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Best Men’s Hairstyles For Square Faces

These are the best men’s hairstyles for square face shapes.

Due to its angular features, the square face shape is the most masculine of them all. The prominent forehead and strong jawline are the most distinguishing features of this face shape.

When it comes to finding the right haircut, you can go one of two ways. The first is to keep your hair short and cropped; opting for a military buzz cut. This look is truly ‘Alpha‘.

Alternatively, if you want to soften the style and your angles, then consider adding more length and weight around the face. Style up and over with a high quiff or keep it more casual with a textured side parting.

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Facial Features:

  • Prominent forehead
  • Strong jawline
  • Equal length and width
  • Angular chin

Famous Men With A Square Face Shape

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Oliver Cheshire: Medium Length Quiff

Although he’s known more on the celeb circuit as a model and for being singer/TV judge Pixie Lott’s fiance, MFH has long been a fan of Oliver’s thick thatch.

And MFH declares Oliver Cheshire’s medium length quiff a winning style for him.

Why? The volume balances out his square face shape and the softness of the styling softens and flatters his features.

Oliver clearly knows the importance of a good hairstylist, too. He explained to the Evening Standard:

‘When it comes to men’s grooming, simplicity is key. If you want to spend on something, spend your money on a great haircut. Larry King has been cutting my hair for ten years, he’s an amazing hair stylist and good friend.’


How To

  • It’s styled so the front section sweeps up and back to create volume and shape.
  • Apply fibre cream and matt clay to towel dried hair for shine and hold.
  • Then roughly blow dry your hair on medium heat.
  • Add some volume powder to the front for a boost and for height.
  • For a slightly messier, more casual quiff like Oliver’s, gently pull the hair up and slightly back with your fingers as you blow dry it.
  • Finish off with some light hold hairspray.
  • You can also wear your hair sleek and smooth with a side parting.
  • Or have fun by messing around with the texture.
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Andrew Garfield: Wavy Quiff

With a head of hair almost as large as his acting CV, Andrew Garfield’s wavy quiff and that thick bonce is almost a character in itself.

But it’s only in his recent film Tick, Tick…Boom! that we get to see his natural curls in all their glory.

Generally Andrew tends to either have his curls cut short enough so he can style his hair into a swept back quiff. Or else he keeps the hair on top a little longer, and uses product to turn his curls into glossy waves and shapes it into a quiff.

But whatever way he styles it, the actor formerly known as Spiderman has the kind of luxuriant hair we’d give away our collection of Gucci trainers for.

How To

  • Andrew Garfield’s wavy quiff is a style that works best on ‘second-day hair’ – so ideally don’t shampoo daily.
  • If it’s wet from the shower, try this trick for extra volume: hang your head upside down as you blow dry it.
  • Spritz dry shampoo into the roots and then massage it in.
  • To get natural shine back, use a couple of drops of hair oil and run it through your hair with your fingers.
  • You can then use straighteners to fix any rogue bits of hair that aren’t sitting right
  • Take some hair clay, rub it between your hands to warm it up, then run it through your hair  for more texture.
  • Tousle the waves into shape with fingers.
  • Then rub the palms of your hands along the sides of the hair to make it look a little sleeker.
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Kieran Culkin: Short Cut With Long Straight Fringe

If the 39-year-old actor looks familiar – and not just because of his role as Roman Roy on Succession – it might be because he slightly resembles his older bro, Macauley Culkin. (Who is 41. Yes, really).

But we’re here to critique Kieran Culkin’s short cut with long, straight fringe. Which, when he lets it hang long and loose, looks very ‘singer in a noughties indie band’ TBH. Franz Ferdinand to be precise. (Too young? Google them). 

We’re loving how he’s styled it into a subtle half-quiff here, too, which softens his square face shape.

Rock on, Kieran.

How To

  • The length of the fringe makes this versatile.
  • You can wear it in a mini quiff like Kieran here. This is all about product – use a volumising mousse, and a matt clay.
  • Then blow dry hair to the side, using fingers to pull it up into a soft half-quiff.
  • Pull some longer pieces down onto the forehead.
  • You can also wear this style slicked right back, like Kieran’s Succession character, Roman Roy.
  • Or you could go product free wear it side parted with a loose, sweeping fringe
  • You could even wear it slicked down to the side for a 1940s look.
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Conor McGregor: Crew Cut With High Skin Fade And Texture

If you want to make a statement with super short hair that’s not a buzz cut, this Conor McGregor crew cut ticks all the boxes.

If, like Conor, you’re really active, then it’s one of those wash’n’go styles that needs very little day to day styling.

While Conor can carry it off, it is, to put it bluntly, harsh. Avoid if you feel remotely self-conscious about any of your features.

Also check out Conor’s buzz cut look for more inspo.

How To

  • Be aware that tight hair fades will need to be maintained every couple of weeks.
  • Take a small amount of of matt finish wax or gel and warm it by rubbing between fingers.
  • Then apply it through your hair with your fingers to subtly enhance the texture
  • If you’re feeling lazy, you can just wash and go!
  • NB: due to the skin fade you’ll be more prone to sunburn. If you’re somewhere hot and sunny (lucky you!) wear a cap and slap on the SPF around the sides of your and neck.
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Penn Badgley: Curly Medium Length With Side Parting

Textured, tousled and perfectly glossed, Penn Badgley’s hairstyle is very effortless. Styled in a side parting, the focal point is on those curls sweeping across the You actor’s face.

This grown-out look can be effortlessly styled using a high shine product, like a pomade, that will define the hair’s natural texture and provide a polished finish.

How To

  • For a more mature look, leave hair long enough to tuck behind your ears.
  • The sides and back need to have some length, but kept tidy and neat.
  • The front can be styled into a side parting or left more loose and natural.
  • Leave curls to dry naturally or use a diffuser to reduce frizz.
  • Use a styling cream if you want to build more volume and texture, or a high shine pomade for a glossy finish.