A definitive ranking of mullets

Emalyn Yantis, Editor-in-Chief

With the infamous party in the back but business in the front hairstyle, people have mixed opinions on the re-emerging trend  — mullets. Although many think they are tacky or make one look disheveled, I believe otherwise.

The first mullet originated with Homer in “The Iliad,” but they became popularized by the Beastie Boys, who first used the term “mullet” in their song “Mullet Head” in 1994.

There are many different types of mullets, ranging from short to long, curly to straight, but one thing is for sure, I have the most accurate ranking of styles of mullets.

5. Straight & Long Mullets

Coming in at number five, we have the straight, long mullets. Usually, these mullets aren’t kept up and typically result in greasy, sticky-looking hair, not a wholistic fashion choice. There are ways to pull it off, but I haven’t seen it yet. Rating: a generous 4/10. 

4. Mullet + Mohawk

In second to last, we have number four, any mullet that features a mohawk. Yes, some people can make it work (like every other mullet on this list), but it looks tacky. It takes away from the main focal point of the hairstyle, the mullet. If your hair is curly, a little “umph” on the top of your head isn’t a bad idea, but maybe don’t pair with a mohawk. Rating: 5/10

3. Straight & Short Mullets

At number three, the short, straight mullets. These tend to look better than the long, straight mullets only because users can wash their hair more easily, which allows for less grease and more happiness. I would rather have curls than straight hair, but when it comes to clean hair, the short, straight-haired mullets work best. Rating: 7/10

2. Modern Mullet

Finishing at number 2, we have the “modern mullet.” This mullet has curls, which is my personal favorite part. The sides of the head are shaved down and the whole look highlights the curls of the mullet. This style loses a point because of the shaved sides — it looks tacky, but it keeps it clean. Rating: 8/10

1. Curly Mullet

Finishing at number 1, we have the medium-length, curly mullet. This mullet is arguably perfect. The curls, the flow in the back — everything is flawless. This hairstyle looks good on almost anyone, making it a universal hairstyle. Because of the curls, your hair won’t look greasy, which adds a bonus point to the score. Overall, you can’t go wrong with the medium-length, curly mullet. Rating: 11/10

If you are considering investing in a mullet, make sure you remember this list and take into account the important information featured.