Ahh, the mullet: everyone’s favorite hairstyle to love to hate. This short-to-long haircut is known popularly as “business in the front, party in the back” — but fans are rarely in the mood to party when they spot a mullet on their favorite K-pop idol. This hairdo gets a bad rap, and not without reason: an ill-conceived mullet can make even the handsomest of idols look hazardously unkempt (sorry, Park Kyung) or oddly prissy (we still love you, Minho):
But the mullet has made a comeback in recent years, and there are several reasons for its revival: the resurgence of retro fashion, the trend towards increasingly outlandish styles… and, shockingly, the newly-discovered fact that mullets can actually look good. Yes, my friends, we have now entered a new era of mullets: one in which they are more subtle and less scruffy; chic rather than cringey; and honestly, downright attractive.
When done right, the mullet is a framer of faces, a shaper of jawlines, and a champion of chillness. Certain mullets deserve our respect and adoration, and I am going to provide cold, hard evidence — in the form of beautiful pictures of our favorite K-pop idols — to prove it. Let’s begin.
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