After a year filled with unexpected trends, it’s time for the return of the much-maligned look. With a modern twist
2020 will bring unexpected hair trends, as the pandemic left hairdressers shut for the majority of the year- buzzcuts, fringes, and 90s bangs were all popular. As we approach the end of the year though, the unexpected hairstyle that is most popular has returned. The much-maligned mullet, made famous by Little Richard and David Bowie is back with a modern twist.
Tony Copeland, co-founder of British Master Barbers Alliance, stated to the Daily Star that the modern mullet will only get larger in 2021. This style will be more popular among men across the country. In 2021, long hair will be a big trend and hair products that can control longer styles will become incredibly popular.
Modernizing the hairstyle is that it can be worn by both men and women
This year we’ve seen the do on Miley Cyrus (who debuted her choppy, blonde version on 6 January on Instagram with the caption: “New hair, new year, new music”), Rihanna during her Savage X Fenty fashion show, Game of Thrones’s Maisie Williams, Billie Eilish, Little Mix’s Leigh Ann Pinnock, singer Troye Sivan as well as Joe Exotic from the TV show of the year, Tiger King. According to Cometify, the popularity of “how to cut a mullet” has increased by 1124% since Lockdown began.
Suzi Ronson was the hairdresser that created Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust cut in 1972. “Bowie walked over and showed me a picture in a magazine. It was a photo of Kansai Yamamoto’s model with short, red hair. He asked me if I could do it. I thought, “That’s weird. It’s a woman-hairstyle.” She wrote it in The Moth: These Wonders.
Bowie’s gender neutral origins are reflected in today’s modern mullet. There are many LGBTQI icons, including Tegan, Joan Jett, Sara, Christine from Christine and other Queens sporting them. Willa Paskin hosts “The History of the Mullet” podcast. She says, “The sentiment that the Mullet is particularly classless and outmoded, hideous, is still the dominant one.”
“Which is precisely what subcultures that have embraced the mulet – electropunk children, self-aware rednecks fashionistas queer people – love about it. It snubs mainstream respectability.”