The Return of the Mullets

Andreas Alexandrou sporting his curly mullet. (Haley Oliver)

Throughout the halls at Woodgrove, there has been an increased number of students sporting mullets. A mullet is a hairstyle featuring hair cut short in the front and sides, and long in the back. Mullets were originally popularized in the late 1970s and mid 1980s but have recently made a comeback in 2021. 

Over the years, people have come up with many fun nicknames for mullets including: Camaro hair, the Tennessee top hat, the Mississippi mudflap, the Kentucky waterfall, the business in the front and party in the back, the North Carolina neckwarmer, the ape drape, and the beaver paddle.

Mullets first gained traction when celebrities like David Hasselhoff and Billy Ray Cyrus wore them. Mullets are making a comeback and more people are choosing to rock the iconic hairstyle. A few current celebrities with mullets are Zendaya and Miley Cyrus.

Why are they making a comeback? “Because people like them,” says sophomore and mullet wearer Gerald Foley. However, a recent poll of Woodgrove students found different results.

Foley says that he chose a mullet “because it feels right.” Many other students appear to agree with him. While this trend is back on the rise, Woodgrove teachers have also had their own experiences with the mullet. Woodgrove teacher Mr. Timothy Adams, who used to have a mullet, says that he believes mullets are making a comeback because “everything is getting recycled.” Many trends from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s have found their way back into mainstream fashion.