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Mullets Are Making a Comeback, According to Hairstylists

The mullet, as we all know, is one of the world’s favourite fish. But there’s also – and you may not have heard of this before – apparently a hairstyle called the mullet, and if you can believe it, it’s making a comeback after having been presumed consigned to the deepest bowels of tonsorial hell.

The mullet was a big  fashion trend in the 1980s, because back then nobody knew how ridiculous people from the 1980s looked. Long in the back, short on the sides, and a complete catastrophe all round, the mullet never really went away for some people, but for those without more than three cars on their front lawn, it hadn’t really been fashionable since Achy Breaky Heart.

Nevertheless, the word is that the mullet is becoming tres chic once more, with hairdressers in the UK reporting that otherwise seemingly sane customers are walking into their salons and asking for the “Scott from Neighbours at his wedding” cut. A fad for the ’80s, embodied by the hit Netflix show Stranger Things, is blamed by some, while others look to less obvious sources for the rise of this zombie ‘do. Dominic Johnson of Queen Mary University cites a sociopolitical motive, saying that the mullet is one way for people to “attach to a particular identity”.

Which sounds great, but if you want to attach to a particular identity, why would you choose an identity that has a mullet?

General FAQ

What is a mullet hairstyle?

A mullet is a hairstyle where the persons hair is short on the sides and long on the top.

Who is famous for having a mullet?

Billy Ray Cyrus, Rod Stewart and Steve Harrington from Stranger Things have all had famous mullets.

Are mullets back in style?

Mullets have become increasingly popular again, since their first stint in the 1980s.

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Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie

Ben Pobjie is an accomplished author, commentator and columnist who specialises in studies of Australian history and culture. A prolific writer, Ben’s work has appeared The Age, New Matilda, King's Tribune, Crikey, The Roar, Meanjin, GQ, Mamamia, The Punch and many others. He also has several books to his name, having published titles Superchef, Surveying the Wreckage, and The Book of Bloke. Additionally, Ben’s work has spilled into the realm of television and comedy, writing for You Have Been Watching on Foxtel and The Unbelievable Truth on Channel Seven, with the media expert appearing frequently on ABC radio, Triple R, 3CR and 2SER.