A square face shape can be enhanced or disguised by the right hairstyle; here's how to find the right one for you
If you’re looking for flattering hairstyles for square face shapes, you’re in luck. You’re in great celebrity company with a square face, as the likes of Zoé Kravitz, Margot Robbie and Jennifer Hudson all have this in common.
With a carefully chosen style, your sharp jawline will look on point. The key is to go for the ‘opposite’ of your face shape; while rounder faces work well with blunt cuts, square faces pair well with rounded layers, soft fringing and lots of texture.
‘Feathered layers are great for mimicking a more oval face shape and will be more flattering on the face,’ Sam Burnett, Creative Director and founder of Hare and Bone and KMS Style Council member, tells us. ‘Parting the hair on the side also takes away from square shapes.’
Do I have a square face?
First thing’s first, let’s make sure this guide is definitely for you. Square face shapes are characterised by a stronger, more angular jaw line and your forehead, cheekbones and jaw will all span the same width.
If you look at your face head-on, the sides of your forehead and curve of your jawline should line up as if forming an imaginary square. Tah dah!
Short hairstyles for square faces
‘Face shape isn’t key for hairstyles for short hair, but by creating layering, you ultimately affect the shape,’ says Sam. ‘For example round faces should opt for square layers and vice versa for square face shapes.’
A short style on a square face can in fact be really flattering – see celebs like Zoë Kravitz in our gallery of celebrities with square faces as proof. Meanwhile Olivia Wilde is queen of the square-faced lob, often opting for a waved style or half-up ‘do.
Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Hudson, Zoë Kravitz and Olivia Wilde
Medium length hairstyles for square faces
‘Medium length hair looks great when it’s maintained well,’ Sam advises. ‘If an individual’s hair is prone to frizz then it’s best to keep the hair on the longer side of medium. The longer and heavier the hair, the more controlled it will be.’
Once you’ve sussed out that you have a square face, browse our best celebrity hairstyles for medium-length hair straight to the salon.
Celebrity inspiration: Margot Robbie and Natalie Portman
Hairstyles for square faces with long hair
‘The biggest thing to remember with long hair is that it needs to look healthy,’ says Sam. ‘There’s no point in having long, unhealthy hair as the condition will always determine the length.’
Poker straight styles can be very unforgiving on a straight face shape, but that’s not to say straight locks are a write-off altogether – Jennifer Lopez and Heidi work this style on the reg. See the best hairstyles for long hair in our round up for more inspo.
Celebrity inspiration: Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Heidi Klum
Hairstyles for square faces with bangs
When it comes to bangs on a square face, the key is to go for softer, feathered layering to soften your jawline. Adding slightly shorter layers around the forehead will help to contour your face and round it off a little more.
Short-haired celebs like Jennifer Hudson opt for a feathered fringe, while Heidi Klum rocks side bangs to frame her face.
Celebrity inspiration: Heidi Klum and Jennifer Hudson
Hairstyles for square faces and fine hair
The key to making finer hair appear fuller and more bouncy is to add texture – it’s a no-brainer that curls look fuller than straight hair, right? If you are really craving a straight-haired look, use a volumising spray like KMS AddVolume, £17 at lookfantastic. ‘If you have fine hair, keep layers longer as over-layering will only make the hair appear thinner and sparser,’ Sam advises. Browse hairstyles for fine hair in our compilation of the best.
Celebrity inspriation: Natalie Portman
Hairstyles for square faces with thick hair
Thicker hair lends itself really well to longer, rounded layers, and curled or waved styles are best for adding volume and texture around the face.
Celebrity inspiration: Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson and Salma Hayek
Hairstyles for square faces with curly hair
If you have naturally curly hair and a square face shape, great news – a curly texture can help to soften your face shape if that’s your end goal. Either embrace your natural texture or add waves and curls using a tong or wand.
Celebrity inspiration: Salma Hayek and Natalie Portman
Still undecided on which face shape is right for you? Scroll through our round up below to see the best celebrity hairstyles for square faces from the A-listers who are getting it right.
A super short pixie crop, like Zoe Kravitz, can make your cheekbones pop.
Poker straight styles are usually a no-go zone, but slight gradient means the style suits Jennifer Lopez down to a tee.
A swept over crop with fringing softens your face shape and can create a more rounded appearance.
Adding movement to the hair like loose waves really helps to soften the edges of a sharper jawline that tends to come with having a square-shaped face.
A blunt-edged bob can be a risky move with a square face, but cutting it in below the chin and styling it with soft waves or curls adds roundness to your angles. Bravo, Margot (and your hairstylist).
Mila Kunis balances her style with her face shape by tucking her hair behind one ear.
A tight topknot really helps accentuate your cheekbones, à la Daisy Ridley on the red carpet.
Heidi's long, grown-out fringe and subtle waves make up the perfect hairstyle to completely obscure a square face shape. Waves and layers are the perfect mix for anyone with a square face shape.