At a Brooklyn rock concert earlier this month, Henson Popa couldn’t stop staring at the singer’s unusual haircut.
“She had a mullet,” Popa told The Post of musician Star Grace’s retro ‘do. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God, that looks really, really good on her.’ I wanted it, too.”
The very next day, the NYU student rushed to Williamsburg’s Hair Metal Salon and insisted on the same style.
“I had to just go for it,” says Popa, 20.
It’s official: Business in the front, party in the back is, well, back. The much-maligned mullet — once favored by the likes of David Spade’s trailer-dwelling “Joe Dirt” character, 1980s hockey players and country singers — is now all the rage among trendy celebrities, musicians and models.
Even more surprising, this time it’s mostly women, not men, who are taking the plunge into mulleted life.
Pop singers Miley Cyrus and Kesha both recently opted for the edgy short-on-top and long-in-back ‘do — and stylists say New Yorkers are, too.
“Mullets are the perfect androgynous cut,” says Katie Grossman, who cut Popa’s red locks. “Not only are they low-maintenance, but they are great for all textures of hair. The throwback look was definitely due for a revival.”
NYC hairstylist Vincent Minchelli first noticed the trend picking up in 2018, but so far this year the appointments are stacking up faster than ever.
“I’m doing five to eight mullets a week now, mostly women,” says Minchelli, who chops locks at Soho’s Spoke and Weal salon. “Compared to only a few here and there a few years ago.”
Last July, Bushwick production assistant Mare Scangarella decided she was sick of her same old long, bleached tresses, which she’d been growing out for years after a buzz cut.
“It was really pissing me off, and I was like, ‘You know what? I’m bored. I want something new and fun,’ ” says Scangarella, 26. “I saw a great mullet on Instagram and went for it.”
Working in the arts, Scangarella wasn’t nervous about the wild style affecting her work, but she was a little hesitant to tell her parents.
“At first, I didn’t tell my parents because I thought they would give me a hard time,” she recalls. “But they ended up saying it was very cute and were like, ‘Everything that’s old is new again.’ ”
Others say, “You look like you’re in a band,” she adds.
Minchelli says that despite the mullet’s rough-around-the-edges reputation, “You can make a modern version of it that’s pretty, sexy and elegant.”
The trick is to tailor each cut to the client’s personal style.
“You can make it really straight and sleek or do big and curly. It’s versatile,” Minchelli says, noting that the no-fuss cut “will look good even if you’ve just rolled out of bed.”
“People are getting sick and tired of using the flatiron and curling iron for lobs [long bobs] and other styles. They want something easy,” he adds.
Ladies are also falling for another retro style that’s closely related to the mullet: a ’70s-inspired ‘do called the shag that comes with loads of layers. The main difference, according to stylists, is that a mullet is a disconnected haircut that usually shows the ears with a short crown on top. The shag, however, is more blended.
“The shag is a little more romantic — you can leave the layers more mid-length and then keep the fringe area and face framing longer,” says Javan Stone, who snipped Kesha’s mullet at the Spoke and Weal outpost in LA. “The mullet is taking it a little further and is more dramatic.”
Most stylists say they end up with a hybrid of the mullet and the shag cuts, depending on each client.
Stone says Kesha was the “perfect candidate for the modern mullet” because of her “wild, cool and energetic vibe.” She was also looking to switch up her look just in time for the release of her new album, “High Road,” which came out Jan. 31.
For those looking to lose the look, Minchelli says a pixie cut — short on the sides and longer on top — is the way to go.
“Start by cutting the bottom and let the top grow out,” he says. “Then, let it grow to a bob, and it will start to balance the top and the bottom.”
But Popa says it’s essentially having two haircuts at once that makes the cut a standout: “It’s the best of both worlds.”
Mullets through the years
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