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A squarish face shape offers many hairstyle and cut options for women.

In fact, we feature hundreds of such ideas for inspiration so you can show your hairdresser some great options when you next visit the salon.

Check out the 2018 photo gallery below.


A typical bob cut with blunt bangs but with an extra twist. This hairstyle is highlighted on one side only, creating a unique and trendy look.

Lena Headey in a short hairstyle incorporated with a printed green bandana.

Last April 2016, Lena Headey looking fun and playful at the Milk + Bookies Story Time Celebration with her short hairstyle incorporated with a printed green bandana.

Lena Headey sporting side-swept, layered bangs and teased hairstyle

Lena Headey sporting side-swept, layered bangs and teased hairstyle at the Pride And Prejudice and Zombies Premiere last JAnuary 21, 2016.

Lena Headey in a semi-tousled upstyle and razor-cut, side-swept bangs

Lena Headey's semi-tousled upstyle and razor-cut, side-swept bangs at the Season 6 Premiere of Game of Thrones last April 10, 2016.

Shoulder-length, blonde hair with natural curls and highlights. The looks is incorporated with curtain bangs for a chic and trendy aura.

Lena Headey is a game-changer indeed. She chose to have a short, wind-swept hair on her detailed gown during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2015.

Lena Headey is a game-changer indeed. She chose to have a short, wind-swept hair on her detailed gown during the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, September 2015.

Last March 4, 2014, Lena Headey wore a curly updo oozing with elegance and charm at the premiere of her movie '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Last March 4, 2014, Lena Headey wore a curly updo oozing with elegance and charm at the premiere of her movie '300: Rise of an Empire'.

Lena Headey went a bit carefree with her loose curls and side-bangs. The photo was taken at the 'An Evening with The Game of Thrones' event held last March 19, 2013.

Lena Headey went a bit carefree with her loose curls and side-bangs. The photo was taken at the 'An Evening with The Game of Thrones' event held last March 19, 2013.

Lena Headey's side-swept curls are styled in an edgy way, with all the thick side bangs and volume. This look was worn last March 18, 2013 at the LA premiere of 'Game Of Thrones Season 3'.

Lena Headey's side-swept curls are styled in an edgy way, with all the thick side bangs and volume. This look was worn last March 18, 2013 at the LA premiere of 'Game Of Thrones Season 3'.

An incredibly stylish version of Lena Headey with tousled layers and side-swept bangs was seen at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held last September 2013.

An incredibly stylish version of Lena Headey with tousled layers and side-swept bangs was seen at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards held last September 2013.

During the HBO Golden Globe Party 2012, Lena Headey surprised everyone with this straight bob cut with bangs. This one is a typical style but knowing the actress' iconic tousled and wavy look, it is really something new and unique for her.

During the HBO Golden Globe Party 2012, Lena Headey surprised everyone with this straight bob cut with bangs. This one is a typical style but knowing the actress' iconic tousled and wavy look, it is really something new and unique for her.

Lena Headey attended the LA premiere of '300' last March 2007 in an elegant upstyle with a twisted tendril on the side.

Lena Headey attended the LA premiere of '300' last March 2007 in an elegant upstyle with a twisted tendril on the side.

What are good cuts for a square face shape for women?

Fortunately you have several options which gives you the opportunity to mix up your cuts over time.  Here are some good suggestions:

Long and layered:  long hair in layers creates a perception of a slightly longer face while the layers offer texture.  Great choice.

Tapered short:  Yes, short options are available.  Go short with a tapered cut to add the appearance of a vertical-oriented do.

Layered bob (Lob):  For medium-length choose the layered bob.

Side parts:  Whether long, medium-length or short, a side part works great for a square face.

Generalities:  go with layers and/or side parts.  Layers, especially when layered at ear-level create a tapering effect from the ears (i.e. jaw line) downward which minimizes the square effect.

Bad cuts are…

Any cut that accentuates the squarish jaw.  This includes long or medium-length hair without layers.

Really short cuts aren’t great unless very well tapered.  Probably best to have some length with layers.

Short and/or blunt bangs definitely emphasize a squareness so you want to avoid that.

Is short hair okay for squarish face type?

Yes, absolutely.  However, opt for a side part with a taper to it which slightly narrows the appearance of your face.

What are stylish bangs?

Side-parted bangs are a very good option for a square face type.  Whether a side-sweep or long part, this is a good option for you.

The worst bangs are…

Short bangs are a bad choice because they emphasize the squareness of your face.

Straight bangs aren’t the best either because they have the same effect.  Of course straight, short is the worst.


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