Bold and rebellious, female mullet has grown to be one of the biggest hair trends of this year. Clearly nonconformist, yet practical, it is now seen everywhere, from a schoolyard to the red carpet.
Once the celebrities known for their prominent hairstyles like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus took up the trend, it became clear that the girl mullet would be a big thing now. If you dare to try it too, here are the styling tips you will definitely need.
A Brief History of a Mullet Haircut
The mullet haircut goes back on time to prehistoric people when they realized how practical it was to cut the fringe to keep the hair out of their faces while keeping the length at their back to keep the neck warm and protected from the rain. It wasn’t until the ‘70s when the haircut got really popular, with Rockstar David Bowie making the lead with the amazing orange mullet we all remember.
The ’80s was the golden age of the mullet; the haircut was an absolute trend and loved by most people considering it cool and fashionable. In the ’90s the trend started to fizzle. People who once proudly flicked their mullet to the wind started to cut off their “rattails” and soon the haircut was considered an embarrassment for the world.
After a few years of trying to make its way back, the mullet haircut has adapted to the 21st century so that everyone can ROCK this fantastic haircut. This time around, more women are wearing the haircut, making it super stylish and giving it a sophistication it’s never had before. The mullet… it’s here, and this time it’s here to stay!
How to Style a Modern Mullet
I’m going to share with you female mullet ideas along with tips for easy and efficient styling to step your haircut up a notch. You’ll need to use some products to help you through, so I’ll mention some of my faves; still, you can always replace those with any products you love.
1. Glam It Up
Modern mullet can be styled sleek and elegant. To achieve this look, apply some leave-in in conditioner and heat protection on the damp hair. My fave is Unite 7seconds Detangler. Comb the hair into place and blow dry using your fingertips to mold the hair into shape. Use Unite Second Day hair wax to get rid of flyaway, smooth down the back of your mullet and finish off the look.
2. Cropped Mullet
The style, which is so flattering on Úrsula Corberó, is all about the haircut. The top is cut like a pixie, but we have the length at the back, making this mullet super cool. For sure, one of my favorite looks. To achieve this look simply apply a leave-in conditioner and comb it through. Blow dry with your hands creating texture, then add Sacha Juan hair wax to create a definition.
3. Punk Mullet
See how Úrsula took her mullet game to the next level and stepped it up to this amazing red carpet look. To create this look, apply Unite Hair Blow & Set Lotion to add body and hold. Blow dry the hair with a round brush to create volume. Use your styler to create some wavy texture on top and dress it forward using some hair wax. Grab a comb, apply some hair gel on the teeth, and gel the sides of the mullet backward. With your hairdryer at medium heat and speed, dry the gelled sides to keep them in place.
4. Beach Mullet
Sophie Thatcher looks great with this shaggy blonde mullet, and you can copy the look too. With your hair damp, apply a detangler and comb your hair through. Use Sacha Juan Ocean Mist salt spray to add texture and medium hold. Create waves in multiple directions using a styler, but always pointing the plates down your styler to not lose any length. Apply texturizer spray and break the waves with your fingers to finish off the look.
5. Wet Look
Kesha’s wet mullet look is another hairstyle you can lose your heart to. After you remove excess moisture from your hair, apply a fair amount of gel on the top section and scrunch the rest into the ends. Dress the hair into place and use a diffuser to dry. You can add glossing spray to exaggerate that shiny wet look we’re looking for.
6. Naturally Curly Hair Mullet
If you have naturally curly hair type, start by applying your favorite curly girl-friendly styling product. I love Naughty haircare Wave Hello Curl Taming Cream. Comb the hair through with a Denman D3 styling brush and twist your brush to create the perfect curls. Use a diffuser to dry your hair, using low or medium heat to avoid frizz. Then, massage Unite U Oil into the palms of your hands and scrunch into the hair to break the curls.
7. Medium-Length Textured Mullet
A messy shullet like this one can do miracles to your curly hair! Since curls can be hard to style and maintain, this cut can significantly ease your hair maintenance routine. All you need is to cut your locks in layers of different lengths and apply a hair spray to make them more defined.
8. Wolf Cut Mullet for Thick Hair
This modern mullet reminds us of its classic version, with only one difference — it radiates this bold retro look. Gradual, choppy layers bring more texture to your hair, making you look like those fashion icons popular in the 80s.
9. Straight Mullet Haircut with Long Fringe
Make this sleek, thin mullet your new signature style if you want to draw the attention of someone special. Don’t be afraid to accentuate your fine hair texture, as this cut proves your mane can look fantastic without extra volume.
10. Messy Mullet with Flipped-Up Layers
Flipped hair looks so fancy and creative that it’s impossible to stop staring at this magnificent hairstyle! This option is a good inspiration for ladies who craves to experiment with their mid-length hair in order to get a playful yet stylish cut.
11. Short Mullet Hairstyle for Brunettes
The mullet trend continues to attract more and more fashionistas, so this is your chance to keep up with trends and stun everyone with your feminine, modern mullet. Sexy and daring, this cut will instantly take you to the spotlight!
