Medium-length hairstyles for square faces will refresh your look and make you feel totally hip to be a square. 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.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these pictures of medium hairstyles for square faces.
#1: Brown Shoulder-Length Hair for Square Face Shapes
Jazz up a medium hairstyle with bangs for your square face, then add a shade of brown to flatter your fair skin tone. The length where it hits the collarbone is perfect to have that versatile haircut. This straight medium-length hairstyle is easy to style and fun to wear!
#2: Modern Next-Day Hair for a Square Face Shape
I would describe this look as modern, mid-length, next-day hair. 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.
To recreate medium layered haircuts for square faces, you need a curling iron and texture spray. 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.
#3: Medium-Length Lob for a Square Face
This medium layered haircut for a square face is super low-maintenance. Long bobs are great because they are shorter and more playful, yet you can still wear a low braid or ponytail. As hairstylists, we always try to be one step ahead of our clients to revamp their hair. Always have a thorough consultation with a game plan, so you know what to achieve overall in a customized look for each woman’s face shape and lifestyle.
#4: Mid-Length Blonde Blowout
Your mid-length blonde blowout is perfect for any occasion. One of the best ways I like to create this look is by using a large round brush to dry the hair and then finishing with a 1-inch barrel curling iron. If you want this look to last all day, apply a volume mousse, such as Full frame by Redken, then finish with hairspray.
#5: Layered Long Bob
A layered long bob is great for a woman with a square face shape. When wearing your hair shorter, it’s a good idea to add face-framing layers. Also, ask for a blunt cut to create fullness. My advice to create this look would be to use a volume mousse and a round brush. Then blow dry and finish with a large curl.
#6: Perfect Burgundy Brunette Curled Ends
Check out these perfect curled ends if you want to change your hair color but keep it subtle. At first glance, one may see a full head of dark hair. However, they will see a beautiful natural root that blends into burgundy. Perfect for the office or a night out on the town.
#7: Mid-Length Hair with Blonde Balayage
If you’re looking to soften your more square-shaped face, the number one thing you want to do is add curvature. The ends of textured layers around the face curve inward toward the face. This softens your jawline. If you don’t like too many layers, you can also try a brighter money piece. The lighter color will brighten and smooth contour areas.
#8: Medium Shag with Choppy Bangs
A medium shag with bangs is a great style for square face shapes. The layers help to soften a sharp jawline, while the choppy bangs draw attention to the eyes. When considering length, stay around medium length for a more flattering look. Avoid having the length hit at the jaw, which can accentuate and add width.
#9: Modern Long Layers
Consider modern long layers if your face is square. The most effective way to soften a square face is to cut soft-moving layers around your face and jaw. It will give the appearance of a more balanced facial structure. Talk to your hairstylist and see if long layers will work for you.
#10: Medium Chestnut Thick Hairstyle
Thick-haired styles can vary from long and cascading or short and textured. You may want to consider which style you’d want to keep long term. Or, pair it with fresh color, like medium chestnut, during your next salon visit.
#11: Straight Auburn Mid-Length Cut
Golden, warm, and auburn blended together are amazing. It may seem like these colors don’t last between your salon services. The most effective way to get the most out of your color is to cleanse and rinse with warm to cool water. Then, pair your routine with products that are void of sulfates. A straight mid-length cut can go about 6-12 weeks in between services to maintain its style.
#12: Medium-Length Curly Hair
Medium-length curly hair is the perfect decision for women with thicker hair. If you’re wanting a fuller look, then adding some short layers is highly recommended. Adding layers to curly hair is a great way to prevent your hair from getting heavy and straightening out!
#13: Textured Long Bob with Waves
A textured long bob is an effortless, sexy style. Its trendiness and undone, wavy finish will look great with any outfit or event you choose to wear it to. Ask your stylist for as much texture and razor cutting as possible. A lob is an ideal length for so many women as it’s super versatile when it comes to styling.
#14: Wispy Bangs on Mid-Length Hair
Wispy bangs on medium-length hair work for many face shapes and hair textures. Wispy bangs can help frame a face and give it the desired shape, but can also be used to minimize a large forehead or extend a short forehead. Overall wispy bangs are extremely versatile for almost any haircut or face shape. Bangs do require more styling, so if a wash-and-wear style is your go-to, bangs may not be ideal for you.
#15: Blonde Curls Above the Shoulders
Blonde curls above the shoulders are a great length to reduce heaviness while still offering versatility for styling. Adding layers and shorter face-framing gives the cut a more round and balanced shape. If you have a tighter curl pattern, asking for a dry cut might be beneficial to your overall results.
#16: Textured Lob Haircut with Beach Waves for a Square Face
Remove some length from your long hair and choose a textured long bob to complement your square face shape. The layers create a face-framing effect that also helps to soften a strong jawline and other facial features. When matched with beach waves, it looks similar to Keira Knightley’s iconic tousled lob for square faces and can actually draw attention.
#17: Layered Cut for Thick Hair
Ladies with thick hair should always ask for a layered cut. Layers are important for thick hairstyles as they help your locks lay where you want them to, when you want them to. Layers will also help to remove weight from your hair, making dry time and style time a little quicker.
#18: Shaggy Messy Lob for Square Faces
A shaggy messy lob for square faces is a good option, as it provides balance to the features. Long, chin-length models are also good for highlighting the look of your square cheeks.
