The Mullet – Where Did It Come From?


It is a common misconception that the mullet originated in North America in the early 1980s, although that is widely regarded as the origin of the ‘Modern Mullet’.

The precise birthplace of the mullet is unknown, perhaps even predating man’s ability to draw and write. There is, however, much evidence of its existence in many ancient civilizations, from the Aztecs to the Vikings.

The Mullet - sphinxPerhaps the most striking example of early mullet haircuts is the Great Sphinx which is thought to date back 4500 years, though some geologists believe that it dates back to 10,000 years, as there are signs of water erosion. If this is true, it is possible that the mullet has been with mankind from the very beginning. Although the Sphinx has naturally been eroded, the mullet is still clear for all to see, notice the short hair at the front, complete lack of sideburns, and the long flowing hair at the back.

Mullets were specifically banned from the Roman army, as enemies found it easy to grab the long hair to pull the hapless mulleted Roman’s head back to slit his throat. This tradition of short hair still exists in most armies today.

Through the ages, many different advanced civilizations have been influenced by the mullet, such as the Assyrians, Persians, Greeks and Canadians.
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Classic Mullet:
The classic mullet style (for men) looks just like a man’s traditional haircut on the top and sides of the head. The hair is trimmed short around the ears and on top, then gradually becomes long and layered in the back. It’s worn by men who want to have a neat and tidy look in front and still wear their hair long in the back. Men with almost any hair type can wear this variant, but it looks especially good on men with natural wave or some curl to their hair. The layers at the back of the head maximize the amount of curl in the hair.

Ponytail Mullet:
This is the mullet style worn by many men who want long hair but need to keep a tidy and “businesslike” look for their jobs. It’s especially good for those who pull the hair back into a ponytail. This style works best with straighter hair, because very wavy or curly hair can become “bushy” at the ends because of the blunt cut. Because this style is mostly worn by those men who intend to wear a ponytail, some men opt for a half-inch perimeter of hair to be cut short so that when the hair is tied back into a ponytail it looks more like a traditional haircut until viewed so that the back is fully revealed.

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