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Why is a mullet hairstyle called a mullet?

Emily Fern, Hull UK

  • Mullett websites generally credit the coining of this phrase to Mike D of the Beastie Boys. This came from the song 'Mullet Head' on 1994's 'Ill Communication' album, which described the haircut and its wearers.

    Jon Kay, London

  • The hairstyle was first worn by French fashion guru Henri Mollet in the early seventies. The "Mollet" did not see much light apart from in the french underground dance scene, until it was ressurected by popular television personalities such as Pat Sharp, the word having been anglicised by this point to "Mullet".

    Gary Badger, Scarborough, England

  • There are mullet websites? Do these people have nothing better to do with their lives?

    Simon Koppel, London

  • I'd swear the word "Mullet" was in use way before 1994...

    Ebenezer, London, UK

  • Because it looks like you have a dead fish on your head?

    Janet Edwards, London, England

  • It comes from the word "mullethead." meaning dim-witted, which originated in the late 19th century.

    j666, san francisco usa

  • Mr Badger,
    Please do not confuse our non-British friends by attributing the words 'popular' and 'personality' to Pat Sharp.

    Joel Bradley, London England

  • I suppose we should put our heads together and mullet over...

    Caragh Little, Portrush, Northern Ireland

  • Legend has it the fishmongers of Iceland cultivated the hair style to keep their necks warm and dry against the North Atlantic spray. Alternatively, the Mullet has its origin in the ancient Palaces and Universities of Poland. Mullet is actually a compound word combining the words "mull" to ponder, and "et" a Polish suffix meaning eternally. Thus the Mullet gets its name from those who were forever engaged in intellectual processes.

    Richard Benjamin, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire

  • Other names are slightly more self-explanatory: the hairstyle is also known as the "Kentucky Waterfall" or the "Mississippi Top Hat" in parts of the US, and the "Bouncing Cobra" in parts of West Wales. In Germany it is known as the "Vokuhila" (vorne kurz, hinten lang= short at front, long at back).

    Anna, Cardiff

  • I don't profess to know the answer to the great why? of the mullet, but for those seeking further enlightenment I offer the following resource;

    Michael, Liverpool UK

  • Mullet is the heraldic term for a five-pointed star. Does that help?

    Alan Mills, Alne UK

  • My American friends call this haircut a BIFRIB - Business In Front, Rockin' In Back.

    Vicky Walker, London England

  • Very popular in various parts of the USA but mainly in the South. Has been nicknamed "Tennessee Top Hat" and "Kentucky Waterfall".

    Steve Bonner, Austin, Texas USA

  • I believe Paul Newman refers to Mullet Heads in the film "Cool Hand Luke", made in 1967.

    Chris Quinn, Widnes UK

  • In Austria it's called a "VOKUHILA" (my spelling may be incorrect) a shortened version of "VOrne KUrze HInten LAng" (Front short, Back long). And I'm convinced there is an eternal competition here for who maintains the best one.

    Steuart Mackenzie Harrison, Vienna

  • In Sweden the mullet is generally known as the hockey hairdo. Basically, it's a compromise for those who wants to be cool with long hair but still needs to fit it under the helmet.

    Marlene, Stockholm, Sweden

  • My favorite mullet classification yet, is: The Missouri Compromise. If you've ever been to Missouri, you can understand why.

    Jo, Boston, MA USA

  • In Canada, this hairdo is referred to as "hockey hair". Friends from Mississippi call it "Short-Long" or, more simply, "Shlong".

    Andrew Tankard, Calgary, Canada

  • Not sure if the phrase was German or Dutch, but Mullet was described to me as "Motch Kopf", translating literally as Carpet tile head.

    Paul B, Bray Ireland

  • The name comes from the great thinkers at the beginning of time. As the thinkers thought about things, (for example should a tree be called a tree or a shoe? etc) they scratched their heads as they 'mulled it' over. The main area being scratched was the top of the head. As the thinking took a very long time, all the head scratching restricted growth on top, whereas the back was left to grow into a fine mane.

    S Parker, Brighton England

  • If Mr Jon Kay thinks they they came from a 1994 Beastie Boys song, then why were they so popular in the 80's? And now with David Beckham!

    Paul, UK

  • dont really know the answer - but ask yourself this what is a MIP mullet in progress, you should see them in Wales, they're superb!!

    kirsty, blackwood south wales

  • I thought "schlong" meant something quite different....

    Sarah, Hull UK

  • actually, the word 'schlong' does perfectly describe anyone with a mullet.

    Jon, Havant

  • The Beastie Boys didn't invent the hairstyle, but are credited with coming up with this name for it, or at least bringing it to the public consciousness, with an article in the second issue of Grand Royal magazine which you can find at

    Karl, Barnoldswick, Lancashire

  • Actually, in Sweden it is known as a 'hockey helmet' because it fits perfectly under a hockey helmet.

    Anneli Backman, Stockholm, Sweden

  • My daughter was born with a lot of hair and I never cut it. By the time she was one it had grown into what was then called a 'feather cut'. People kept asking my where I got it cut and often didn't believe it had just grown that way. I don't know where the term 'mullet' came from, but a feather cut was considered very stylish then (on women anyway!) This was in 1971.

    Sarah, Ledbury, England

  • The feather cut, far from prefiguring the mullet, was originally the style worn by skinhead girls. Hair length, despite the name of that youth cult, has never been a significant factor, and many offshoots and subcults have at different times been associated with a variety of different coiffures. The feather cut itself began to be worn by some male skinheads - which, when added to the uniform of turn-ups, bovver boots and tanktop, with optional tartan accessories, gives on one hand the Rod Stewart look; and on the other what was to become the image of the Bay City Rollers.

    John Bennett, Glasgow, Scotland

  • As a barber/stylist working since 1976, I've been a first-hand witness to the birth and death of this style in modern times. As is often the case with new trends, the first people seen with them are college age, usually, but not always, of the art school set, and as such, cut by a friend, as an act of creative expression. From there they typically spread through the culture in both directions age-wise, until they're seen on 4-year-olds and 60-somethings.

