Many HHS students are bringing back the classic hairstyle of casual in the front and party in the back: the mullet.
Whether female or male, they are pulling off this blast from the past.
Mullets seemed most popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Hockey players were well-known for this classic look because it got their hair out of their faces and also helped them stand out from under their helmets.
Here at HHS, it seems to be the Commandos baseball team that is bringing the mullet back in style.
Lake Morris, a freshman on the team, says he is getting a mullet because “it's serious” and no joke. He’s been thinking about it for a while because it's a “baseball trend.” Asked if he had friends with mullets, he replied, “Yes, the whole baseball team.”
Sadie Reagen, a sophomore, said she was bored with her old hairdo and saw the mullet as the “next best thing to shaving my head.”
“Initially I got it as a joke,” she remarked, “but I like it now.”
She's had her mullet since December and said some of her friends are about to get one as well. And just because she's a female with a classic male cut doesn't mean she doesn’t find ways to make it feminine. Her favorite? “I can do tiny pigtails in the back, and they are super cute.”
Sophomores Wade Rolin and Luke Brown are in love with their mullets. They’ve had them now for over a year.
“My mullet makes me a true American and I’ll have it till the day I die,” Wade joked.
Luke said he likes his because it makes him the “center of attention.”
“And I love running my fingers through it,” he remarked.
Five or six of their friends also have the retro hairstyle, Wade and Luke said, though they added that other friends of theirs have already moved on from their mullet cuts.
Braxton McCutchen is still new to the mullet. He’s had his for about a week now. Asked how long he plans to keep his mullet, he at first said, “I don’t know” then quickly amended his answer to “forever.”
One thing that makes Braxton’s mullet different is that it is permed.
“I like it curly, it looks good,” he said.
A few teachers at HHS were in high school or college when mullets were at their peak of popularity. Spanish teacher Sandy Milton remembers dating a guy that had a mullet and said she even had one herself when she was in college.
“I think they are horrible, but I found them okay in college,” she observed.
Michael Flatt, a resource teacher at HHS and a coach of the HHS football team, estimated that only about 1 percent of kids at his high school had mullets when he graduated in 2002.
“Usually, guys with mullets liked to party,” he recalled.
Story by Jessi Wilson and Alexis Burneisen