What Kind of Layers Would Look Good on a Square Face?

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What Kind of Layers Would Look Good on a Square Face?
Long, delicate layers soften a square face like Jessica Biels'. (Steffen Kugler/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Haircuts are most flattering when they are chosen according to face shape. A square face features a squared jawline, and the forehead, cheekbones and jawline are of equal width. The cuts which work best for square faces are those which soften the square. You can choose from short layered hairstyles to medium layered hairstyles, but avoid very long hairstyles. Side fringe are optional for this face shape.

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Ideal Length

If you have a square face, avoid very short or very long haircuts. The best-length haircuts are those which rest at the chin, either a few inches below or above it, according to Look Fabulous. Your layers should be delicate and wispy, and should frame the face. Layers help soften a square face. You can cut short layers to add volume and lift to your hairstyle. Layers nicely accentuate a square face by providing balance but highlighting facial features, according to Become Gorgeous. To soften your wide forehead, you can add side-swept fringe.

Short Haircuts

Square faces should avoid very short haircuts, but haircuts such as bobs which reach the chin, can be very flattering, as seen on actress Keira Knightley. Opt for a tousled, wavy bob which goes below the chin in the front, and is shorter in the back. The layers in this bob should be delicate and in different lengths. Shorter layers add volume, while longer layers elongate and frame the face nicely. Other short haircuts include asymmetrical layered haircuts and layered cuts, which fall between a bob and a shoulder length cut.

Long Haircuts

Layers are a necessity for longer hairstyles since they help soften your facial features. These layers should start at the jaw, and not be of shorter length. The ideal length for layers is just below the chin and going down. Soft, wispy face-framing layers will nicely accentuate your face, as seen on actresses such as Jessica Biel or Angelina Jolie. Your layers should help mask your wide forehead and square chin. Long layers help elongate and soften your face.

Adding Texture

You can add more framing and texture to your layered haircut by adding curls or waves. Square faces look best in simple hairstyles. Style your layers using a curling iron for a gentle, feminine, flattering look or simply scrunch your layers with some gel for a tousled look. Your hairstyle should have volume on top, and look narrow on the sides. That way, your face looks softer and rounder. By adding texture, you avoid the long, straight hairdo, which is a don't for square faces.

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