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The mullet is often seen as an out-of-date, unattractive style, but if you can wear it right then it really does look the part.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.

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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:

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.

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.

David Beckham’s Modern Mullet-3-4
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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.

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Toby Keith’s Hidden Mullet
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Toby Keith's Hidden Mullet

For a more subtle look, you might opt for a more trimmed mullet that doesn’t poke out the sides too much. Here country singer Toby Keith sports this kind of hidden mullet.

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Messy and Wavy Mullet
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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.

Wavy Temple Faded Mullet
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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.

Messy Duck Tail with Fringed Neckline
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Messy Duck Tail with Fringed Neckline

This is an unusual version of the mullet that takes more of a designer approach to the style. The hair creates a tail that swoops to the side and frames the ear in a half-moon.

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Let’s Make Mullet Great Again
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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.

You Looking at My Mullet?
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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.

The Retro Mullet with Frizzy Top
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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.

Pushed Back Top with Curled Mullet
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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.

Vertical Hair and Mullet
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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.

Next Level Asian Mullet
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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
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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.

Frizzy and Pocky Asian Mullet
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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.

Hard Parted Mid Part
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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.

Blonde Brush Up with Taper Fade
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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.

Some Burgundy Undertone and Mullet
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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.

Low Faded Temple but Wavy Mullet is the King
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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.

Pocky Mullet with Taper Faded Sides
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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.

Retro Mullet with Quiff
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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.

Shoulder Length Mullet
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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!

More than Buzz, Less than Long
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More than Buzz, Less than Long

Can it be any more retro than this? The classic mustache with sides faded slapped on with a short top and a long mullet. The top is brushed up with mullet is wavy yet rough-textured. Get on a muscle car and that’s all you need.

Flat Temple Faded Mullet
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Flat Temple Faded Mullet

We all know the flat top, please welcome flat mullet. This is what one can do with rough dry texture hair. The back is totally flat with sides being mid fade. The line up is sharply carved with the top being pushed back yet brushed up. Can one miss this?

Not Your Usual Mullet
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Not Your Usual Mullet

Wow! Where do we start, first is the shaved slit Jesus. That being said the temple is drop faded with a bling low fade. The texture is semi curly with messy tied with the neckline being faded. The Mullet is curled at the end that adds extra panache.

Drop Temple Faded Mullet
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Drop Temple Faded Mullet

The sides are a very important part of style and that high fade with a temple fade with a semi drop fade is something that cannot be missed. Plus the top is kinda side swept with mullet starting from the top and being pocky all the way down.

Thin Strands
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Pocky Thin Strands

Is this what a rockstar should look like in the beginner stage? Absolutely, the pocky strands all over the head are such a style. Plus the volume is quite good with mullet being long is quite a statement, don’t forget the layers and temple.

Mullet or Just a Long Pompadour?
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Mullet or Just a Long Pompadour?

Does this qualify for the most hippie mullet? Most probably yes! The undercut taper is just the beginning, the peculiar low fade seems so subtle yet so obvious. The line ups are carved with a steep drop fade with mullet being waxed and maintained quite well.

Flat Top with Mullet
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Flat Top with Mullet

This one comes straight from the land of style! A thin hair brush up on top with sides being tapered and not faded with mullet being brushed out. The key to this style is using hair products and keeping those sides short.

Blonde Wavy Mullet
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Blonde Wavy Mullet

Is this a blend between less maintenance and funky. The sides are faded to bring the tattoo to pop out. The top is semi french crop with the back being semi curled. The texture is rough and yet the strand is lively. The dry hair products work wonders.

Styled Mullet and Drop Fade
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Styled Mullet and Drop Fade

Layers and pushed back dyed strands with dropped temple fade. The top is longer than the sides with strands being straight and thin. Using how hair products make all the difference. The really subtle low fade is just hard to miss.

Highlighted Mullet
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Highlighted Mullet

Mullet with longer top with tapered sides with dyed highlights, wow there is so much going on in here. The temple aka sides are tapered but not too short whereas the top is significantly long and dashing. This is the style to go for if you are an aspiring rockstar or a cool person in general.

Buzzy French Crop with Hard Parted Fade
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Buzzy French Crop with Hard Parted Fade

Can somebody not endorse this as the coolest Mullet? The sides are undercut faded with the top being semi french crop. That’s not it, the mullet has a rough and dry texture with side shaved hair part. All of it yet it is not too bling, amazing job!

Pocky Thinned Mullet with Temple Fade
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Pocky Thinned Mullet with Temple Fade

Mustache with tattoos and a punky dope mullet, can one ask for more? No! The temple being taper faded makes it all weigh at the back with the top being almost buzz cut. Moreover, the back is tossed and casual. All of it with the oomph of tattoo near the temple, dang this is godly!

Pompadour with Mullet For Life
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Pompadour with Mullet For Life

Here comes the retro-styled classic mullet. The top as always is a sleek pompadour with the temple being tapered which is just enough to blend with the beard. Next up the mullet itself which has a controlled volume yet, in the end, is longer with curl. Don’t miss the sharp line ups!

Braided Mullet or Braids with Bullet?
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Braided Mullet or Braids with Bullet?

Braids with Mullet? Surely the bar has been raised here. The sides being gently tapered and slightly faded towards the end. The braids go all the way along with the end being slightly loose making it a distinct mullet but don’t you miss the line ups and neckline. It’s all in detail folks.