    My first memory of what is now known as a mullet, was early David Bowie and Rod Stewart. By the early Eighties, it had closer ties to heavy-metal/head banger/slam dance crowds, of which my junior high aged son and his friends were fans, and where I got my first practice at cutting them. Also during this time, 20- and 30-something people of both sexes were asking for it, and it was a favorite with many of my gay women clients. By the early Nineties, it was being fervently embraced by all hip 4-8 year-olds, as well as 40-ish guys who liked the idea of "letting their freak flags fly" but were either unable (because of job dress codes), or unwilling (because of job safety issues) to have it hanging in their faces. At this stage in the life span of all trends, the people who started it will not be caught dead with it, and in the case of this particular one, even older guys were getting hip to the fact that, since, if young guys wanted long hair, they just grew it all out long, they(older guys) were actually typing themselves as older by clinging to it.

    Now we find ourselves at the stage of the trend we would call dead. But wait, for some reason I'd need a degree in sociology to explain, like the back-combed bee hive bouffant of the sixties, this is precisely when both country and mafia types embrace it. This, of course, partially explains the extreme digust and hipper-than-thou attitude the rest of us so gleefully enjoy expressing at such blatant disregard for style law!

    But this is the first time I've experienced the end of a trend take on a persona in and of itself. And how to explain the spread, not just of the term "mullet", but how it carried with it the immediate connotation of low-life, illiterate trailer trash? Somewhere around '94 or'5 I started hearing it, but NEVER before that. I started asking clients about it but nobody had any idea of its origin. Don't get me wrong, I never particularly liked cutting the damn thing; it was like having to do two cuts for the price of one. I'm just intrigued with the phenomenon of how a seemingly insignificant term has come from literally out of nowhere, and yet everyone inexplicably knows exactly what it is. So I wonder, is this the first incident of some kind of mass mind meld?

    Barbara Rues/Nana Baba, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

  • I'm just checking to see if my answer about the history of the "mullet" hairstyle was printed when I submitted it last week? Can't seem to find that page again.

    Barbara Rues/Nana Baba, Kansas City, Missouri, US

  • There is an Australian saying: "Looking like a stunned mullet". I don't think this refers to Paul McCartney when he fronted Wings, but he certainly had the mullet haircut in the early 70s, as did David Bowie in his Ziggy days.

    My understanding of the Aussie saying is to look like a stunned mullet implies you've had a bit of a shock, mate, as any mullet fish would have when its head is smacked across the gunwale by a fisherman. It also is a sly dig referring to a few marbles not rolling the right way, meaning the lights are on but nobody is home. The vacuous look. The mullet look. Why confuse a fish that's done nothing to you with a poncy haircut? Buggered if I know.

    Daniel Lillford, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, Canada

  • In Montreal, in French, the concept acquires a geographical edge to it. It is referred to as a "Coupe Longueil" or Longueil Cut, Longueil being the name of a suburb perceived as a soulless place devoid of any redeeming characteristics.

    Jean-Michel Sotiron, Montreal Canada

  • Beauticians here in the U.S. referred to it as a "bi-level" at first. I had one in 1984 when I left my ex - I remember it was quite stylish at the time, and it featured that straight-across action over the ears rather than the more conventional pointy look. Years later, when people began referring to mullets, I didn't have any idea what they were talking about.

    Becky Parton, Atlanta, GA U.S.

  • Before Chambers Dictionary started editing out its amusing but accurate entries, it defined "mullet" as "A haircut short at the front, long at the back and ridiculous all over".

    Alec McHoul, Mundijong W. Australia

  • The best website relating to this is the extraordinary - not only is there a mullet section, here's a section entitled 'beauty and the beast' devoted to pug fotballers and their model wives.

    Vaughan Elliott, Sopot Poland

  • Like some other contributers I adopted the style in 1984 (when I was 19) and kept it until 1987, when it became popular and I was therefore obliged to change it. I'm sure the term 'mullet' was unknown then. All fashion begins and ends as anti-fashion and the universal contempt in which the mullet is obviously held is strongly reminiscent of the attitudes my friends and I held in the 80s towards all things 70s, such as flares. And we know what happened there. It's a sure sign that it is already becoming cool again in alternative circles, and will probably be mainstream again within a few years, mark my words. All the previous correspondents should prepare for the time when their anti-mullet attitudes will mark them out as old-fashioned and hopelessly uncool!

    Derek Macpherson, Melbourne Australia

  • The best name i've heard so far in regards to this abomination is "'the achy breaky big mistakey"

    rod, Sydney Australia

  • In New Zealand the rear part of a mullet is referred to as a 'mud flap' - meaning mudguard as on a car.

    Luke, Wellington New Zealand

  • I have a neo-mullet. It's about halfway between a faux-hawk and a mullet, wherein the sides are short and the top and back are slightly longer. Looks a lot like a mohawk when I style the long bits out! I've heard it called a Maori mane and a New Zealand Mullet.

    Brett, Colorado, USA

  • The first reply is correct. The Oxford English Dictionary also states that Mike D was the first to coin the term. Whilst the film Cool Hand Luke did indeed include the term, it is widely regarded that the film is referring to the fish of the same name.

    David McGregor, Newcastle, England

  • In French Montréal it is called a "coupe Longeuil" after a suburb not known for high fashion.

    Seán Dagher, Montreal, Canada

  • Would you want to be seen alive or dead with a haircut called a haddock?

    Charles Norrie, Islington, UK

  • bull to all of the above... as difficult as it may be to believe, my daughter and I started the word mullet. In a good 'ol boy north of Destin Florida, is a town called Niceville..Had an annual " Mullet Festival.. When my daughter and I went in 1987, we noticed that all of the men (rednecks) wore flannel shirts and sported the "short in front and long in back" hair do...From that day on, my daughter and I called every guy that looked that way...mullets....not the hairstyle...the person..and then we moved to Pittsburgh, and we coined the phrase here and it caught on...there it is..I'll swear on a bible that this is true...nothing complicated...just the truth...When we first heard the term mullet for a hairstyle, it was the mid-nineties....we just screamed in disbelief...knowing that it was us that coined that term.

