The wedge haircut is a voluminous retro-style short layered bob for women with fine & straight hair that became popular in the 1970’s. Olympic Dorothy Hamill really made this look popular. Although short wedge hairstyles are not for everyone, many women will find these haircuts refreshing.
You’ll find lots of gradual layers, stacking techniques, short A-line or asymmetrical shapes, choppy cuts, blunt or wispy bangs, tapered backs. All of these make up a usual wedge and can naturally enhance the density of your mane without needing too much weight!
This is a popular cut for women with fine and thin hair that needs a bulky twist or simply someone wanting to have a taste of the short hair lifestyle.
Wedges have a wide range of styles – you can go for soft and gentle layers for a feminine aura or a super short and spiky style for a funky vibe.
There is surely an approach for every face shape and hair type – even for wild curls! Revamp your look with these fabulous and very in-demand short wedge haircuts!
#1: Cute Salt-and-Pepper Wedge with a Spiky Top
Do you have short hair but prefer a funkier look? This spiky short cut would be a great one to try. Keep in mind that this cut works best on women with medium or thick hair. Don’t forget to finish your look with a dry spun texture spray to get your spikes to stay in place.
#2: The Modern Wedge Cut
The modern wedge cut is one of the best ways to jazz up the layers while retaining a fixed length like, a lob or bob. The cut is best fitted if you have fine to thick density, and straight to wavy texture, to compliment the extra body and movement.
#3: Beautifully Layered Wedge Cut
If you’re looking for a more manageable textured cut, try a short layered bob. An A-line is your best bet for having a trending haircut that is also easily styled for any occasion. The shorter layers in the back allow a stack that gives you volume. While the longer layers around your face are great for slimming a wider-shaped face. To prevent losing the shape and volume of the cut, you’ll want to get a trim about every 4-6 weeks.
#4: The Classic Wedge Haircut
This wedge haircut or short stacked bob is a classic style with a modern spin. There’s a happy balance between precision lines and texture. Adding just the right amount of texture makes it more modern, and the precision stacking in the back makes it the time-honored classic stacked bob that never goes out of style.
I recommend wedge haircuts like this to women who like a classic look with a little extra edge. This cut is easy to style and maintain on a daily basis but needs to be cut and reshaped every 4-6 weeks. As such, if you’re wearing this cut, you should be prepared to make regular haircut appointments. This look is great with highlights as shown in the photograph.
#5: Very Short Wedge Cut
Try a razored stacked bob haircut. The best thing about this look is its versatility. You can wear it sleek or disheveled, and it still looks like you put the effort in. It’s a very easy style for the right hair type. This style is best suited if you have a longer face or narrower face, as it brings your eyes up to focus on your lovely facial features. You can style this cut any way you like, whether you leave it natural with a leave-in cream (I enjoy Matrix Boho AirDry Cream) or you can put some salt spray in and blow it dry with your fingers, or you could easily dry it smooth with a round brush and some blow dry cream (I used Matrix Skinny BlowDry Cream). Once you make the chop though, be prepared to want it short forever! It’s easy and so effortlessly chic.
#6: Wedge Haircut for Women Over 70
A wedge haircut is a classic look for women over seventy. Use the Revlon blowout brush to achieve a wedge-like shape.
#7: Super Short Wedge Haircut
This hairstyle gives you a neat look every day without being too lived-in or formal. If you want a cut that’s similar to the short inverted bob but shorter and simpler then this one’s for you.
#8: Wedge Haircut With Bangs
A simple yet classy style that has a statement to it! This stacked layered cut with a full straight fringe works well with any texture and face shape.
#9: Perfect for Thick Hair
This cute graduated cut best suits those who wanna be stylish with their dense hair. With the hair shorter at the back and the layers throughout, it gives you less bulk and texture for a nice finish.
#10: Gorgeous Short Bob
This tousled red curly hairstyle is gorgeous with its neatly cut back and voluminous look. Absolutely wearable on any occasion and place whether it be your workplace or the beach!
#11: Ideal for Fine Thin Hair
Take yourself back to the ’90s with this classic cut that complements any face shape. You can add in some modern vibe by choosing a trendy fashionable silver hue to go with this cut.
#12: Cool Undercut
Keep your layers long on top, making it seem like a pixie cut, then chop the sides close to the skin to emphasize the volume on top! Color with a vibrant auburn for a brightening finish.
#13: Wonderfully Stacked Wedge Cut
Shorter at the nape, angular charming sides, and stunning volume all over the top – these are what you’ll get with this chic simple short haircut. Do it with your natural hair color and just simply add some pop of hue, and you’re good to go! This style would go well with a short shag cut too.
#14: Very Edgy 1920’s Cut
Layered waves can make a sweet 1920s cut super modern and stylish. Ideal for short-haired ladies looking for a way to spice up and add volume and movement to their look!
