Golden blonde hair with soft curls to soften a square face
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Square Faces

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The square face is characterized by a strong square jaw and ofen square forehead to match. The oval face is considered the perfect shape, so we always try to create that illusion when giving advice about face shape. Try some of these hair tips to help create the illusion of the perfect face shape with your hairstyle for the square shaped face:

  • If you have longer hair and a square face, let it fall past the shoulders and allow some soft layers or a grown out fringe to fall around the temples.
  • Even when pulled back, leave wisps around the face as this will help to soften your look and make your face look more oval.
  • If your hair is shorter, elongate the face by going for height at the crown and keep a soft roundness in the silhouette.
  • Cut above or below the jawline just not on it. Always insist on layers, not single-length styles or center partings. These will always draw attention to a square face rather than softening it.

Image from Anthony Nader @ Raw Hair Sydney shows layers and wisps of hair onto the face that would soften a square face shape

Image from Anthony Nader @ Raw Hair Sydney

  • Book, or drop in at your favorite or local salon and get a consultation. These are free of charge and will give you some great ideas that you can have a think about. If you have a decent printer, you can also print out some of our images and take them with you to see what the hairdresser thinks. Hairdressers really appreciate this as it gives them a starting point to say "yes, we can try this but your own hair is more wavy so will look more like this" for example. If you can't find pictures of what you want, take along a picture to show them what you don't want! We know this sounds strange but in the hands of an expert it will be obvious as to what you will like.


When talking to a hairdresser about a new cut, check out our section making sure your hairdresser understands what you want for tips. It can make a big difference to be able to tell your hairdresser exactly what you want.


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