The Dos and Don’ts of Pulling Off the Iconic Mullet


The mullet has had a longggg journey.

What started as an 80s staple and transformed into a national punchline has re-emerged decades later as a stunning and subversive cut. The mullet now represents a cut that is bold, radical, and genderless, with variations embraced during fashion month and beautifully modeled on Miley Cyrus and Barbie Ferrerira – not to mention Joe Exotic. Curious about everything Mullet-related, we tapped Andis Educator Jarred Liddington and AXE’s Master Barber, Pedro Rosario.

History of the Mullet

Though we may associate it with the 80s/90s, the mullet has been a reoccurring cut option for most of human history. “It can be traced back to the Roman era,” says Pedro who notes the look has also featured prominently in historical, classic movies like, ‘Braveheart’. “It seems to have been a symbol of rebellion and function from the start. Indigenous tribes have also been seen using similar styles with braids on the side, and long on the back.”

Create a Current Cut

To modernize the ageless style, add layers. Jarred explains what you need to DIY cut a mullet, which is key for upkeep as well, especially if your avoiding salons and barber shops. “If you are going to take the sides short with a clipper, I’d recommended using the Andis Master Cordless Clipper.  It has an adjustable blade so alongside switching between attachable combs, you can get a really smooth transition in your fade – by adjusting lever the teeth move apart it gives you a longer cutting length (from a #000 to #1),” notes Jarred.

Instead of fading upwards as you normally would, I use my Andis Master Cordless Clipper to fade on a diagonal from the temple towards the crown area – this takes out bulk above the ear whilst maintaining length behind the ear,” he continues.

Mullet Do’s and Don’ts

Because you want your mullet to be more celeb than hillbilly, do add texture. “Something that has always stuck with me about mullets is the phrase, ‘business at the front, party at the back.’ It’s the juxtaposition of two different looks in one cut that make the mullet so unique; but for me, you still have to make sure there is balance and transition throughout. Adding layers and texture will help connect it and make it a current mullet,” says Jarred.

While you may want to tone it down, don’t sacrifice the bold look that makes the trend what it is. “Make sure you don’t lose the fun ‘business at the front, party at the back’ vibe though – mullets are a statement piece so if you’re going to do it, commit,” he adds.

Who Is the Look For?

This look is for anyone daring enough to rock it. “The mullet needs no specific gender, age, face shape or hair type to work; all it needs is the right attitude. Everyone and anyone can rock a mullet. They are a strong look, but as long as you’ve got the confidence, you can flaunt it,” Jarred continues.

For Pedro, the look is best suited for “a younger age group, but also anyone that has and wants to show off their edgier side,” however he adds that it really is “all about confidence!”

Trend Revival

The pandemic has brought about the desire to experiment – either because people are wanting to exert control over their look or are ready for a change. This radical environment coupled with the resurgence of trends from the 80s and 90s has solidified the mullet’s place on our feeds. Granted, what makes the mullet decidedly of the moment is incorporating modern cutting and styling techniques. “The mullet has become much more refined and has well and truly found its place in 2020,” says Jarred.

How to Style

If you’ve committed to the mullet, be prepared to learn the basics of styling – it’s a style that appears effortless but isn’t necessarily so.

To keep up the shape of your mullet Pedro recommends the AXE Messy Look Flexible Hair Paste, which will weigh hair down without being too stiff. “Take a fingertip amount of the AXE Messy Look Flexible Hair Paste, mix it around in your hands, and rake it through your hair. Don’t be afraid to go in, mess it around, and spread the product all over. This will rework and reshape your hair, while creating that boost in texture you really want. You’ll begin to see that natural, messy look come together,” he says, ensuring a natural finish.

The mullet is clearly making a comeback, as seen on Miley.