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.'