The modern mullet can refer to quite a few different men’s hairstyles. While a mullet on its own is defined by long hair all over, especially at the back, a modern mullet is shorter on top and the sides. The mullet is often seen as an out-of-date, unattractive style, but if you can wear it right then, it does look the part. Here is what you need to know to make the modern mullet work for you.
The modern mullet is characterized by two things, a long mullet (i.e. a lengthy body of back hair and short side hair) and medium-length front and top hair. The word ‘modern’ in this haircut simply refers to the shorter hair at the front, so you are left free to style it however you please. Because the term ‘modern mullet’ is so broad, you might see it describing quite a few different cuts. Just remember that it’s a mullet with a short-ish top, however, it may be styled.
Mullet with Wavy Fringe and Burst Fade
Burst fades come in a variety of styles, but when a wavy fringe is added, it becomes a look that never fails to impress. Perfect for shortening longer face shapes or covering large foreheads while completely changing your appearance.
Curly Back with Temple Faded Mullet
Temple fade is something that instantly pops out and grabs the attention tray. The mullet here is curled for more panache with the top being pushed back. The pushback is subtle yet makes a style statement.
Blonde Retro Yet Hip Mullet
There is just so much to talk about this, first, the temple is faded for that tattoo to shine bright, second, the forehead fringe just reminds of the french crop with that tossed top, it just gets better every time. next the pocky stranded mullet is just perfect to give that retro yet hipster vibe with this hairstyle.
Semi Curled Medium Strands
Slight curls are very cool and especially when done this way, which is slightly touseled and yet controlled on the top by short length and tapered on the sides. The temple is faded which is common in a mullet but here it makes more sense as it balances the dense volume on the back.
Classic Retro Mullet Look
The classic masculine look from the ’70s-’80s is herewith some extra styling on top. The top is mix curled brought together with sides kept longer without any taper or fade so as to bring it back. The mullet is the highlight of the show with that extra length and rough texture.
Blonde Highlighted Tossed Mullet
This mullet is all about the good volume that is used to apply a touseled look which gives a very less maintenance undertone. Moreover, the combination of black to blonde is very hipsterish that adds an extra layer of panache. And to finish things off that stubble comes in handy.
Long Top with Short Mullet
We heard of log top and short sides but adding a mullet on the back is certainly a gesture. It shows how one can blend old and new look altogether moreover the dye on top is what separates the flat hair from the spiked ones. The sides are slightly tapered to maintain the volume.
Sharky Fringed Top with Fancy Mullet
Where do we start with this fashion statement? The top is all tossed with sharky fringe. The sides are undercut and fade on the sides. The mullet is what makes it pop real good and the mustache makes it even better.
Retro Peaking Mullet
Mullet doesn’t always have to be a foot long. This one is quite a subtle look, mullet is subtle and the top is quite chill too. The French crop feel to it is perfect.
Semi Curled with Chopped Temple
Side sweep comes in many forms and this is one of them. The top is semi curled which increases volume by slight or so. The sides are slightly tapered in layers for that stealthy look. The mullet here is quite subtle which makes everything so neat!
Subtle Mullet with Fancy Temple
Just when we thought about how mullet can be made fancier, this slit pattern comes right in to excite us even more. The top is fairly subtle with a chill French Crop top with a pocky top.
A mullet can be super voluminous or kept simpler by leaving the hair shorter. We all can agree that something in this style blends perfectly with the latest fashion trends.
Long Strands Make the Best Mullet
More often it is the tops with short hair length that make up a nice mullet but here it is quite a different one. The top is fairly long as it reaches the back whilst the back is similarly extended to form a curled mullet.
That Faded Temple with Thick Beard
We always strive to strike a balance between hair and beard. The volume density on top with a beard is where the fun is. The fade on the sides makes this look neat overall whereas the top is all tossed with length kept relatively short.
Mullet and Mustache is a Couple
Mullet and mustache is quite a bold style statement here. The top is quite casual with the french crop feel to it. The mustache here is grown pretty good whereas everything else is quite shaved. This look is borderline hipster-ish.
