The best haircuts for square faces have layering around your face to soften your 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 your 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.
Over the years, I’ve found that 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 then, check out these photos of some of the most flattering hairstyles and haircuts for square faces!
#1: Chocolate Long Bob with a Center Part
When considering a new cut to frame your square face shape, try a long bob with a center part to frame your strong jawline. Be prepared to want to style your hair all the time with loose waves, as long bobs look absolutely the best with some movement in the style. Don’t forget to add a texturizing spray to add some movement and help the longevity of your style.
#2: Long Brunette Waves with Thick Curtain Fringe
Try the sexy style of long brunette waves with a thick curtain fringe. The key to the style is the modern curtain fringe. I recommend cutting the bang at the nose and blending downwards to the cheek. Slight layering should be added to create the perfect backward movement. Invest in a great 1-inch curling iron, such as a BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium 1″ Spring Curling Iron, to create beautiful long-haired curls.
#3: Long Blonde Hair Lots Layering and Curtain Fringe
For a soft and feminine look, check out this long hairstyle with lots of layers and a curtain fringe. Spend time with your hairstylist. Ask about how your hair will look in this style and what compliments your facial features. This way, they can recommend what cut would work best for you according to their expertise. To bring out the movement in finer locks, ask about layering. For example, razor-cutting or point-cutting techniques. Each could add more definition around your cheekbone area. And this could make your angular jawline appear softer too. For defined movement, use products like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock.
#4: Mid-Length Wavy Curls and Middle Part
I suggest trying mid-length wavy curls with a middle part to soften and feminize square faces. This hairstyle works best on thicker hair types. Although, it can be adapted for finer textures too. To achieve this look, style your hair with a curling iron. Then run your fingers through the waves for an effortless, tousled effect. Finish the look by spraying a light-hold hairspray for extra definition and shine. For thinner strands, try to use mousse before styling to add texture and volume. Do this before using heat tools. Reach out to a professional stylist if you are unsure how to make this flattering hairstyle work for you!
#5: Medium-Length Shag with Ombre
A medium-length shag with bangs is perfect for the square face shape. It softens angular edges and emphasizes a graceful profile. The slightly tousled layers make it easy to style. They add just enough volume that flatness isn’t an issue. Blow dry at a low-heat setting after applying a product like Windblown from Virtue Labs. It adds texture while preventing frizziness. For extra definition, you can use a small round brush when styling your bangs. To keep everything in place all day, finish with a mist of hairspray. Try Nexxus Comb Thru Finishing Mist Touchable Hold Hairspray.
#6: Cute Bob Cut with Curtain Bangs
When it comes to a squarer jaw shape, a bob can still work. A versatile softer curtain bang works better than a straight-across fringe. It elongates the face. Make sure to ask for a surface layer to give texture. Style with a tong and brush out to give a lived-in look.
#7: Long Curled Hair with Dark Roots
When it comes to elegant hairstyles, ask for this long curled hair with dark roots. A darker root or a “root shade” on top of a full balayage highlight promises a better grow-out and adds depth and dimension to your color. Ask your stylist for tips, tricks, and products to recreate this style at home.
#8: Shaggy Medium-Length Wolf Cut Without Bangs
One hairstyle request I’ve been loving from my clients recently is the wolf cut. It’s a glorified, modernized, shaggy mullet and it’s all the rage right now! This is a great haircut for someone with a square face as the medium length will elongate the jawline. This is the cut for you if you’re looking for more body and volume. I suggest consulting your hairstylist on styling tips so you get the look you are desiring.
#9: Blonde Balayage Long Hair
This blonde balayage long hair is timeless and sexy! The best way to ask for this hair in your favorite salon is to book a balayage/foilayage service. Also, work with your stylist on discussing a toner that is custom mixed for your skin tone. Due to the nature of a lightening service, make sure you take home some supplies. They will keep your hair healthy at home. A great product is Eleven’s Miracle Hair Mask.
#10: Modern Undone Blunt Cut Bob
It’s important to consider your face shape when doing a drastic cut, or any cut for that matter. Certain cuts will not flatter certain face shapes. So, be sure to consult with your stylist on what would look best on you. Blunt bobs are great cuts for square faces and can be styled in many different ways. If you like this modern, undone look above, ask for tips on how to get your hair to resemble this style.
