The Best Haircuts for Square Face Shapes

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"Best Haircut" for a Square Face: Long, Long, Long

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If you have a square face, consider yourself lucky. Some of the most famous faces in the past and today have a strong, angular jawline. Women with square faces also age very well and take the best photographs. Lucky you!

With this slideshow, discover the best and worst haircuts for square faces, including this gorgeous cut on Megan Fox, a natural square face. Unlike women with long faces who can't get away with long hair, women with square faces look gorgeous with the length.

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Gwyneth Is a Classic Square Face

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Gwyneth looks best in flat-ironed long locks, such as these. The curtain effect of her hair -- which she gets because she parts it in the middle, then flat-irons it -- hides the sharp edges of her jaw while playing up her amazing cheekbones.

Just after the birth of her son, Moses, Paltrow cut off her long hair which grew to her breasts and simply was too long (She admitted as much.). She tried a long bob for a while but is now happy with a long cut that ends below her collarbone. Note how she parts her hair straight down the middle, making what could be a boring look very modern. Make sure to cut in just a few long layers for movement.

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Keira Knightley's Perfect Long Bob

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Long bobs are great on a square face, as long as they are soft and layered. Avoid a sharp, blunt bob that hits right at your chin; it will only accentuate your jaw, making the boxiness apparent.

The long bob is perfect for Keira's square face. It elongates her face yet is still very edgy. Ask your stylist to cut your bob shorter in the back, keeping hair longer in the front.

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The Right Kind of Bangs for a Square Face Shape

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Square faces tend to be angular so you want to soften them with waves, curls and the right kind of bangs.

Your best bangs are long, side-swept bangs that graze the brows as seen here on Reese Witherspoon (who has a heart-shaped face, not a square one, but she has great hair). Another good option is thick, blunt bangs. They should hit just below the brow but be longer on the sides. If the bangs aren't longer on the sides, your face will appear wider. This is why typical blunt bangs actually do not look good on square face shapes.

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Shoulder-Length Cuts are Flattering on Square Faces

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Shoulder-length hair is flattering on all face shapes, but as you can see here on Kate Moss, this particular cut is especially nice on a square face shape. The light waves help soften Moss's sharp, angular jawline and the middle part (common on many square-faced actress and models) works very nicely with this look.

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A "Bad" Hairstyle for a Square Face: The Severe Ponytail

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When all the hair is pulled back from the face, as shown here on actress Gwyneth Paltrow (who has a classic square face), the squareness is very apparent. If you have sharp, angular features, a severe ponytail or bun highlights them. If you like that, great. But this ​look is a typical "don't" for square faces. And yes, Gwyneth is beautiful and looks good in almost any hairstyle, but she is all angles here (and you can't see her dress).

See softer ponytail options in this gallery of classic ponytails.

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A Bad Haircut for a Square Face: Blunt Bangs and One-Length Bobs

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Christina Ricci.

Many square-faced women want to play down their strong, angular jaw. Here, Christina Ricci's one-length bob would be harsh on a woman with a square face. The blunt-cut bangs paired with the bob that hits right at the chin would make a square face appear even more square. So what's a better look for a square face? A longer bob and side-swept bangs. 

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Olivia Wilde's Long Hair With Side-Swept Bangs

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These side-swept bangs soften Olivia Wilde's square jawline .

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Shoulder-Length Hair With Long Layers

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Celebs who share your square face shape include Demi Moore, Mandy Moore, Keira Knightley and Rosario Dawson.

Here, Mandy Moore shows off a very flattering hairstyle with her square face. The long layers start just below her chin and her hair ends right at her shoulders.

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Rosario Dawson

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Rosario, a classic square face, shows off a collarbone cut with waves. This look adds softness to her strong jawline. If you have any natural waves or curl to your hair, consider letting it go natural to soften your angular features.

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Your Part Matters

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Lucky you, you can get away with a middle part, which is super youthful and trendy at the moment. The middle part elongates the face, whereas a side part will make it appear rounder.

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Maria Shriver's Hairstyle Works on a Square Face

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Long layers complement a square face. Long layers are especially great paired with side-swept bangs. This look on Maria Shriver (a classic square) is perfect: her layers begin at the jawline and continue downward.

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Paulina Porizkova's Long, Natural Waves

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Paulina Porizkova has a classic square face and her long hair works on her face shape because the soft waves (likely her natural hair texture) soften the harshness of her angular jawline. Long hair is very flattering on a square face, but be sure to ask your stylist to cut in a few long layers to add a bit of softness to the front.

