so square face shapes should apply! All hair types and texture can achieve this look with the proper tools.

Play with your part out of the shower and try to find out which side lays better. Sometimes cowlicks hinder your options so play around until you find the best position for you.

Perfect Medium Length Hair for Killer Cheekbones

Gorgeous prismatic red colors make this copper cut glow. The color blocking effect in the bangs add a zip and a zing to traditional straight across bangs. Layers are cut medium to long to blend in around cheek bones and jaw bones.

Layered medium hairstyles for square faces

How to Style Medium Length Hair:

Typically, using a round brush is not recommended for an entire blow out, but it is perfect when creating nice round layers that flip under from top to bottom.

  1. Section out hair, starting by your neck and blow dry the section under.
  2. When the section is completely dry, drop another section down and repeat. Really flip ends under and towards the face with your brush.
  3. Flat iron bangs straight down to finish off the look.

Use a mousse for hold and volume. Kerastase’s Volumactive Mousse is awesome for adding texture, volume, and will make your blowout a breeze. Use a light hold hairspray like Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Weightless Hairspray to lock in the style.

The perfectly placed layers cut into the face to add roundness making it lovely for square shaped faces. Round faces may be too exaggerated with this look so take caution.

Blow dry your bangs first so they don’t dry out before you get to them. Simply blow dry them down and towards the face and then proceed to style the rest of your hair.

Copper Curls for Shoulder Length Hair

This hairstyle shows off tousled red ringlets that really zing. The medium length cut hits the shoulders at a great spot with amazing volume. The ombre hair coloring technique isn’t just for blondes and brunettes. Reds can create a fabulous fade effect as well.

A copper red hair color with medium length curls for square face

How to Style Curly Shoulder Length Hair:

If you have natural curls pull out your diffuser!

  1. Towel dry and blot your hair to remove moisture and then layer on the products.
  2. Use a wide-toothed comb to detangle hair and then scrunch from the ends up to encourage the curl. Put the diffuser attachment onto your hairdryer and cradle your curls on medium heat. You don’t need to tip your hair upside down because you want a smoother look on top. Just diffuse the ends of the hair.
  3. Keep moving the diffuser around until your hair is completely dry and spray with hairspray if you desire.

Kerastase has a wonderful mousse in their Nutritive line that hydrates and holds so curls won’t frizz. Cocktail a mousse with a serum for more hydration and shine, such as Glass from Redken.

Throw in some sweeping bangs if you have a square or heart shaped face. This is awesome for curly haired girls and fine haired girls may find it difficult to recreate this curly do.

Use some hairspray on wet hair before diffusing to add some stickiness and hold to your curly hairstyle for square faces.

Textured Side Swept Bangs for Square Faces

Soft sweeping bangs and tiny curls on the ends make a harmonious statement. This length and style are very versatile, too.

A textured medium hairstyle for women with square faces

How to Style Textured and Wavy Hair with Side Swept Bangs:

  1. Use a medium to large sized barrel curling iron, take smaller sized sections of hair and curl. Really focus on curling the ends to recreate this look; smoother on top, curlier on the ends.
  2. Use your fingers to un curl the bangs and pull them to the side. Curling the hair first before doing so will create a wavy like texture as shown in the photo.

Keep hair soft by using a leave in conditioner like Prive’s Thermal Detangling Spray, which helps comb out hair, moisturizes, and protects your hair from heat. Glam up your look by trying Pureology Glossing Mist for amazing shine and try Mop Firm Finish Strong Hold Hair Spray to set it.

The soft bangs and sweet flipping curls make this great for girls with a square face shape. Fine to thick hair can achieve this style and is best for straight to wavy textures.

Accessorize! Hair barrettes, clip, headbands, or bows are all great. Take the next step by adding some bling or even feathers to show off your style.

Chic Mid Length Shag for Square Faced Women

Chiseled layers frame the face perfectly and the style is topped off with creatively placed bangs. Gorgeous rich hues of auburn, copper, and gold, create a swirl of beautiful colors while long straight across bangs create a touch of mystery.

A medium length hairstyle for women with a square face shape

How to Style a Mid Length Shag:

As mentioned in a previous style, using a round brush for an entire blow out is not recommended.

  1. Section out a portion of hair, starting by your neck and blow-dry that section under.
  2. When the section is completely dry, drop another section down and repeat. Really flip ends under and towards the face with your brush.
  3. Flat iron bangs straight down to finish off the look.
  4. Pull a layer of hair from the back towards the face to create that side swept effect.

Use the Blowout Lotion from the Number 4 hair care line to help add softness and definition to the style. Then run some serum through from the same brand to add sparkle and shine.

The rounded layers cut into the face to add roundness and framing, making it lovely for square shaped faces. This style is good for women with medium to thick hair and who have wavy to straight texture.

Medium Layered Cut with Side Swept Bangs

This classic medium hairstyle for a square face is timeless with short side-swept bangs and long gorgeous layers. A stunning shade of brown help make this style look simple and chic. Have your stylist pull bangs from way back and to the side of your head to thicken up the bangs as shown.

