A hairstyle needs to be flattering to your natural features in order for the look to compliment the rest of your appearance. If you have a square shaped face, your hairstyle choice should be one that plays upon the strong angles of your face. For women age 50 and over, hairstyles for those with a square face can range from short to long; provided that the rest of the cut flatters your facial features.
Medium Length Layered Bob
A medium length bob hairstyle, one falling just to the tops or right below the shoulders, is a versatile look appropriate for women over the age of 50. Light layers, especially framing the face, add to the appeal of this hairstyle. Opting for long bangs, parted and swept off to one side, compliments a square shaped face. This look works well with naturally gray, salt and pepper or dyed hair colors as well. The medium length of this style, coupled with the layers throughout help to conceal thinning hair that has less volume compared to younger hair.
Short, Choppy Pixie
A square face has naturally strong and dominant angles, which work well with short hairstyles. A cropped and spiked pixie hairstyle draws attention to the top of the head, thus allowing you to showcase your square facial features. Adding highlights to this type of a hairstyle gives the look a youthful appearance and works well for women over age 50. Women with thinning hair, or wiry texture as a result of the graying process will find this hairstyle works well as unruly hair can be positioned by the use of gel and mousse. This unstructured hairstyle works for hair that has turned gray and is thus harder to slick down and keep smooth.
Having a hairstyle that falls past the shoulders, and is thus considered long hair, can work for women over age 50 when the hair is properly cut, conditioned and maintained. To benefit a square shape face, the hair should have layers cut throughout, with an attention placed on face framing layers that angle in towards the face. Having the longest layers hit below shoulder length will help to distract away from facial features impacted by aging, such as dropping jawlines or wrinkles.
Hairstyles, regardless of short, medium length or long, can be updated by the simple addition of bangs. A square shaped face, due to its angular appearance, requires bangs that are not blunt. Longer length bangs that can be swept off to the side, pinned up on top of the head, or pulled behind the ears work best for women over age 50 who want a versatile hairstyle that can be changed depending on the situation. Bangs pushed off to one side can draw attention to the eye area, taking focus away from more problematic areas such as the jawline while concealing forehead wrinkles.
References and ResourcesGood Housekeeping magazine: Find the Best Haircut for Your Face Shape
Fitness magazine: Square Face Shape
Health Guidance: Hairstyles That Lift and Camouflage for Women Over 50