The square face is widely considered to be the most masculine face shape, and it looks great with a wide variety of hairstyles. It’s characterized by a prominent jawline, a square forehead, and straight sides. As a result, a square face is quite angular and sharp. The key is to soften the face’s angles.

If you’re not sure where to begin, here are some of our favorite haircuts for guys with square faces.

Chris Evans – buzz cut
Buzz Cut

Since buzzcuts are short in nature, they also do a good job of highlighting a square face. Opting for something like a crew cut, butch cut, or Ivy League will emphasize your sharp facial features. Buzzcuts tend to be shorter than undercuts and pompadours, so make sure you don’t cut your hair too short. If you do, you’ll end up drawing too much attention to your face.

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Side Swept Messy Hairstyle
Side Swept with Part

This unique variation on the side swept is one of the most unique hairstyles for guys with square faces. This takes the regular side part to extremes, pushing it to its limits with chin-length hair in the front. This is also an asymmetrical style, so while one side of your head will have super long hair, the other side will have much shorter hair. This is a bold style, so if you like adventurous hairstyles, this is for you.

Rob Lowe comb over hairstyle
Comb Over

If you have a square face shape, you should emphasize either your hair or your facial features. To emphasize your hair, go with a longer cut, preferably one with similar lengths on the top and sides/back. To emphasize your face, go with a tighter, shorter cut.

Avoid center parting or cuts with heavy fringes. These throw your face off balance and detract from its strong features.

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Brad Pitt Slicked Back Undercut

The trusty undercut strikes again. The undercut is one of the best haircuts for guys with square faces because it emphasizes the face with the tight sides and styled top. We recommend keeping your undercut on the shorter side, as haircuts that aren’t short or long don’t work too well with a square face.

The slicked back undercut works especially well for accentuating facial features. Since the hair is slicked back, more attention is drawn to the face.

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Popmpadour with Fade and Beard

The stylish pompadour pairs nicely with a square face. Short pompadours are best because, like the slicked back undercut, they draw less attention to the hair and more to the face. Medium to long pompadours don’t work so well because they can make the face look rectangular and too long.

Top Knot with Beard
Top Knot

The top knot is a samurai-influenced variation on the man bun. All of the hair is pulled up into a single knot on the top of the head, usually at the crown. This is sort of a hybrid long/short cut because the hair is long, but it’s drawn up into a knot. Top knots usually highlight the face, but if you leave some of your hair hanging out, you can make your hair the focal point.

hairstyles for men with square faces
Wavy Topped Fade

A simple undercut with faded sides is one of the hottest hairstyles right now. One of this style’s many claims to fame is how it works with almost any face shape — square included!

David Beckham’s slicked back undercut + facial hair combo
Slicked Back Undercut

In general, undercuts are pretty versatile styles. This elegant slicked back undercut works wonders with Beckham’s square face and jawline.

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Back and Side
Back and Side Swept

For a variation on the plain old undercut, considering adding a part around two-thirds or three-quarters the way across the hairline. Sweep some back and some to the side for this look.

Justin Timberlake’s Short Back and Sides
Short Back and Side

Yep, we love our undercuts. Check out this swept, parted undercut and how it creates a neutral, handsome look when combined with the face line.

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Chris Pine’s Buzz Cut
Buzz Cut

If you’re looking for something completely different, why not opt for a buzz cut? This ultra-short style draws plenty of attention to the square and manly face shape, and that’s nothing to hide!

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Crew Cut Damon
Crew Cut

Like the undercut, the crew cut is a hairstyle that will work for almost anyone, regardless of skin color, hair color, or even face shape. Here’s what the good ol’ fashioned crew looks like with a square face.

Buzz Cut Receding
Buzz Cut

Here’s another example of the buzz cut together with the square face shape. If you run this style with a little unkempt facial hair, the result is a youthful, urban look that we love.

Comb Over

Ah, the combover. A hairstyle dating back to the Roman times, this look exudes power and royalty like no other. Nowadays, a little bit of gel or hairspray can revive this into an incredibly modern style.

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Close Cut

This medium-length close cut is similar to the crew cut in just how versatile it is. With short-to-medium length hair all around the head, this is a much-welcomed style no matter your face shape.

Puffy Undercut Hairstyle
Puffy Undercut

We looked at some undercuts earlier, but none with as much contrast as this one. Here, the skin-tight cut on the sides plus the puffy top hair gives a cool, angular look to complement the squareness of the face.

Brush up Nick Lachey Hair
Short Brush up Hair

Another choice for those with square faces is to simply brush up the hair into whatever looks cool. In this case, we’ve landed on a fohawk, with the hair pushing up a ridge along the middle.

Caved Top with Tapered Sides
Caved Top with Tapered Sides
Side part Beard
Side Part
Ewan McGregor’s Undercut
Brushed Back Undercut
Brushed Classic Taper Hair
Back and Side Swept
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Ivy League Haircut