Mullets: So hot right now
IT’S the haircut that fashion forgot. Now, in a fit of misguided nostalgia for all things ’80s, the mullet is back.
In news sure to delight Billy Ray Cyrus fans everywhere, the only hairstyle to blend business and party in equal measure has resurfaced on the catwalks of Paris and Milan.
Celebrity hairdresser Joh Bailey thought the cut was consigned to the backblocks of Mt Druitt until trendy 20-somethings began coming to his Double Bay salon asking for their hair short in front and long in back.
“The mullet is making a resurgence but I don’t think it will quite become mainstream,” Mr Bailey said.
“The new shape is more tousled and relaxed and less skanky, for want of a better word.”
Known colloquially as “neckwarmers” or “mud flaps”, the mullet revival has been spurred on by ’80sinfluenced films and TV shows, such as IT and Stranger Things. However, the latest take is “less filthy” than the cut popularised 35 years ago by actor Jason Donovan, tennis player Andre Agassi and rock star David Bowie.
Surry Hills hairdresser Alana Dunphy, who sports a “pretty mullet”, said: “The dirty mullet is when the hair goes halfway down your back, while short and curly on top. My mullet is a pixie short haircut in the front with long perimeters.”
Monte Morgan, half of pop duo Client Liaison, is also helping boost the mullet’s stocks, sporting a head of hair as lairy as his trademark pastel turtlenecks.
Bondi man Tony Keenan warned anyone considering a mullet to steel themselves for lingering glances from wary onlookers.
“You can’t stare back at people because they’d think you’re a psycho, so to anyone considering the mullet know it’s a commitment, not a novelty act,” Mr Keenan said.
The unwitting trendsetter wasn’t trying to keep up with the latest look when he walked into Happy Endings Hair Studio in Redfern six months ago. “You don’t put your car in for service and tell the mechanic what to do, so it shouldn’t be any different when you put your hair in the hands of a capable professional,” he said.
“I thought I’d try out an undercut for some extra ventilation and eventually my hairdresser said it was time I went the full mullet.”
In May, Maurice Terzini opted for mullet-clad models when he hosted a Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia event at Bondi Icebergs.
Tony Keenan’s mullet attracts the attention of Ria Maric (left) and Taylor Davey at Bondi.