Once a symbol of the '80s counterculture, The Mullet has made an astonishing comeback! And we are here for it!
It's not uncommon to see boys, teenagers and men everywhere sporting a variation of the Modern Mullet. In its latest iteration, the Curly Haired Mullet, we have seen men not just accepting their rouge curls, but glorifying them!
Instead of the ‘usual’ tidy short-back-and-sides haircut, they’re allowing for some growth and styling flexibility. Are we shocked? Yes. and No.
Like all trends they come and go, just as quickly and for reasons that genuinely baffle us, the mullet seems here to stay! This iconic hairstyle, known for its 'business in the front, party in the back' philosophy, has been embraced by a new generation, seeking to combine retro flair with modern styling.
In this blog, we’re taking a deep dive into the resurgence of the Mullet, particularly the Curly Haired Mullet. We’ll tackle challenges, offer styling tips, product recommendations, and a how-to guide specifically for men looking to rock this unique look.
The Evolution Of The Mullet
The mullet's journey from a pop culture emblem of the past to a trendy hairstyle of today has been intriguing. The Curly Haired Mullet, with its natural volume and texture, adds a fresh twist to the classic style, making it more appealing and versatile for those with textured hair.
The mullet hairstyle has experienced a fascinating evolution.
Typically featuring shorter hair at the front and sides and longer hair at the back, the classic mullet style has roots tracing back to ancient civilisations but gained notable popularity in the Western World during the 1970s and 1980s. The curly haired mullet emerged as a stylish adaptation of this trend, embraced for its unique ability to highlight natural curls.
In the 1980s, the Curly Haired Mullet became a symbol of rebellious youth culture, often sported by rock musicians and celebrities. The style faded in popularity in the 1990s but alongside acid wash jeans and tie-dye t-shirts this hairstyle has had a massive comeback, particularly among younger men and even women!
For those wanting an edgy-retro look, the curly mullet ticks all the boxes.
- Using contemporary styling techniques and often worn with a more refined, ‘slick-backed structure’ this style can be dressed up for a tidy, well put together look.
- For those opting for a more laid back, casual and ‘rough around the edges’ look, the mullet can be worn relatively unstyled and still look really great- think Country Music sensation Morgan Wallen or the young Patrick Swayze in the 1980s and 90s.
This resurgence of the mullet is indicative of a broader trend where past fashion statements are reimagined with a modern sensibility. It’s quite the style evolution!
Common Characteristics Of The Mullet/Curly Haired Mullet
- Dual-Length Structure: The mullet is characterised by hair that is shorter at the front and sides, while being significantly longer at the back.
- Versatility in Styling: It can be styled in various ways, accommodating straight hair, wavy hair, or curly hair textures.
- Cultural Symbolism: Historically, the mullet has been associated with various subcultures and music scenes, particularly in the 1980s.
- Adaptability: Over time, the mullet has adapted to different fashion eras, with modifications in length and volume to suit contemporary trends.
- Unisex Appeal: The hairstyle is worn by all genders, with slight variations to suit different facial structures and personal preferences.
- Edge and Rebellion: Often seen as a symbol of rebellion or non-conformity, especially during its peak popularity in the '80s.
- Maintenance: Requires regular trimming to maintain the distinct difference in length between the front/sides and the back.
- Celebrity Influence: Popularised by various celebrities and musicians, contributing to its iconic status in certain periods.
- Cultural Resurgence: Recently, the mullet has seen an epic comeback, particularly among younger generations, as a retro fashion statement.
- Global Variations: While most famous in Western cultures, variations of the mullet have been seen in different countries, adapting to local styling preferences.
Why The Curly Haired Mullet Works For Men With Curls
For men with naturally curly hair, the Curly Haired Mullet offers a stylish yet low-maintenance option.
It allows for the expression of individuality while keeping a professional appearance.
The contrast between the shorter hair at the front and sides with the longer curls at the back creates a tidy, and simple style that looks good on almost anyone. It also allows for curls to gain some length and achieve a style that will help to eliminate frizz and control ‘haywire hair’ that mostly just looks unkempt.
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Styling Your Curly Haired Mullet
- Grow your hair a bit: when you're going to have a style 'cut into' your hair, it's always good to let it gain a bit of length.
- Shape and Length: Work with a skilled barber or stylist to achieve the right shape for your face. The key is maintaining shorter lengths at the front and sides while letting the curls at the back grow out.
- Daily Styling:
1. Cleanse and condition your hair.
Pro-tip: A light-hold gel can help maintain the structure at the front. Just remember to give the gel a good ‘scrunch-out’ once it's completely dry.
3. Air drying is great for fella's that can't be bothered or are short on time. If you are wanting a bit more definition, you can use a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment.
- Maintenance: Regular trims are crucial to keep the front and sides clean while letting the back do it’s thing.
Products That Will Enhance Your Curly Haired Mullet
- Curl Defining Creams: Enhance the natural texture of your curls without weighing them down.
- Light Hold Gels or Foam/Mousse: Ideal for keeping the front part neat and styled.
- Hydrating Shampoos and Conditioners: Keeping curls hydrated is key to maintaining their shape and health. Nourish & Flourish shampoo and conditioner is the perfect combo for balance and hydration.
How to Guide: Achieving The Perfect Curly Haired Mullet
- Consult with a Professional: Discuss your hair type and desired length with your barber or stylist.
- Regular Trims: Keep the sides and front well-groomed.
- Styling Routine: Develop a daily routine that caters to both the straight and curly parts of the mullet.
- Experiment with Products: Find the right combination of products that work best for your hair type.
The Curly Haired Mullet is more than just a hairstyle; it's a statement! The perfect blend of nostalgia and modern style makes it an excellent choice for men looking to stand out.