There's no delicate way to address this, so we're just going to come out with it: the mullet haircut is staging a comeback, and yes, you read that right. Oh, wait, don't go! We have good news, and it's that this is not the same throwback look you might remember from the '90s (because that one firmly belongs in a Joe Dirt movie or the Achy Breaky Heart music video).
"This haircut is for someone who is confident, who steps outside the box, and whose style is on the edgier side."
No, the 2019 rendition of the faithfully divisive "business in the front, party in the back" style is much cooler, and way more low-key. Celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Nine Zero One Riawna Capri even dubbed it "the chillet" — a chill mullet. "It's a more modified and more fashion-forward version of the mullet," she said, adding that you needn't commit to the full chop to reap its benefits. "The definition of a mullet is short at the front and sides, and long in the back. Obviously [Madison Paige's, pictured here] hair in the back isn't longer than the hair in the front, but it has the illusion or silhouette of a mullet, as opposed to an exact copy."
Consider asking your hairstylist for more of a shag hybrid or a curtain fringe to soften the look, and be prepared to bring in inspiration photos of faux mullets you like — like the ones ahead — plus one of Billy Ray Cyrus to show off what you don't.
At the end of the day: "This haircut is for someone who is confident, who steps outside the box, and whose style is on the edgier side," said Capri. "Ultimately when you're wearing a unique hairstyle or piece of clothing, if you have the confidence to rock it and be different, everyone else will love it, too."