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Hair Styles for a Square Face Shape

Guest Author - Lynne Chapman

Your face shape may be wide, both across the forehead and the jaw line. The lines of your face may seem rather straight, measuring almost the same in width as it does in length. This describes a square face shape. In creating a hair style for a square shaped face, the idea is to create soft lines that form an asymmetrical design. Asymmetrical lines take away from the boxy appearance. Waves, curls, and fringy areas camouflage the ‘corners’ and all serve to give a more feminine appearance.

It is wise to stay away from hard, straight lines in the hair style. Straight lines would be full bangs, a traditional bob, very short or severe hair cuts. To create the illusion of length and soft lines, the style should lift up off the forehead and come forward at both the chin and the temples. Bangs brushed to the side are attractive in this face shape, leaving about half of the forehead visible.


This fringy layered hair style is a shag variation. Extensive layering and texturizing give it eye appeal. The fringy sides come toward the face to camouflage a square jaw. Layered bangs are brushed to the side at an angle that reduces the width of the visible forehead. The layers allow for height in the crown. The sides are kept close.

When drying this style, use a vent brush to guide the sides toward the face and allow the back to flip out slightly. Use a round brush to put fullness into the top and bangs. After is it dry, scrunch in pomade to separate the layers.


This style is a very soft, layered bob. The hair is allowed to move and to softly wave at the jaw line. There is fullness at the top and crown area while the sides and back are kept close to the head. The high side part is off center at about one inch.

Back brush the top of this style for fullness.


In this hair style, curly hair is shaped to off set the square lines of the face. The cut is stacked so that the width in the style is at the cheek bones or the eye area and does not fall at the jaw line. The style is tapered down from the weighted area so that tendrils fall across the jaw area and the neck. The high side part takes away from the width in the forehead and gives the illusion of more length in the face.

Use a diffuser to dry this style. When it is thoroughly dry, scrunch in pomade to moisten and remove frizz.

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