It sort of needs no introduction. “Business in the front, party in the back”. It’s iconic, it was big in the 80s, and it refuses to fade away. The question is, should you grow a mullet?
When considering whether to grow a mullet, it’s important to consider your face shape, as well as if you have the patience to grow out this style. In addition, you need to consider whether this type of hairstyle will be accepted in your workplace.
Although that’s the gist – there’s a lot more to it.
After reading this article, you’ll know the main questions you need to ask yourself before you take the plunge and decide to grow a mullet for yourself.
Let’s get to it.
7 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Grow A Mullet
Ask yourself these questions before you grow a mullet.
1. Do You Care That It’s In And Out Of Fashion?
The mullet was popular for a good proportion of the 80s and 90s and in more recent times it has started to make its comeback.
But there’s no doubt about it – the mullet is a bold look. And bold looks tend to come in and out of style.
It’s volatile. One day it’s fashionable and the next day it isn’t. It isn’t as steady and reliable as a classic crew cut, for instance.
But perhaps that’s the price to pay with a style that’s as in-your-face as a mullet.
That’s why before you get a mullet, you need to ask yourself whether you can hold your own if the style tides change and the mullet goes out of fashion again.
You don’t want to get a mullet hairstyle only to find it’s gone out of fashion again later this year and you’re left feeling self-conscious and regretful.
If you’re the type of person who isn’t concerned about following style trends but you really like the mullet look and have thought it through for some time – you may be ready to take the plunge.
The more considered your decision to get a mullet is, the more likely you are to enjoy having this hairstyle and feel confident in your own skin, even if the trends change.
Trends can be fickle after all, so you need to ask yourself if you are getting a mullet because you really want it, or if you are jumping on the bandwagon.
Being honest with yourself now can save you a great deal of regret later on.
2. Do You Have The Patience?
To grow out a mullet, you need to have some patience.
This is because if you’re growing a mullet from a usual shortcut, it’s going to take some time.
You’re also very likely to go through an awkward in-between stage of growth, where your hair isn’t yet long enough to style as a mullet at the back, but also just that little bit too long to look like part of a short haircut.
It’s important that at this awkward stage, you don’t get tempted to cut off the growth at the back of your head, because you need this length to achieve the mullet look.
Cutting it off prematurely will simply make the process of getting to your desired mullet length take longer.
But, if you manage to persevere through the awkward growth stage, you can be rewarded with a great-looking mullet.
3. Is It Suitable For Your Workplace?
When mullets were first brought to fame in the 80s, they did have a sort of rebellious edge to them.
Even to this day, if styled in a messy, just-got-out-of-bed way, people often associate it in the same way.
Before you decide to get a mullet, you should ask yourself whether it will be an issue for you at work.
Everybody’s workplace has a different threshold of what they will accept when it comes to their employees’ outward presentation whilst they’re working.
Although your qualifications and attitude at work should be the most important thing, many employers still like their employees to dress or cut their hair in certain ways, particularly if they are in a customer-facing role.
So, if you work in a particularly strict environment, for example, a corporate workplace, this style may not be the one for you.
The good news is that the modern mullet looks that have come back into style in recent times are subtler and less eye-catching than the mullets of the 80s.
Therefore if styled more conservatively, the modern mullet may be suitable for certain workplaces that are not as strict but also require you to look neat and presentable.
In fact, having a shorter cut in front and a longer cut in the back may be preferable to some employers compared with having a fully long hairstyle.
This is because a mullet may be easier to style neatly in the front compared with a long hairdo, making you appear tidy and presentable.
The take-home here is – consider your workplace’s attitude before committing to getting a mullet. Dress codes vary hugely between workplaces, so find out in advance.
4. Can You Take The Attention?
We’ve already mentioned in this article that the mullet is a bold, statement hairstyle.
It follows then, that you might get some extra attention when having this hairdo. You’ll probably notice more people commenting on your hair than you usually would.
Even the subtler modern mullets can still stand out, as even though they are becoming more popular again, they are still not a very common hairstyle.
Not everyone likes this sort of attention, so if you think it might be an issue for you, you might want to consider a different type of hairstyle.
On the other hand, the mullet can help you express your individuality, and you might like the extra attention that it draws and the self-confidence boost you can get from this.
If this sounds like you, then you are in for a treat with the mullet.
5. Will Your Face Shape Suit A Mullet?
If you’re serious about getting a mullet, it’s important to consider how your face shape will affect the type of mullet you choose.
The good news is that there is a mullet style for most face shapes, so you are likely to be able to find a mullet that works for you.
All you need to do is follow the tips for your specific face shape when choosing your mullet style.
For oval-shaped faces, consider getting a mullet that is heavier on the fringe and has lots of layering. This will help to emphasize your jawline, which is one of the best features of the oval-shaped face.
If you have a round face shape, opt for a mullet with wispy soft ends, and style it to look less regimented and more natural.
For square faces, having a mullet with a short fringe can look really great. You have to be more careful with this style as not everyone can pull it off, but if you have a square face you’re more likely to.
Lastly, heart-shaped faces look great with longer mullet styles, even beyond shoulder length. This will bring out your cheekbones, which is a great feature of the heart-shaped face.
6. Have You Consulted With A Stylist?
Whenever you make a decision to make a big hairstyle change, it’s recommended to get some professional advice before you potentially waste months trying to nurture a style that doesn’t suit you in the first place.
Many salons will let you have a consultation with a stylist before you actually take the plunge and decide to get your haircut.
This consultation isn’t a commitment to going through with the actual haircut, so you can always change your mind after you talk to your stylist.
This way, you can get some advice on different mullet styles that may suit you and your specific hair type from a professional.
If you can, take some pictures with you to your appointment so that the stylist can get an accurate idea of what type of look you are aiming for.
7. Can You Commit To The Maintenance?
As it is essentially a combination of two haircuts – short cut at the front, long cut at the back – maintenance and styling of the mullet is a little more complex than a simple short haircut.
This means you are likely going to be spending some more time on your hair than you might normally.
It is always easier to tell with long hair if it is washed and well cared for, and a mullet requires you to spend time washing, conditioning, and brushing your longer hair to make sure it looks neat.
As well as this, shortcuts do need a bit more attention when it comes to styling. This is especially the case if you decide to have a fringe with your mullet.
So, consider whether you are prepared to go that extra styling mile in the mornings before you decide to get a mullet.
The mullet is a great hairstyle that is making its way back into the limelight, in a more toned down yet still fashionable way.
Its versatility means you are likely to find a mullet style that suits you.
Hopefully, this rundown of the main questions to ask yourself before growing a mullet has helped you with your decision-making.
Ready Sleek founder. Obsessed with casual style and the minimalist approach to building a highly functional wardrobe. Also a fan of classic, vintage hairstyles.