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Ask a Hairstylist: The Best Haircuts for Fine, Straight Hair and a Square Face

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Haircuts for square faces

Q: Hi Bill, I was wondering if you could give me your professional opinion of some cuts/lengths would look best with my face shape?

Jodie is looking for a cut that suits her square face shape.

Right now, my hair is cut in layers. It is naturally straight and fine, but there is actually quite a bit of it. I do not colour it. 

Jodie's straight hair is currently cut in layers.

I'm kind of a wash and go type of girl; pretty low-maintenance. Though I don't mind occasionally pulling out the curling iron, with the way it's cut now, I feel like I need to do something to it every day. But since that's not really "me," I end up pulling it up in a ponytail a lot! 

Jodie finds she has to curl her hair for the layers to look good.

I love the bob cuts that I am seeing everywhere, but there are so many different varieties, I can't choose. Thanks in advance! — Jodie

A: Jodie, thank you for your request for a consultation.

With your hair type, the more layering you do, the more work you have to put in.

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All the pictures I have here are about the length that I would suggest.

My preference would be this type of cut, with a fringe, super-blunt ends and very few layers:

Bryce Dallas Howard Thanks for Sharing Los Angeles premiere 2013

Bryce Dallas Howard at the 2013 Los Angeles premiere of 'Thanks for Sharing.'

Anna Faris Reel Stories Real Lives 2012

Anna Faris at 'Reel Stories, Real Lives' in 2012.

The fringe will open up the eye area, and the more one-length cut will show off your natural colour. Light will reflect off the surface of one-length hair, making it shinier as well. Layers can sometimes make hair look very dull. 

Here is another option, without a fringe:

Heidi Klum Victoria's Secret The Perfect One Bra launch 2009

Heidi Klum at the 2009 launch of Victoria's Secret The Perfect One Bra.

If you would like to keep your ends soft like this, cut them a bit shorter in the back:

Emma Stone Aloha London premiere 2015

Emma Stone at the 2015 London premiere of 'Aloha.'

This will add more drama to what you already have and is just as easy.

Because your hair hangs straight, the best style for it should have the emphasis on the ends. Blunt ends look more polished, while softer ends are a bit edgier.