What Is a Wedge Haircut

A wedge haircut is a short and angled style with a triangular shape. It is usually a short cut that hangs well above the shoulders. First coming into style in the 1970s, this cut can have many different variations, which makes it a highly versatile look for both men and women.

It's important to remember that there is no such thing as a standard hairstyle dictionary. Every hair salon interprets a certain style in their own way. So when you see a stylist to get a short wedge haircut, you need to describe the overall look of the cut you want. Otherwise you may end up with something very different than what you envisioned.

Wedge Hairstyle
To create a wedge haircut, you need to create a short, layered look. The hair at the nape of the neck should be trimmed the shortest, and the layers should get longer as you get closer to the crown of the head. Unlike a bob haircut, the ends of your hair should not be cut bluntly at the same length. Instead, the layers should show with each length peeking out slightly.

The perfect wedge haircut creates a triangular shape around your head. The tip of the triangle points down, towards the nape of your neck, with the bottom of the triangle facing up towards the crown of your head. This inverted triangle shape gives body and definition to hair that would otherwise lay flat.

Wedge Haircut Tips
Whatever the exact style, most wedge haircuts look best with straight hair. Cutting curly hair into such a short wedge usually ends up looking more like a mess than a masterpiece. Slightly wavy hair can usually get away with a wedge cut, as long as you have a great stylist.

Like with all layered hairstyles, a wedge haircut needs regular maintenance to look its best. Going too long without a trim will turn your wedge into a shaggy and uneven disaster. Most stylists recommend you get a wedge haircut trimmed about every two months, but the exact timing depends on how fast your hair grows.

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