The best haircuts for square faces have layering around the face to soften a sharper jawline. Adding longer layers around the collarbone can help your face shape appear more oval. Either way, the goal with this type of haircut is to soften the jawline to give your face and hair a more feminine look.
To determine if you have a square face shape, take a look in the mirror or at a picture of yourself and look closely at your jawline. Square face shapes have a more angular jawline and a straighter chin.
Finding the perfect cut for square faces requires some experimenting. Consult with your hairstylist to help you determine the best type of haircut that will work with your face shape, hair type, and lifestyle.
Before your next hair appointment, check out these photos of the most flattering examples of hairstyles for square faces.
#1: Textured Short Hair with Curtain Fringe
Textured short hair when paired with a curtain fringe is a hairstyle that’s packed with volume and shape. You can wear this haircut sleek and simple, or messy and fun. You can also give your hair a side or middle part, or wear it straight down for a very different, versatile, stylish style. Don’t forget to pick up a pomade or paste to help define your textured pieces and to keep your style locked in place all day.
#2: Long Dark Hair with Choppy Bangs
Long hair with bangs is a beautifully modern look that any woman can enjoy. The richness of the dark colors and the texture of the bangs and layers brings the look together.
#3: Sun-Kissed Brunette Long Layers
A messy, sun-kissed brunette with long layers is a gorgeous natural-looking hairstyle. It’s ideal for dark-haired women who want a little bit of brightness around their faces to accentuate certain features like eyes or cheekbones. It’s a good hairstyle if you have a wider face – round or square because the lighter pieces will soften your facial features.
#4: Medium-Length Face-Framing Blonde Style
Look fresh and on-trend with a wispy medium-length face-framing blonde hairstyle. Delicate face-framing layers with a pop of blonde hair coloring will bring softness and brightness to your face. Perfect for square face shapes to appear more oval, the beachy waves give your hair texture and body.
#5: Sultry Long Curls
You should give your long curls life with long layers that move. Cutting long layers makes curls spring up, giving more bounce. Face-framing layers soften facial features like a square jaw. Use a diffuser and a curl cream to get body and a more defined curl.
#6: Soft Blunt Cut
A blunt haircut may be what you are longing for. Create texture and volume immediately with a blunt haircut. Adding waves to haircuts for square faces can even out the strong bone structure.
#7: Wet Looking Shoulder-Length Wavy Hair
Shoulder-length wavy hair is a great haircut for a square face because the waves soften the cheekbones and jaw. The layers create movement and width, making it a great hairstyle for women with square faces. Long bangs can be added for to your crop for an extra special touch, too.
#8: Mid-Length Shag with a Center Part and Money Piece Highlights
A mid-length shag with a curtain fringe is a great haircut for women with a square-shaped face. The natural framing from the long curtain fringe and layers provide more roundness around the cheekbones. Comb your hair out and add hairspray so your hairstyle lasts all day.
#9: Neck-Length Short Stacked Bob with a Side Part
An amazing jaw-length, short-stacked bob is one of the best hairstyles for square faces because the ends of your hair hide a well-defined jawline. It also works well for thick hair as the graduated layers can remove weight and extra bulk.
#10: Long Middle Part Shag with Curtain Bangs
Opt for a shag with curtain bangs for a full-on framing shape on a square face. The beauty of curtain bangs is that they curve around the widest part of a square face and flick outwards. The fringe blends into the layers of the shaggy haircut, giving balance to your face shape.
#11: Long and Sleek with Feathered Layers
A hairstyle that is long and sleek with feathered layers is very face-flattering on square faces. A beautiful angle is cut around the face creating interest and softness. In order to maintain this style at home, blowdry towards the face with smoothing oil and a large round brush for a sleek shiny finish.
#12: Textured Pixie with Long Side Swept Bangs
A textured pixie is a great choice to flatter a square face shape. The fray starts from the cheekbones and goes down the diagonal crown to the end of the length which softens the face. If you have thick hair, ask your hairstylist to add a tapered back to remove weight.
#13: An Effortless Perfect Updo
Add volume to an updo to give you height, which will instantly give length to your squared facial structure. Keeping the hair a little textured and messier is a great approach to an updo. You can let some layers around your face fall out to be sure to create chic and effortless hairstyles for women.
#14: Shaggy Medium-Length Haircut with Sweeping Side Bangs
A medium-length haircut with side bangs can contour your square face, creating the illusion of an oval face shape. Have the length of the bangs sit around the cheekbone area. A mid-length chop is also versatile, and ideal for a busy lifestyle.
#15: Medium-Length Style for Naturally Curly Hair
Medium-length locks with shorter rounded layers allow your hair to bounce up and soften sharply squared faces. Thereby, bringing balance back between your face and hair.
#16: Collarbone Cut with Soft Waves for Fine, Asian Hair
A collarbone cut with soft waves works well for Asian women with square faces and fine hair thanks to all the layering. Layered hair softens the sharp jawline, draws attention to the cheekbones, and adds movement to simple black hair.
#17: Shoulder-Grazing Cut with Soft Waves
A blunt long bob on a woman with a very strong jawline can often look too boxy. So go with a mid-length lob and dry cut for visual texture and movement. Then style it with subtle beachy waves. Finish the wavy style with a texture spray to increase volume and separation.
#18: Long Layers on a Side-Parted Lob
A side-parted lob haircut with long layers is a popular length style. When it comes to long bobs with chin-length bangs, know they are a great choice for women with squared face shapes. Long layers are the key here, so don’t avoid them.