Frizzed Short Mullet with Brushed Up Top
The mullet is quite short here especially since the rest of the volume is quite grown. The top is brushed up with sides being slightly tapered with a temple blending into the beard for a balanced look overall.
Dense Curled Mullet with French Crop
One of the fanciest mullets we have seen in a while but the volume here steals the show. The hair is thin but fluff is what separates it from other styles. The French crop and the mullet are very thick but the curls is what helps the style pop.
Flying Side Part with Mullet
One of the craziest mullets we have seen in a while with the side part flying out of the park. The sides are also kept longer where they are pushed back with some product and the back is left to grow long.
Short Messy Mullet
Not all mullets have to be super drastic. This mullet is kept short and messy. There isn’t a huge different between the sides and the rest of the hair, but the sides are noticeably shorter which gives it that mullet look.
Modern Dramatic Mullet
The mullet is one of the most recognizable, iconic hair styles out there. This mullet incorporates lots of different shapes around the crown of the head and at the sides. The sides are still kept shorter than the top and the back of the hair, but a wave pattern is incorporated into the sideburns for an elevated look. Additionally, the front of the hair is brushed towards the face, and the back of the hair is longer and textured.
Modern Mullet with Curtain Haircut
This modern mullet focuses on keeping volume at the top and back of the head. The sides are noticeably shorter, but not faded completely. The tapering is soft and natural for an effortless look.
Frizzy Top with Manly Mullet
This mullet is a gem on so many levels, first, the taper faded sides with the top being all long and thick makes an impression. Next, the temple fade, although a subtle move is a good one, next the mullet itself is so long that one can hardly not notice it. All of this and then to top it off with some highlight dye is perfect!
What better way to revive a mullet than this perfect modern iteration that brings out the best of the mullet, leaving the worst to the past! If you are looking for a signature hairstyle that will make you stand apart from the crowd, then check out this hairstyle.
The modern mullet will make you look like either a dancer from the 50s or a magician enchanting the crowd. Either way, you are bound to be charming. There is practically no limit to how you can style this haircut. So have fun!
Mullet w/Drop Fade
A good way to contrast the length of the mullet is to shorten the sides considerably. The best way to do this is with an extreme fade like the drop fade shown here.
Blonde Brush Up with Taper Fade
This brush-up is an interesting take on the mullet; rather than making the mullet the focus, it places the spotlight on the short quiff and uses the mullet as an accessory.
Vertical Hair and Mullet
If you want a haircut that combines today’s high-volume cuts with the longer styles of yesterday, you might like this look that has a quiff in the front that terminates in a short mullet.
Pushed Back Top with Curled Mullet
This richly textured mullet pairs a brushed-back style on top with tangled curls in the back. This combination of textures adds an interesting touch that you won’t find in many haircuts.
The Retro Mullet with Frizzy Top
For a full-on retro look, try out this cropped mullet that features a short, messy top and larger mullet “wings” for a vintage-inspired appearance.
Hard Parted Mid Part
While most hairstyles incorporate one or two “designer” trends, this mullet style incorporates four: two hard parts (on the top and side), a double-flanged fringe, and dyed tips.
Strands All Over The Place
A flashy twist on this 80s classic, this tousled mullet has a bit of a blown-out look that tosses strands all over. This style works especially well with wavy hair.
Beckam's On Field Hand Tossed Strands
This tasteful take on the mullet uses a messy foundation to create a natural appearance all over. While some mullets can look like two hairstyles smashed together, this mullet is seamlessly connected from front to back.
Modern Mullet with Elephant Trunk
Another excellent idea on how to incorporate a mohawk into a more casual-looking style: leave the extended parts of hair in the front so that it covers your face with a textured wave while the sides of the hair can be almost trimmed to a high skin fade.
Blowout with Short Mullet
Oh, that never going-of-style classic: the mullet cut itself. Looks like everything new these days is something well-forgotten in the past. At least that’s how we can describe this timeless short mullet cut. Just look at how messy the top part but at the same time clean and sleek sides create a casual yet stylish look that can work well for you for almost any occasion.