    Mare, Destin Fl. USA

  • in the 70's it was called a 'shag', that's what bowie and stewart had. in the 80's in usa it was indeed called a bi-level. it was NOT called a mullet until the 90's.

    julie, placerville usa

  • The Mullet haircut is 2 haircuts in 1 because the long ponytail is not cut and the sides of the mullet hair is short so I LIKE THE MULLET HAIRSTYLE AND MULLETS RULE!!!!

    Aaron Lockwood, Milton Keynes United Kingdom

  • All of the answers from US contributors are, evidently, applicable only to that side of the 'pond'. Here in the UK, the early '70s Bowie cut was called just that. Rod Stewart's cut of same era was a feather cut and was, incidentally, a different cut from the '80s mullet, sported mostly at that time by footballers lacking a keen fashion sense. Stylised versions of it prevailed throughout the '80s, until the really 'savage', ugly version that hung around after everyone else had long since abandoned it, tended to be sported by heavy metal enthusiasts and red necks around the globe...

    Artmatters, London UK

  • If I am not mistaken, we called this type of haircut the "Bundesliga haircut" in the eighties - possibly because it seemed ever so popular with the German football players ...

    Nika, Slovenia

  • In the Netherlands it was popular from the late 1980s, mainly among lower middle class guys (the same folk that also wore shiny purple tracksuits). I believe the fans of the soccer club ADO (the Hague) were early adopters. In the Hague it was called a 'tapijtnek' (carpet neck), and I think that it was referred to as 'matje' (little mat) in Rotterdam.

    Maike, Leiden, the Netherlands

  • Because it's short on top, short on the side, and long at the back. Because my daughter (age 22), son (age 20) told me it was and told me to cut it short on the back as it was out of style. I said my hair is thick and heavy and hot in the summer, I wear a hat, and need the hat to fit my head, yet want to grow my hair long, so bring back the mullet of the 80s for females, and we can still have men run their fingers through our hair, feel comfortable on hot summer days, and take care of our hair easily. Bring back the mullet - let it live on. Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney rock.

    Jennifer Mcdougall, Portage la Prairie, Canada



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A mullet haircut is making a huge comeback as a fashion trend from 90s hairstyles men. But this time, it is going to stick around for a while. If you have no idea what these medium length hairstyles for men look like, then you have come to the right place. Below, we have gathered all the information you need to know about mullets and how to pull off one so that it comes out modern and stylish.

What Do You Call A Mullet Haircut?

So, what is a mullet in the first place? This is a kind of joint medium length hairstyles for men, which features short hair in the front and on top as well as long locks in the back. Thanks to such a shape, a mullet definition can be summarized in one simple phrase – all business upfront, all party behind.

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Is Mullet Coming Back?

A mullet haircut has reemerged as a 90s hairstyles fashion trend and it does not seem to disappear anytime soon. Although originally sportsmen and celebrities used it as a form of protest against then popular hairstyles, nowadays it has become mainstream itself. Yet, a modern mullet haircut features medium length top and long hair in the back. The short sides are usually faded or tapered for a more contemporary look. Another difference between an old fashioned mullet and its modern version is that today it works for any hair type and can be styled in a dozen of different ways. As such, there is a curly hair mullet, a messy undercut mullet, a permed mullet and many others.

What Is The Meaning Of The Mullet?

It is unknown for sure why a mullet man haircut is called like that. But one version attributes its name to the hip hop band Beastie Boys. There was a song called “Mullet Heads” released by the band in ’94. It featured people rocking mullet haircuts accompanied by an explanation of the look.

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What Is The Best Way To Wear A Mullet

You may not know but mullet hairstyles are quite versatile. Hence, there are plenty of ways to pull off the look. On the sides, you can complement it with other trendy cuts, such as a fade haircut or a taper haircut. As for the top and the back, it is possible to style them differently than that of a classic mullet: spiked up, messy, slicked back, side parted, etc. Moreover, you can play around with your hair length, texture and color, of course, giving your hair a completely new look. To provide you with a dose of inspiration, here are the best mullets you should definitely give a try.

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Mullet Haircut Types And Styles

Even though a mullet is quite old-school style, it has a fair share of modern options, and in case you are interested in this haircut type, we are ready to share!

Modern Mullet

Modern mullet is all about the ways you cut it and style it afterward. It is essential that a barber finds the best shape and silhouette to suit you personally, and then you can adapt your mullet hair cut with a few quick moves granting it a little messy vibe. There you go!

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Flat Top Mullet

Mullet styles can be paired easily with other popular mens haircuts. Thus, if you are looking for a style that will allow you to stand out, a flat top mullet is your way to go. It is not hard to guess that it features a flat haircut on top, meaning the hair is trimmed so that it is level. The sides are cut short, while the hair in the back is left long.

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Curly Mullet

Even if you have curly hair, you can still flaunt this hairstyle. Yet, for such a hair type, you will want to choose a short mullet rather than a long one so that it would look neat and clean. A curly mullet allows you to tame your unruly locks without sacrificing their texture.

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Spiky Mullet

Very often, a lot depends not on the haircut itself but on the way you style it. That is why spiked hair mullet looks more like a Mohawk and that spiky hair together with a fade look super edgy and stylish!


Straight Mullet Haircut

The fade haircut is beyond popular these days however those of you who want to introduce some unique vibe into their looks, will surely appreciate the addition of a mullet to the picture. In such a way, you keep the hair both elegant and edgy at the same time!

Short Mullet

If you think that a mullett is just about the long hair – you are mistaken. You can easily rock this hairstyle with short hair so that it is safe to say that a mullet cut belongs to short haircuts for men as well.