#11: Cute Shag Cut with Bangs and Face-Framing Layering
Consider a shag cut with bangs and face-framing layering, which flatters most any woman with a square face shape. It’s one of the best haircuts for square faces with pretty, soft, face-framing layers that move to soften your jaw. Your hair will look very impressive but will not take much effort to style.
#12: Soft Chest-Length Wavy Hair with a Side Part
Consider chest-length wavy hair paired with a side part. Soft flowing waves will soften the hard angles in your jaw for a softer appearance. Try a side part if you want to have more height and volume in your hair. Use a curling iron to create head-turning waves.
#13: Stunning Shaggy Bob with Baby Bangs
A shaggy bob paired with baby bangs is a stunning way to soften the corners of your jaw. To style your baby bangs use a paste product, this will allow your strands to stand out. Baby bangs will be needing a bit of upkeep and are best if you can go to the salon every 4-6 weeks.
#14: Long Center Parted Hair with Defined Waves
Soften your square jaw with long center-parted hair and defined waves. Waves that frame your face soften your jaw shape and disguise any harsh lines. Use a curling iron to create soft waves for more youthful and charming-looking tresses.
#15: Sleek Long Bob with Choppy Fringe
Bring softness to your face shape with a sleek long bob paired with a choppy fringe. A casual bob is very versatile and can be customized to be one of the best haircuts for square faces. A choppy fringe softens the edges of your face shape for an eye-catching appearance.
#16: Bowl Pixie Cut with Wispy Fringe
If you have thin hair, you’ll want to try the bowl pixie cut with a wispy fringe. Such an inspiring shape, your fine hair will look fabulous with this cut. Ask your stylist for a bob with an angle around your cheek, blended to the fringe, and minimal layers. You’ll have an effortless style that is sure to please and will make the most of your strands.
#17: Easy Medium Layered Shag with Curtain Bangs
Consider a medium layered shag with curtain bangs. The angles of your jawline will disappear with all the soft face-framing layers of a shag cut. Curtain bangs will help conceal your forehead and give your face an instant lift. The medium length is ideal for keeping maintenance low and easy styling.
#18: Off-Center Part Long Hair with Loose Waves
If you have a square face shape, you should consider rocking your long hair with an off-center part and loose waves. Hair with a long length and a long face frame will take attention completely away from your jawline. Soft waves will give your hair the coolest texture for soft beachy-looking tresses. Bring in a photo of your favorite long hairdo to your next hair appointment and pick the perfect style for you.
#19: Medium Choppy Shullet with Piece-y Bangs
Rock a medium choppy shullet with piecey bangs if you want to wear the latest hair trend. Hair for square face shapes should try shorter bangs to highlight the sharp angles of your face. If you don’t know your face shape, stand in front of a mirror and trace your face with a marker. Whatever you drew should be similar to one of the face shapes. Oval, square, round, heart, diamond, oblong.
#20: Very Short Messy Pixie Haircut
If you have a square face, a very short messy pixie haircut could be for you. Haircuts for square face shapes need to be soft and delicate to give balance. Your pixie will look excellent when styled soft and chipped into. Pay attention to the edges and make them extra wispy for a more feminine look.
#21: Wispy Face-Framing Layers on Long Hair
If you have a square face, consider wispy face-framing layers on your long hair. A long hairdo with no layers just falls flat and will drag you down. The best haircut for square face shapes is soft and flowing around the jaw to disguise harsh lines. Get frequent trims at your hair salon to keep your hair looking healthy and dead ends long gone.
#22: Chic Side-Swept Blunt Bob
Try a side-swept blunt bob if you desire a haircut that takes attention away from your square jawline and makes your facial features appear softer. A blunt bob cut at one length will look magnificent and compliment your square jaw. Sweep to one side for a dramatic, sexy appearance.
#23: Gorgeous Long Layered Hair with a Face Frame
Combine your long layered hair with a face frame because it’s an absolute banger. You will love it, especially if your face shape is a bit too square because the face-framing pieces create the illusion of an oval face. Style your long locks wavy with a big round brush and dryer or a large tong.
#24: 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 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.
#25: 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 bring your whole look together.
#26: 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.
#27: 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.
#28: 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 from your hair.
#29: Soft Blunt Cut
A blunt haircut may be what you are longing for if your long hair is dragging you down. Create texture and volume immediately with a blunt haircut. Adding waves to haircuts for square faces can even out the strong bone structure of your face.
