Short Haircuts for Fine Hair With a Square Face

English fashion model Agyness Deyn wears a wispy-banged bob for her square face.

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Getting the right cut is the key to making your fine hair look voluminous and healthy. The cuts that work great with your thin strands, however, don’t always flatter your square face shape. A short cut can be gorgeous with a strong jaw and forehead, when layered and styled the right way.

Square Faces

If you have a square face, your forehead, cheekbones and jawline are equal in width. Agyness Deyn and Rosario Dawson share this face shape. Square faces usually have an angular quality, so you want haircuts that add softness. Avoid extra short, spiky cuts and sharply-defined angled cuts – such as wedges or straight-across bangs – as they only make your features look sharper.


A classic, versatile short cut is the bob. It works well for fine hair as the length usually lies between the cheeks and the shoulders. Go for a modern version that tapers toward the front of your face in a slightly concave fashion. The round edges of such a bob counter the squareness of your face.

Layered Cuts

Short cuts with layers that angle toward your cheekbones can also be flattering to your face shape. These cuts may be pixie-short, but should add height at the crown of your head. Ask your stylist to make the edges of your layers irregular to create more volume.


Adding wispy, side-swept bangs can help break up the linear angles of your face. Bangs can also help add interest to fine hair that can lack volume. Part your hair to the side; a middle part only makes the angles of your face more noticeable.

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