What kind of hairstyle is a mullet?

Hairstyle that is short in front and long in back

A mullet is a hairstyle with short hair in the front and long in the back (often described reverentially as "business in the front, party in the back"). The haircut was popularized in the 1970s and 80s but still lives on today.

Origin of mullet

There are several claims about where the slang term "mullet" came from. One prominent belief is that it comes from French fashionista Henri Mollet in the early 1970s. Some famous icons credited with popularizing the mullet include David Bowie, Tom Jones, Rod Stewart, and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Popularity of the mullet

While the mullet peaked in the 1980s, especially among rural, lower-class men, it persisted and evolved in the following decades. For example, in 2020, the modern mullet (fade combined with a mullet) became popular among young men during covid lockdowns.

Other names for mullets

You might see people use other terms besides mullet to describe the hairstyle. Examples include "Tennesse top hat," "Kentucky waterfall," and North Carolina neck warmer."


I can't believe that guy with the mullet asked for your number
IKR? I was startled and at a loss for words

Long blonde mullet

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Updated February 14, 2023

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