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Mullet Fade

You can upgrade to the mullet 2021 version by getting the sides faded. Although this hairstyle comes out less sharp and impactful than an undercut mullet, it is still high contrast and eye catching. Besides, you can adjust the boldness of your mens mullet, choosing from a low, medium and high type of fade.

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Jared Leto Mullet

Jared Leto’s mullet proves that it is not a haircut that makes you look cool, it is you who gives a haircut a stylish flair. The talented actor and singer, who does not seem to age at all, pulls off the mulet effortlessly. His take on the style with business in the front party in the back has become truly iconic and is still copied by mods all over the world.


Choppy Mullet Haircut

No matter how many mullet haircut pictures you browse through you will come to a point when you understand that most of them are about choppy hair. Even this rattail with choppy layers looks differently, trendier and edgier!

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Slicked Back Mullet

The best part about slick back hair mullet is that you can preserve the same length on the top and bottom and for many men, it is the key. What is more, slicked back hair always looks elegant and masculine!

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Punk Mullet

Punk hairstyles is beyond trendy for a while now, no matter whether men or women wear them. However, punk hair combined with a mullet looks just gorgeous with its edginess and class!

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Silver Mullet

Undercut is what you need to stand out from the crowd. In addition, silver hair men look super stylish not to mention sassy. So that it is truly a win-win cut!


Long Tail Mullet Haircut

Those of you who can’t decide between mullet haircut and a rattail – there is a perfect way out. The thing is that you can combine both, rat tail haircut and mullet combo looks perfect and will suit best those of you with straight hair!

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Asian Mullet

Asian tastemakers are those who we should blame for the grandiose mullet haircut 2020 comeback and no wonder. With the rising popularity of the K Pop culture, the hairstyles sported by its most outstanding representatives could not go unnoticed. A Kpop mullet is usually thick and textured thanks to the natural hair texture. Also, it looks great when accentuated with rich colors on the tips that pop against dark roots.


Layered Mullet

The thing about layers is that they fit any hairstyle or hair type. So that with mullet hair there is no such a thing as too many layers. Keep it in mind if you are going for mullets!

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Longer Colored Mullet

Those of you who wish to stand out from the crowd – we have a perfect idea in mind! The thing is that a full beard and a rat tail hair spiced up with colorful strands is difficult to miss. What is more, it looks super trendy and sexy!

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Buzz Cut Mullet

Short mullet exists, and it is also very popular and required these days. That is why if you are a fan of buzz cut styles this one may as well come to your liking!

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Long Mullet

If you know that long hairstyles for men look awesome on you, then you ought to try a mullet hairstyle with an extended tail. To pull it off, you can chop the hair atop of your head quite short. The key is to grow out the hair in the back utterly long.

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Mohawk Mullet

The resemblance between a mullett and a mohawk is quite obvious. Both hairstyles feature a longer stripe of hair that goes along the center of the head and short sides. Yet, a mohawk has noticeably shorter tail than a mullet hair cut. In turn, a mullet features shorter hair on the top of the head compared to a mohawk. So, why not join them together? A mullet mohawk looks unusual and eye-catching, which makes it a perfect hairstyle for guys who like to stand out from the crowd.

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Undercut Design

A modern mullet can also include quite a lot of features inherent in other stylish hairdos. For instance, you can complement it with an undercut haircut on the sides for an added contrast. If this does not seem like enough for you, adorn the sides with your personalized elaborate haircut design. This hairstyle also makes up quite a great scullet for those who started to lose their locks.

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Quiff Top

A mullet can gain quite an intricate turn. You can chop off the hair on the crown while leaving the front section noticeably longer to form a quiff. In such a way, you will get quite a balanced look, as the hair in the front and back will be of the equal length. This is also a very popular Asian mullet style.

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Fashion Mullet

Guys with mullets can experiment with their hair looks as much as they want. So, you can let your imagination do the job to come up with a unique and fashionable hairstyle. Try to incorporate various colors, add designs or accessories or at least switch the length from classic long to an extremely short mullet haircut.

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Is the mullet coming back 2021?

It sure is. For mullet 2021 has become the year when it was redefined. Although it used to be mocked a lot in the past, today it is one of the most favorite hair looks of many celebrities.

Why is it called a mullet haircut?

A mullet owes its name to the 1994’s song “Mullet Head” performed by the hip hop band Beastie Boys. However, the haircut itself appeared much earlier. It was described in the poem The Iliad by Homer, the legendary poet of Ancient Greece.

Can a mullet ever look good?

Of course, it can. Modern versions of a mullet are nothing like its old-fashioned unattractive original. Moreover, a mullet flatters almost any face shape. It is just important to find a suitable look and get it right. Then it will look good.

Can I pull off a mullet?

With the right attitude and proper styling, anyone can nail this awesome haircut. It is all in your hands.


  • The mullet is a hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides, but left long at the back. It is usually worn by men. Source
  • A hairstyle in which the front is cut trim, but the back is long, left wild and often uncut. Source

Mullet (haircut)

This article is about the haircut. For other uses, see Mullet (disambiguation).

"Hiplet" redirects here. It is not to be confused with Hiplet (dance style).

Male or female hairstyle

A man with a modern mullet haircut

The "mullet" is a hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides, but is longer at the back.


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, use of the term mullet to describe this hairstyle was "apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys",[1] who used "mullet" and "mullet head" as epithets in their 1994 song "Mullet Head", combining it with a description of the haircut: "number one on the side and don't touch the back, number six on the top and don't cut it wack, Jack."[2] They expounded on the subject at length in a six-page article entitled "Mulling Over The Mullet" in Issue 2 (1995) of their magazine Grand Royal, offering a selection of alternative names for the cut, including "Hockey Player Haircut" and "Soccer Rocker".[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The term "mullet head" had previously been used to refer to a person of dubious intelligence. A 1917 American Dialect Society paper, "Dialect Notes: Terms of Disparagement in American Dialect Speech", calls it simply "a stupid person" or "a know-nothing".[4] In Cool Hand Luke defeated villains were referred to as "mullet heads",[citation needed] and in a 1982 first-season episode of Cheers, Sam Malone says "Don't you have customers to deal with, mullet head?"

