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​Mullets Are Back In Fashion, Believe It Or Not

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​Mullets Are Back In Fashion, Believe It Or Not

Many of us have lived to regret a bad hairdo or two in our time, whether it's an abnormally short fringe, a bowl cut (been there - thanks Mum) or a dodgy bleach job that goes green as soon as you hit water.

But while you might have thought the mullet - widely known as the ultimate fashion faux pas - was long-gone, it turns out it's very much alive and well.

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In fact, it's even enjoying something of a renaissance, according to several hair stylists based in the UK.

Idalina Domingos, a 24-year-old hairdresser who works at a salon in London, told the Guardian she regularly cuts mullets for customers.

Idalina said: "I cut at least one or two a week.

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"There are these modern mullets, people are coming round to the idea. It's a fun haircut to have and it's only going to get more popular."

David Bowie in 1974. Credit: PA
David Bowie in 1974. Credit: PA

Peckham-based hairdresser Jackson Acton also said: "You can't go wrong with a mullet.

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"I've done a lot of them in the last year for both girls and guys."

For those who don't know, the mullet is a hairstyle that is short at the front and sides, but left longer at the back.

Footballer Chris Waddle in 1990. Credit: PA
Footballer Chris Waddle in 1990. Credit: PA
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It had a big moment in the 1970s and 1980s, when mullet 'dos were popularised by glam-rockers such as Rod Stewart and David Bowie or soul icons such as Lionel Richie.

Rod Stewart's been rocking one for decades. Credit: PA
Rod Stewart's been rocking one for decades. Credit: PA

More recently, the business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back style hasn't been quite as prevalent as it once was - until now, it seems.

While you'd be forgiven for assuming the return of the mullet is largely related to the 80s revival triggered by TV shows like Stranger Things, apparently there are other factors at play.

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Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things. Credit: Netflix
Billy Hargrove in Stranger Things. Credit: Netflix

Dominic Johnson, reader in performance and visual culture at Queen Mary University of London, believes the reason behind the mullet's revival is, in part at least, political.

He told the Guardian: "It sounds silly but it's tied to a longer tradition of using whatever means are available, whether that's a haircut or wearing lipstick, or changing the way you use language, in order to attach to a particular identity."

If you're keen to don one yourself, Masami Hosono, Creative Director at New York's Vacancy Project, believes the 'step mullet' is the way forward - which involves well-defined tiers of hair.

Hosono told Teen Vogue: "It's very interesting because mostly hair trends come from 60-80s, but I feel like step mullet is a 00s thing.

"I really think it comes from people who cut their own hair... Kind of accident-based, DIY, just chopped your step with kitchen scissors."

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