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Often described as “business in the front, party in the back,” the mullet is arguably the most infamous hairstyle of recent memory. The unconventional cut has been the object of much derision over the years, and whether you love it, hate it or love to hate it, there’s more to the mullet than meets the eye.
Here are seven interesting facts about the iconic haircut, its origins and history:
1. The Beastie Boys May Have Named It
Although people have likely been rocking the hairstyle since ancient times, dubbing the look the “mullet,” as we’ve come to know it today, seems to have originated with the hip-hop group The Beastie Boys in their 1994 song “Mullet Head,” which includes the lyric, “Cut the sides, don’t touch the back.”
2. Lots Of Fashionable Celebrities Have Had One
Although people like to poke fun at the mullet, that hasn’t stopped famous style icons from sporting the haircut over the years. David Bowie, Scarlett Johansson, John Stamos, Paul McCartney and Zendaya are just a few of the celebrities who have embraced the look at one time or another.
3. It’s Been Banned In Iran
In 2010, the country of Iran made mullets illegal. Citing a need to purge the nation of “decadent Western haircuts,” ponytails and elaborate spikes were also implicated in the crackdown.
4. Entire Books Have Been Written About It
Although you may think of it as simply a somewhat silly haircut, at least two books have been penned on the subject of the mullet. In 2000’s “The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods,” authors Barney Hoskyns and Mark Larson examine the mullet’s impact on everything from pop culture to advertising. In 2013, Alan Henderson released “Mullet Madness!: The Haircut That’s Business Up Front and a Party in the Back,” a tome that explores the cultural significance of the mullet throughout history.
5. Australia Hosted An Entire Festival For It
People in Kurri Kurri, Australia believe that the mullet originated in their town, so they decided to create a festival to celebrate it. Mullet Fest 2018 was held in the Chelmsford Hotel, and featured a contest for esteemed awards in categories such as “Junior Mullet” and “Best Mullet of Them All.”
6. You Can Fake One
If you want to sport a mullet for a Halloween costume, or just for fun, but don’t want to fully commit to the daring hairstyle, it’s possible to style your hair to look like a mullet without taking scissors to it
“Giving yourself a mullet for the night is super easy and doesn’t require you to commit to a long-term mullet cut,” Fabio Scalia, hairstylist and owner of Fabio Scalia salons in New York, told NBC’s “Today.” But how does one pull off a temporary mullet?
“You pull hair into a half-up ponytail, then wrap it into a half bun with your hair pieced out,” Scalia said. “Fan it out to shape around your face and pin the hair tie to keep in place. Spray the fanned pieces to ensure your mullet stays intact for the night.”
Or, you could always go for a mullet wig, as pop star Kesha appears to have done during a 2010 red carpet appearance:
7. It Got A Stark Makeover This Year
There have been many iterations of the mullet over the years and this year, stylist John Vial, co-owner of Salon Sloane in London, had the internet buzzing over his modern take on the look, which he posted to Instagram:
Did you ever rock a mullet back in the day?