If you have a square face shape, then you may be wondering what you can do to soften the appearance of a strong, square jaw. One of the easiest steps you can take is finding the best haircut to complement 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.
1. Short Layered Bob
Bob haircuts were huge in 2017—and they show no signs of slowing down in 2018. That’s good news if you have a square face, since a short, layered bob can be super-flattering on you, as it’ll help draw attention to your cheekbones and away from your 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
Short hair not your jam? No problem! Opt for a long, layered haircut to suit your square face instead. Ask your stylist to start your first layer around your chin, as this can help soften the appearance of a strong jaw. Asking for layers that go in—rather than out—at the ends can also make a square face appear a little narrower. Blow-dry your long layers smooth. Start by applying the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream, then blow-dry your hair with a round brush.
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 square features. Spritz damp hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, then let hair air dry to add definition to your hair.
4. Angled, Asymmetrical Bob
Another day, another bob for square face shapes. In addition to a short, layered bob, an angled bob can do wonders to flatter square faces, too. When you’re at the salon, ask for an asymmetrical cut that has longer pieces in the front and becomes shorter as you get to the back of your head. This can help make your square face appear a little bit longer. To style an angled, asymmetrical bob, spray on a hair texturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Air-Blown Texture Mist, to towel-dried hair, then rough-dry your hair with a blow-dryer.
5. Side-Swept Bangs
Yes, 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. Your bangs should be long—they should rest right by your cheekbones. Steer clear of blunt bangs if you have a square face, though. That’s because they can accentuate strong lines, which are likely what you’re trying to soften. 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. If you have a square face, try a deep side part. Why, you ask? Well, this can help take away from the severity of a square jaw, not to mention, a deep side part can also make your hair look more voluminous. Win-win! Once you create your deep side part and are done styling your hair, use the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold to help keep everything in place.
7. Shaggy Pixie
Last but not last, there’s no rule that says you have to skip out on a pixie haircut if you have a square face. Try a shaggy take on this classic cut, as the piece-y nature of this hairstyle can help offset the appearance of a strong jawline. Work the L’Oréal Paris Out of Bed Texturizer through dry or damp hair, then tousle your pixie to style it. Use your fingers to mold piecey effects and shape your style.
For more hairstyle inspiration, head on over to The 5 Best Haircuts for Curly Hair, next.
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