Is The Mullet Back?

Like it Or Not, We Think The Mullet Is Coming Back. Here at New York Barbers we have been getting quite a few requests for mullets in the past couple of weeks. A lot more than usual, which tells us it may be here to stay for a while.

In this weeks edition of #BarberTalk by New York Barbers, we discuss what the Mullet Consists of, different variations of it and if it will suit you or not (Spoiler: It doesn’t suit everyone!)

What Is A “Mullet”?

“Business at the front, party at the back!”

The Mullet Hairstyle consists of short sides and top, with the back left long. It is an infamous hairstyle and an attention-grabber to say the least!

The Mullet hairstyle started in popular culture in the 70’s & 80’s and were worn by rock stars such as Rod Stewart, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney.

Fun Facts about the mullet:

The term “mullet-head” has been used as a way to call somebody stupid since at least the mid-19th Century. (Do You Still Want A Mullet?)In 2010, Iran banned the mullet, claiming it was part of a "Western cultural invasion.”

Different Types Of Mullets

There are different variations of the mullet. You can have a long mullet or a short mullet and it all depends how long your hair currently is (on the basis you don’t currently have a mullet but want to get one), but for the most part they keep the foundation of short sides and top with the back left longer.

The most popular variation we are getting at the moment is the standard short back and sides (#1 or #2) with either a messy style on top of having it pushed over to the side, and then left longer at the back for the mullet effect.

Another Modern variation of the mullet is having it with a short fade on the sides, as shown below.

The Proper Old-School mullet sports short sides, but not cut right to the scalp. This still allows enough length on the sides to push back into the mullet itself.

Will The Mullet Suit Me?

To answer this question, we must first understand that the mullet is generally described as a style that is “rough” “un-neat” and “dirty” to name a few. It is not really considered a clean haircut (which is OK for some).

If you don’t fancy a hairstyle that is considered by many as “rough” “un-neat” and “dirty” maybe there are better options than the mullet for you.

However, the mullet is a good fit for those who want to make a statement, and don’t care what other people thoughts are, in fact these individuals are usually those who want to provoke the thought of their hairstyle being a “dirty” one.

The dirtier the better they say!

Another thing the Mullet Hairstyle can clash with is your job, or school if you are still a student.

Now we are not going to sit here and tell you what haircut you can and cannot get based on your job, however considering your job, or school you go to if you want to try out a mullet can save you a trip back to the barbershop to get another haircut 2 days later!

Here is a good guide:

Do You Wear A Suit or Shirt to work? Hate to break it to you, but the Mullet is probably not your best option. The two don't mix and your boss might not be too impressed!

Anyone Else: Will probably get away with it. (Primary tradies will have the easiest time with a mullet we say)

Mullets and School:

In the spike of the Mullet haircuts we have had lately, among them has been a few school boys, who love to get around a good old Aussie Mullet. Especially with some Sports Stars rocking one as seen below.

However, some have had to come back in to cut off the mullet as it was not allowed at school.

If you go to a private school, as we know rules are generally stricter there, so a mullet is sure to grab their attention and most likely result in a trip back to the barbershop.

Keep In Mind:

If you want to try a mullet, the back (longer) part of the mullet is only going to be as long as your hair currently is on the sides and back. So, If you usually have the sides and back cut pretty short, we can still cut the shape of a mullet in for you, but you will just need to let the back grow out more to get that “mullet effect”.


In closing, we don’t think the mullet is for everyone. Only a select few can pull off the mullet. But, you don’t know until you try.

Here at New York Barbers we are here to help you out with whichever haircut you are looking for, and if it is a mullet, we can help with that too.

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