hairstyle trends 7 Hairstyles that Flatter Square Faces

These ‘dos can make your next salon trip a little bit easier.

May 02, 2022
Best Hairstyles For Square Faces


If you have a square face shape, you may be wondering what you can do to soften the appearance of a strong jaw. One of the easiest steps you can take is finding a haircut that best complements your face shape. Not sure where to start? Keep reading for our list of the most flattering hairstyles for square faces, including a long, layered haircut, trendy lob haircut, and side-swept bangs.



The Best Hairstyles for Square Faces

It can be tricky to figure out what exactly your face shape is, but some common features for square faces are a wider hairline and a strong, angular jawline. If any of these sound like you, these hairstyles will best suit your face shape. 


1. Short Layered Bob

A short, layered bob can be super-flattering on square face types, as it helps draw attention to your cheekbones without emphasizing the jawline. Keep your short bob looking smooth by applying a small amount of hair oil, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Treatment, to the ends of your hair.


2. Long Layers

If you have longer hair, layers can definitely still suit your face shape. Ask your stylist to start your first layer around your chin, as this can help soften your jawline. Asking for layers that go in — rather than out — at the ends can also make your face appear a little narrower. Blow-dry your long layers smooth. Start by applying the L'Oreal Paris EverPure Weightless Blow Dry Primer, then blow-dry your hair with a round brush.


3. Lob

The lob is the perfect compromise between short hair and long hair—and it just so happens to look amazing when paired with a square face. As we made clear with the previous two hairstyle choices, layers are key, as they can help create movement as well as soften your features. Spritz damp hair with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented, then let your hair air dry to add definition to it.


4. Angled, Asymmetrical Bob

In addition to a short, layered bob, an angled bob can do wonders to flatter square faces. When you’re at the salon, ask for an asymmetrical cut that has longer pieces in the front that become shorter as you get to the back of your head. This can help make your face appear a little bit longer. To style an angled, asymmetrical bob, spray on a hair texturizer to towel-dried hair, then rough-dry your hair with a blow-dryer.


5. Side-Swept Bangs

You can totally rock bangs on a square face! The key is finding the right style of bangs. In this case, you’d want to opt for side-swept bangs instead of blunt bangs. Your bangs should be long — they should rest right by your cheekbones. Use a little heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, on your bangs, then smooth your bangs dry with a small boar bristle brush.


6. Deep Side Part

Sometimes, it’s not so much about changing up your haircut — switching up your part can totally transform the way your face looks. This may be the reign of the middle part, but If you have a square face, try a deep side part (sorry Gen Z). This can help make your face shape look softer, while making your hair look more voluminous. It’s a Win-win! Once you create the part and are done styling your hair, use the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold, Light Hairspray Unscented to help keep everything in place.


7. Shaggy Pixie

You don’t have to skip out on a pixie haircut if you have a square face. Try a shaggy take on this classic cut, as the piecey nature of this hairstyle creates balance with a strong jawline. Work the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Super Curls Cream Leave-In through dry or damp hair, then tousle your pixie to style it. Use your fingers to mold piecey effects and shape your style. 

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Edited by: Shannon Stubbs, Photo Credit: Crystal Simone