Adaptations of the '80s mullet are back in fashion, with celebs like Miley Cyrus, Zendaya, Billie Eilish and Halsey wearing adaptations. Sam Villa, co-founder of Sam Villa and global artistic ambassador for Redken, breaks down how to add length and a sense of softness to create a more approachable version called a mullay.
“The past is where we learn and the future is where we apply it, meaning fashion and beauty trends tend to cycle in and out with different flavors and characteristics, but if you learn the fundamentals of how to create these looks, you can then adjust them for today’s guests,” says Villa.
Sides: Use larger compressed sections elevated on a diagonal to create softness that frames cheekbones. Carving out the area over the ear develops a more masculine feel.
Front: Diagonal forward sections elevated on at a diagonal are point cut to a stationary guide creating graduation in the fringe area that frames the face. The angle of the shear controls the density—cutting parallel to hair creates less of an impact than cutting on a diagonal which removes more hair.
Back: Create a center-back vertical section, elevate it to the guide from the front section and cut on a slight diagonal so hair falls short to long. Then, adjust the length by deep point-cutting with a Sam Villa Signature Series Dry Cutting Shear 7”.
Detailing: For additional texturizing and finesse, use a Sam Villa Signature Series InvisiBlend Shear to create soft scalloped texture that blends beautifully.