Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut Photo Gallery

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Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut

Dorothy Hamill's Wedge Haircut From the 1970s
Dorothy Hamill's Wedge Haircut From the 1970s. 1970s White Rain Hair Product Advertisement

This photo gallery includes photos of 1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Dorothy Hamill wearing her famous wedge hairstyle.

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Dorothy Hamill, the 1976 Olympic ladies figure skating champion, was known for her famous wedge haircut. The classic "Dorothy Hamill Haircut" short hair style became very popular after Hamill won Olympic gold in 1976. Her hairstyle received national attention and many little girls in the USA cut their hair short so they could look like Dorothy. After she won the Olympics, Hamill endorsed many products, including White Rain hair products.

Television audiences marveled at Hamill's skating but also loved her bouncy and short hairstyle. The "Hamill Wedge" instantly became a fad. The hair stylist behind Hamill's haircut was Yusuke Suga, a hair designer who was originally from Japan.

In her autobiography, A Skating Life, Hamill shares the following about how and when her hair was cut just before the 1976 Olympic Winter Games:

'The night before I left for Europe, I had my hair cut by the world-famous hairstylist, Suga. I always hated my short hair. There was one time when I was younger when I'd grown it longish and I enjoyed it, but it was easier to keep short --- "wash 'n' wear hair." I had read about Suga in magazines and wanted him to cut my hair. I was aware of his masterful talent after seeing the chic haircut he gave Melissa Militano, the pairs skater who was also in Senior Ladies with me. My dad had written him a letter, asking him if he could cut my hair for the Olympics. He graciously agreed to do it, staying very late at his shop. Of course, I had no idea that this wedge style would become so famous. I just thought if I had to have short hair anyway, I might as well have something fashionable.'asking him if he could cut my hair for the Olympics. He graciously agreed to do it, staying very late at his shop. Of course, I had no idea that this wedge style would become so famous. I just thought if I had to have short hair anyway, I might as well have something fashionable.'

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Dorothy Hamill's Famous Wedge Haircut - HAIRevolution Exhibition

A photo of ice skater Dorothy Hamill was displayed in a HAIRevolution exhibition in Denver in 2002.
A photo of ice skater Dorothy Hamill was displayed in a HAIRevolution exhibition in Denver in 2002. Getty Images

Dorothy Hamill's haircut was seen everywhere after the 1976 Winter Olympics. Skaters, gymnasts, and even non-athletes, copied her short bob hairstyle. The wedge hairstyle continued to evolve and had remained a popular hairstyle to this day.

In 2002, Hamill's Wedge was part of the HAIRevolution Exhibition at a mall in Denver, Colorado.

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A Dorothy Hamill Doll Showed Off The Olympic Skating Champion's Wedge Haircut

Dorothy Hamill Doll
Dorothy Hamill Doll. Shopping Image

A Dorothy Hamill doll was made in 1977. The doll, of course, wore the "Dorothy Hamill wedge hairdo."

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Dorothy Hamill Wore a Short Hairstyle Before Winning the 1976 Winter Olympics

Dorothy Hamill Had Short Hair in 1975 Even Before Her Haircut Became Famous
Dorothy Hamill Had Short Hair in 1975 Even Before Her Haircut Became Famous. Photo by Tony Duffy - Getty Images

Dorothy Hamill's short hairstyle became a fad in the 1970s. Even before she won the 1976 Olympic Figure Skating title, she wore her hair in a short bob. Her hair was carefully cut so that it moved with her as she skated on the ice, but did not get in eyes.

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1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Dorothy Hamill

1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Dorothy Hamill
1976 Olympic Figure Skating Champion Dorothy Hamill. Photo by John G. Zimmerman - Getty Images

Originally, Dorothy Hamill’s wedge was really more like a bowl type haircut. Her hair gradually shortened into the wedge haircut, and that was what most people thought of when they observed or copied her short hairstyle. The cut's shallow and angled layering underneath created a style that encouraged movement and freedom.

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Many Figure Skaters in the Late 1970s Wore Short Hair Like Dorothy Hamill

Many Figure Skaters in the Late 1970s Wore Short Hair Like Dorothy Hamill
Many Figure Skaters in the Late 1970s Wore Short Hair Like Dorothy Hamill. JO ANN Schneider Farris Personal Photo Collection

Figure skaters from all over the USA copied Dorothy Hamill's haircut. In the 1977 photo of Broadmoor Skating Club's competitors, most of the skaters' hairstyles imitated Dorothy Hamill.

Note:Jo Ann Schneider Farris, is the second skater from the left in the bottom row of this photo.

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Dorothy Hamill 1976 Olympics

Dorothy Hamill 1976 Olympics
Dorothy Hamill 1976 Olympics. Photo by Tony Duffy - Getty Images

Dorothy Hamill was considered "America's Sweetheart." Her fans adored her sweet personality. Her trademark wedge haircut became a rage after she won Olympic gold.

After winning the 1976 Olympic figure skating title, Hamill became the most sought after skater for commercial endorsements in figure skating history.

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Dorothy Hamill in 2010

Dorothy Hamill in 2010
Dorothy Hamill in 2010. Photo by Bryan Bedder - Getty Images

Olympic Figure Skating Champion Dorothy Hamill ​continued to wear a short haircut throughout her life.