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One of the most notoriously difficult face shapes to find a flattering hairstyle for, the square face shape can throw many hairdressers for a loop when clients come into their hair salons for consultations. Someone with a square face shape is characterised by a strong, broad jawline with an obvious square shape in its appearance and similar widths of your forehead and jaw.
We’ve compiled a list of five top hairstyles that flatter the square face shape and could give your hair a new lease on life. For more inspiration, why not peruse the previous hairstyles of square-faced celebrities including Keira Knightley, Ginnifer Goodwin and Olivia Wilde.
The ‘lob’ or long bob is one of the most popular choices for women with square faces and when styled in softer waves reduces the sharpness of the jawline while still slimming down the face and showing off defining bone structure. Depending on your preference, you may prefer a sharper cut to the hair to highlight the angles or a slight curve inward at the bottom of the hair, which flatters the face and may draw more attention to the eyes.
Perfect for square-face shaped women, if cut correctly, can lessen the appearance of width and soften the angles of a strong jawline, a fringe sculpted to the side has been popular with celebrities like Lea Michele but you can also experiment with chunky, choppier bangs at the front of the face, like Olivia Wilde and Nicole Richie.
It’s not for everyone, but this daring look can look amazing on square-faced women. Most recently rocked by Charlize Theron, this sharp, defined hairstyle is chic and modern and can make a great frame for the face. This is especially useful if you want to show off the sharp lines and contours of your jaw and face, rather than soften them.
Though the square face shape can carry off any parting, a side parting can be particularly flattering for the face. Asymmetry is great for softening the jawline and can potentially slim the bottom of the face with a cut away from the face. Consider pairing it with a more textured, layered hairstyle that isn’t set close to the face as it can help you achieve a more feminine look.
If you’re in love with your long tresses, never fear! Make it work with a square face by creating loose and easy beach waves to push the hair away from the face. Hair cut close to the face can make it appear heavier than it actually is.
Here at The Chapel Hairdressing, after reinventing the hairdressing experience 22 years ago, we understand the importance in making sure you have time to be heard, understood and tailored to. You can book an appointment today at one of our five UK salons across the South East of England, with locations in Sevenoaks, London, Tunbridge Wells, Horsham and Marlow.