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Soften a Square Face With an Updo

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Curly hair or waves soften the angles on a square face. Here's a great example of the perfect updo on a square face. Actress Minnie Driver has naturally super curly hair, but she often straightens it. Here her updo works because it's soft, wavy and falls along her face.

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Jacqueline Onassis' Soft Waves

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The waves shown here on Jacqueline Onassis soften her jawline. This look can be achieved by curling hair.

If you have curly hair, try to keep the length below the jawline. Curly hair tends to frizz up when too short and a longer cut weighs down the curls so they're less "poofy." Texture in the form or curls or choppy ends is a great look for square faces.

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Wavy Hair

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Actress Jessica Biel. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Just as curls do, waves can soften angular features, as they do here on Jessica Biel, another classic square face. If you have super straight hair, try spritzing hair with a styling spray, then winding 2-inch sections around the barrel of a curling iron. Finger-comb out and finish with holding spray.

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A "Bad" Haircut for a Square Face: The Pixie

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The pixie cut is gorgeous on petite women with small features. But this look would only highlight your angular features, making them appear too harsh.

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Layers Around the Face Soften a Harsh Jaw

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Consider layers around the face, like the ones in this picture. They will soften the harsh angles of your jaw, nose and cheeks.

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Bad and Good Hairstyles for a Square Face

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Good and bad hairstyles for square faces. Tim Whitby // Getty Images

The hairstyle on the left (Kate Bosworth) is perfect for a square face because curls will soften a strong jaw.

Make sure the ends aren't cut straight across (long layers are preferred), otherwise you could be left with a triangular look that's not great for square faces. Consider a side part, rather than a middle part, which also softens angular features.

The hairstyle on the right is too sharp for a square face. In fact, it only makes your angles more glaringly angular.

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Evan Rachel Wood's Funky Short Cut

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This is a lovely cut on Evan Rachel Wood who has a naturally square face shape. This cut would also work well on someone with a long face. If you have a round face and covet this hairstyle, you're also in luck, it would work on your face shape, too.

Avoid this cut if you have a heart-shaped face. The long bang hits right at the chin, which would highlight yours, typically something you want to avoid if you have a pointy chin like many women with heart-shaped faces

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Yolanda Foster's Long Bob

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If you are thinking of going short and like this cut, you're in luck because it would work well on anyone, but you can see how flattering it is on Yolanda Foster's square face.

Before you cut off all your hair, keep in mind that short hair has to be trimmed every four to six weeks if you want to maintain your style. 

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Jennifer Garner's Long Wavy Hair With Side-Swept Bangs

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If you have a square face, you have angular features. Your jaw is almost as wide as your cheekbones, and if you were to draw a diagram of your face, it would resemble a square.

Since your goal is to soften your hard angles, the best bangs for you are long, side-swept bangs that graze the brows. They should hit just below the brow but be longer on the sides, like these bangs on Jennifer Garner, a natural square face.

The key to your perfect bangs is to ensure that the bangs are tapered on the sides and are longer than they are above the brow. The hair above the brow should hit at the brow or just below it and can be wispier, allowing some of your forehead to peek through.

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These Pinterest Bangs Are Awesome

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The look of long hair with thick, full fringe is a great, edgy and hip hairstyle and can take years off a face.

It works great on square faces, with one caveat: the sides of the fringe must be longer than the middle of the fringe. If you get the typical blunt bangs, your face risks appearing even more angular. The longer edges soften a square face.

One suggestion for great hairstyles is to keep an eye out on celebrities who share your face shape. 

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Yeah, You Can Go Edgy

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Here's a fun edgy haircut that looks great on her square face shape. Edgy cuts are very hot right now. 

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The Pompadour Is Really Edgy

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This pompadour hairstyle looks great on Kelly Osbourne, who has a square face. The hair adds lift up top, lengthening the face.

This cut is more about attitude than your face shape, according to stylist Matt Fugate on the Glo website. This cut works best on coarse, thick hair. Fine hair will just fall flat without the help of a ton of styling product. A good stylist is adept at funky hairstyles and knows to follow the shape of your head rather than just your face shape when cutting a short, edgy style.

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Bedhead Hair

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Bedhead is hot, hot, hot and it's all about texture. Some stylists use the dry-cutting technique to achieve the perfect look because it allows them to see where the cowlicks are and how hair naturally falls.