What is a wedge haircut?

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There’s a story behind every haircut. Some are pretty epic while others are fairly simple. The Wedge’s story is pretty epic–especially if you grew up in the late 70s and early 80s. This style was made famous during the 1976 Winter Olympics by figure skater, Dorothy Hamill. At the time, Hamill wanted her long hair to be more manageable. So, she looked to the expertise of Japanese stylist, Yusuke Suga, to make her shorter hair goals come true.

When she was on the ice, Hamill’s new cropped ‘do moved to and fro’ just as her body did to the music. Girls and women around the world were captivated by the style, and rushed to salons the next day to have their hair cut into the same style. Since then, the wedge has been revamped and interpreted in a variety of ways.

Many people might consider the style to be dated, but that’s simply not the case. With today’s options, you can find a wedge wig for every age, taste level and face shape.

Joanne by Envy (Alan Eaton)

A wedge is cut quite close in the back but the front can vary. It can be asymmetrical, have side fringe to frame the face or the bangs might be full and long. There are a lot of options, so you should have no problem finding a wedge that suits you.

The benefits of the wedge are:

It looks good at any volume level.

Whether you like your hair to be as thick as a lion’s mane or you prefer a slick and contoured look, the wedge can work for you. More layers around the crown can give you height and shape, while length around the face will flatten the style and compliment rounder face shapes.

Looks good in any color.

If you though this style only looks good in basic colors, think again. This choppy cut looks great with highlights, custom colors or even with hints of gray.

The wedge is often an overlooked style, but don’t count it out when shopping for wigs. If you’ve been looking for a new style to try, give it a chance and see how it can instantly make you look more youthful and fun. And don’t be afraid to play around with different colors, too. If you need help narrowing things down, we can help! So if you have questions, please reach out to our Customer Care Help Desk.


  1. Stella Felix
    September 25, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Who doesn’t love a great Wedge cut? …. I have to say, The Wedge was invented by British stylist Trevor Sorbie in 1974, whilst working for Vidal Sassoon.

  2. Kathleen Ryan
    September 25, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    I graduated High School in 1977 so yeah you bet I had the D H wedge..lol loved it then and have had it many different ways over the years. Thanks for the reminder what a lovely style it is..:-)

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