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The mullet is often seen as an out-of-date, unattractive style, but if you can wear it right then it really does look the part.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This eye-catching style uses a crisp medium fade and long, luscious locks to create a mullet style like no other.
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.
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.
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.
If you embrace the rocker style, you’ll probably like this shoulder-length mullet that features shaved lines in the side. Perfect for headbanging!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Keeping it shorter on the sides makes this variation of the mullet much fresher to wear than the classic look.