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Top 20 Elegant Haircuts for Guys With Square Faces

Learn how a haircut can visually change your jawline and frame your face in a new way

written by The Editors

Has anybody compared your face shape to that of the famous ever-immaculate pompadour-wearing Johnny Bravo? The animated character might be deemed narcissistic and always making sure that he presents himself in a macho manner, but who can blame him? The quintessential masculine face shape is considered to be the square one – which puts a huge emphasis on the jawline.

Having a square face shape means that the length (from your temples to just before your jawline) is proportionate to its width making this wide-set bone structure mostly uniform. This results in two things aside from a symmetrical face – an angular jawline and prominent cheekbones. Now, for most guys, a square face shape is actually a good thing. A-list Hollywood actors that have this face shape include Superman actor Henry Cavill, Brad Pitt, and Twilight star Robert Pattinson, to name a few. However, though these characteristics define a square face shape – not everyone will have the same proportions. Others might have an angular jaw with a longer chin, some might have a shorter chin, others will have low-set eyes, and so on.

But like most things, there’s a caveat to this. The square face shape tends to come on strong and there’s really no way to hide it. The tricky part is to sport a flattering haircut and style that would tame it down a little but not overpower it. Somewhere in between. And the key to making this happen is to remember a simple rule – you should avoid any cut that only widens your face. This means that if you have hair volume on your sides, you should complement it with the same hair volume on top.

Still not sure how this works out for you? Here are some of our favorite haircuts for guys with square faces.

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Caesar Haircut

Caesar Haircut

History meets the new age with this banging Caesar haircut. Look extra dashing with this all-round hair cut with a short fringe that fits all curly, wavy, or straight hair.

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Classic Taper

Classic Taper

Just like the name, you get a classy look too. Adorned with tapered long hair on top and shorter hair down the sides and back of the head. The haircut eventually blends in with your skin, making you look sharp and neat.

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Curtain Haircut

Curtain Haircut

In this hair cut, the sides are kept much shorter than the top, but there is not a huge disconnect. The fringe section of hair is styled into a “curtain” fringe which adds shape to the front of the style. The rest of the hair is messy and textured for an edgy look.

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Platinum Blonde with Side Part

Platinum Blonde with Side Part

This is an example of a classic short cut that is polished and classy. The hard part adds more shape to the hair cut, and the slight combover gives this a cleaner look. The sides are shorter and slightly faded to accentuate the top of the hair style.

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Slicked Back Side Part

Slicked Back Side Part

This haircut is achieved by keeping the sides fairly short while leaving the top longer. The hair at the top of his head is brushed back with a slight side part that isn’t too accentuated. This gives the style a more flowy and natural look.

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Silky Smooth Side Sweep

Silky Smooth Side Sweep

The return of the classic clean-cut, introducing a neat side sweep with a subtle side part. The undercut here makes way for the taper fade to follow along with a very cleaner undertone. This look goes well on formal occasions, especially the fluff makes it more lively.

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Ivy League Haircut

Ivy League Haircut

Is this a soccer haircut or a tennis hairstyle? That cool side sweep with a small brush up on the top makes it very classy. The sides are not too faded yet just enough to maintain the texture on the top with thicker volume. The clean shave look makes this ever classier, can’t beat this, can you?

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Brushed Back Undercut
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Brushed Back Undercut

Having long strands gives all the freedom one needs to style their hair. This one combines more than one style; the top is slicked back but with open ends and a slightly puffy texture, and tapered sides.

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Puffy Undercut

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.

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Curly Fringe

Curly Fringe

This hair style is kept short on the sides and longer on top. The sides are seamlessly faded into the top of the hair, so there is no disconnect. The fringe section of hair is kept the longest to showcase the curly texture of his hair.

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Buzz Cut
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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 with Part
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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.

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Comb Over
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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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Undercut
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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
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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.

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Back and Side Swept
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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.

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Top Knot
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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.

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 Back and Side Swept
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Back and Side Swept

The side-swept brush is always so trendy because it makes the hair look fuller and puffier. This one has a unique side part with sides being tapered to the temple for it to be blended into a beard. The hints in this style are quite subtle but just look at the neat undertone of the style!

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Side Part
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Side Part

Mr. Very Gentleman is here with that amazing side part is all everyone needs. The puffed side sweep with sides being tapered with a hint of fade makes it a very wholesome meal. All of that topped with that sturdy mustache is such a retro move that every guy wants to rock at least once.

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Short Back and Side
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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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Brushed Up
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Brushed Up

This is as casual as it gets with the brush up with the side sweep texture to it. The thin hair is supported with few products and that makes it slightly thicker texture. The line up is slightly short with a curved angle. The temple fade is very slightly dull.

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Caved Top with Tapered Sides
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Caved Top with Tapered Sides

Is that a mop-top or a bowl cut? Well, it can totally be both. That plus a shiny dye with a caved fringe on forehead. The sides are tapered with a low fade. The low fade can also come off as a drop fade. The beard blend makes the temple look very fine.

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Wavy Topped Fade
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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!

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Comb Over

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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Slicked Back Undercut
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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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Crew Cut
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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.

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Buzz Cut
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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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Buzz Cut

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.

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