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The mullet is often seen as an out-of-date, unattractive style, but if you can wear it right then it really does look the part.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
This eye-catching style uses a crisp medium fade and long, luscious locks to create a mullet style like no other.
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
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
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
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 Thinned Mullet with Temple Fade
Pompadour with Mullet For Life
Braided Mullet or Braids with Bullet?
This short variation is full of texture on the sides, keeping the traditional mullet shape but holding back the length.
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.
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!
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.
Short Fringe Mullet
Keeping it shorter on the sides makes this variation of the mullet much fresher to wear than the classic look.
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.
Undercut Pushed Back Long Mullet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.