Made famous by Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill in the ’70s, wedge haircuts for women have evolved throughout the last few decades offering a variety of sophisticated looks. Find out more about the women’s wedge haircut in all its variations, from high-maintenance crops to simpler hairstyles.

While it originated from the bowl cut, the wedge has adapted to a variety of shapes that suit most face shapes but are primarily sported by women with naturally straight hair.

Wedge Haircuts for Women: Evolution

Modern short wedge haircuts can feature different styles of bangs along with angled layers. Pixie style wedge haircuts can give a sophisticated look for younger women, but are also suited for older women with thinning hair.

A good stylist can create the perfect wedge look with the right combination of layers and definition, but this hairstyle is also suited for messier looks and bright colors for a more alternative look.

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Layered Wedge Haircuts for Women

If your hair is naturally wavy or curly, you can use a ceramic flat iron to straighten it and a shine serum to get the classic look or you can choose a more modern variety of women’s wedge haircut that involves layers and good definition.

Cut just above the ear with longer crown sections, the layered wedge works best with a side-part that gives it extra volume. Ask for choppy fringes and keep them styled in the right way for your face shape, just above the eyebrows for a great wedge look.

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Women’s Wedge Haircut with Bangs

Short wedge haircuts for women can be styled with longer bangs if you have high cheekbones. If you want a well defined style, you can straighten sections of your bangs after blow drying your hair in the opposite direction of the one you plan on setting your lightly side swept bangs.

Wedge Haircuts for Women: Styling

Keeping your wedge in shape is harder if you go for one of the more classic looks and your hair would need a trim every 6 to 8 weeks to keep the desired shape.

A more low-maintenance option is a slightly longer layered wedge hairstyle that doesn’t need a lot of daily care and products since it can be easily set the right way if you use a paddle brush with boar bristles while you blow dry.

Getting a well defined wedge with an extreme side part is the more elegant option and this look works best with long chandelier earrings for a great look on special occasions.

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