#19: The Deep Parted Lob Cut
The best haircuts for square faces are a smoldering long bob cut combined with added height to slim down your strong jawline. A common belief is shorter cuts tend to widen the face, however, it’s about the shape that’s added to the style. A deep part to a shoulder-skimming length gives height to a square face. This long tousled bob elongates the appearance of the face shape.
#20: Stylish Pixie Cut with Long Side-Swept Bangs
A pixie cut with long swept bangs offsets your hairline and facial lines, drawing more attention to the eyes. It’s ideal for confident ladies who don’t mind exposing their necks and shoulders. When cut properly, it almost has an asymmetrical vibe to it.
#21: Cute Short Hair with Long Bottleneck Bangs
Rocking cute short hair can be done with any face shape—it’s just getting the balance right! Short hair for square faces is about getting the length to sit under the chin to skim the sides of your face. An important reminder… adding a little shape just past your cheekbones elevates the style to a super chic one.
#22: Deep Side Part for Long Hair
A deep side part for long hair on a square face is always a great choice. That’s the style that gives your mane volume on the roots. Jazzing it up can soften and complement a square facial structure. Try painting the tresses with a beige blonde shade for a much more glamourous edge.
#23: Short Bob for Women Over 60 with Fine Hair
A side-parted short bob is a flattering haircut for women over 60 with fine hair and pairs well with a square face. It opens your face and draws attention to your cheekbones instead. An ideal short hairstyle for women over 60 is something textured. That makes the tresses appear fuller and better.
#24: Edgy Angled Bob with Bangs
An edgy angled bob with bangs paired with darker hair is perfect for framing square faces. Ask your stylist for textured ends, and a perimeter length below your chin to give a soft elongated balance to square-shaped faces.
#25: Tousled Medium Layers with Bangs
A few tousled medium layers make for a lovely hairstyle for square faces. Enhancing the movement of your hair with waves covers the wider shape of the face. This haircut with textured layers also offers a fringe to help elongate your square face shape.
#26: Mid-Length Cut with Blunt Bangs and Subtle Curls
Ask for a mid-length cut with blunt bangs and subtle curls to add balance to face symmetry. Bangs skimming the eyebrows can make your square face look longer when you have a smaller forehead. Keep the softness within the mid-lengths, creating a trendy hairstyle for square faces.
#27: Undone Medium Hairstyle with a Middle Part
A medium hairstyle with a middle part is a popular haircut for girls with a square-shaped face. If you need hair texture simply apply sea salt spray on damp hair and let it dry. If your hair is super straight you may need to scrunch it with your hands to give it some texture.
#28: Choppy Layered Bob with Full Fringe
Try a choppy layered bob with a full fringe. Fringed bangs have an almost airy feel that sits its softest over the forehead, which balances a stronger jawline. The addition of a layered hairstyle for a square face will skim the width for a slimmer effect.
#29: Long Hair with Face-Framing Long Layers
Getting face-framing, long layers is a great long hairstyle for a square face shape. The wavy layers around your face are what soften your sharp jawline. It’s cute no matter where it’s parted like centered, off-centered, or side-parted.
#30: Flattering Graduated Bob for Women In Their 40s
Try the most flattering graduated bob if you are a woman over 40 with a square face shape. Hair falling just below your chin will soften the edges. Soft bangs are also a great idea. A graduated bob makes a flattering hairstyle that works well on any hair texture and is easy to style.
#31: Modern 60s Shag Cut
The modern ’60s shag cut has face-hugging layers, which benefits square faces, and even round faces. With square-shaped faces, the goal is to slim down your cheek to the jaw area. So, add movement with layers to trim your face in all the right places. Allow your copperish red hair to air dry after scrunching in a foam mouse for added texture, too!
#32: Free Flowing Long Hair with Long Bangs
Free-flowing long hair with long bangs is another perfect match for a square face shape. Achieve the style by adding long layers, which flow from the long curtain bangs to shape the face all the way down. This doesn’t only slim a wider face but enhances an elegant style to the tresses.
#33: Modern Shag with Side-Swept Bangs
A modern shag with side-swept bangs has a structure that suits a square face shape. Layers and waves provide a natural-looking movement, which softens a strong jawline. If styled with a little texture, this shag cut looks super cute without even trying.
#34: Side Parted A-Line Bob for Straight Hair
An a-line bob for straight hair creates effortless volume. This is an ideal haircut to help a square face seem slimmer because the cut’s perimeter will often have a sharper jawline!
#35: Modern, Lived-In Shag with Face-Framing Highlights
A modern, lived-in shag with highlighted layers will flatter a square jaw by softening any angular areas. A classic center part and added texture from soft layering will add width to your lengths.
#36: Beautiful Balayage with Bangs and Waves
A balayage with bangs and waves is a beautiful way to soften a square face while still keeping a bit of strength and intensity. The straight-across bangs create a horizontal line parallel with the jaw, keeping the overall look of the cut fierce and strong. The softness of the balayage softens the harshness with vertical and diagonal lines. Adding big voluminous curls to a balayage with bangs will soften the overall appearance while wearing hair sleek and straight will give off a more sharp or bold effect.
#37: Mid-Length Shag with a Center Part
If you’re ready for a big chop, then think about trying a mid-length shag with a center part. Haircuts for square faces that allow you to keep some length, with the added bonus of volume and movement, are what most women are wanting. Incorporating a center part with a long curtain bang helps to narrow a wide forehead and slim cheekbones. Be prepared to blow-dry your fringe after washing to achieve the curtain shape.