If you haven’t watched the popular Netflix series Stranger Things, then firstly, why not? It’s amazing. But you may not be familiar with the ladies man of the show, Billy Hargrove. He was the only character in the series to rock the famous mullet hair – cut short at the front and sides, but left long at the back.
Admittedly, I thought it really suited him. Although he’s just one of those people that are fortunate enough to pull off any kind of style. Unfortunately for me, I am definitely not one of those people. *deep sigh*
The return of the mullet is also partially inspired by the “1980s footballer” look as portrayed in the recent documentary Diego Maradona – though the hairdo has been renovated for 2019 to represent gender fluidity. Celebrity hairdresser Charlie Le Mindu said: “It works for every gender. We are seeing it a lot on the streets. It allows scope for all genders, non-genders and binaries.”
Tom Watson, a 20-year-old who regards the look a classic said: “Mines a combination of George Michael and Ian Botham. A lot of my social group have them. It started off as a joke but now it wont die.”
A 24-year-old hairdresser, Idalina Domingos, who works at a salon in London who has a mullet herself told Guardian: “I cut at least one or two a week. 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.”
A Peckham based hairdresser, Jackson Action added: “You can’t go wrong with a mullet. I’ve done a lot of them in the last year for both girls and guys.”
I’m not really surprised people are beginning to like the hair style again, I think it looks quite funky. Not only that but some of the world’s biggest stars rocked the look back in the 70s and 80s including Lionel Richie, Brad Pitt and David Bowie. If it was good enough for them, it’s good enough for anyone, right?
Another explanation for the return of the ’80s hair-do is a “protest against conventional beauty” according to Caryn Franklin, fashion commentator and professor at Kingston School of Art.
She believes the new vision of mullet is a “backlash against high-maintenance, long haired looks that have dominated portrayals of femininity in mainstream advertising” and that “hairstyling has always been allowed for non-conformist statements”.
Essentially, people are challenging the beauty standard, and I think it’s amazing.
It will be as no surprise to you that social media has also helped to promote the cut, especially through Instagram as hair salons with big followings such as Vacancy Project show off their own signature do’s.
This one in particular caught my eye.
Whether we will see anyone rocking this hair cut on Love Island any time soon, I’m not sure. But I’m definitely excited to see an increase in popularity over it, I mean mullets look like they would be very easy to maintain and to style. Perfect for anyone who always presses snooze on their alarm in the mornings…
If I didn’t love having long hair, I might of given this a go.
Images via Getty/Instagram/Netflix
Sophie Watson is unquestionably best known for her charming humour and always being right. Though she has dreams of becoming a bestselling author of a book she’ll probably never write, it was clear being a journalist was the easier option. When not writing for The Hook, Sophie spends her time thinking about pretty roses, long walks on the beach and any other romantic cliché. You can contact Sophie at [email protected]Follow