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The mullet has been around since the sixth century, prominent in Native American communities in the 1600s, and more recently resurfacing in the 70s to present day. We’ve seen mullets on the likes of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Morgan Wallen, and Blake Shelton just to name a few. In this article, we’ll dive deeper into the mullet’s origins, the reasons to have a mullet, how to combine a mullet with a beard, and more.

The Mullet

You know what they say, “Business in the front, party in the back.” and that’s exactly what the mullet is. For those of you who don’t know what constitutes a mullet from other hairstyles, the Merriam-Webster definition of a mullet is “any of a family (Mugilidae) of chiefly marine bony fishes with an elongate rather stout body”... and then the second definition and one that we’re more interested in is “a hairstyle in which the hair is short on the sides and top and long at the back.” Now that we’ve got that behind us (bad mullet joke), let’s talk a bit more about the history of the mullet.

According to history.com, “While literature’s first mullet mention may have come from the ancient Greek poet Homer—in The Iliad, he described the Abantes, a group of spearmen, as wearing ‘their forelocks cropped, hair grown long at the backs,’—the term ‘mullet’ wasn’t actually coined until 1994, thanks to the Beastie Boys’ song ‘Mullet Head.’”

The mullet’s history, however, was just beginning when the beastie boys coined the phrase. Country music laid claim to the mullet hairstyle as it swept across the back of the heads of country stars like Billy Ray Cyrus, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and more. More recently, baseball has seen a spike in mullets with players like Cody Bellinger, Eric Hosmer, and pretty much 25% of the players that make the playoffs resurrecting a modern version of the hairstyle we saw on Randy Johnson for a good portion of his career.

We’re fairly certain we’re only getting started when it comes to the progression of the mullet. With that being said, in our humble and biased opinion, a mullet alone isn’t the way to go. More on this can be seen below.

The Mullet + Beard Combo

Without a beard, we feel as though the mullet is incomplete. The connection of the sideburns to the shorter sides of the mullet forms a river of well-tamed hair leading down to the lake… also known as a full bossman approved beard.

Mullet Style Examples

Subtle, Contained, & Refined

Eric Hosmer, pictured above, and many other MLB players have done a solid job of giving the mullet a modern look and feel. Hosmer does a great job of incorporating a subtle beard and an aggressive part to go along with the aggressiveness necessary to compete at the major league level.

Power Mullet

If you want to make a statement, this is it. Don’t cut the back of your hair for years, continue to maintain the front sides, and top. As the back grows longer, the more powerful you become… we’re pretty sure that’s the case at least. For added power points, grow your beard out at the same time and let the mullet race your beard.

Crispy Clean

Red Bull Ice Cross Athlete Brittan Morris has found a nice balance between refined and ridiculous… similar to his lifestyle which involves skating down ice courses as fast as possible against three other humans. The back (or mullet portion of the cut) is well kept and maintained, the sides are chiseled to perfection and the beard (while it could be four times longer) is a solid addition as well.

The mullet is a power move, it’s a statement, and paired with the right beard… it can be a boss look. Next time you head to the barber for a trim consider leaving the back untouched or maybe just getting cleaned up into a flowing fountain of back neck protection. Finally, to all of you rocking mullets with a beard, we salute you.

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