The modern mullet can refer to quite a few different mens’ 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The mullet is often seen as an out-of-date, unattractive style, but if you can wear it right then it really does look the part. Here is what you need to know to make the modern mullet work for you.

Mullet Hairstyle with Faded Sides
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Is Mullet Coming Back?

The quick answer to this is “Yes”. Formal in the front and party at the back is returning.

This hairstyle was first rocked by various athletes and actors as a sign of style and not-mainstream look. It has been a blend of a meeting room with a nightclub due to it’s look which is different from top that to from the back.

Mullet’s focal points are those strands at the back which try to pop out of the cluster making it look like a bunch of strands all over the place where the top is orderly short haircut.

Some people believe that this retro look will look amazing on people having longer face structure as the hair gets area to expand and cluster.

Modern applications of Mullet with faded sides or brushed up top will surely innovate the classic look so get ready for some new versions of mullet.

What is the Modern Mullet?

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 1
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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:

  1. Brush or comb it to one side
  2. Gel it up and towards one side
  3. If long enough, comb and/or gel it back
  4. 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.

Modern Mullet
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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.

Blonde Modern Mullet
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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.

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