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Celebrities Are All Trying Mullet Hair Now—It's Cooler Than You Think

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Throwback hairstyles hold a special space in our hearts. We love drawing inspiration from the past to inspire our current looks, with styles like vintage waves, popstar ponytails, and voluminous ‘80s curls maintaining popularity decades later. However, there is one old-school hairstyle we thought we’d officially seen the last of: the mullet. 

When you think of mullet hair, shaggy rockstar manes and your parents’ high school yearbook photos probably come to mind. Modern variations of the mullet, however, have been getting a lot of love from celebrities in 2019—and they work for every hair type and length

Stumped on how to (or why to) make a mullet hair work in 2019? We’ve got you covered. We asked a few pros to explain why this androgynous haircut is making a comeback and why they think it’s here to stay. 

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Why do you think mullet hair is making a comeback? 

Mullets might not have been on your radar for the past few years, but Erica Moomey, L’Oréal Professionnel artist, insists that the “business in the front, party in the back” hairstyle has never truly left the spotlight. 

“Similar to couture fashion, most hair trends start out extreme, yet over time the shape will be manipulated and toned down resulting in a more commercial wearable look. I do not see this rebellious trend coming to an end anytime soon,” Moomey says. 

Heather King, Redken brand artist, agrees. She also sees a surprising use for mullets when it comes to that awkward growing-out period we've all experienced.

“I think taking something that was cool before and making it trendy and unique again is exciting and what fashion is all about,” King says. “Not to mention, what a chic way to grow out the pixie cuts that have been so popular the last few years!”

Philip Wolff, Matrix artist, suggests that the rising popularity of mullets is related to something totally different. 

“As with anything, there are early adopters, trend followers, the masses, and then people who never left the original times...With social media having the ability to spread words and images faster than word of mouth, it allows anything to trend at a faster rate. Everything eventually makes a comeback with that specific era’s twist to make it relevant.” Wolff says. 

Wondering if you can make a mullet work for you? Keep scrolling. 

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Who do mullets work best for? 

Like most daring cuts or colors, the mullet definitely isn’t meant for everybody. 

“I think it is important to read your audience,” Moomey explains. “Recommending a mullet haircut to someone that prefers to fly under the radar may not be in your or their best interest.”

If you’re a hair daredevil, however, King says a modern mullet might be the perfect fashion statement cut for you.

“It’s the ultimate convertible hairstyle as you can make it as professional or trendy as you want,” King says. 

What is the best way to style a modern mullet? 

Moomey understands the desire to spend as little time styling as possible. That’s why she advises her clients to try a wash-and-go mullet. 

“The best part about the mullet is that it can be worn by all hair textures from straight to curly. I personally prefer to cut my clients dry while their hair is in its natural state in order to enhance movement,” Moomey says. “For my low-maintenance guys and girls, I always suggest L’Oréal Professional [Tecni.Art] Next Day Hair Dry Finishing Spray applied on dry tresses to add extra roughness and volume.” 

Contrary to popular belief, your mullet doesn’t always need to be super undone and messy. For those days when you’re going for more of a chic look, King suggests opting for a slicked-back mullet style. 

“Spray Redken’s Guts 10 into dry hair and directionally blow-dry the hair back with a paddle brush...Then, blend Redken’s Velvet Gelatine 07 Cushioning Blow Dry Gel and All Soft Argan-6 Oil and apply generously to the hair to create a super sophisticated look,” King suggests. 

Wolff can’t decide which mullet hairstyle he likes best.  He advises his clients to be daring and go with whatever look feels right for them. 

“My suggestions are in three words: Just do it!” Wolff says. 

Ready to try mullet hair? Keep scrolling for 10 of our favorite ways to wear the look. 

The Best Mullet Hair Ideas To Try Now

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Baby Bangs

Baby bangs and mullets go together like bread and butter. While baby bangs require a bit of maintenance, the visual impact you’ll get from a super short fringe is totally worth it! 

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Rainbow

You’re already pushing boundaries with your haircut, so why not do the same for your color? If you want to take your mullet hair look to the next level, try pairing it with a rainbow hair color. 

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Textured

Classic mullets are all about texture, so apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray like Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray if you’re looking to channel your inner ‘80s rockstar. This aerosol dry texturizing spray provides medium hold with effortless, beachy texture. 

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Pixie Mullet

If a traditional mullet isn’t short enough for you, ask your stylist for a pixie mullet. Already have a pixie cut? Allow the strands towards the back of your head to grow a few inches longer than the rest. 

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Red

Opting for a mullet is a total power move, so you’ll need a power hair color to go with it. When it comes to statement-making hues, there’s nothing better than a vibrant red shade. 

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Curly

If you’re looking to give your ringlets instant volume and bounce, mullet cuts and curly hair are a match made in heaven.

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Full Bangs

Looking to incorporate bangs into your look? You’ll be obsessed with how straight-across bangs accentuate a mullet haircut. 

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Two-Toned

For a look that’s guaranteed to turn heads wherever you go, ask your stylist to pair your mullet haircut with a half-and-half hair color. If you need some inspiration, we love this bubblegum pink and teal duo. 

Good hair day by @bottleblonde76.

Spiked

If you’re considering a mullet, you’re not afraid to be edgy. For those going for an even more avant-garde look, try a spiky mullet. Use a hair gel like Biolage Styling Gelée All Purpose Styling Gel to add body, shine, and control to your ‘do. 

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Long And Straight

You don’t have to give up your long hair to try a mullet haircut. In fact, long and pin straight is one of the most modern ways to wear the look. 

Ready to try a mullet haircut? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.