How to Grow and Style a Mullet in 3 Easy Steps

A blast from the past with a new twist.

The mullet haircut is still going strong as it continues to evolve with every decade (we know, we’re equally perplexed and amazed!). Represented by longer locks in the back and shorter strands upfront, the fresh and modern mullet has thankfully grown out of its backwater roots and has now become one of the coolest hairstyles for men these days. Unlike the traditional mullet, you don’t need a head full of long hair (a.k.a party in the back locks) to achieve this modern iteration. In addition, it can now work on curly or wavy-haired guys alike. However, with a great mullet comes great responsibility.

Read on to discover how to get the perfect mullet:

How to Get the Modern Mullet Haircut

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The modern twist of the mullet haircut. Photo credit:

With it’s new even shorter length at the top, this modern day spin on this vintage style is sexy, stylish and quite sharp.

  1. Step 1: First, you’ll need at least an inch of hair all around to achieve this hair cut. Since you’re aiming for something more contemporary, you’ll need to give your stylist some specifics.
  2. Step 2: Once this style is cut and groomed, it can be worn as a casual or formal hairstyle. The key is not to end up with a super long rat-tail.
  3. Step 3: Ask for a length at the back of your hair that you’re most comfortable with. A length that reaches the midpoint of the back of your neck would be ideal if you have longer hair. Be sure that the proportions are cut right. Give your front and back the right amount of balance and the ability to complement one another.

For example, ask for a mullet with the right amount of balance all around. You may opt for a low fade at the side, or if you have curly textured hair, leave your sides just about the same length as the top of your hair. This plays well the longer length at the back, it looks more uniform and not faux hawk-ish. The top should be cut with just the right amount of length so you can carry out your daily styling routine.

Styling the Mullet Haircut

Mullet Haircut styling
Applying pomade or gel keeps your mullet hairstyle in place.

Step 1: Depending on the direction your hair grows, brush or comb the sides of your hair forward or backwards.

Pro tip: most men tend to brush their strands backwards.

Step 2: Apply gel or pomade like Dove Men + Care Defining Pomade to add shine and keep your sides in place.

Step 3: Comb the top section of your hair backwards and mold into a pompadour-like style. If you want an edgy and spiky effect, rake through some wax or gel through your hair. Use your hands to give it a piecey finish, and comb the sides of your top inward. For a smoother effect, (most favored by curly- and wavy-haired guys), use AXE Messy Look Matte Wax to slick your hair back, using your fingers to mold your locks as you create volume.

Tips on Mullet Maintenance

The mullet is all about maintenance and grooming, so don’t miss out on your weekly or bi-weekly trims, especially if you’ve got a super low fade on the sides. For those with curly or wavy hair, the help of stylers can keep your mullet cut in check. When the hair tends to grow out a bit, it won’t look too obvious. Your sides will easily blend in with the overall length of your cut. But, don’t go too long without a trim!