The popular shaggy mullet is a timeless, heavily layered, ’70s-inspired haircut. It has longer pieces in the back, accentuating the shorter pieces found at the front and crown area. It displays extra volume, texture, fashion, and personality.
Zobey Barker, a hairstylist from Mystic, CT, shares her fondness for this cut. “Every woman who’s gotten a shag/mullet seemed instantly confident about themselves,” she says. Her ultimate rule in completing the look is to get bangs so it won’t seem like a conventional layered cut.
Shags and mullets suit ladies who love wearing their tresses down. “I don’t recommend shaggy mullet to women who prefer wearing their hair up in a bun or ponytail,” she says. “A lot of hair will fall out from your hair tie, scrunchy, or braid due to the amount of layering that goes into this cut.”
It’s vital to find a hairdresser who’s no stranger to the techniques used for this edgy hairstyle. Barker suggests an in-depth consultation to push aside your fear of losing length. It also helps you to have an open mind and faith in your stylists.
She states, “Discuss your expectations like how wispy you want your bangs to be or how short you like your layers to be. Talk about the at-home maintenance and the interim between your salon visits.”
Don’t forget to ask for some styling tips. Your hair would look different when it’s blow-dried, straightened, curled, or even in its natural form.
Time to amp up your look. Get ideas from these images of the trendiest shaggy mullet haircuts and styles!
#1: Bright Blonde Razored Shullet
Look on trend with a bright blonde razored shullet. Using a razor is one of the best ways to give your fine straight hair some messy texture. Shattered layers will make your hair look fuller and will fall into place with little styling.
#2: Romantic Shaggy Razored Mullet for Long Hair
A romantic shaggy razored mullet is perfect for long hair because it lets you keep your beloved length, but also gives you that shape and texture you’re looking for. One of the best hairstyles to go for if you have thicker hair – the thicker the better when it comes to creating more layers for added texture and volume. In my experience, cutting with a razor for the entirety of this haircut is going to give you the best disheveled and texturized layers. A sea salt spray and texture spray are going to be 2 hair products you’ll want to have on your bathroom shelves at home to effortlessly style this shaggy mullet.
#3: Short Brunette Shullet with Choppy Bangs
If you’re wanting to try a trendy look, try rocking a short brunette shullet with choppy bangs. A shaggy mullet is the best cut if you want tons of choppy layers and texture on top with some playful length in the back. The messier the better when it comes to a shaggy mullet. When styling, use a styling paste. Pay attention to the bangs and top and really piece it out to get some fun texture that will hold all day.
#4: Icy Mullet
You’ll be in high fashion with an icy mullet. Be aware this modern shag is cut short on the sides for a strong shape and will not grow out easily. The risk is worth it, but when in doubt, talk to your stylist. A trendy mullet is styled close to the head, so your blowout will be simple, with your hands, for a messy finish.
#5: Shagged Mullet with Spiky Ends
If you want to express your bold, rockstar personality in your appearance, a shaggy mullet with spiky ends is the perfect hairstyle for you. A shagged mullet comes packed with tons of shorter layers, giving your hair messy volume for an undone style. Avoid cutting all your layers at the same length, you’ll want to make sure you have layers that are cut with either a razor, point-cut with shears, or the ends are thinned out with thinning shears to create a “shattered” effect in the layers. This will give your hair the illusion that you have natural, easy-going volume and texture, but really it’s just with the help of a really good haircut.
#6: Mullet Hair with Thick Bangs
#7: 1980’s-Inspired Short Shaggy Mullet
Dare to try a 1980s-inspired shaggy mullet! If you have an edgier vibe, this short hairstyle is one you’ll be able to rock! Don’t forget the texture spray so you can have some fun with your finished style.
#8: Spiky Shagged Mullet
Try a spiky shagged mullet and you’ll be on point. A spiky mullet works best on straighter hair textures for the most dramatic results. I recommend point cutting or feather razor cutting for massive amounts of texture that will make this cut rock. Texture cutting also helps your shape last longer so less time at the salon. You should absolutely try a texture paste such as Pureology’s Mess Around to punk it up.
#9: Platinum Blonde Shaggy Mullet Hairstyle with Bangs
If you’ve got a fun, lively personality then a shaggy mullet hairstyle with fringe might just be the finishing touch to your appearance. Pairing a blunt, straight across bang with a messy, layered mullet hairstyle that’s platinum blonde is the perfect balance between bold and carefree. Having shorter lengths means the easier it will be to style in the mornings. All you really need is a texture spray and some clay to mold those shorter layers into place!
