10151955_10152603974104839_2986727754939625582_n(Yes, there’s no denying it, there is photo evidence a’ plenty, I did have a mullet for a few years in the 80s.  Perhaps I was a stoned little kid, but I don’t remember it being called a mullet back then.  At least I never went into the barber and said ‘give me a mullet’.  I couldn’t see through all the hair, so I started cutting the front and leaving the long flowing locks at the back; because we needed that hair for fucking headbanging, man.  I tried real hard to find some decent photo evidence, but this is the best shot I could find.  It ain’t great, I’m like 15, but there’s a right fucking mullet going on there.  Now, if you want to be as cool as that, here are some fool-proof instructions, from the frikin stylists at, on how to cut your own mullet.  Do it! – FATS)


Okay, I know that I am possibly going to be blacklisted by the “Style-Conscious Hair Designers Guild for Progressive Styles” for saying this, but the “mullet” hairstyle isn’t a bad hairstyle. It has been vilified because it’s associated with deeply Southern, non-urban, men. It’s been worn by Country Music artists (Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Billy Ray Cyrus, to name a few) and is often portrayed as the hairstyle-of-choice among poorly-educated, hard-drinking, “Rednecks”.

8efc855e2b8bdf23b0dbbb9d73ba3372The fact is, it’s a flattering hairstyle for many men. In the 80s, when the mullet first came to be popular with men, it was worn by all types of men. It offered a choice in hairstyles that allowed a man to have long hair, yet be able to look ‘neat and well-groomed’ by pulling the hair back in a ponytail and tucking it under a collar. This is where it earned its slogan, “Business in the front, Party in the back”.

At the risk of offending the sensibilities of those individuals who prefer a more urbane and chic hairstyle, we’re going to show you the proper way to cut a mullet. Actually, we’ll be showing you the way to cut the two most popular versions of the mullet: the Classic Mullet and the Ponytail Mullet. But first, let’s talk about the mullet in general, these two variants on the mullet theme and the benefits of each.

The Mullet as a Style

bba85fbd6a30504e1cc0d125093496a0The Mullet has existed for a lot longer than many people think. All that is required for a hairstyle to qualify as a mullet is that it has shorter hair in front and on top and longer hair in back, particularly at the nape area. For those of you who remember the 1970s TV show “The Brady Bunch” and Mrs. Brady’s hairstyle with the flip at the neck, THAT was a mullet.

The early 80s saw a lot of mullets on female rockers and more and more men as the years progressed. Even African-Americans had their own versions of the mullet (Michael Jackson had a mullet on the cover of “Thriller”). The mullets were straight and spiky, curly and cascading, wild and wavy, but they were all shorter on the top and sides and longer in the back, and were therefore, clearly mullets.

The mullet hairstyle is great for people with rounder faces, or who want to play up their eyes or cheekbones as a focal feature. It’s also a great style for making the neck look longer.

The Classic Mullet

mulletThe classic mullet style (for men) looks just like a man’s traditional haircut on the top and sides of the head. The hair is trimmed short around the ears and on top, then gradually becomes long and layered in the back. It’s worn by men who want to have a neat and tidy look in front and still wear their hair long in the back. Men with almost any hair type can wear this variant, but it looks especially good on men with natural wave or some curl to their hair. The layers at the back of the head maximize the amount of curl in the hair.

The Ponytail Mullet

ponytailmulletThis is the mullet style worn by many men who want long hair but need to keep a tidy and “businesslike” look for their jobs. It’s especially good for those who pull the hair back into a ponytail. This style works best with straighter hair, because very wavy or curly hair can become “bushy” at the ends because of the blunt cut. Because this style is mostly worn by those men who intend to wear a ponytail, some men opt for a half-inch perimeter of hair to be cut short so that when the hair is tied back into a ponytail it looks more like a traditional haircut until viewed so that the back is fully revealed.



Creating the Style

You Will Need:
• Four Butterfly Clips
• Styling Comb
• Haircutting Scissors

Section the hair into four sections and secure the hair with the butterfly clips. The top section should include a roughly rectangular section from the front hairline to the middle of the crown (the middle of the downward curve at the back of the head) and from the top of the left side to the top of the right (use the outside corners of the eyes as a guide). The side sections should start at the front hairline on the sided and stop at a point just behind the ears. (See the diagrams.) The hair in back (the remaining hair) should be twisted up and secured together.

mullet8The Front: Whether you’re going for the classic or ponytail variation of the mullet, the front of the hair is handled the same – cut in a traditional men’s haircut. Take down the top section and comb the hair forward over the forehead. Cut the bangs to the desired length.

Take down one side and comb the hair forward and cut the side guide at an angle using the bangs length to guide your cut. Then comb the hair straight down and carefully cut the hair around the ears. For the sideburns (if any) comb the hair forward and back, cutting each edge of the sideburns to set the guide length. Take vertical slices of the hair that are about 1/4th inch wide, starting at the front and use your guide cuts to create even lengths. Slowly work back along the side in ¼-inch increments. Repeat these steps on the opposite side.

Position yourself on whichever side you prefer. Now, return to the top section of the hair and comb the hair upward from both sides so that you are holding the hair in the center of the head from left to right. Using your bangs’ cut as a length guide cut the hair to this length. Work your way back along the top of the head to the end of the section.



Move to either the front or back of the head and comb small segments of the hair from the corners (where the top and sides meet) upward and out at an angle. Cut the corners you see there to blend the top and sides together. This will create a smooth look in the finished haircut.

Once the front portion of the hair is cut, continue to the back in the variation you prefer.

The Back: (Classic) Take down, the back section of the hair and comb it smooth. Comb thin segments (1/4 inch) of the hair in back straight up and hold them with the hair at the rear of the top section of the head. Cut these segments using the top hair as a length guide. Continue combing the segments up and cutting them using the top length guide until all the hair has been cut. Then comb the hair down and cut the bottom hairline into an even line as desired.

bono-mullet-2This will create deeply layered lengths in the back of the hair. Be sure to blend the rear sides with the back lengths by combing horizontally along the “join” of the side and back sections and cutting away any “corners”

The Back: (Ponytail) Take down the bottom inch of the back section and comb the hair straight down until smooth. Cut the bottom edge of the hair to the desired length. Continue lowering ½-inch segments of the back section, and cut them off to the length already cut. Once complete, pull the hair back and secure into a ponytail centering the tail at the occipital bone (the small lump at the base of the skull and top of the neck). Use a trimmer or edger to “shave” the neckline if needed and give the hairline a clean look. For men, the neckline is traditionally squared off.