#30: 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. Additionally, adding layers creates movement and width, which makes it even more of a great hairstyle for women with square faces. Long bangs can be added for to your crop for an extra special touch, too.
#31: Mid-Length Shag with a Center Part and Money Piece Highlights
A mid-length shag with a curtain fringe is another flattering haircut for women with a square-shaped face. The natural framing from the long curtain fringe and layers provides more roundness around your cheekbones. Comb your hair out and add hairspray so your hairstyle lasts all day.
#32: Neck-Length Short Stacked Bob with a Side Part
A 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.
#33: Long Middle Part Shag with Curtain Bangs
Opt for a shag with curtain bangs for a full-on framing shape on your square face. The beauty of curtain bangs is that they curve around the widest part of your face and flick outwards. The fringe blends into the layers of the shaggy haircut, giving balance to your face.
#34: Long and Sleek with Feathered Layers
A hairstyle that is long and sleek with feathered layers is very face-flattering for square faces. A beautiful angle is cut around your face creating interest and softness. In order to maintain this style at home, blowdry toward your face with smoothing oil and a large round brush for a sleek shiny finish.
#35: Textured Pixie with Long Side-Swept Bangs
A textured pixie is another great choice. The fray starts from the cheekbones and goes down the diagonal crown to the end of the length which softens your face. If you have thick hair, ask your hairstylist to add a tapered back to remove weight.
#36: An Effortless Perfect Updo
Add volume to an updo to give you height, which will instantly give length to your squared facial structure. Keeping your 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 like you.
#37: 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 your bangs sit around your cheekbone area. A mid-length chop is also versatile and ideal for a busy lifestyle.
#38: 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. Style with a curl cream for added softness and too reduce frizz.
#39: 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 your simple black hair.
#40: 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 your wavy style with a texture spray to increase volume and separation.
#41: 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.
#42: The Deep Parted Lob Cut
One of the best haircuts for square faces is 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 your style. A deep part to a shoulder-skimming length gives height to your square face. This long tousled bob elongates the appearance of the face shape.
#43: Stylish Pixie Cut with Long Side-Swept Bangs
A pixie cut with long swept bangs will offset your hairline and facial lines, drawing more attention to your 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.
#44: Cute Short Hair with Long Bottleneck Bangs
Rocking cute short hair can be done with any face shape—it’s just about getting the balance right! When I’m cutting short hair for square faces, I’m trying to get the length to sit under the chin to skim the sides of the face. An important reminder: adding a little shape just past your cheekbones elevates your style to a super chic one.
#45: Sexy 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 at the roots. Try painting your tresses with a beige blonde shade for a more glamorous edge.
#46: 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 still pairs well with a square face. It opens your face and draws attention to your cheekbones. An ideal short hairstyle is something textured to make your tresses appear fuller.
#47: Edgy Angled Bob with Bangs
An angled bob with bangs looks edgy when paired with darker hair. Ask your stylist for textured ends, and a perimeter length below your chin to give a soft elongated balance to your square-shaped face.
#48: Tousled Medium Layers with Bangs
A few tousled medium layers looks lovely on long hair. It enhances the movement of your hair with the waves covering the wider shape of your face. This haircut with textured layers also offers a fringe to help elongate your face shape.
#49: 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.
#50: 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 your 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.
#51: 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 your forehead, which balances a stronger jawline. The addition of a layered hairstyle for a square face will skim the width for a slimmer effect.
#52: Long Hair with Face-Framing Long Layers
Getting face-framing, long layers is a great long hairstyle. The wavy layers around your face are what soften your sharp jawline. It’s cute no matter where it’s parted whether you do a centered, off-centered, or side-part.
#53: Flattering Graduated Bob for Women In Their 40s
Try the most flattering graduated bob if you’re 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.
#54: 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!
#55: Free-Flowing Long Hair with Long Bangs
Free-flowing long hair with long bangs is another perfect match for a square face shape. Achieve your style by adding long layers, which flow from the long curtain bangs to shape your face all the way down. This doesn’t only slim a wider face but enhances an elegant style to your tresses.
#56: Modern Shag with Side-Swept Bangs
A modern shag with side-swept bangs has a structure that suits your 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.
#57: Side Parted A-Line Bob for Straight Hair
If you have straight hair, an A-line bob 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!
#58: 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.
#59: 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 your jaw, keeping the overall look of your 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.
#60: 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. When I create haircuts for square faces, I usually allow some extra length, with the added bonus of volume and movement. 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.