Falsified etymology[edit]

On Slate's Decoder Ring podcast, Willa Paskin discussed the etymology of the term, noting that Oxford English Dictionary credited the Australian Street Machine automotive magazine with the first published description of the term in 1992, predating Beastie Boys.[5][6][7][8][9]Decoder Ring discovered that the magazine image had been faked; in a 2018 apology posted to imgur, the creator had admitted to faking the text, adjusting the magazine dates, and shown proof.[10]

Fashion history[edit]

Ancient mullets[edit]

A metal figurine, dated back to the 1st-century AD and found during 2018 preparations for a new car park at the Wimpole Estate, England, was hypothesised by archaelolgists to indicate that natives in ancient Britain during the Roman occupation could have worn their hair in a similar style to mullets.[11]

In the sixth century, Byzantine scholar Procopius wrote that some factions of young males wore their hair long at the back and cut it short over the forehead. This non-Roman style was termed the 'Hunnic' look.[12][13]

Researcher Alan Henderson describes the ancient hairstyle as useful, as it kept the hair out of the eyes, yet provided warmth and protection for the neck.[14]

Native America[edit]

In Mourt's Relation, author Edward Winslow described the Plymouthpilgrims' first encounter with the Native Americans, Samoset of the Abenaki in 1621:

He was a tall straight man, the hair of his head black, long behind, only short before, none on his face at all; …

— Mourt's Relation[15]


Tom Jones sported a mullet in two of his three 1965 performances of his hit song It's Not Unusual on the Ed Sullivan Show, May 2, 1965 and June 13, 1965.[16]


Mullets were worn by rock stars David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Keith Richards, and Paul McCartney in the early 1970s.[17][18] When writing Neil Peart's eulogy in January 2020, Greg Prato asserted Peart had a mullet, based on his observations of a 1974 video, further suggesting "he also may have been one of the first rockers to sport another hairstyle – the rattail", based on a 1985 video, "The Big Money".[19]


See also: 1980s

In Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom of the 1980s, mullets were "everywhere", according to Tess Reidy writing at The Guardian in 2019.[20] The 1980s were also the high point of the mullet's popularity in continental Europe.[21]

Also in the 1980s, the mullet became part of lesbian culture, where it came to be used as a way of identifying oneself as a member of that culture in public.[22][23][24][25]


In the Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania, the mullet was adopted by several members of the Pittsburgh Penguins,[citation needed] including Jaromír Jágr. The mullet remains popular to this day, even mocked to much acclaim by WDVE radio hosts in particular.[citation needed] Jágr in particular became so well known with the hairstyle that it actually headlined the local news when he cut it off in 1999;[26][failed verification] likewise, he again made headlines in 2015 (by this point playing for the Florida Panthers, his seventh NHL team after the Penguins traded him in 2001) when he announced that he was regrowing his mullet.[27]

After the much-publicized 1992 DC Comics storyline in which Superman apparently died, the character returned in the 1993 follow-up storyline "Reign of the Supermen", in which he was depicted with a mullet.[28] The look was depicted in an action figure released by Mattel in 2009.[citation needed] The cancelled Superman film project, Superman Lives, would have depicted Superman with a mullet.[29]

Punk rock band the Vandals sang of the mullets worn by country music singers and guests of The Jerry Springer Show and listed regional names for the style in the 1998 song "I've Got an Ape Drape".[30]

Country music singers Billy Ray Cyrus, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Joe Diffie, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Vince Gill, Aaron Tippin, Morgan Wallen and Blake Shelton were also known for their mullets.[citation needed]

Vocalist Wesley Willis wrote and released the track "Cut the Mullet" in 1998 and frequently performed it at live shows.[31]


The mullet and its associated lifestyle have been central themes in movies such as Joe Dirt"business in the front, party in the back" (2001) and the television show The Mullets (2003–2004). Christian ska band Five Iron Frenzy sang about the mullet in "The Phantom Mullet", a song off of their 2000 album All the Hype That Money Can Buy, referencing Billy Ray Cyrus and REO Speedwagon in the lyrics. The 2001 film American Mullet documents the phenomenon of the mullet hairstyle and the people who wear it.[32]

In 2003, Legacy Recordings released Mullets Rock!, a 2 CD collection full of mullet-wearing classic rock and hair metal bands from the 1970s and 1980s.[citation needed] The same year Universal Records (Canada) released the album Mullet Years: Power Ballads, a collection of hard rock ballads.[33]

Indie rock duo Tegan and Sara sported mullets during their The Con album era.

Between 2009 and 2012, the mullet was in fashion among individuals of Lebanese descent in Australia. The style had already been popular with the bogan subculture.[34][35] The fashion trend quickly waned by 2012. This was the type of a mullet that had a crew cut at the front, top, and sides and long hair at the back.[citation needed]

In 2009, Kate Gosselin, from the reality television show Jon and Kate Plus 8 made famous the tellum, or reverse mullet.


The mullet was banned in Iran as one style on a list of "un-Islamic", "decadent Western cuts".[36][37]

The mullet was returned to the spotlight in 2015 by K-pop idolG-Dragon during his band BIGBANG's Made World Tour.[38] Other K-pop artists who have worn mullets include Block B's Zico, Song Min-ho, Nam Joo-hyuk, Byun Baek-hyun, Dean, Stray Kids' Chan and Han, VIXX's N,[39]B.A.P.'s Himchan,[40]Seventeen's Woozi and The8, BTS's V,[41]Got7's JB, SF9's Youngbin, NCT's Taeyong, Ateez's Hongjoong and The Boyz's Hwall.

