Mul­lets: So hot right now

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JACK MORPHET

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.

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