Apparently, There's Never Been Better Time To Grow a Mullet | 22 Words

When you think of the biggest hair-donts in history, it's likely that a mullet will be close to the top of the list. The iconic short at the front, long in the back style, which once reigned supreme has since been denigrated as one of the worst looks of all time. And, indeed, they've managed to retain a pretty bad rep since. Until now, that is.

And it looks like there are some specific reasons why the mullet has made a return...

Trends - whether they be fashion, beauty, or hair-related - can be a fickle mistress.

It can seem as though, as soon as you buy into a trend, it immediately becomes uncool. Staying on top of trends is basically a full-time job.

But, for a while, there seemed to be one overarching truth.

Mullets were firmly in the uncool category - and it's there they seemed set to stay.

Mullets had a pretty bad rep.

And it's not hard to see why. Business in the front, party in the back is difficult to get on board with - and often looks, quite frankly, bizarre.

But it seems like all trends are, essentially, cyclical.

And the latest comeback? Why, it's possibly the most unexpected yet - the humble mullet.

Even more surprising? We don't hate it.

The mullet was an '80s classic.

One of its biggest proponents was singer-songwriter and icon, Lionel Richie, who rocked the look for many years.

The trend spread further than just the music world.

It was also a popular trend among sportsmen, soccer players in particular. Brazilian legend, Maradona, was a huge proponent of mullets.

There are some shining examples of mullets throughout history.

One of the mullet's most undeniably iconic appearances was on the head of Ziggy Stardust/David Bowie.

Rockstar, Rod Stewart, also rocked the look.

But, as far as these looks go, they're all pretty dated. Since the '80s, we've not really seen much of the mullet - and some think that's a real shame.

And when we did see mullets?

They were always pretty much seen as a retro, throwback look.

But, now, people are appreciating the short-in-the-front, long-in-the-back style in its own right.

Some have a pretty good idea what sparked the mullet renaissance.

Stranger Things, the Netflix sci-fi smash hit show is set in the '80s - and Billy, the heartthrob lifeguard, rocks a mullet and looks damn good doing it.

But the internet has some mixed feelings about recreating the look at home ...

There are 2 major proponents of the mullet comeback.

The first is New York City-based hair salon, Vacancy Project, which specializes in more modern takes on classic mullets.

The other?

A hairstylist named Bree Ritter, who works at the Goodbye Horsegirl studio in Portland, Oregon.

Ritter focuses on more classic mullet vibes.

Her looks are more recognizably mullet-esque - but they're still more modern than those dated images of '80s popstars.

Ritter tends to blend the shorter and long pieces successfully.

Her looks are more of a layered, shaggy cut with heavy bangs, rather than a conventional 2-in-1 look.

But they're still most certainly mullets.

This look is certainly '80s inspired, and yet still doesn't feel dated or like a fancy dress costume. Impressive stuff!

They're also surprisingly versatile.

For those with lots of hair texture, a mullet style helps to thin out the volume and allows curls to really shine.

And, if you get fed up of your hair length?

"You can wear it tied back and you've a short, choppy haircut," offers Outen. Truly, this look is a real 2-in-1.

Mullet, anyone?