May 2001: wonder of the wedge, part 2

This extraordinary photo of a fully-extended wedge appeared in the late 1970's, in an ad for White Rain hair care products. (It was posted at an Excite club, which we believe is now shut down.) Several things strike us about it. The lines of hair are incredibly precise; the style is weighted toward the back of the head, away from danger; and the shortest hair sticks tightly near the forehead.

Here's another look at the hair "in flight," that shows the weight of the wedge more to one side. Note bangs practically cover the forehead. Hamill had her bangs regularly trimmed every six weeks, to keep them out of her eyes. That gave the wedge some margin for error - as it could adjust into a bowl-type look. She spilled another style secret to a women's magazine after the 1976 Olympics: the occasional use of a curling iron on some of the longest hair, to give it extra bounce.

Here's a side view of the style, from the end of her short program at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics. The bangs may be down on her forehead -- but the longer the hair, the more in place it is. The angle of the wedge remains quite precise, even after it's in action.

What happens if the bangs weaken completely?

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