Hair Styles for a Square Face Shape

Four Head Shots of Demi Moore

How to Flatter Square Face Shapes!

A good stylist will obviously want to accentuate your most beautiful features, high cheekbones, strong jaw, swanlike neck and, play down the less beautiful ones. The shape of the face is underplayed by many stylists these days, but it’s a good way to establish general guidelines for a cut.

If you don’t know the shape of your face, tie your hair back, stand up close to your bathroom mirror, and trace your reflection with a lip pencil. Then step back and see which shape it most resembles: round, square, oval or heart.

Women with square face shapes think hair styles for their face shape are hard to come by . . . not true! Square face shapes are sculpted looking which more often than not turn heads for such dramatic features!

Cameron DiazA square face shape will have a vivid, dramatic, jaw bone structure that defines the face shape. A wide forehead with squared-off hairline, and often has strong cheekbones. When I think of celebrities that fall into this category I think of, Cameron Diaz, Jodie Foster, Demi Moore, Emma Bunton, Jackie Kennedy, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford to name a few.

Demi Moore has a square face shapeBut, none of these celebrities have a perfectly square face if you were to measure . . . and most likely neither do you.  But they do have defining jaw bones and a symmetry that makes their face shape appear more square than not. Notice that their face shape appears different depending on what angle their picture is taken at; whether they are smiling or not, and how they wear their hair style.

If you have determined that you have a square face shape, to soften the angular shape, avoid blunt-edged jaw-length cuts and straight bangs. Hair length is best above or below the jaw line. Fringy, tapered bangs, side parts, off-center layers, and curling the ends of your hair under will all soften the line of your jaw. Adding height at the crown will elongate your face and make it look less square.

What hairstyles are most flattering for a square face shape? Below are some favorites these celebrities have worn over the years. As a rule of thumb, here are some good hair style features to incorporate into if you fall into the angular face category.

You’ll want to include some of these features:

  • Soft waves
  • Layers on long hair to frame and soften the face
  • Off center parts
  • Layering to achieve some height on top
  • Side swept bangs
  • Wispy bangs
  • Asymmetrical hair styles
  • Crop hair cuts swept off the face

What should you avoid?

  • Straight hair without any bend will sharpen straight lines in the face
  • Full straight bangs will shorten the face
  • Hair styles that end at the chin will make the face appear more square
  • Too much fullness in relation to the height and length will widen the appearance in the face.
  • Center parts may cut the face down the middle, making it look more symmetrical

Cameron Diaz with a variety of Hair StylesEmma Bunton (Baby Spice) Hair StylesDemi Moore Hair Styles for a Square Face


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