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The Return of the Mullet

The world is no stranger to recycled fads. 80s fads in particular have come back with a vengeance. Shoulder pads, MC Hammer pants, and even the much-maligned fanny pack have come back to haunt us. In the words of Salt N Pepa, we need to push this stuff real good—to the side, that is.

Although the 80s were known for cheesy outfits and downright bad fashion, some of its worst trends still survive. We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but the reality is this: the absolute worst 80s offender is back with a vengeance. That’s right. The mullet is back.


The Mullet is Alive and Well

Rising from the ashes of neon windbreakers and teased bangs, the mullet comes to haunt us in 2019. The famous “business in the front, party in the back” hairstyle is known for being … not so sophisticated, at least by today’s standards.

But in the hairspray daze of the 80s, today’s hated mullet was all the rage. It was not only the haircut of choice for lanky teens and blue collar workers, but also famous celebrities like Michael Bolton and John Stamos. Some mullets were more acceptable, like Kurt Russell’s. While others, like Billy Ray Cyrus’s, never should have seen the light of day.

No matter how you shake it, the mullet was a divisive hairstyle. We thought this hair disaster died along with the Reagan Administration, but we were so, so wrong.


The Past, With a Twist

Fortunately (or maybe not so fortunately), the mullet is back—with a modern twist. The mullet couldn’t have returned without a little update. After all, a traditional mullet is a recipe for ridicule and name-calling. No, today’s stylists, who sometimes push the boundaries a little far, “updated” the mullet.

The style depends greatly on the hair stylist. For example, this stylist got way too crazy with the mullet update, giving the model a modified chili-bowl haircut. Others have had a little more success. Model Edie Campbell brought back a more tasteful version of the mullet.

It’s entirely possible to have a hi-low hairstyle that pays homage to the mullet. But we say the line between fashion and “oh please no” has been crossed too many times. At the end of the day, don’t choose an awful 80s fads for your next ‘do.


Bottom Line

We say it’s time to put the mullet to rest. If a stylist approaches you with scissors and says, “Hey, I want to do a modern mullet style for you,” run. Just run. There’s nothing wrong with pushing the envelope with a daring new style, but some things should stay dead.

And the mullet is one of those things. We would throw in the chili-bowl haircut, too, but that’s a rant for another day. Get a rockin’ haircut that doesn’t make you look like an 80s throwback. Swing by The Village Spa for a delightful design that makes you feel sexy and confident.

We know what’s, ahem, actually hip, and will help you strut your stuff. No mullets, we promise.


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