Mullet hair: the most controversial cut in the history of hairstyles

Iconic scaled cut of the 80s and the absolute protagonist of the autumn-winter 2021-2022 catwalks, a few years later, the Mullet creeps back into our lives and over our heads. Man or woman it doesn't matter, the charm of this punk-rock hairstyle lies in its gender-fluidity that knows no gender distinctions. Whether you have long or short hair, straight or curly, it does not matter: the Mullet does not bend to the rules and is therefore suitable for a subversive and rebellious personality. This year the laws of fashion want it to be curly and with a lot of fringe that falls softly on the forehead, but everyone can prefer the version that stands out the most. If you want to revolutionize your look, hair is certainly a great starting point and Mullet a winning solution, but be careful because the final styling is rather subjective and not always satisfying. To find out if this cut is right for you, read this article and get inspired!

But before reading, watch this video and discover some simple and quick hairstyles with which to be fashionable every day even without going to the hairdresser!

Mullet: history and origins

Short, long. Curly, smooth. In all its strangeness and, in some ways, ugliness, the Mullet undoubtedly made hairstyles history and left an indelible mark on pop culture. Short in front, on the sides and on the head and longer at the back, this haircut has experienced several evolutions over time and has known great popularity as well as maximum oblivion.

It is said that the first to show off this cut were, as early as the fifth century AD, the pupils of Procopius of Caesarea.Moving forward in time and, more precisely, arriving at the 30-50s of the seventeenth century, we can observe how the Mullet in its curly variant was quite widespread among the men of the time. Making it iconic is David Bowie at the beginning of the 70s, when it takes on the features of Ziggy Stardust. But it was only in the mid-1980s that the Mullet fashion exploded and conquered the whole world. Patty Smith, Mike Jagger, Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Maradona, Petter Littbarski, David Beckham, the Mullet becomes the haircut par excellence of celebrities who set trends and, by emulation, of their fans.

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It is almost impossible to look for photos of those years and find people who did not wear this curious haircut on their heads. However, fashions come and go and also for the Mullet it is time to step aside to make room for new hairstyles. In the 90s, in fact, this cut is just an old, and for some, a bad memory. Until, almost completely unexpectedly, in the 10s and 20s of the 2000s, well-known faces of the caliber of Rihanna, Scarlett Johansson and Miley Cyrus bravely decided to bring it back into vogue, showing it off with great personality on the red carpet and catwalks.

But what does this haircut get its name from? Over the years, various hypotheses have been formulated regarding the origins of the term Mullet. The first, as well as the most authoritative, attributes the coining of the word mullet, or mullet, to the American band of the Beastie Boys who, in 1994, released the single entitled, precisely, "Mullet Head". The term had had such a great echo that, the following year, it was introduced into the Oxford English Dictionary. The second, on the other hand, wants the word Mullet to derive from the Australian expression "looking like a stunned mullet".

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Who is Mullet hair good for?

When we talk about a haircut like the Mullet, it is necessary to make a clarification: this cut does not suit everyone. You have to know how to carry it. It is necessary to have a whimsical and extravagant personality, which is not afraid of curious looks and is sure of itself on any occasion. So, if you are shy and fear the judgment of others, maybe the Mullet is not for you.

As for the bangs, the eternal dilemma of us women, the Mullet deserves due consideration before making its appearance on your head. Do you think you are bold enough for such a cut? However, do not make hasty decisions that you may regret and that will be difficult to remedy later. First consider the shape of your face. The Mullet in fact is more suited to small, angular and geometric faces. On the contrary, however, it is to be avoided if the face shape is round or elongated. In general, we recommend that you ask your trusted hairstylist for advice. Being a specialist in the field of hairstyles, he will be able to show you the best solution for you and your hair or, on the contrary, will immediately pass any nostalgic feeling for cuts dating back to the 80s.

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What type of hair is this haircut suitable for?

The type of hair also plays an important role in the choice of our cuts, especially if the cut in question is called Mullet. Before showing the images of the 70s / 80s style icons to your hairstylist, consider whether your hair actually fits a similar haircut. If they are unmanageable, frizzy or too thin, maybe you should opt for another hairstyle. There are other compromises with which to make your hair more lively and playful, without however distorting it. The Mullet is perfect, however, for those people who are lucky enough to have soft hair and always well-defined styling. Even in this case, however, the last word on the final decision is up to the shape of the face.

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The thousand shades of Mullet: here are some inspirations

Below, you'll find some pictures of all the different ways stars have chosen to cut us out and welcome Mullet. Now you just have to choose the one that's right for you!

In this photo posted on Instagram, Spanish actress Úrsula Corberó sports a more elegant and chic version of the cut.

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At the 2016 Grammy Awards, the very talented Zendaya opts for a Mullet with warm tones and a lot of mega bangs.

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Scarlett Johansson in 2002 also fell into temptation and couldn't resist this haircut. Hyper scaled and disheveled, from the first glance it gives a sense of immense freedom. Maybe it's not our favorite look of the actress, but it must be admitted that Scarlett looks good with everything!

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