#10: Extra Long Shaggy Mullet Hairstyle
Try an extra-long shaggy mullet hairstyle if you have long hair and need to try something new this season. The short layers in this cut will have you rocking tons of volume. Make sure to use a strong volumizing mousse on your wet hair before blowdrying to get all this lift.
#11: Bright Red Mullet Shag
A bright red mullet shag is a statement hairstyle. A bold and daring hairstyle to match a bold personality can frame any face shape. A bright hair color such as bright red will require more maintenance appointments in order to keep the color fresh and vibrant, but shag haircuts themselves are relatively low maintenance. To increase the longevity of your hair color, consider a color depositing shampoo and conditioner.
#12: Mullet Shag with Curtain Fringe
A mullet shag with curtain bangs will bring out your inner pop star. A razor is used to cut a proper mullet shaggy style with tons of choppy texture. Dry cutting is necessary to blend the shorter layers into the longer hair at the nape of the neck. A clarifying shampoo can keep hair build-up free. Try the weekender from Unite.
#13: Long Wolf Cut
Try a long wolf cut for added sex appeal with loads of volume and body. A wolf cut hairstyle looks extra adorable with a flirty bang. Weight removal is necessary for thicker hair types so that the layers have lots of movement. Try a styling cream like Oribe super shine moisture cream and blow-dry with a large round brush for balance and shine.
#14: Shagged Mullet for Mid-Length Hair
A shagged mullet for mid-length hair has major rock chick vibes especially with a choppy baby bang and shorter crown layers. Shaggy mullets look great with blonde and black balayage or highlights to add to the natural texture of the hair and provide dimension so the layers are more prominent. The back length typically falls between the shoulders and the collarbone.
#15: Feminine Choppy Mullet
A feminine choppy mullet has longer layers that hang below the ear on the sides which gives this version of the mullet some softness. The bangs are connected to the longer sideburns for a retro feel hugging the face. A shorter bang above the eyebrow opens up the face in shaggy mullet cuts. A beachy wave gives this cut lived-in vibes. When styling, try a one-inch T3 micro curling iron and twist the hair out of the iron while pulling the curl down to stretch it out.
#16: Heavily-Layered Mullet
A heavily layered mullet has tons of short crown and side layers with super choppy thinned ends. Like metal music, this cut is not for the meek. For chic grunge vibes use a texture paste on dry hair like badlands from RnCo.
#17: Edgy Shaggy Pixie Mullet
An edgy shaggy pixie mullet is soft, feminine, and very easy to style. Expect more frequent visits to the salon when keeping your mullet shaggy hairstyle in shape. A shorter textured bang adds softness and accentuates the eyes.
#18: The Wolf Cut Hairstyle
The wolf cut hairstyle is a little bit 90s, a little bit retro, and a whole lot of attitude. A wolf cut haircut varies in shape and length, though all provide lots of volume because of the shorter crown layers at the top. A point-cutting technique is used to soften and blend all the fun layers.
Related: See more wolf cut mullets.
#19: Shoulder-Length Wolf Cut
A shoulder-length wolf cut adds some extra disconnection with the longer length in the back and the rounded layers through the width of the head. Wolf cut hairstyles with a full bang opens up wider faces and creates fun pieces to play with. Blow-dry with a round brush to create volume and bend in the top layers.
#20: Shagged-Out Mullet for Long Hair
Try a shagged-out mullet for long hair to rock a cool bed head look with length to cascade down over the shoulders or put up and show off your textured bangs. Razor and shear cutting tools are used to get the right finish in shaggy mullet styles. Try a sea salt pomade like the one from Fatboy hair to add a beachy texture after styling.
#21: Short Shaggy Mullet Cut
Try a short shaggy mullet cut with buzzed sides for an androgynous, punk rock style. On shaggy mullet hairstyles, super textured layers and shorter bangs show off eyebrows as well as facial features. Make sure to consult with your stylist on how short you want the sides to be and whether or not you want it faded.
#22: Short Mullet with Choppy Layers
A short mullet with choppy layers is also known as the super popular 90’s-inspired wolf cut for short hair. A razor and sheer carving technique are used for creating pockets of texture and wispiness. Try using Cult and King’s set spray to protect hair from heat styling.
#23: Modern Shag Mullet with Bangs
A modern shag mullet with bangs has lots of fun shorter layers at the crown that connects to the sides and is shorter around the ears. This shaggy mullet cut is great for any texture – curly hair or straight hair. The modern aspect of this shag is the layering on the length in the back. It’s a bit longer and the ends are a little blunter.
