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Haircuts For The Square Face Shape

When it comes to a square face shape, the goal is to keep the face from appearing longer than it is naturally. There are many things that contribute to lengthening a square face– hair length, volume and cut. Here are a few ideas for you gorgeous rectangle gals!

Layer away!

Adding lots of layers to a square face shape can open you up in the cheekbone area while cutting many off the “four corners” at the same time.
Length matters: You never want to wear your hair super-long if you have a square face shape. Excessive length only makes a square face shape look longer.


Waves and curls are great for square face shapes because width of the overall silhouette helps. In other words, go for a little more horizontal volume and steer clear of too much height. Major volume going upward also contributes to lengthening your face.


Severe, sleek updos can make your jawline corners look even stronger. If you’re okay with that, then go for it! If you’re trying to soften go with a more romantic wavy chignon. Higher updos will bring out your corners, where lower chingons will draw less attention to them.


I’m not a huge fan of a square blunt bang with square or square bangs with a square jaw because it tends to make everything very box-y. Instead, try a soft rounded line or a soft/parted curtain bang (a la Brigitte Bardot!) If you need bang ideas, see here!

A-line cut

Just like with a square jaw, the corners of the jawline can be diffused by an a-line haircut. The longer length in front will weigh the hair down and lay closer to your cheeks, minimizing squareness. Then pair it with a long side bang to break up the usual “elongating lines” of a long bob. Try it with a little bend on the ends, too!


Small earrings. Elongated earrings with a round or oval shape, medium length or long. Hoops—oversized hoops that brush the jaw line or extend below the jaw line. Multi-tiered earrings.


Longer necklaces are usually a good choice. Collar length necklaces.


A pair of sunnies that have a rounder and thinner (or rimless) frame won’t overwhelm your face’s angular lines. Think rounder shapes and oval shapes, the butterfly shape, cat-eye shapes, shield styles, aviators (with angles more round than square). Dark or bold colors. Make sure the width of the frame is slightly wider than your cheekbones.


Round brim hats will accent your face shape—anything with a curved silhouette. Soft designs like wide brimmed floppy hats or curvy lines like bowler hats are especially flattering. Feminine hats with curvy lines will help soften the lines of your face. Choose derby hats, bucket hats, cloches, newsboys, center-dented fedoras, homburgs, bowler styles, trapper hats with the earflaps worn down, berets, beanies worn back on the forehead, scarves wrapped around head, softer styles with no harsh angles or geometric lines. Wear your brims on an angle whenever possible. Wide brimmed hats with a rounded prominent crown. Choose hats that sit high on your forehead to elongate your face shape.


A thicker, stronger color and shape balances your heavier jawline. A defined sharp peak at the top of the brow makes the brow appear stronger (think Olivia Wilde or Angelina Jolie).

Are you working with a square face shape? If so, please share your own tips and tricks for what you think looks best below!

Celebrities: Rachel McAdams,Diane Kruger,Margot Robbie,Gwyneth Paltrow,Olivia Wilde.