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What is the Step Mullet and Who Exactly can Pull it Off?

by akesha / last updated August 1, 2019

With the resurgence of the mullet recently, it’s no surprise that the style’s off-shoots are emerging. Introducing: the step mullet.

This style is not for the faint-hearted client. It’s identified by the blunt two tier cut, different to the gentler layers seen in a more traditional mullet shape.

Where did the Step Mullet come from?

The term was coined by New York salon Vacancy Project. The salon’s creative director Masami Hosono told Teen Vogue where she thinks the styles inspiration originated from; “I really think it comes from people who cut their own hair… Kind of accident based, DIY, just chopped your step with kitchen scissors.”

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With the popularity of the mullet and the french crop making waves in men’s hairdressing too, it seems that statement styles are well and truly back on clients’ radars.

These graphic styles are a huge change from the mid-length trend take over that we have seen over the past few years, and could mean that we will slowly see more individual looks being requested in salon, even if they aren’t this dramatic.

Masami says that the look is best suited on straight hair for the dramatic effect but can be worn curly too. On curly hair the style reads more relaxed and more fringe like.

Is the UK ready for the Step Mullet?

But is this a look that we’ll see catch on here in the UK? London Hairdresser of the Year, Philipp Haug is uncertain. “This is a strong look and one that won’t suit everyone. Younger clients will love this as it really makes a statement, but it’s not an everyday, contemporary look,” he warns.

Also, if your client has a narrow face, this style might not suit them. “It’s a graphic haircut and these type of styles always suit a smaller face shape. Softening the lines make the style softer and more wearable,” advises Philipp. To maintain the look post-salon visit Philipp advises equipping your clients with a leave in conditioner for moisture and a shine spray for a glass-like finish.

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