2019 is the year of the mullet

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Mullets, the controversial haircut synonymous with the 70s and 80s, is making a hard comeback. When you think of the business in the front and party in the back style, it conjures up images of Billy Ray Cyrus, Chris Waddle, and Keifer Sutherland in Lost Boys. They’re iconic, if not a little dated.  

Mike D of Beastie Boys fame, even commented on the much-maligned style. Writing about the trend in his Grand Royal magazine, published between 1993-97, he said: “There’s nothing quite as bad as a bad haircut. And perhaps the worst of all is the cut we call The Mullet.”  

There was a brief moment in the 2000s when celebrities began to revitalise the mullet, to make it appealing once again—fashion is cyclical after all. We can all look forward to the comeback of the emo fringe. It didn’t stick around for very long then, but now we’re seeing the trend come around again—albeit with a modern twist. 

There’s an edgy modernity to the mullet this time around, think more punk than country rock, with barbers taking the basic concept of the mullet and putting their own creativity into its base. Becoming somewhat of a chimera, the mullet has mixed with sharp edging, high fades, and faux-hawks to elevate the style.  

But what prompted the comeback? For a long time, hair trends have seemingly played it a little safe with longer styles, simply adding layers or texture for effect. One theory suggests that the mullet’s renaissance is push back against this, and directly challenges current conventional fashion.   

Is it the ultimate conclusion to the recent wave of 90s fashion revival? The catwalk work of fashion brands trickling down into mainstream culture cannot be ignored here—such as can be seen with Off-White’s designer, Virgil Abloh.  

To make sure you make the most of your mullet, we asked Josh McPike of RUM Barbers, Glasgow how he achieved the perfect mullets as pictured: 

“For business up top, apply sea salt spray to damp hair and finger dry into the desired shape, finish with some matte clay for control and light texture. For the party at the back, after rough drying work texturising volume powder through the mid lengths and ends, scrunching with your fingers to achieve an unstructured, tousled finish. To complete the look just add denim.”