A medium haircut for a square face

How to Style Medium Layered Hair:

  1. Section out a portion of hair, starting by your neck and blow-dry that section under.
  2. When the section is completely dry, drop another section down and repeat.
  3. Use the same round brush to blow-dry bangs forward and then smooth them over to the side. You could also use a paddle brush for most of your blow-drying and then go in at the end, when hair is almost dry, and use the round brush just at the bottom ends to create that flipped look.

A soft style like this doesn’t need much product. Use a smoothing product like Got2B Smooth Operating Smoothing Luxury Hair Mousse before blowing out your hair.

The soft edges and rounded bangs help offset a square-shaped face though all face shapes can wear this shoulder length layered hair. This style works best for girls with straight to wavy hair of any hair thickness.

Shoulder Length Wavy Hair

We love subtle highlights on girls with square faces and curls because the light bounces off of them beautifully. This dark reddish brown color is really spiced up with some reddish pieces.

Cut just past the shoulders with a deep side part and lightened up with medium to long layers. Add some loose waves and you’ve got a winning combination.

A shoulder length haircut for a round face 2

How to Style Shoulder Length Wavy Hair:

  1. Before curling, always start with completely dry hair and some sort of product to protect from heat.
  2. Part hair to one side and brush through.
  3. Pin up half of your hair and secure.
  4. Start grabbing pieces of the left out section, big and small, and start curling with a 1 ½ “ barrel curling iron. This look is more wavy and not so perfect so grab different sized pieces of hair and don’t be too meticulous with the iron.
  5. Drop down your top section of hair and repeat.
  6. Run your fingers through gently to break up some of the curls. Scrunch a bit with your hands and spray to secure.

If you need to touch up throughout the day use Bumble and Bumble Curl Conscious Reactivating Mist. Spray and scrunch to add texture and redefine your curls. Or try their Classic Hairspray to add texture and lock curls in place.

This is awesome for square shaped faces due to the softening lines of the curls around the face. If you ever want to balance out straight angular lines – throwing in curves is a great solution. Medium to thick hair is great for this fuller style and any hair texture can achieve this look.

Try a subtle zig-zag part instead of a pin-straight one for more interest and volume.

Jessica’s Effortless Medium Length Up-do

This messy style is kept looking sophisticated with smoothed out front pieces. Hair is parted, teased, and tousled back up into pins which offers lots of dramatic elements and interest.

Platinum blonde ends flow out of darker blended roots, which is a personal taste decision. I personally say – work it!

Jessica Simpson's medium hairstyle for her square face

How to Style a Medium Length Updo:

  1. Hair should be a little bit dirty and not too clean so plan ahead for this look on the day after a shampoo. A little grit in the hair will help with the texture and style.
  2. Spray your hair with some hairspray and brush through to add a little bit of grit and texture to your hair and then part down the center.
  3. Using a fine-toothed comb, take small sections of hair at the crown and tease down towards the scalp to create volume and then hairspray into place.
  4. Use your fingers to smooth back hair slightly (you still want an unkempt look) and pull hair into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic.
  5. Back comb or tease your ponytail so it’s a little messy and secure with pins into the elastic for a messy bun.
  6. Use your fingers to pull some of the layers gently up and out of the bun for an undone feel.
  7. Quickly curl the front pieces of hair so the flick out at the bottom and look soft.
  8. Blast with a strong hold hairspray!

Because this look has lots of texture you can use lots of hairspray without worrying about it looking too stiff. Try Sexy Hair’s Spray and Play Volumizing Hairspray for texture and hold.

Square shaped faces work with this style because of the added height and soft pieces around the face. When you create a hairstyle that is soft and has texture it tricks your eye to focus on those elements. All clients should try this style.

Paris’s Mid Length Bob Cut and Square Face

This asymmetrical style is super cute for a shorter medium-length cut. A side part creates sweeping bangs and layers that round out the square shape of the face.

Having the length be longer on one side distracts the eye from looking at the linear jawline. Light blonde pieces placed throughout a dark blonde base are a fabulous example of how to create blonde dimension.

Paris Hilton with a medium length hairstyle

How to Style Mid Length Bob:

Instead of depending on the flat iron, up your blow-dry skills to round out this bob.

  1. Start by using a medium-sized round brush and really roll the ends under while blow-drying, especially around and toward the face.
  2. Next, use a flat iron if you need to after hair is dry but bevel the flat iron under so you don’t get any extremely straight edges.
  3. Spray on some shine spray and finger through.

Use Kerastase’s Oleo-Relax while wet or dry before applying heat to smooth and protect hair strands. Minimal product is needed for this look so it still feels soft. Use Moroccan Oil Gold Glimmer Shine to spray over hair when done for instant glimmer and shine.

The rounded layers help change this square shape into a round one. It camouflages angular lines and creates softness. Thick to thin hair and straight to wavy texture can achieve this look.

As you can see, square shaped faces have lots to choose from when it comes to cute mid-length hairstyles. Curly, wavy, or even straight hair looks fabulous when styled correctly.

The right hair design elements can help soften angular lines and bring harmony to your square face hairstyles for medium hair. Remember these inspirations and tips when choosing the perfect look for you!