They’re back, baby! No, not the McRib, I’m talking about the mullet! In a time of such unpredictability, who would have thought the mullet would be making a comeback? The business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back hairstyle has made a triumphant return. Celebrities like Doja Cat, Zendaya and Blake Shelton can be seen with mullets. Even Debby Ryan has hopped on the trend.
The mullet has a long past, the hair style can be seen as far back as the first century A.D. The style began to gain momentum in the ‘70s with celebrities like David Bowie rocking the cut. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term “mullet” was popularized by the Beastie Boys’ 1994 hit “Mullet Head”.
Also referred to as the “Kentucky Waterfall,” the traditional mullet really took off in the ‘80s. During that time the mullet was worn by everyone from country folk, punk, metal, bikers and more. The style began to dwindle in the ‘90s as it began to be associated with being lower class.
Today the modern mullet can be seen on an abundance of people and celebrities.
Miley Cyrus was among the first of the celebrities to den the mullet back in late 2019. Insider.com notes that the infamous Joe Exotic of Netflix’s “Tiger King,” who rocks a blonde mullet, may be responsible for additional interest in the style.
During the “Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 2,” the modern mullet made an appearance. Rhianna was seen sporting an immaculately braided modern mullet. Cara Delevingne had a gorgeous platinum blonde feather fringe style for the show.
We have also seen the modern mullet on other runways this year. Other fashion houses have highlighted the mullet in the spring and fall shows. The modern mullet was seen on the Prada and Tom Ford runways as well as those of other designers.
Today’s mullets are reminiscent of mullet’s past, but there is a new aspect to the hairdo that makes it perfect for everyone. Zane Combs, a hairstylist at Cutters in Wenatchee, said “A mullet is really versatile, it’s basically just shorter hair in the front and longer in the back. It looks really good with wavy hair and texture is a must to give it the perfect look.”
The modern mullet has seemed to have increased popularity in the LGBTQ community. The hit reality show “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” has several contestants who have impressive mullets. Crystal Methyd has a mullet so luscious that even Ru Paul was enamored by it. On the UK version of the show, Bimini Bon-Boulash, Sister Sister and Ginny Lemon all have similar mullets with shaved sides and blunt bangs.
TikTok is also partly responsible for the modern mullet’s increase in popularity. Creators use their platform to showcase their variations on the mullet. TikTok sensation Brittany Broski recently debuted her mullet on Instagram. The comedy queen opted for a shag look with her staple bangs.
Anyone can look good with a mullet; with such a variety of cuts and styles it makes it a very achievable look. There are mullets that have aspects of traditional mullets a-la Billy Ray Cyrus. Modern mullets can be short and heavily textured, or they can be long and flowy. They can be feathered and layered or have beachy waves. The styles of mullets are seemingly endless, making them perfect for any face shape.
There are almost no limitations to how you can style a modern mullet. Everyone should give the mullet a try at some point in their life. The mullet offers style versatility unmatched by any other haircut.