The mullet has also experienced a revival within American sports. After winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, Phil Kessel was spotted in Pittsburgh Penguins training camp in September 2017 bringing the mullet back to its native roots of Pittsburgh Hockey. Similarly, Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy wore a mullet starting in early 2017; the popularity of his mullet supposedly earned Oklahoma State millions of dollars in marketing revenue.[42] In addition, from 2010 to 2015, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks popularized the "playoff mullet," an alternative to the traditional NHL playoff beard.[43] Current Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner began sporting a mullet in 2018, continuing the Yinzer tradition of the hairstyle in Western Pennsylvania.[44]


In the 2020s a variant of the hairstyle called the "modern mullet" gained popularity with LGBTQ+ influencers and celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Crystal Methyd of RuPaul's Drag Race season 12, Euphoria's Barbie Ferreira, and Tiger King's Joe Exotic.[45][46][47] "Modern mullet" hairstyles are characterized by long back hair, short side hair, and medium length front and top hair.[48]

While an irony laden hairstyle for some, mullets actively serve as a tool for flagging queer visibility and embracing creative authenticity for queer communities, echoing the sexual revolution of the 70's and following queer mullet-sporting LGBTQ+ icons. [49] For some, mullets facilitate the appearance of fluidity, echoing both masculine and feminine hairstyles, while others attribute the look to maintaining an artistic gaze on oneself, thus protesting conventional beauty standards, opposed to maintaining the male gaze.[50]

In September 2020, i-D called 2020 "the year of the mullet", attributing its boom in popularity to COVID-19 lockdowns and their closing of hair salons.[51] In an article for Vice Media, the mullet-wearing teenagers interviewed all described getting the haircut as a joke, with one stating "There’s an irony to the mullet haircut. It’s this disgustingly gross haircut, which means it’s definitely worn in an ironic way".[52] Magda Ryczko, founder of the queer-owned barbershop Hairrari in Brooklyn, notes that mullets allow for a professional front facing look for Covid-19 era Zoom meetings, while maintaining a messier, more fun look off camera, when the longer back section of hair may be revealed.[53] An annual national USA Mullet Championship began in 2020.[54][55]

Mullets are also becoming popular with male teens in Australia and New Zealand due to the Australian drill scene.[citation needed]

Like many 90s trends, mullets have made their way back into mainstream hair styles. The most popular version is called the mullet fade. The versatility of the taper fade has modernized the classic mullet giving it a cleaner look.[56]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Hoskyns, Barhey (2000). The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods. Bloomsbury USA. ISBN .
  • Henderson, Alan (2007). Mullet Madness!: The Haircut That's Business Up Front and a Party in the Back. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN .

External links[edit]


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The mullet hairstyle is often seen as an out-of-date, unattractive style, but if you can wear it right then it really does looks great.

The mullet is a hairstyle in which the hair is cut short at the front and sides, but left at the back. The lower section of the back is the area which covers from the hairline of the nape to 3 inches upward on the back of your head.

For men with attitude. Modern incarnations of the mullet add Mohawk, fade, pompadour, flat top and hair design to the look. They can be short, medium, or long but mullets always have flow.

Regardless of whether you like the mullet or not it is still quite popular with some men and this has led to the emergence of the several types of the cut. The coming of new variations that are based on other more stylish and trendier haircuts is helping to get rid of the notion that thus is a low-class cut. More men have also realized that it can be a very upscale design if cut and styled well.

Check out these 40 classic yet modern mullet hairstyles for men.

45. Burst Fade Mohawk With Lines Design
44. Pompadour Mullet Haircut For Men
43. Spiky Messy Mullet
42. Slicked Back Hockey Hair Style
41. Mullet Hairstyles For Thin Hair Men
40. Messy Mohawk Mullet Haircut
39. Mullet Haircut For Boys
38. Mullet Fade With Bangs
37. Hipster Mullet Hairstyle
36. Side Part Mullet
35. Rockabilly Mullet
34. Short Textured Mullet With Temple Fade
33. Wavy Mohawk Mullet Fade Haircuts
32. Men With Mullet In 80s
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31. Classic Mullet
30. Flat Temple Faded Mullet
29. Pocky Mullet With Taper Faded Sides
28. Wavy Mullet And Wavy Mullet
27. Hard Parted Mid Part Short Mullet
26. Vertical Hair And Mullet
25. Pushed Back Top With Curled Mullet
24. Mullet With A Long Pompadour
23. Blonde Brush Up With Taper Fade
22. Duck Tail With Fringed Neckline
21. Top Spiky And Back Side Curly Mullet Hairstyles For Men
20. Stylish Mullet Haircut For Men
19. Side Part Design Mullet
18. Shaved Side With Blonde Mullet
17. Amazing Mullet Haircut For Thick Hair Men
Amazing Mullet Haircut For Men


16. 1970s Mullet
15. Texture and Elasticity Mullet
14. Flat Top Fade + Mullet
13. Short Faux Hawk Mullet With Beard Style
12. Spiky Mohawk Mullet
11. Messy Mullet With No Fade
10. Long Mullet Hairstyle
9. Popular Mullet Haircut
8. Cute Vibe Flat Top Haircut Mullet
7. Mullet Hairstyle With Faded Sides
6. Boy Mullet Haircut
5. Gentleman Mullet
4. Faux Hawk Mullet
3. Undercut With Straight Haircut Mullet
2. Hansome Mullet With Beard
1. High Skin Fade Mullet

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Even at the height of its popularity, the mullet haircut was not for the timid. Known as the “business at the front, party at the back” cut, the mullet has some attitude.

Some of the most famous mullets are from hockey players like Jaromír Jágr and Patrick Kane and country music’s Billy Ray Cyrus and Blake Shelton. Baseball has seen its share of mullets and there is definitely more flow emerging from the back of baseball caps these days.

With the return of 80s and 90s styles and less barber visits over the year, the mullet is making a comeback. Keep that pandemic length and add some shape. Modern incarnations of the mullet add mohawks, fades, pompadours, flat tops, and hair designs to the look.

