Exclusively Yours—The Best Wedge Haircuts This Season
Wedge haircuts are the go-to styles for women who prefer wash-and-wear haircuts but want a soft and feminine touch. Most stylists use the wedge cut in tandem with the classic bob, giving a very angular weight line to the look. Also, women with fine hair will usually wear the haircut because of the volumizing effect.
But do you know that the wedge cut has a very distinguished history?
An Olympic Style
When Dorothy Hamill won the Women’s Figure Skating Single gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in Austria, she will inspire countless girls and women to flock the salon to get the “Hamill Wedge.” The night before she was set to leave the U.S. for her competition, renowned Japanese hairstylist Yusuke Suga cut her thick straight hair to complement the flow of her skating, adding a graceful touch to the Olympian’s silhouette.
Fashionistas and the general public dubbed Hamill’s style as the short and sassy style and women wanted the no-fuss haircut. Hamill’s hair made her even more famous. So famous that during the 70s, she was the most popular shampoo and hair care endorser. The sassy and short attribute got stuck with Hamill’s image, and true wedge haircuts may be very retro nowadays, but the image and vibe of the cut remain.
However, Trevor Sorbie, a celebrity hairstylist, is accredited with inventing the classic wedge haircut in a Vidal Sassoon salon in 1974. But it took Hamill’s popularity to make the haircut as ubiquitous as Farrah Fawcett’s shaggy style or Bo Derek’s cornrows.
The Real Wedge Haircuts We Want
Okay, wedge haircuts aren’t really for everyone. But there’s a style tweak out there that can make any hair, curly, straight, thin, or thick, adapt to the wedge. What we love about the wedge is that you get all the low-maintenance comfort of a short bob, but less of the growing-out hassle.
A wedge bob is shorter at the back and with longer layers all around, especially the top and front. The cut gives a voluminous silhouette similar to a bowl cut but with more inversions and layers. It’s a short haircut that gives an airy flow to the hair, one reason why it’s popular with women who have thicker and thinner hair.
However, with the modern taste, the wedge has evolved to incorporate more stacking, inverted wedges, and the play of color and lights to the total look.
The Classic Wedge Haircuts
Similar to the bowl cut, you know it’s a classic wedge cut when the back is shorter than the front. There are also layers, but minimal increase unlike that of the typical stacked bob.
The Modern Reverse Wedge
You still have the wedge cut with the graduated length. However, the front section of the hair is longer than the back—a reverse of the classic wedge haircut. This is your retro look glowed-up for the modern taste but retains the best of the wedge. We love the ease of maintenance bt with the urban vibe.
The New Wedge
Hamill’s style isn’t as popular as the new style where a wedge traverses the ears. If you go to a modern salon now, this is the wedge haircut. You probably will end up explaining what you want and whipping out your smartphone to show what the classic wedge looks like.
The Modern Wedge
Unlike the retro wedge which is one continuous line going from short to long as you move forward the hairline, the V-wedge makes a V-shaped line as it exposes the ear. It’s the modern take to a very popular cut and which we love. After all, one must show off those beautiful danglies once in a while.
The Allure of A-Line Wedge Haircuts
The A-line bob angles to the front, but the wedge softens the look with its softer take on layers. What we love about the wedge cut is how it adds depth to a look and hair volume especially around the crown. It can also be a sleek cut as shown here and “slims down” thicker hair without being bogged down by too many layers.
An A-line wedge bob with the rounded edges giving the visual line a softer vibe. In a true wedge haircut, the rounded edges are achieved not by undercutting but by layering with very minute difference between the length of each layer. Also, in the classic wedge, layers are kept to a minimum.
The Age of the Asymmetrical Edge
The wedge cut lends itself magnificently to the asymmetrical bob, making it ultra-modern and stylish. The bob in itself is very versatile and even with the formulaic parameters of the wedge haircut, we still get to play around with the lengths and layers.
You can have undercut layers all-around and then a chic A-line on one side while your punky bad chick gets to rule the other. The asymmetrical cut wherein one side or one section or several sections altogether are cut in varying and drastic lengths is softened by the wedge’s rounded vibe.
Razor Sharp Edges
Getting a buzzcut can be a beautiful experience.
With highlight, it can be a real glow-up.
A wedge haircut is now more known for the v-shaped hairline that angles around the ear. Get the semi-mohawk treatment for a very urban vibe.
Such a lovely way to show-off an undercut—flirty bangs.
Or something with a real attitude.
