Okay, I know that I am possibly going to be blacklisted by the “Style-Conscious Hair
Designers Guild for Progressive Styles” for saying this, but the “mullet” hairstyle isn’t a bad hairstyle. It has been vilified
because it’s associated with deeply Southern, non-urban, men. It’s been worn by Country Music artists (Alan Jackson, Randy Travis,
Billy Ray Cyrus, to name a few) and is often portrayed as the hairstyle-of-choice among poorly-educated, hard-drinking, “Rednecks”.
The fact is, it’s a flattering hairstyle for many men. In the 80s, when the mullet first
came to be popular with men, it was worn by all types of men. It offered a choice in hairstyles that allowed a man to have long hair,
yet be able to look ‘neat and well-groomed’ by pulling the hair back in a ponytail and tucking it under a collar. This is
where it earned its slogan, “Business in the front, Party in the back”.
At the risk of offending the sensibilities of those individuals who prefer a more urbane
and chic hairstyle, we’re going to show you the proper way to cut a mullet. Actually, we’ll be showing you the way to cut the two
most popular versions of the mullet: the Classic Mullet and the Ponytail Mullet. But first, let’s talk about the mullet in general,
these two variants on the mullet theme and the benefits of each.
The Mullet as a Style:
The Mullet has existed for a lot longer than many people think. All that is required for a
hairstyle to qualify as a mullet is that it has shorter hair in front and on top and longer hair in back, particularly at the nape
area. For those of you who remember the 1970s TV show “The Brady Bunch” and Mrs. Brady’s hairstyle with the flip at the neck, THAT was a mullet.
The early 80s saw a lot of mullets on female rockers and more and more men as the years
progressed. Even African-Americans had their own versions of the mullet (Michael Jackson had a mullet on the cover of “Thriller”).
The mullets were straight and spiky, curly and cascading, wild and wavy, but they were all shorter on the top and sides and longer
in the back, and were therefore, clearly mullets.
The mullet hairstyle is great for people with rounder faces, or who want to play up their
eyes or cheekbones as a focal feature. It’s also a great style for making the neck look longer.
The Classic Mullet:
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The classic mullet style (for men) looks just like a man’s traditional haircut on the top
and sides of the head. The hair is trimmed short around the ears and on top, then gradually becomes long and layered in the back.
It’s worn by men who want to have a neat and tidy look in front and still wear their hair long in the back. Men with almost any
hair type can wear this variant, but it looks especially good on men with natural wave or some curl to their hair. The layers at
the back of the head maximize the amount of curl in the hair.
The Ponytail Mullet:
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This is the mullet style worn by many men who want long hair but need to keep a tidy and
“businesslike” look for their jobs. It’s especially good for those who pull the hair back into a ponytail. This style works best
with straighter hair, because very wavy or curly hair can become “bushy” at the ends because of the blunt cut. Because this style
is mostly worn by those men who intend to wear a ponytail, some men opt for a half-inch perimeter of hair to be cut short so that
when the hair is tied back into a ponytail it looks more like a traditional haircut until viewed so that the back is fully revealed.