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By LuAnn Schindler


Why is the mullet popular again?


September 12, 2019

Throughout the summer, as Scott and I watched preseason coverage of the Husker football team, we both noted the number of young men sporting mullets.

I always thought Mike Gundy earned best mullet honors until my 'Skers proved they're rockin' the tunnel walk with the achy-breaky hairdo.

Since my main man decided to bring back the party in the front and business in the back, a flashback from his high school senior year, he thinks the modern mullet obsession is cool.


So cool that this summer, after Morgan Wallen visited town, Scott fine-tuned the sleeveless plaid shirt and mullet look in his own way. Right down to the slip-on Skechers in place of cowboy boots. (Isn't that more of a preppy get-up instead of country chic? Asking for a husband.)

By the way, Wallen's look is based on photos of his dad, who wore the hairdo with gusto.

So cool that Scott suggested the Advocate-Messenger sponsor the "Mullets of Summerland" contest, forking over a cash prize to the best head of hair at the end of football season.

"If it's a good enough haircut for the Huskers, it's good enough for us," he told me.

"Only if the winner uses the winnings for a haircut," I retorted.

It's good editorial decisions are left to the editors.

Still, as I perused pages of the Huskers' yearbook, I was surprised to see variations on the mullet.

A few players have mastered the nuances of the messy mullet, where the trimmed-above-the-ears line cascades into flowing locks.

A couple rock the slicked back mullet, with a wisp of bangs covering the forehead, and some sport a layered cut, which makes one wonder if it's a true mullet.

Then, there's Jack Stoll and his curly mullet.

Or what used to be Jack Stoll and his curly mullet.

The Husker receiver stayed true to his word and ditched the do after Saturday's loss to Colorado. The lightning bolt etched into his hair on the sides remains.

After 30-some years without the hairdo that defined '80s hair bands, why the resurgence in popularity?

Blame it on Stranger Things badboy hearthrob lifeguard, Billy. Blame it on cyclical trends.

Suddenly, rocking the low maintenance haircut is fashionable.

Retro rewind rules.

Unless I receive a mailbox filled with correspondence requesting we host a mullet contest, I'm happy - er, I mean sad - to announce that's once challenge we'll pass on.


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