Softening the Corners of a Square FaceThe square face shape is relatively common, but often is not properly dealt with in selecting flattering hairstyles. Characterized by a broad forehead and jaw line, the square face tends to have sharper angles in the corners of the face. Among the drawbacks cited in having a square face is the feeling that the strong jaw lends a mannish appearance to the face – this is not a trait women see as positive.
Dealing with the square face effectively requires a hairstyle with a lot of soft curves as opposed to sharp angles and cutting lines. Length is a factor in that you generally want to avoid super-short styles and/or styles with hard angles – such as sharply-defined wedges. You also want to keep the purely horizontal and vertical lines to a minimum.
The following styles show a range of looks that are all flattering to the square face. These styles share common traits of off-centered or asymmetrical partings and curved lines and cutting angles:
This two-tiered cut features a zigzag parting and long fringe area (chin-length) which curves to create a softer appearance. The highlighting around the face also adds depth and definition to emphasize the curved lines of the style. The cut’s upper tier is tapered to create a rounded look, while the lower tier provides a counterpoint and balance. This style works best for those individuals with thick wavy hair.
This long razor cut features an off-center parting and heavily textured layering around the face and in the fringe area. The overall look is smoothly curved and works well to soften the corners of the square face. The cut is perfect for those individuals with fine hair that needs some styling to give it a soft wave.
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A more voluminous layered style, this cut has a diagonal parting and multi-level layering. The separate sections of layering form soft curves and waves which soften the corners of the face. The multiple layers help to further create a sense of length in the face. This style is perfect for individuals with thick hair with a small amount of wave.
This is a box-layered bob haircut, with an off-centered and diagonal parting. The fringe is lightly textured and the box layering allows the hair to form soft curving lines to frame the face while retaining cleanly delineated cutting lines. The style is perfect for those individuals with medium to thick hair with a modest amount of wave and body.
This is a razor cut bob style with an off-set diagonal parting and long, side-swept bangs. The asymmetry is perfect for drawing attention to the lines of the style, and the curves of the styling offer a softening effect to the corners of the face. The cut and style are good for those persons who have fine to medium textured straight hair.
This style is a long-layered style with an off-center parting and softly textured bangs area. The bangs are cut following a curved line and razor-textured to soften them. The layers are razor textured to soften the cutting lines and provide some texturing around the face. This style is excellent for people with fine to medium textured hair with a medium to wavy pattern and a lot of body.
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