Haircuts for Rounded Square Shapes

A great cut is a powerful thing. Let your rounded square face shape be the guide to the best hairstyle for you.

Round and square may seem like disparate shapes, but they can often come together in a face that is rounded at top and the sides, yet finishes in a distinctly square jawline. Think of it as being blessed with the best of both worlds.

There is one cutting style that can seamlessly unify the strengths of both shapes: layers. According to YouBeauty Hair Advisor Guido, layers will soften the chiseled contours of the jawline, while at the same time adding depth and structure to the rounder top and middle sections.

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Lucy Liu

If you have straight or wavy hair

Since straight and wavy hair types typically fall against the face, there’s a propensity for the rounded square shape to make the hair rest in a triangle shape. The key is to cut lots of fine layers into the bulk of hair for movement above the chin that touches various points of the face, accentuating the structure near the top of your face that can otherwise be overwhelmed.

A sexy, side-swept bang is another way to add movement towards the top half of the head, as are wispy bangs that extend just a bit further than the end of the eyebrows, to bring eyes and lashes into the spotlight.


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Leighton Meester

If you have curly hair

Layers make the most of your naturally curly texture by staggering volume and balance throughout the hair. If you like a longer length, start layers below the chin, so that the weight of hair draws curls more vertical, emphasizing your cheekbones. If your cut is shorter, cut layers so that they graze the cheekbones, bringing a sense of softness to the face.


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