The Undercut Wedge Haircuts
If you have thicker hair and want some respite from the constant upkeep AND you are on the adventurous side of style, then an undercut wedge cut can be a great look. The cut is a wash-and-wear style that we love. If you want to dress up the cut, a little hair product can hold any look. From the tousled look to alluring bedhead, check out the buzzcut that will not be a buzzkill.
Chic Modern Curls for Wedge Haircuts
When Sorbie created the wedge, he wanted a streamlined horizontal weight line that will solve the weighty problems of too thick hair. Who knew that fast forward a few decades, the wedge would come back as a chic hair trend for curly hair. Modern touches in the wedge cut nowadays include bangs that can sweep and frame the face and lovely tousled curls. However, the horizontal weight line of the cut remains and continues to be its signature look.
A side view of a curly wedge cut. The cutting techniques are great in taming thick curly hair, so the wedge can be a cut you might want to try.
Michelle Obama’s curly take on the wedge is cool and elegant, very much like the lady herself.
A buzzcut plus curls equal a very 70s retro look. Highlights and razor-sharp hairline can make the retro look a little more modern.
Gorgeous Curls for Wedge Haircuts
Oh my! Who wouldn’t love to tousle these gorgeous curls. The short wedge style just amplifies the pretty factor in these curls, and we are so tempted to touch.
Retro Wedge Haircuts
Here’s a new look at how the wedge haircut evolved through the decades, starting with the Hamill Wedge. However, from the rounded bowlish cut, the wedge has undergone several iterations. From taming thick hair to a cut for someone with fine hair, the style only proves that it is all in the proper handling. The new wedge cut isn’t for everybody, especially with the short and sassy style. But with curls and the medium-length looks, the wedge is becoming a very flexible hairstyle.
A Round of Applause for the Beautifully-Cut Classic Wedge
The initial wedge cut was more akin to the bowl cut and even back there, the visual effect is much softer than what the new wedge looks like.
When a Wedge Pretends to Be a Mullet aka That 80s Style
Fly-Away Curls for a Happy TV Experience
A beautiful rendering of the wedge cut for curls. The fly-away edges, of course, dates the style to the 70s. However, this only proves the evolving flexibility of the wedge haircut and why people with fine hair prefer the cut.
The 80s Wedge
Nearly akin to the new style of wedge haircuts, we prefer the new angular take that stylists are currently using. The feathered layers are a great way to lighten up thick hair.
The Wedge Haircut’s Evolution
Nearly in the style which we currently know, the deep side part and the flipped bangs give this look a very 90s and early 2000 feel. We, however, love the highlights and the beautiful smile that goes with the look.
Top of The Retro Curls
You probably have seen these styles more on nostalgia story pieces and your mother’s photo album.
Beautiful Wedged Bowls
The wedge haircut turns true to itself with these beautiful wedge bowl cuts that traverse both styles. Rounded and soft edges, but with the wedge, you can easily spot where the horizontal weight line of the hair breaks.
The Modern Wedge Haircuts in Bowl Form
How to turn a bowl cut into a wedge cut? Create a little more angular line to the hair and these styles are a little more obvious about the wedge. It’s a more visually dramatic cut than the bowl, and definitely more stylish. However, if you are looking for hipster cred, both the wedge and the bowl get full retro points.
Wedgy Stacked Bobs
The classic bob is fun, fashionable, and always in style. When you add the cutting techniques associated with the wedge, the style becomes a bit softer and more feminine. It doesn’t lose its flirty and fun side however.
You get the full style points if you style your classic wedge bob in pink.
Let’s give the wedge cut a new kind of wedge.
Depending on how you cut and style the cut, you can add volume to fine hair or you can tame thicker hair so the style doesn’t get weighed down. Add this flexibility to the bob and you are maximizing your style points and you didn’t even have to try too hard. May we also remind you how easier it is to maintain the upkeep of the wedge bob. However, if you’re wedge is on the shorter side and you don’t want to grow out the length, regular visits to the salon are important.
And here’s a back view of a wedge bob for your reference.
The wedge bob gets a very stylish A-line style. The silver lilac and blonde highlights are optional.
Bang It On with Wedge Haircuts
Bangs give the wedge either a very retro feel or a toral modern chic vibe. Maybe we can also have both with the way stylists and fashionistas play with their wedge haircuts.
Hipster Chopped Bangs
A Flirty Fringe
Asymmetrical Are Fun
And if you wear a deep side part, those asymmetrical bangs will get extra style mileage. Wear with highlights, either permanent or semi-permanent, and you get full fashion points.
Choppy Bang for the Trendy Wedge Cut
Short Bangs for The Wedge Bob
A side parting, even with bangs, can draw the eye towards the face and help give visual depth. A look that is quite good for those with fine or thin hair.
