Easy & Short Hairstyles for Women With a Square Jaw

Christina Ricci attends the BlackBerry Torch launch showing off her her side-swept bangs, which soften her square jaw.

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Square-jawed luminaries like Demi Moore and Angelina Jolie may prefer to keep their tresses long, but that doesn't mean ladies with square jaws can't sport a shorter 'do. Hack off your strands if you want -- just keep your face shape in mind when picking out a cropped cut. "For square shapes, it's all about softening the edges," salon owner Charles Worthington tells "Marie Claire" magazine.

The Long Pixie

You don't need a heart-shaped face to rock an adorable little pixie cut. The trick to making a short pixie style work with a square jaw is to leave it a little longer at the back. A bit of hair at the nape of the neck will soften up your strong jawline. Just make sure you don't leave it too long in the back -- there aren't many women who can successfully pull off a mullet, so don't push your luck! To style this baby, just blow dry, throw in a little pomade and slide your wispy side pieces behind your ears.

The Choppy Bob

A bob is already pretty square, so the trick to toning down the angles is to incorporate shorter, face-framing pieces. Don't go for a helmet-style bob that's all one length. Instead, opt for a choppy bob with graduated layers. It'll add softness to your jaw's strong lines and take the edge off. Ask your stylist to give you razored ends to add texture, and keep your bangs long and choppy. This style is pretty much wash-and-go, so styling won't suck up precious moments in the morning. Throw in some texturizing cream or spray, then use a diffuser dryer to get a tousled, softened vibe.

Side-Swept Bangs and Parts

Long, layered, side-swept bangs will give you some graceful curves that can help offset a boxier jaw. They're also totally easy to style, since you don't have to worry about making them fall precisely across your forehead. Just blow-dry them to the side and add a little smoothing cream and you're done. Pair those side-swept bangs with an off-center part for even more softening magic, and you're ready to roll.

What to Avoid

That strong jaw of yours doesn't need any help looking sharper, which means you should stay away from angled bobs and cuts that look too geometric. Blunt-cut bangs that run right across your forehead will only accentuate your square jaw, and a center part can also look a little drastic on square-faced ladies. Steer clear of extreme hair with hard lines and keep your hair soft and layered.

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