Meet the Mullet Queen of Lansing, Michigan
After a bad hair day years ago, Ashley Medina decided she needed a hairstyle that would definitely look cool.
The barber said the only thing that came on his mind was a mullet. So she shaved the sides of her head, parted the hair on her head finger-length, and let 10 inches of curly black hair flow down her back.
As she spoke, she was giving Aaron Vest a new look on the mullet. “So this is what I call a soft mullet … you have to expose your ears or it will be more of a shaggy haircut,” she said.
Vest made the two-hour drive from Toledo, Ohio to the Bliss Salon and Spa after seeing Medina on Tik Tok. “I’ve always liked the attraction of the mullet and I just thought to myself, why not? It’s a little longer now. Why not?”,
Medina says that “mulletification” always starts with a customer consultation on Tik Tok. Al Durham liked his experience so much that he used his new hairstyle to name his business: Guy With A Mullet Landscaping.
“I work in a garden all day so I want to protect my neck from the sun. I’ve said it before that melanoma is a silent killer, ”he explained. “The convenience of the front where it’s not my face, but the protection of my neck is really nice. Not to mention they’re cute.”
Durham and Vest are more than half a million people who tune into Medina’s mullet cuts on Tik Tok every day.
The infamous haircut may have risen to mainstream fame in the 80s, but the hairstyle has been around for centuries. The roots of the modern mullet can be traced back to the Native Americans from the far northeast of Oregon. Chief Joseph, a leader of the Nez Perce Indians of the area, kept a mullet-shaped look with spiky bangs in the front, pigtails on the side and long hair in the back, according to Dan Sharfstein, a legal historian at Vanderbilt University.
“He wore it like this, despite pressure from the white settlers to cut it,” he said. “For him it wasn’t just about dissent and defiance, it was also a collective expression of nationality,” said Sharfstein.
Today, Medina says, mullets are popular with men, women, and non-binary people.
“One of the things I really love about the mullet is that there is no gender,” she said. “I think there can be a more masculine or feminine look. But overall, the hairstyle can definitely suit all genders.”
Mullets are so popular Ashley Medina says she may have to go without any other type of haircut.
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