Brace Yourselves, Because the Mullet MIGHT Be Making a Comeback

Can it stay behind our screens, please?

The mullet is one of the most iconic looks to come out of the ’80s, and we were under the impression that we had left it there, along with enormous shoulder pads. Turns out that we were wrong because this hairstyle is getting a lot of traction online and might be popping up on the heads of cool kids near you (and not, as you might expect, on the members of the Republican party). We never thought we’d see the day.

Business in the front, party at the back

Famous faces such as Michael Bolton and Miley’s dad Billy Ray Cyrus were proud wearers of the mullet in their heyday, but even they have traded them in for the more conservative haircuts they sport today. But as they say, what goes around comes around, and this is true for trends as well. However dodgy they may have been to begin with.

For trend chasers who like their hairstyles to be edgy, mullets seem to be increasing in popularity. Don’t believe us? We have the evidence.

And while some might be more subtle…

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… others are a lot more extreme. And, frankly, quite terrifying.

If you feel like you remember this hairstyle doing the rounds in more recent years, you might be thinking of SA’s own Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord, who has been rocking this look for the last decade. That’s a big and long-standing commitment, especially considering how frequently most of us change up our ‘dos.


One of the reasons that people like this trend it that they claim it feels nostalgic. While we understand the sentiment (roll-on lip oil, anyone?) we also believe that some styles are better left in the era that they came from.

Would you get a mullet? Tweet us @CosmopolitanSA using #COSMOBeauty to let us know.

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