#19: Medium Choppy Wavy Cut for Ladies with Square-Shaped Faces
A medium choppy wavy cut for ladies with square-shaped faces adds volume to your hair and also smooths out your facial lines. The fringe also helps to give smoothness and delicacy to the face.
#20: Sleek Hair on a Medium-Length Cut
Ladies with square faces who are looking to slim their jaw, sleek hair with textured layers is the perfect way to slim your face and neck. Added fringe or face-framing bangs will be your best friend!
#21: Medium Messy Layered Hairstyle to Flatter Square Face Shapes
Textured layers are ideal for medium length, messy hairstyles as they flatter square faces. Layered haircuts with fringe cut the jaw, slim the neck, and create height and volume in the crown.
#22: Seamless Layers for Mid-Length Hair and Square Face Shapes
This mid-length shape with seamless layers was created by stylist Brian Aguilar of Newport Beach, CA. The cut looks great with soft waves, adding body and movement to the hair. “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 new style without much commitment for upkeep. “Medium-length layered haircuts are easy to style and can be put up with ease if needed,” he adds.
#23: Peach Ombre with a Deep Side Part for Women with Square Faces
This mid-length style is a deep side part for women with square faces and 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.
This deep side-parted medium hairstyle with magenta to peach ombre is sure to work well on fine hair.
#24: Mid-Length Razor Cut with Long Bangs and Short Layers
“This is a modern take on a classic look and mid-length cut,” says Rachel Cicerone, a master stylist in Knoxville, TN.
“We’ll refer to it as a mid-length razor cut with long bangs that suit both sides of the face,” she says. “What’s great about it is it also works perfectly on any natural texture of a thicker hair type.”
“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 short 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.
The length will work on almost any female. 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 it 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.
#25: Simple Medium-Length Hair for a Square Face
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’s 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.”
#26: Textured Collarbone-Length Blunt Lob Hairstyle for Square Faces
“I would describe this look as a textured lob for a square face,” 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” she adds.
This medium wavy cut makes a flattering hairstyle and it 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!
#27: Warm Honey Balayage on Side-Parted Mid-Length Hair
This Olivia Wilde-inspired 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 trendy haircut for square face shapes is easily customizable. 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.”
#28: Lived-In Medium Hair for a Sharp Jawline
This lived-in hair on a medium-length haircut 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 fringe to all go away from the face to make sure we open up those eyes,” she adds.
#29: 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 a woman considering this blunt cut 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. Apply the hairspray on damp hair before using the heat-styling tool.”
#30: Soft Lived-In Curls for Shoulder-Length Hair
“These mid-length soft, lived-in curls a la Angelina Jolie 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 woman sits in her chair, “I start each lady off with 21 Benefits by Pureology. This product adds shine, controls frizz, and provides heat protection. Then I add MoroccanOil Volumizing Mousse for flexible hold with movement.”
#31: Razored Mid-Length Hair with Bangs
A razored mid-length haircut with bangs is stunning on square-shaped faces as it creates volume and evenness all around. The layered, tousled waves create texture, which is perfect for fine hair.
#32: Classic Curls for Square-Faced Women
Classic curls look stunning on ladies with square-shaped faces coupled with a carefully chosen haircut. Square faces look best with well-rounded layers, added texture, and soft curls.
#33: Perfect Medium Length Hair for Killer Cheekbones
The perfect medium-length hair for killer cheekbones is attainable only when a variety of layers are incorporated into it starting from the cheekbones and tapering down below. Ladies with square-shaped faces will want to avoid haircuts with sharp, blunt ends and opt for a softer, more layered style.
#34: Copper Curls for Shoulder Length Hair
Cooper curls for shoulder-length hair are a beautiful cut for a curly hairstyle on square faces. Get layers starting around the cheeks to soften your features. Curly bangs really help frame the face with no harsh lines.
#35: Textured Side Swept Bangs for Square Faces
Girls with a square face shape need a textured haircut with side-swept bangs. Side-swept bangs tend to be shorter than regular bangs with more texture and cut at more of an angle.
#36: Chic Mid Length Shag for Square Faced Women
A chic mid-length shag is a stunning haircut for square-shaped faces. Textured layers, middle part, and side-swept bangs perfectly offset the squareness and can slim your face beautifully.
#37: Medium Layered Cut with Side Swept Bangs
A medium layered cut with side-swept bangs is very versatile, looks phenomenal on all ages but requires tousled, voluminous waves. A medium hairstyle for a square face coupled with side-swept bangs is the winning combination. They simply frame your face, showing off its best features.
#38: Shoulder-Length Wavy Hair
Shoulder length wavy hair is a stunning length to balance out a square face. The length is long enough to pass the sides of the cheeks, giving a slimming effect to the face. The waves create an in and out “S” shape which gives a softer feel to any sharper shaped face.
#39: Effortless Medium-Length Up-do
Ladies with square-shaped faces can easily rock an effortless up-do if styled correctly. Soft, side-swept bangs create the illusion of a slimmer face shape, which is why they are perfect for square face shapes.
#40: Mid Length Bob Cut and Square Face
The mid-length bob haircut is absolutely gorgeous on square faces as long as they are layered. Avoiding sharp, blunt bobs that hit right at your linear jawline is essential as it would only accentuate the square shape of the face.