High With Highlights
You have the cut, why not amp up the style factor with color? We love the play of highlights on the layers of the wedge cut, and regardless of length, the wedge lends itself beautifully to fashionable dyeing. Victoria Beckham has worn the wedge cut for quite some time now and has been credited to ushering the cut back to our fashion consciousness. whether you go for highlights or low lights or just the most subtle of babylights, color will always add impact to your wedge cut.
Wedge Haircuts With Blonde Highlights
Gold or warm brown tot he lightest touch, blonde highlights will always dress up a look.
Blonde Wedge Haircuts
If you have had your fill of the different kinds of wedge cuts, feast on these colors that give different effects and vibe. From fiery red to cool platinum, we have a beautiful collection of the trendiest colors for your wedge cut.
What this platinum blonde with summery highlights?
Summery Blonde With Butter Blonde Highlights
Cool as Icy Platinum
Platinum, metallic gray, and silver are the coolest colors to get. With the new styles of wedge haircuts around, you have your choice of platinum and all its iterations. If you are on the senior side of age, go with the flow and turn your graying hair to something trendy and hip.
A Platinum Balayage
These are ashy blonde highlights! Embrace the gray and turn age to trend.
Perfect Age for Platinum
Whether you are 15 or 50 or 70, platinum is always icy cool.
Fiery Wedge Haircuts
Red is the color of passion and we are so ready to embrace it. Together with a wedge haircut, fashion-sense and practicality are perfectly melded together.
The Allure of Auburn
Beautiful Burgundies for Your Wedge Haircuts
Pretty Wedge Brunettes
Brown colors on hair evoke not only warmth and chocolatey deliciousness, but it’s also the feel of deep and dark lusciousness that we associate with the forest and the earth.
We love our deep browns that are so unique to the colors of the forest. Dark and rich, they play with the sun while keeping the attention to a minimum.
A Taste of Honey
Wedge Haircuts for the Modern Senior Woman
Wedge haircuts may be popular now among the younger set, but it’s also popular among our ladies of a certain age especially with its easy maintenance. Real cuts and real looks for real women who relish their age and celebrate their lives with style.
Ageless Short Style
Celebrate the Grays
The Medium Wedge Haircuts
The wedge haircuts fit any length and the trend nowadays goes for longer lengths rather than the usual short hair. Coupled with bangs, center or side partings, or anything else that a stylist can think of, wedge haircuts remain very versatile.
Bangs Can Make a Visual Impact on Wedge Haircuts
Wedge Haircuts FAQ
Is the wedge haircut only for those with fine hair?
Nope. Dorothy Hamill, the Olympic skater that popularized the cut, had very thick hair. And the wedge’s gentle layering style softened Hamill’s hair while letting it flow which made for great visuals when Hamill was skating and making those graceful and athletic jumps. You can also opt for the A-line bob if you are planning to get a wedge haircut or check with your stylist about getting a stacked bob.
Okay, I thought the wedge haircut was a stacked cut. Are they different?
Yes, they are and it’s a very fine style line especially as both hairstyles have similar cutting techniques. A stacked haircut bears a very dramatic difference in layer length, usually at an inch. This length difference also gives the hair a dramatic and angular weight line which is usually associated with the stacked. Meanwhile, a wedge cut has a very minimal increase between the layers so the hairline gives a more gentle and rounded effect much akin to the bowl cut. Ultimately, you would now it’s a true wedge if it adds visual volume to your look.
How do wedge haircuts differ from bowl cuts?
Both cuts have a rounded effect, however, the wedge haircut has an angled line that the bowl doesn’t have.
I love my wedge cut, but can I go back to a stacked bob?
First, it really depends on the current state of your wedge cut right now. Since a stacked bob is usually more dramatic because of the sharp angular and vertical weight line of the hair, it is possible. However, if your wedge is on the pixie side and you want a stacked bob, you will probably need to grow out your hair. Finally, we suggest going to your stylist who can give you interim cuts and styles that can be a bob or not.
The stylist recommended the wedge cut for me and now I’m not sure how to style it?
First, congratulations on getting a very stylish albeit easy-to-maintain hairstyle. Second, since the wedge haircut is usually longer on the front than on the back, all you would really need is style the front sections of your hair. You can do the usual ubiquitous brush-up, However, if you want something more casual, a tousled look will also look good. If your wedge cut is on the longer side as what is currently trending now, get some messy waves in there. Create diagonal curls with your curling iron and then finger-comb your hair. If you want a fuss-free cut but want maximum style mileage, we suggest coloring your hair as highlights are wonderful coupled with a wedge.