#15: Wedge Hairstyle Great for Women Over 60
#16: Beautiful for Over 50
This is a cute stacked bob with lots of movement. It’s a great short hairstyle for women over 50 who want the ease of shorter hair without going to a pixie cut. She’s growing out her gray, so I did a heavy highlight and toned the blonde to better match her natural gray hair.
What’s nice about wedge hairstyles for older women are that they are fairly easy to maintain. Use Aveda’s Pure Abundance Style Prep and Phomolient before drying her hair to create some volume and finished with Aveda Air Control hairspray. This cut looks great on many different hair types (straight or wavy or even with soft curls).
#17: Great for Curly Hair
This look is a curly wedge. I apply thicker highlights than I would on straight hair because curls tend to naturally blend colors together. The bold color and angled haircut enhance the wave by drawing your eye to the individual tendrils. Going shorter in the back and longer in the front creates major volume and movement through the back and keeps “safe” length around her face. It also draws her profile up for a more flattering silhouette.
This short wedge haircut is for someone who wants to enhance their natural wave with a stylish haircut while keeping their regimen nice and easy. This look is nice for any curly or wavy hair because if hair is extremely thick it may get too voluminous. I would recommend this haircut for all face shapes. With a round face, keep the front length longer than the jawline to draw the eye more up and down, and for longer face shapes, the jawline would be a perfect length.
The best way to style this look is to use a lightweight curl product (I love sweetheart curls by L’Oréal) and diffuse with a blow dryer. To fix up individual curls that are acting up, wrap a few pieces around a 3/4 inch rod iron. This look should take at the absolute most 20 minutes, so it’s wonderful for anyone on the go. Maintenance is about every 6 weeks or so.
#18: Cute with Blunt Bangs
I mixed the bowl and bob cut and added some volume by texturizing the back of her head. My color inspiration was possible starting with the Redken bleach and then glazing with the Shades EQ gloss 09v / 09t/09p / 09b / clear in equal parts.
After the gloss, I used a fusio dose protein treatment by Kerastase (concentrate vita cement/booster shine) and then dried with Uemura Shu – Straightforward blow dry oil spray and styled with Shu Uemura Uzu Cotton for texture, volume, and shape.
I created this wedge hairstyle for several hair types. More precisely for fine to medium hair thickness and for straight to wavy. For at-home maintenance, you will need a protein shampoo and conditioner and an Extreme Redken treatment to repair and strengthen damaged hair.
You can also alternate these products with a blue shampoo and conditioner (Redken blondage) to keep your color protected and bright. As for the in-salon maintenance you will need to come in after 3 weeks for another gloss to keep your color and another haircut in 4-5 weeks to keep your desired shape.
#19: Chic Disconnected Cut
This is almost a cross between a pixie and a textured bob. I approach most pixie haircuts in a similar way, cutting the sides and back before deciding where to go with the top section. This look can be pretty universal. You can achieve similar short wedge haircuts without the massive disconnection that this haircut has as well. I’d say in general this style could be a wash and go, but would usually look best with at least minimal styling, if not a full blow dry. That all really depends on the client’s hair texture.
The upside to shorter hair is that it usually will fall into place and take a shorter amount of time to blow dry. I think for this particular haircut, finer to average hair with a little texture is ideal, but that shouldn’t discourage anyone from going for it!
#20: Amazing Back View
This look is a versatile classic bob shape with a modern flair of rich color and texture. I love the depth created in the base formula, rich chocolate mocha created with Matrix ColorSync and how it just melts into the raspberry ends!
Things to take into consideration first and foremost is maintenance! Fashion shades have a tendency to fade faster, rinsing with cool water and using professional shampoo and conditioner, such as Biolage Color Care is a must! Shampooing no more than 3x a week extends longevity, utilizing a dry shampoo in between. I would not recommend this cut for someone with incredibly thick or coarse hair as it may have a tendency to create a triangulated shape around the face. Fave finishing product: Matrix Height Riser! Height Riser gives the perfect amount of texture and body.
#21: Stylish Chin Length Cut
This hairstyle is a pixie cut with lots of layer and texture. The best thing about this hairstyle is how versatile it is. It can easily be changed from fun and edgy (like in the picture) to a more sleek and sophisticated look by simply combing it back behind the ears.
It does require maintenance. I would suggest a trim at least every 6-8 weeks to keep it looking great. This hairstyle is compatible with almost every face shape and works well with someone who has a medium to coarse hair density.
Also, depending on the hair texture, it may require more styling and product. Someone with straight to wavy hair may consider this haircut easy to style, only needing to blow dry it with your fingers, apply some texture spray or paste on the ends, and out the door! With a curlier texture, more time may be needed to style the hair. Curlier hair would need to be smoothed out with a blow dryer and round brush or flat ironed, before applying any type of texturizing styling products.