ICYMI, the mullet haircut has been on a comeback tour for much of the last two years, most recently popping up in full force all over the red carpet at the VMAs. But in the spirit of this year’s theme of reimagining once-divisive hairstyles, there’s an all-new take on the mullet that’s a combination of two of 2021’s biggest hair trends: the “shullet.”
The “shullet” haircut is exactly what it sounds like: it blends different characteristics of a shag haircut with a mullet haircut, although it tends to offer a much less dramatic take on both. “It’s long, almost overgrown, in the back and a lot shorter in the front,” NYC hairstylist Devin Toth told POPSUGAR. “It’s not like the ’80s mullet that’s short in the front, but it’s short. Like shorter than a shag in the front.”
The hair length on the top and front of a shullet, according to Toth, is also a bit longer than that of a classic mullet, differing by a few inches. “A classic shag has bangs, but the layers on top are mid-length,” he said. “For the shullet, it’s a classic shag but the layers on top are very short and don’t blend into the back where the hair is extra long.”
The gist is that, if you’re looking to try out a style that’s just as trendy and stylish as a mullet or shag, but without fully committing to either, this hybrid cut is the way to go. “The shullet is for anyone trying to break free from the contrived norms this fall,” Toth said. “It’s low-key and chill, but it’s still really, really different.”
Celebrities finally made their return to the Met Gala on Sept. 13 after a short hiatus, and considering all of the show-stopping beauty looks that took over the red carpet upon their arrivals, we’d say that the year-long wait was well worth it. The official theme, “In America,” was essentially a celebration of some of the biggest fashion and beauty trends America has seen to date. While many stars used this as an opportunity to wear throwback hairstyles like the flipped bob, pinup bangs, and disco hair to pay homage to specific decades, there was a surprising trend popping up all over the red carpet that left us absolutely mesmerized: hair sculptures.
On Monday night, we saw celebrities like Naomi Osaka, Gabrielle Union, and Lupita Nyong’o go extremely big (literally) with stunning architectural hairstyles that made us gasp out the second we saw them — but there are plenty more where these three came from. From Osaka’s braided updo to Nyong’o’s gravity-defying Afro.