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Definition: Mullet

A mullet is a hairstyle that was most popular in the late 1970's through the early 1990's, spreading its "business in front, party in the back" look across the country thanks in large part to hockey players, rock stars and MacGyver. Thank goodness it's almost extinct!

The mullet leaves hair short on the sides and in the front, but long and flowing down the neck. Some mullets also have a rattail or a 'tail'. This is a thin section of hair that extends much longer than the rest of the hair in the back and is often braided. Mullets have been worn by both males and females; however, the proper feminine term for mullet is femullet.

Singer Billy Ray Cyrus is well known for wearing the mullet far beyond its time, and Joan Jett is hugely responsible for making the femullet rocker chic. Most recently, the mullet has been spotted in hipster enclaves such as Williamsburg, Brooklyn; Ukrainian Village in Chicago; and the Mission District in San Francisco.


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