Intense Mullet with Blonde Shades
Not your usual mullet here especially when we see the top is semi-french cropped and curled a tad. The sides are just layered for that volume to show up. The mullet here is blonde dyed with temple rusty blonde which is quite a unique look to go for.
Buzzed Mullet with Temple Taper
Mullet with some rough thick strands is always fun as it stays in place and when topped with this thick buzz cut makes everything sick and in proportion. The sides are tapered and not completely faded so as to have that balanced face.
Modern Temple faded Shaved Slit
This is what modern hairstyle looks like, the undercut on the side is just a smart move in order to separate sides with that cheeky taper fade. Moreover, the slit shave makes it more trendy and the curled mullet in the back is where all the attention is.
Dense as Amazon Forest
Density is that one word that comes to mind when one sees this style. The balance of hair to beard is quite special especially the sides are tapered. All of that plus the beard is quite thick and dense for that balance.
Wavy Temple Faded Mullet
Here’s a more relaxed style that uses the natural waviness of the hair to create a cascaded mullet. A well-done temple fade adds some tidiness on the sides.
Neat Undercut Mullet with French Crop
Mid Fade is something that we have seen but ever heard of mid undercut? And here we are with a chill mullet that is slightly curled. The top is french cropped with a slit side.
Long Haired Mullet with Retro Feels
Mullet is an instant receipe to a retro look. The long haired top makes it one whole unified look. The side burns here are extended in the good old 80’s times. Not to mention the mustache is that last KO punch for the retro style.
Rusty Flat Top and Mullet Yes Please
Flat Top by itself is quite a jazzy hairstyle but when paired with a cheeky mullet it becomes even better. This is a blend of two retro hairstyles and nothing about it is subtle, which is quite special.
Mullet with Straight Fringe
Although mullets are said to be haircuts inspired by dads of the 80s, it does not mean you can’t put a modern twist on it. The mullet with a straight fringe is one of them. What you need to pull this off is hair that falls slightly above your shoulders and an over-encompassing love for leather jackets (though this one can be optional). And before you think that you need to have straight hair for this cut, think again. This can work well with most hair types, straight, wavy, and curly – as long as a straight fringe is possible.
If you have a diamond or square face shape, this one’s for you. And don’t forget to sport a medium stubble (beard) to compliment not having hair on the sides.
Next Level Asian Mullet
For those of you with thicker hair, this style will really let you show it off. This is one of the longest mullets on this list, so if you really want to channel 1987, this one’s for you.
Curled Mullet with Tapered Temple
Looking for a shorter, subtler mullet? Give this one a try. The mullet consists of thick curls that only hang past the ear a little, which gives the hair a tidier appearance.
Peacock Colorful Mullet with Temple Fade
Temple Fade can be very skillfully made very artistic with the strands being dyed to some glowing colors. The golden pinkish dye brings out the pop in the style. The temple fade supported the clean look here.
Frizzy and Pocky Asian Mullet
This short and spiky mullet combines the classic spiky look with a short mullet. What’s great about this haircut is that the mullet is a natural extension of the spiky look.
Thick Rusty Mullet with High Fade
Thick mullets are always on fire and this one literally looks like it is. The high fade on the side with semi curled thick textures make it perfect. The lineup is tapered a bit with a sharp angular fade.
Fancy Mullet with Undercut Top
This look reminds me of those styles from that rider group. The hair from top to bottom is quite exquisite with the top being tossy. The sides are undercut with that dye match with a mustache. This is pure art and a work of detail.
Splayed Dyed Mullet
If you want to go all out and make a fashion statement with your hair, then this mullet might be for you. It features a gradually dyed look and mullet spikes that make this look a definite attention-grabber.
Dense Curled Goodness
Let’s start with all the fun stuff on top and sides. The undercut is subtle but helps to differentiate sides from the top. That being said the density of the curls is show stoppers. The top is slightly less thick than the back so as to emphasize the mullet.