12. Pixie Mullet in Pink and Blonde Tones
While being incredibly gorgeous, a short mullet remains one of the most low-maintenance hairstyles. Make it brighter by dyeing your mane blonde and implementing pale pink highlights to your locks and fringe.
13. Long Blonde Shaggy Mullet
This beautiful blonde shullet works well for all hair types and textures. To recreate this hairstyle on your long hair, keep it short on the top and sides and longer on the back. Also, add choppy layers for movement and volume.
14. Spiky Shaggy Mullet for Longer Strands
If you are looking for an idea for your fresh haircut, it’s better to get some inspiration from celebrities. For example, this mullet with full textured bangs, inspired by Dolly Parton, will definitely add a unique flair to your style and allow you to captivate everyone’s attention.
15. Mullet with Soft Curls
If you have straight hair, use a hair mousse to add some hold and blow dry your hair to dry the mousse in. Then, use the chopstick styler no.1 curling wand. Take 2cm sections, wrapping the hair around the wand. To finish off the look, massage Unite U Oil into the palms of your hands and scrunch into the hair to break the curls.
16. Dimensional Textured Shullet
This short shaggy haircut reminds us of a popular Scarlett Johansson mullet she wore in the 2000s. Cute and flirty, this modern version of a timeless mullet style ideally pairs with highlights that deliver more texture to the layers.
17. Charming Mullet with Face-Framing Bangs
The next mullet look is surprisingly delightful and astonishing — exactly what a woman of fashion needs! At the same time, this layered and cropped haircut is incredibly versatile, as you may adapt it for both thin and thick locks.
18. Mullet with Bangs and Gradual Layers
Do you know how to transform your appearance quickly and effortlessly? Bangs, bangs, and again, bangs! They will draw attention to your facial features and make you look younger than you are, especially paired with this cool mullet style.
19. Pixie Mullet with Choppy Layers
This pixie mullet cut, inspired by the famous American singer Demi Lovato, is quite a catch! It looks effortless and catchy; also, this hairdo is easy to upkeep and style, which is crucial for modern women.
20. Edgy Mullet Cut with Shaved Sides
If you want to make a statement, this sassy mullet haircut with micro bangs and shaved temples is a perfect option. Enhance your new style with bold accessories to look like a true rock star!
21. Modern Wolf Haircut with Long Bangs
This modern version of a traditional mullet cut is full of volume and texture. Feathered bangs soften the hairstyle and emphasize the layering while framing your beautiful face.
22. Extra Long Shaggy Mullet with Ombre
The mullet cut is typically made on medium hair, but it may work in the same fascinating way on long locks. Thanks to a definite shift between the short, textured layers at the crown and long hair at the back, your style will be truly noticeable!
23. Elegant Short Mullet for Thick Locks
Classic mullet haircuts are mostly about the textured top and messy layers, yet you can make this long-forgotten style neater and gentler, like in this pic. This option is truly versatile as it may bring fullness to your thin locks or, on the contrary, make your thick hair appear more lightweight.
24. Layered Bouncy Curls with Highlights
Spiral curls will instantly boost volume and movement on your mane, but here is how dimensional your hair can be with layers and highlights. Absolutely gorgeous! Save this idea for your next salon visit to give your curly hair a trendy look.
25. Platinum Mullet with Long Wispy Bangs
For many people, blonde hair color is associated with femininity and charm, and a mullet haircut can add to your look some spiciness to it. Extremely popular in the 90s, this style is among the most popular trends again, so don’t waste your time and hurry to follow the mullet trend in 2023!
26. Thick Textured Mullet on Black Hair
This low-maintenance look is an excellent solution for those ladies who want to experiment with their hair without dramatic changes. Gradual layers allow you to get rid of excessive bulkiness and accentuate your oval face shape.
27. Sleek & Straight
With your hair damp, apply Unite Lazer Straight (it already contains thermal protection, most Unite products do). Blow dry your hair using your favorite brush. Use your styler to straighten down your hair and achieve a sleek smooth look. To finish off the look, massage some hair serum into the palm of your hands and apply to avoid flyways and add shine.
28. Girl Mullet with Flicked Ends
To create this look, apply Unite 7seconds Detangler and comb it through. Use a volumizing spray overall, I love using Unite Boosta for this job. Blow dry the hair with your hands, creating volume. Use your favorite styler to flick the back ends of your mullet upwards. Add some hairspray to hold the style.
29. Effortless and Textured
Do you want to make your hair look thicker? Apply heat protection, then use Unite Liquid Volume to add texture and hold and blow dry your hair with your hands. Use a texturizing spray to add body. Finish the look with a hair wax dressing the sideburns into shape.
30. Long Mullet
This longer mullet style often resembles a shag haircut. To achieve this look, add salt spray into your hair. Dry with the product in, using your hands to create texture. Grab random pieces of your hair and wave them with a styler to create an undone beachy look. Then break the waves with your fingers.
I hope you all enjoyed this little take on how to style a modern mullet. You can follow my Instagram @mphairartist or search for my account on Tik Tok and Facebook to see my session styling and salon work.