Bored of asking your barber for the same old short back and sides every time you go? Starting to feel the need for a style change? Then you need to turn to your face shape for guidance. If you have a square face shape, you’ll need a square haircut, which will help to elongate the face and provide a softer edge to your look.
Fellow square-faced stars include lady’s man Jamie Dornan to Orlando Bloom, so if you’re tempted to try a square cut, you can rest assured you’re in good company.
For some A-list inspiration to set you on your way, simply click through the gallery above for some quick square hair styles or keep reading for more info and styling tips.
The 6 best square cut styles to try if you’ve got a square face shape
1. Matt Bomer
The main aim of any square cut is to add height to the face for an elongating effect. And what better way to take your style to new heights, than with a classic quiff as seen on American Horror Story star Matt Bomer?
The ultimate does-it-all style, this look is suitable for both work and weekend wear, making it a great all-rounder.
2. Jamie Dornan curly bedhead
If you’re after a square hair style that’s a little more off-duty, look no further than Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan and his curly bedhead look.
The perfect balance between groomed and undone, paired with his rugged beard it flatters his square face well, giving his face a more oval appearance.
Editor’s tip: As you can see above, Jamie’s look has a slight wet look about it. To recreate this effect (without actually leaving the house with sopping wet hair), turn to the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel.
It’ll give your hair that shiny, wet-look finish even after it’s dried, while also keeping your look firmly in place all day.
3. Josh Hutcherson’s peaked quiff
4. Brad Pitt’s crew cut
Prefer to keep things simple in the hair department? Brad Pitt’s classic crew cut is an example of how you can use tapering to help flatter square faces.
Keeping the sides short and retaining a little extra length on top makes this timeless square cut both smart and handy, too. Perfect for the no-frills kinda guy, your morning routine will be transformed into get up and go — no styling required.
5. Zac Efron’s spiked-up style
Spiked-up styles are always a popular choice and luckily for those looking for a square haircut, they’re also a way to cleverly add height to your look, opening up your face instead of closing in on your forehead.
To avoid looking like a gel-happy teen, take note of Zac Efron’s method of keeping the spikes just around the forehead instead of opting for all over Benji Madden (circa. 2000) Liberty spikes. Unless that’s your thing, in which case, go ahead!
Editor’s tip: Spikes call for extra hold, so opt for a strong-hold gel (like the VO5 Extreme Style Freezegel) before attempting this style. Ideal for spiking up hair and locking it in place all day, it’s also easy to wash out once you’re done.
6. Orlando Bloom’s swept-back style
The freedom of having long hair is appealing to many men, mostly because of the multitude of styles you can rock with longer locks (man bun anyone?). But if you’ve been avoiding trying out a long, square cut because you’re worried it won’t work with a strong jawline, you needn’t worry.
As you can see from Orlando Bloom’s swept-back look, as long as you style your hair back off of your face to expose more of your forehead, the actual length of your hair isn’t an issue. So, go forth and release your inner Tarzan!
Now that you’ve got a better idea about which square haircut is best for you, make sure you’re not caught out on your next trip to the barbers with our guide to the 5 essential barber terms every guy should know. You’ll be barber-lingual in no time!