Making of the Mullet: Hairstyle Origins

What do Hulk Hogan, David Bowie and Ellen DeGeneres all have in common? The answer is they've all had mullets. The classic "business in the front party in the back" hairstyle was more than just an '80s fad, it was (and still is for those who like to make bold moves) a lifestyle. Billy Ray Cyrus' Tennessee top hat captivated millions of achy-breaky hearts. Patrick Swayze's flowing locks famously danced their glorious way into quite a few blockbuster hit movies. Even Paul McCartney donned a full-on mullet at one point. So, where did this iconic hairstyle get its start?

First Things First

If you're not familiar with the infamous mullet hairstyle, there are a few things you need to know. A mullet is a hairstyle that has transcended generations and genders. The cut is all about being relatively close-knit in the front and sides of the head with a longer length towards the back of the head. Put simply: short in the front, long in the back and a good time all around.

Mullet Origins

Where did mullets come from? It's a good question and one that doesn't have an exact answer. The history of mullets goes way back, so far back that some people think the practical benefits of a mullet could have made them popular in prehistoric times. Others think that mullets could have originated in Native American culture, where having long hair was a symbol of strength and power and having it shorter in the front lent itself to practicality. As far as documentation goes, some of the earliest mentions of mullets go back to the 6th century B.C., where a short in the front and long in the back hairstyle was deemed a "Hun cut".

As far as the actual term "mullet" goes, the Oxford English Dictionary gives a lot of credit to the Beastie Boys, who popularized the word with their 1994 song "Mullet Head". In any case, while its origins may be unclear, one thing is certain, mullets have made their mark and it looks like they might be here to stay.

Modern Mullets

Some people argue that the days of mullets are long gone but we beg to differ. Take a look at a $100 bill. Sure, Benjamin Franklin's mullet was less short on the top and more of a receding hairline style, but nonetheless, it's a form of a mullet that has made its way into modern monetary exchanges. Or, just take a look around and you’ll see that a mullet can take on all sorts of shapes and sizes, and for those who are brave enough to rock it, the glory days of the mullet are far from over.

If you're considering taking a walk on the wild side with a mullet of your own, or if you're just looking for your next iconic haircut, stop by Danckuts. From haircut engineering to custom headmapping to kut assurance, we've got haircuts down to an exact science. Let us help you find your perfect haircut. Click here to schedule your next appointment.