No discussion on hairstyle is complete without reference to this iconic coiffure. Even though the style appeared in the ‘60s, it gained immense popularity in the ‘80s with several screen stars, rockstars, and sportspersons flaunting this look at some point of time in their career. I refer to the Mullet. It is a hairstyle that is short at the front and sides, and long in the back.
David Bowie was probably instrumental in popularizing this style. David and Angie Bowie, along with Angie’s hair stylist, Suzy Fossey created it one night. It was an instant hit, becoming a style statement of the ‘80s inspiring iconic movies like the “Joe Dirt”. Stars like Paul McCartney, Michael Bolton, Brad Pitt, Billy Ray Cyrus (Milly Cyrus’s father) and Phil Collins helped to bring the hairstyle to the forefront of fashion. This was a unisex hairstyle; Florence Henderson wore a mullet in the show “The Brady Bunch” in the ‘80s. The style is often accessorized with tattoos and moustache to create a redneck look.
The term “Mullet” was probably coined by the hip-hop group – The Beastie Boys in their song “The Mullet Head” in 1994. Spain is generally considered to be the ‘mullet capital of Europe’, being particularly popular in Barcelona, Catalonia, and amongst the young Basque separatists and gypsies.
Germans also have their version of mullet called “Vokuhila”. You will recall that several leading Indian film stars have also experimented with this style in the ‘80s.
However, the hairstyle is probably a lot older than the name itself. Some say that the Sphinx has sported this hairstyle since 2500 BC. There is also evidence of the mullet in many ancient civilisations, such as the Vikings and the Aztecs. It was also very popular during the time of Napolean Bonaparte. The mullet transitioned from the ‘80s to the ‘90s, transforming from a straight look to a curly one. The 90s curly version is often called the ‘French mullet’. The mullet is still in vogue in the modern age – albeit with a distinct variation.