Hairstyles for Square Face Men

Updated April 17, 2017

Men with square faces are described as having faces that are both wide and long. The forehead is large with a sharp jaw line. Hairstylists will consider the shape of a man's head when deciding on a suitable haircut, style or colour to obtain the best results. Face shape should also be considered in growing and grooming facial hair, such as beards, moustaches and sideburns. The right hairstyle can enhance a man's overall image.

Faux Hawk Hairstyle

Short hairstyles such as a faux hawk that match the square shape of a man's face are most flattering. Faux hawks are a less extreme version of the original Mohawk hairstyle, where hair is left long down the middle of the head to be spiked up, with the sides of the head shaved bald. With a faux hawk, hair is cut close on the sides and in the back and tapered around the ears. Hair is left slightly longer at the crown of the head to form a peak. Hair is then cut at different lengths throughout the top to give the hairstyle texture and balance out the angular jaw of the square face. Gel or hair wax is used to hold the style in place.

Medium Layered Hairstyles

For a medium layered style, wavy or straight hair is cut choppy throughout to add movement to the hair. The hair can also be cut into graduating layers with the longest layers at the bottom for hair that is at least shoulder-length but no shorter than chin-length. Layered hairstyles can be worn straight, free-flowing or full with body and softness. Layered hairstyles are easy to maintain, with little product needing to be used to keep the style in place. Regular trims are required for the upkeep of the style.

Messy Top

A messy-top hairstyle calls for a full head of medium-length hair cut into layers, with the bottom layer shortest and the length increasing on the sides and top, adding volume to the hair. Messy tops are good styles for men who are used to longer hairstyles, but want to update their look and compliment the square shape of their faces. Wavy hair is the most common hair type for the messy top, but the style will work on any type of hair texture. Mousse should be used to manipulate the hair into place in the front. The hairstyle is very casual and might not be suited for all professions.

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Candace N. Smith is a fashion and business writer in New York. Beginning her writing career in 2007, her work has appeared in various fashion publications including "Kouture Magazine." Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion marketing from American InterContinental University, Los Angeles, she's taken her experience in fashion, marketing and brand management, and shares that knowledge in her writing.