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The Mullet Is Back

The mullet has just become the Birenstocks of hair.

The mullet, generally associated with the '80s,

This new mullet seems very rock'n'roll and Sally Hershberger-esque to me, so I went to Hershberger seeking clarity. Sadly, she is on vacation this week and missing out on mullet mania, but Eddie Parra, a senior stylist in the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon, talked me through the trend. "I think it's a way to transition long hair to short hair and that is really where everyone is heading. Since the Met Gala, more celebrities have transitioned into punk fashion and it is influencing their hairstyles too," Parra said. "It's definitely a rebellious haircut."

And you can't really go halfway with it either. "It's an over-layered and over-texturized haircut that can really be done on any length with short layers," Parra said. "As for trying to tone down the look, you really have to go all the way or don't go for it at all or you will end up looking like you are trying to grow out a mullet." Which is obviously much worse than a mullet itself. Shudder.

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I actually think model Lindsey Wixson (at right) is pulling off pseudo-mullet really well, though some in the Fashionista office disagree with me. She popped up this season with a shag--it's not a true mullet, though I'd definitely put it in the mullet family--and it really helps to diminish a bit of that babydoll quality she has--she looks a little dangerous now, and more grown up.

Is society ready for the return of the mullet?