Braided Mullet or Braids with Bullet?
Pocky Thinned Mullet with Temple Fade
Some Burgundy Undertone and Mullet
This eye-catching style uses a crisp medium fade and long, luscious locks to create a mullet style like no other.
Undercut Pushed Back Long Mullet
Puffy & Curly Mullet
Here’s a mullet option that’s great for men of all ages. The mullet itself is airy and curly, while a sharp fade adds some definition.
Short Fringe Mullet
Keeping it shorter on the sides makes this variation of the mullet much fresher to wear than the classic look.
Retro Mullet with Quiff
For a retro-meets-modern look, try out this style that combines a wavy quiff with a short mullet. This is a great option if you like the mullet but want something a bit formal.
Pompadour with Mullet For Life
Dapper Mullet with Mini Brush Up
Brush-ups are the face of trendy styles with this high faded mullet is one cool style statement. The fashion has it, the subtle it is, the better it looks. This look is utterly inspired by that, it is subtle in a general sense but it only gets deeper.
Rough Mullet with Brushed Up Quiff
We hardly see two dense spots in one hairstyle but this here looks new and cool at the same time. The quiff at the top is dense and the mullet on the back is quite a balancer haircut. The thin hair makes this look controlled as it also has a tossed feel to it.
This short variation is full of texture on the sides, keeping the traditional mullet shape but holding back the length.
Smash That High Fade with French Crop
High fades really give that neat outlook with that french crop coming in hot. The mullet here is quite short with an overall smaller length. All of that being said, the hair is kept quite short for a very managed look.
Shoulder Length Mullet
If you embrace the rocker style, you’ll probably like this shoulder-length mullet that features shaved lines in the side. Perfect for headbanging!
Pocky Mullet with Taper Faded Sides
If you’re after a neat and even style, this mullet might be your cup of tea. The hair on top and in the back is long and thick, but the sides are faded and seamlessly connect the beard and the hair.
Classy Pompadoured Straight Mullet
Thin hair is done right, how else could one rock this combination? To start things off the cheeky pompadour on the top with sides pushed back gives a very retro yet classy look. All of that along with straightened mullet on the back makes it very much of a gentleman look.
How Do You Style This Cut?
The modern mullet takes quite a bit of length off of the standard mullet, but there’s still more than enough to style with. You can do this however you like, but here are some good suggestions to start with:
- Brush or comb it to one side
- Gel it up and towards one side
- If long enough, comb and/or gel it back
- Gel it up into spikes (while this may be seen as a bit too ’90s, it’s still a possibility)
While those suggestions only pertain to the top, you can try styling the mullet itself in a few different ways. You can leave it to drop down, bunch it up into a ponytail, or flare it out.
How Do You Get The Modern Mullet?
If you want to try the modern mullet, you’re going to need some relatively long back hair to start with. You’ll need to have your hairstylist — or whoever else may be cutting your hair — cut the front and sides to your desired length.
Typically, the modern mullet involves relatively short sides (up to an inch or two) and a somewhat longer front and top (between one and three inches). As for the back, you can choose how long you want to keep it. Then, you’ll need your stylist to fade the long back hair into the shorter top hair.
Is Mullet Coming Back?
The quick answer to this is “Yes.” Formal in the front and party at the back is returning.
Various athletes and actors first rocked this hairstyle to signify style and a non-mainstream look. It has been a blend of a meeting room with a nightclub due to its look.
Mullet’s focal points are those strands at the back that try to pop out of the cluster, making it look like a bunch of strands all over the place where the top is an orderly short haircut.
Some people believe that this retro look will look amazing on people having a longer facial structure as the hair gets area to expand and cluster.
Danny Puopolo is an expert that works at Rakis, a professional hairdressing salon in Melbourne. His work has been featured in a variety of publications such as OK Magazine, Vogue, and INSTYLE. He has also managed classes for Shu Uemura Australia and Loreal Professional.