The Mullet Hunt.

Essay by KaterroonyCollege, UndergraduateA+, April 2003

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Some trends are inevitably unforgettable, even when people and times are evolving. The hairstyle of the "mullet" holds true as an un-phased, excellent example. It originated, some believe, in the early 80's with hard rock bands such as Def Leppard, but many, including myself, have noticed the appearance of the blatant hairstyle long before the decadent reign of 80's culture. The mullet was particularly popular throughout the 80's, and continued into the early 90's, however, the popularity decreased after the "grudge" look of long, straight, greasy, uncombed hair and flannel shirts came into play. Most mullet owners were fair-weathered, but some persevered and stayed loyal to the style. These loyal few kept the mullet alive up to current day.

One may be questioning what a mullet is, the different types, and what having a mullet actually entails. Mullets are commonly identified by being short on the front and sides of the head, and long in the back (common slang phrases for this description are The Ape Drape, The Tennessee Waterfall, The 10/90, Business Up Top-Party Out Back, and the Yep-Nope).

There are many variations to this generalized look: curly, straight, teased, light, dark, two-tone, or a combination of the latter. Commonly, four types of mullets exist. The dominant type is the "mullclassic", which is characterized by the wide-ranging appeal of a mullet, but does not possess special characteristics. The body exudes one natural color, no hair is missing or shaven, the owner is male, and manipulation of natural texture is not evident. Another type, my personal favorite, is the "femullet". Simply, the femullet is a female with a mullet. Any exaggeration or manipulation may be present, as there are not definite rules to this category, although many femullets are rather husky in appearance and convey a frightening persona. A less...