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Face Shape Matters – The Oblong/Rectangle Face

A large percentage of men have a square face shape, and it is coincidentally the most ideal and desired shape to work with.  (The square face is the male counterpart to the oval face shape for women.)  Therefore, when it comes to haircuts and beards, the goal is to square off the face, while taking into consideration any imperfections and how to camouflage them.

So, let’s continue from where we left off  (Previous post:  Face Shape Matters – The Square Face)

Here is what works for an Oblong or Rectangle Face:


  • Layered styles
  • Wispy bangs

– Try to stay away from styles that define the hairline

NO…long sideburns (this will enhance the length of your face)

Facial Hair

  • Neatly shaved moustache (to shorten the face)
  • Neatly trimmed beard (shortening and squaring the face)

One of the many skills I have developed as a professional barber is the ability to determine the best grooming style to complement your face shape.  Unsure of what style would fit you?  I can help, visit my Guide to Face Shapes page at 

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