They can be short, medium, or long but mullets always have flow. What stays is the same is shorter hair at the front and hair long enough to cover the neck at the back. Check out these cool retro, modern, and futuristic mullets.

Cool mullet styles can be retro or modern.

1. Hipster Mullet

Mullet haircuts for men

Mullets can be cool, very cool. This fresh style combines medium hair on top styled with plenty of movement, faded temples, and some thick flow at the back. Somehow it all works and looks great, although not everybody can pull the look off.

2. Spiky Top + Wavy Back

Short textured mullet

This classic mullet haircut gets texture from wavy hair and spiky styling. Temple faded sides create a sleek silhouette.

3. The Kentucky Waterfall

Long Kentucky waterfall mullet

Look up Kentucky waterfall in a dictionary and you’ll find this picture.

4. 90s Mullet

90s mullet haircut men

With some crispy spikes and blonde tips, this cool look couldn’t be hotter.

5. Baseball Mullet

Classic mullet haircut men

This curly mullet is designed for maximum effect with a baseball hat.

6. Ziggy Stardust Mullet

Mullet with cropped bangs

Perhaps taking inspiration from Ziggy Stardust, this orange mullet features blunt bangs, a temple fade, and layering at the neckline.

7. Side Part Mullet

Modern side part mullet haircut

A cool take on the mullet, medium hair is parted on the side and combed over.

8. Mullet + Fade

Mullet with temple fade for thick hair

A wider version of the popular mullet hawk, this is one way to wear the temp fade mullet.

9. Temp Fade Mullet

Temp fade mullet for Asian men

A temple fade keeps the sides tight in this modern look for straight hair.

The mohawk – mullet is one of the most popular ways to rock this look. Spike hair up, or not.

10. Mohawk Mullet Haircut

Mohawk mullet haircut

This cool look combines two of the most iconic types of men’s haircuts, the mohawk and the mullet. Each one is a bold look on their own and it’s an even bolder style worn together.

11. Wide Mohawk + Temple Fade

Mohawk mullet hawk

A small burst fade behind the ear creates a wide mohawk that adds a punk rock edge to this mullet haircut.

12. Burst Fade Mohawk Mullet

Burst fade mohawk mullet haircut

Rays emphasize this burst fade mohawk. Short hair is spiked up along the top and back before the flowing mullet. It’s a lot of look but works for this gentleman.

13. Faux Hawk + Mullet

Mullet faux hawk beard

If you can’t do the mo, do the faux (hawk).

Instead of short hair or fringe, these mullets feature a pompadour at the front.

14. Retro Pomp

Pompadour with mullet

This cool look contrasts a retro waxed handlebar mustache and shiny pomp with a modern beard fade and longer neckline.

15. Medium Length Mullet

Medium length flow hair men

Business haircuts can be medium length and so so this longer look still follows the mullet formula.

16. Rockabilly Mullet

Rockabilly Mullet

A side swept pomp crowns this flowing wavy mullet with a shaved hair design over the temple.

17. Messy Pomp Fade

Messy pomp fade

Most pomp fades are low, mid, or high but to keep the neckline long, try a temple fade.

18. Pomp Hawk Mullet

Pomp mullet hairstyle
Pompadour mohawk mullet

The first image shows why the mullet is so cool. Length at the back frames the face. This cool version is worn with a wide pompadour at the hairline. A burst fade at the sides creates a mohawk shape with wavy hair creating plenty of texture and volume.

19. Burst Fade + Mullet Haircut

Burst fade mullet haircut

This fresh style has a pompadour at the front and party at the back plus a burst fade at the sides. Mix and match various men’s haircuts to create your own unique look.

It doesn’t take a lot of hair to create a mullet. Here’s how to the the look with short hair.

20. Baby Bangs Mullet

Short hair mullet haircut men

Ultra short bangs take a cue from the trendy crop while the rest of this look is vintage.

21. Short Mullet

Short mullet haircut with fade

A mullet doesn’t have to be long, especially with this thick hair.

22. Short Kentucky Waterfall

Kentucky Waterfall haircut

This mullet, aka Kentucky waterfall, contrasts sideburns with shaved temples and short straight hair at the front with longer curly flow at the back.

23. Crop + Flow

Crop haircut with mullet

Somehow combining a trendy crop and popular flow haircut gives you a mullet.

24. Cool Mullet

Cool mullet haircut men with fade

The mullet can have a bad reputation but this clean look is all good.

25. Spiky Hair Mullet

Spiky hair mullet

A mullet haircut has plenty of impact at any length. This beard with messy spikes are on trend. Extra length at the back is just cool.

All mullets are flow hairstyles but not all flow hair is a mullet. Flow isn’t all about length, it’s about attitude.

26. Hockey Hair + Mullet

Hockey haircut mullet

If it wasn’t for the faded sideburns, this slicked back hockey hair with some flow could be from the 90s. It looks as good now as it did back then.

27. Mullet + Full Beard

Hockey hair and beard

If you can grow long hair like this, do it.

28. Mullet Fade + Hair Design

Mullet with fade and hair design

Slicked back style and faded sides make this haircut all about the flow.

29. Slicked Back Hair

Short mullet haircut and beard

Another hipster mullet, this is a clean cut look all over with some length at the neckline.

Mullets looks so good with wavy and curly hair that some guys even get a perm.

30. Curly Mullet Haircut For Toddler Boys

Curly mullet haircut for boys

If this kid looks this cool, imagine how good you could look with this cut.

31. Mullet For Boys

This cool look is heavier at the front than the back.

32. Permed Mullet

Permed curly mullet Asian men

If you could look this good, you’d get a perm too.

33. Wavy Mullet

Wavy mullet haircut men

Natural texture gives this cool cut plenty of volume.

34. Long Curly Mullet

Long curly mullet hair men

Keeping bangs long enough to have texture makes this look more modern than the retro straight fringe look.

35. Curly At The Back

Permed mullet men

This business is all business and this party is all party.