#24: Short Mullet with Textured Ends
Try a short mullet with textured ends for a wearable soft version of this popular cut. Layered bangs that are shorter in the center and curtain out around the face make this shaggy mullet hairstyle unique. The length in the back can vary, and the layers on the sides land right below the ear lobe. A small flat brush will help get a nice flick in the bangs when blow-drying your short hair.
#25: Shaggy Mullet for Women
A shaggy mullet for women can be ultra-flattering on hair of all textures. A pixie in the front with bangs and layered into a longer length through the back gives the shaggy mullet haircut freshness. Use a mini flat iron to create bends to play up the texture.
#26: Medium-Length Mullet Shag
A medium-length mullet shag is a super versatile cut with enough length to make ballerina buns, ponytails, and braids while showing off the layers around the face. The crown layers of your mullet shaggy haircut can be as short or as long as you like depending on the vibe you want to create. Try using a volumizing powder to give your crown layers loads of height.
#27: Shaggy Mullet with Curtain Bangs
A shaggy mullet with curtain bangs makes a bold statement and adds retro rock vibes to every face shape and texture. Mullet shaggy styles are the perfect solution for those who want low-maintenance lived-in hair that embraces natural texture. Try a leave-in conditioner like Davines OI all-in-one milk to help tame frizz and keep hair moisturized.
#28: Feathered Shag and Mullet Cut
Try a feathered shag and mullet cut and stand out from the crowd. The shag mullet cut is versatile and totally customizable from the bang length to the sideburns and face frame. Ask your stylist to create lots of texture. Use a texture-enhancing product like Oribe dry texture spray to enhance the look.
#29: Long Shag Mullet
A long shag mullet lets you keep your length but adds 60s style volume and texture to the top and sides. A razor cutting technique will seamlessly layer and create a piece-y finish. Bang length can vary so talk to your stylist about face-framing options.
#30: 70s-Inspired Shag and Mullet Combo
Try a 70s-inspired shag and mullet combo with a long bang that grazes the eyes and tapers down around the cheekbones. A mullet shaggy cut has longer hair over the ears whereas a mullet has shorter layers above the ears. A sea salt spray on damp hair will help encourage any natural waves.
#31: Razor Cut Mullet
A razor cut mullet is the edgy answer to the too-cute pixie. The length at the nape of the neck has a feminine punk rock feel. The shaggy mullet style is the perfect undone tousle for wash-and-go styling. Try a finishing cream like second-day hair by Unite to bring down any puffiness caused by humidity.
#32: Low-Maintenance Shag Mullet Hairstyle
A low-maintenance shag mullet hairstyle is great for women who have fine hair to a medium textured hair type. Mullet shaggy haircuts can be low-maintenance because with this cut you should be able to wash and go. To get this hairstyle, ask your hairdresser for a short layered low-maintenance mullet, especially if you have naturally wavy hair.
#33: Modern Mullet with Shaggy Layers
A modern mullet with shaggy layers is a fun and edgy haircut. This haircut would work best for the girl who has soft textured hair. To get this hairstyle, ask your stylist for a layered mullet with a fringe.
#34: Korean Shaggy Mullet Haircut
A Korean shaggy mullet haircut is a style that works with straight hair. Mullet shaggy hairstyles can be styled with a blowdryer for extra body and volume. To get this haircut, ask your stylist for medium-length mullet.
#35: Shoulder-Length Shag Mullet
A shoulder-length shag mullet is a longer soft textured mullet. Mullet shags work great if you are looking for a haircut that gives a lot of textured face-framing layers. To get this haircut, ask your stylist for a soft textured mullet with a fringe.
#36: Shaggy Mullet with Fringe
A shaggy mullet with fringe is a fun and edgy hairstyle for women of all ages. To get this hairstyle, ask your stylist for a heavily textured mullet with a short fringe.
#37: Mullet Shag Hair for Older Women
A mullet shag hair for older women works best with women who have textured hair. Mullet shaggy cuts look best with texture in thin hair. If you don’t naturally have textured hair, try using a curling iron for some soft texture and spray your hair with texture spray. To get this shag haircut, as your stylist for a short mullet with short sides.
#38: Blonde Shaggy Mullet with Bangs
Inspired by the 70s era, the blonde shaggy mullet with bangs is a timeless mashup of the mullet and shag haircuts. Heavily textured layers connect the shorter top and drastically long bottoms. To style, use a large barrel curling iron for volume and movement.
#39: Grey Shaggy Mullet for Mid-Length Hair
A grey shaggy mullet on mid-length hair is a haircut with lots of textured layers and a strong bang. Keeping your natural grey hair color means you will only need to visit your stylist once every two to three months for a trim.