In the editorial world, the mullet is HAPPENING. From global hair competitions like Color Zoom to photoshoot work and cover shots, the mullet is everywhere.
But the mullet also has a bad reputation—visions of Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Dirt and Uncle Jesse might come to mind if you suggest one to your client.
In the right hands, however, this look can be super contemporary, edgy and fashion-forward.
Toni&Guy international artistic director and London Hairdresser of the Year, Philipp Haug, says the key is ensuring it’s soft and feminine.
“The key for a modern mullet is that it is wearable, the length from front to back isn’t dramatic and it has plenty of movement and texture which softens the overall length,” Haug says. “One of the main differences to historical mullets is that the short front and long lengths through the back are disconnected and dramatic. In the ‘80s it was super-long through the back and much shorter through the front; today’s mullet is quite similar to the Shag and much more wearable.”
Here are Haug's tips for making a modern mullet a desirable effect for your clients:
1. Ensure the fringe is soft and feminine with plenty of movement through the back.
2. Slightly disconnect through the crown area, but keep the sides connected into the length so it’s soft and graduated.
3. Texture is key to keeping this look modern – if it’s straight it can look harsh and severe.
4. Always make sure short and long lengths are in proportion. This will ensure it looks beautiful and feminine.
5. Key products for a modern mullet are a sea salt spray and, one of Haug’s favorites, label.m Souffle Styling Cream, which will add an undone and effortless finish.