36. Short Curly Mullet

Short curly mullet men

Keep cool with this shorter mullet style with just enough flow.

37. Wavy Mullet

Wavy mullet haircut

This cool look is cut to enhance waves and texture.

38. Choppy Mullet

Choppy mullet haircut for boys

Take that texture to the next level with this jagged look.

39. Mullet Haircut For Thick Hair

Mullet haircut for thick hair

Layers lighten up this thick hair and bring out texture.

You really can combine the mullet with any hairstyle.

40. Flat Top + Flow

Flat top mullet hair

The flat top is a retro men’s haircut that has plenty of modern appeal. Combine it with a mullet for an unexpected combination.

41. Flat Top + Fade

Flat top vs flow haircut

With a short flat top, the business at the front of this mullet haircut is all business. In contrast, the party at the back lets loose with a curl.

42. Flat Top Fade + Mullet

Classic flat top haircut with mullet

With just enough length  at the back to be called a mullet, this short haircut has more hair at the back than the top.

With long hair, you can really commit to the mullet.

43. Mullet + Bangs

Long hair men mullet haircut

This is a classic men’s haircut with bangs that just keeps going at the neck.

44. Jagged Mullet

Long textured mullet haircut

Mullets can be styled any way you like. With pointed edges and a few spikes, this long at the back men’s haircut is more rocker than hockey.

45. 1970s Mullet

1970s mullet haircut

A mustache and long sideburns give this long mullet hairstyles a 1970s look and feel.

46. Classic Mullet

Your classic mullet

With short fringe, a long neck, and layering all over this is as classic as the mullet gets.

47. Long Men’s Hair

Medium hair and a mullet in back

Even without long hair at the back, this is a bold look. It might be a rat tail, but that’s still a type of mullet.

Guide to mullet haircuts for men

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15 Best Curly Mullet Hairstyles for Men

Men who can pull off having a curly mullet usually have a great sense of style. Some people aren’t that keen on the mullet hairstyle while others are obsessed with it! However, we can all agree that it’s an iconic hairdo. The trend started in the 80s when everyone had crazy and unique hairstyles.

Some of the most popular rock stars from that era used to have insanely voluminous curly mullets. Nowadays men turn to mullet styles only when they are trying to express their bold & unique sense of style. If you are thinking about growing out a curly hair mullet, you are at the right place!


How to Style Mullet with Curly Hair

men's curly mullet hairstyles

Styling a curly mullet for men is much easier than people might think. Here are some simple steps that everyone can easily follow:

  • Depending on the length of your fringe, comb the top of your hair forwards or backward. If your fringe is shorter then comb it forwards, and if it’s longer comb it backward and away from your face.
  • Apply a pomade or a gel on the sides of your head so that the hairstyle stays put. A curly mullet is best styled with stronger pomades and gels.
  • To enhance your curls, use some hair gel on the rest of your hair as well. Put the hair gel on your hand, comb it through the hair. Lastly, lightly push the strands of your hair upwards by making crunching motions.


Curly Mullet Hairstyles

Below are 15 unique curly mullet hairstyles for men we would love to recommend. Go through these styles to adopt an iconic hairstyle with your curls.


short curly mullet

short curly mullet



brown curly mullet for men

brown curly mullet for men



Mexican curly mullet

Mexican curly mullet



black men's curly mullet

black men’s curly mullet



men’s curly mullet with fade



men’s curly mullet with fringe



men’s curly mullet with beard


8. Messy Black Curly Mullet

messy curly mullet style for men

If you’re a laid back kind of a guy, then this curly mullet hairstyle might be a perfect hairstyle for you. Letting your curly hair air dry is a great idea here because this look is all about looking natural. Going along with this style, you can have a full beard or a bit longer than usual.


9. Mullet with Enhanced Curls

guy with curly mullet hair

Men who enjoy looking well put-together will love this mullet hairstyle with curls. If you already have curls, you can easily enhance them by using a hair gel designed for curly hair. Since the focal point of your look is this stupefying curly hair mullet it’s a good idea to shave off your beard.


10. Mullet with High Fade

curly mullet with high fade

Combining the curly high top fade trend with a classic mullet hairstyle is a very creative idea. Men who enjoy modern fashion will enjoy this hair and beard combo. If you want to maintain this look, you should shave both your head & facial hair regularly. If you’re not precise enough, you might want to visit a barber.

High Fade Vs. Low Fade


11. Mullet with Short Bangs

curly hair mullet with short bangs

If you want to express your unique personality throughout your hairstyle, then a curly mullet with short bangs is the way to do it. You will have to regularly maintain the front part of the hair and keep it short, but it’s totally worth it in the end.

Ideal Short Hair and Beard Combination for Men


12. High Volume Mullet

best curly mullet styles for men

This hairstyle with stubble beard is for men who want to look smart and professional while rocking their mullet. Even though mullets are usually chosen by more rebellious men, this doesn’t mean that only they should rock it.  A high volume of curly hair mullet can make a nerdy guy look very unique and interesting.


13. 80s Curly Mullet


14. Curly Blonde Mullet


15. Long Curls + Mullet

long curly mullet for men


Frequently Asked Questions on Curly Mullet

Can Women Also Try Mullet Hairstyle?

Of course, they can! These days more and more women are trying out different mullet styles. In fact, a curly mullet hairstyle is more common among women than among men. Just remember that there are many variations of a mullet hairstyle, so you’ll be able to find the one that suits your personal style.


Why It Is Called a Mullet?

The word “mullet” describes a family of edible spiny-finned fish. When the mullet hairstyle became popular, some people were joking around that it looked like they’ve had fish on their heads. Finally, the name “mullet” became official when Beastie Boys released their song “Mullet Head” in 1994.


Mohawk Mullet – Unique Styling Ideas for 2021


Those classic and plain mullet hairstyles from the 80s are not that common anymore since they have had many changes over the years. Nowadays we have improved the classic hairstyle with our stylish curly mullet haircuts for both men and women.


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