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Displaying Your Panache: The Mullet Hairstyles

Updated on July 22, 2011
John Stamos Mullet Hairstyle
John Stamos Mullet Hairstyle

The mullet hairstyles: bold and classy. It is a stylish hairdo often worn by only the bravest of men and women. Although often mocked, it is not just an example of a hairstylist's craftsmanship. It is also worn as a badge of honor by those who are capable of pulling of the look.

Also referred to as the Canadian Passport or Kentucky Waterfall, the coif was first spotted in ancient times but was perfected in the eighties. Worn by celebrity and common folk alike, Billy Ray Cyrus is known for having perfected the avant garde 'do. Other famous one-time mullet-wearers include George Clooney, Mac Gyver and Captain Planet.

Breaking barriers of elitism, the mullet has been sported at big budget movie premiers as well as the trailer parks of West Virginia.

Accompanied by the mantra, "business in the front, party in the back" the style is characterized by short trim in the front with varying degrees of length and uncut style in the rear. Similar styles include several bobs and Emo haircuts; however, in order to be classified as a mullet, the front must be shorter than the back.

Peaking in popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s, the hairstyle briefly became a faux pas. It did, however, remain popular in Eastern Europe, in particular. A country's esteem and approval rating for it is often directly proportional to David Hasselhoff's record sales.

Although facing a short hiatus, the mullet has seen incredible growth amongst southern rednecks and backcountry residents in recent years. In these regions, the do's authenticity is often supplemented by wearing mustaches and misspelled tattoos, displaying confederate flags and frequenting Waffle House.

In recent years, other, non-redneck populations have begun to adopt the look as well. Many hair salons in Western Europe including, but not exclusively, the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy, are seeing increasing requests for the hairstyle.

But what does the mullet stand for? What kind of statement does it make? Is the mullet right for you?

If you are a flexible, fun-loving yet hard working professional, the mullet cut may be just what you are looking for. If, however, you are rigid, stuffy and generally unpleasant look elsewhere for your head gear.

This versatile look tells others that on Mondays, you are ready for business. But come Friday, you will be the life of the party. You don't have airs about you. What you see is what you get. You like style but you don. 't want to be restricted by your keen fashion sense. You can waltz with the best of them but prefer to kick back a Schlitz or two while jamming the jukebox with your favorite Eagles' tunes.

With a bold proclamation of this nature, the mullet is not for everybody. Those unsuccessfully attempting the mullet have often been ostracized from their communities, with the most famous being Kevin Costner, John Stamos and Tony Blair. If you cannot commit to the work involved, declaring your panache to the world via mullet may not be for you.


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