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Hair to stay: Australia mullet heads celebrate hairstyle revival

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Agence France-Presse

Kurri Kurri, Australia | Mon, February 26, 2018 | 07:39 pm
  • A man shows off his mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which began in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, and making a comeback in Australia.

    A man shows off his mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which began in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, and making a comeback in Australia. OF AFP/Peter Parks

    A man shows off his mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which began in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, and making a comeback in Australia.

  • A family shows off their mullet haircuts at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which began in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, and making a comeback in Australia.

    A family shows off their mullet haircuts at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which began in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, and making a comeback in Australia. OF AFP/Peter Parks

    A family shows off their mullet haircuts at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kilometers north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. Mulletfest is a celebration of the iconic haircut called the mullet which began in the 1970s and popular in the 1980s, and making a comeback in Australia.

  • Men wait to be judged on their mullet hairstyles at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018.

    Men wait to be judged on their mullet hairstyles at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. OF AFP/Peter Parks

    Men wait to be judged on their mullet hairstyles at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018.

  • Men wait to be judged on their mullet hairstyles at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018.

    Men wait to be judged on their mullet hairstyles at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. OF AFP/Peter Parks

    Men wait to be judged on their mullet hairstyles at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018.

  • A child sports a mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018.

    A child sports a mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018. OF AFP/Peter Parks

    A child sports a mullet haircut at Mulletfest 2018 in the town of Kurri Kurri, 150 kms north of Sydney on February 24, 2018.

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"Business at the front, party at the back" was the mantra for the crowd of Australians sporting a mullet haircut at an inaugural festival celebrating the vintage style on Saturday.

More than 150 people showcasing the hairstyle popular in the 1970s and 80s flocked to a small town north of Sydney for the event, swishing their locks and parading their chops to cheering fans.

The mullet has remained a staple hairstyle in Kurri Kurri, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) from Sydney, according to Laura Johnson, a local publican who organized the festival.

"There's a school of thought from our locals at our table of knowledge here at the Chelly (Chelmsford) Hotel that they have had the mullets for the longest," she told AFP at Kurri Kurri Saturday.

"We've got folks here that have been sporting their mullet haircut for over 60 years."

For Lloyd Martin, a flamboyant mullet-contest participant passionate about the style, the cut is timeless and also intrinsically Australian.

"It's... one of the most Australian cultural haircuts you can have. You've got to grow a mullet at least once in your lifetime. It's not a hairstyle, it's a lifestyle," he told AFP.

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The winner of the junior division, 12-year-old Alex Keavy, said he was not fazed by the style's old-fashioned reputation.

"It's out of its time but I still like it and all my friends keep telling me that they want one but I don't think a lot of people can wear it properly," he told AFP.

"I just love it because I like its style and I like long hair." 

Laurie Manurele, who drove 12 hours from the neighboring state of Victoria to take part in the contest, has tended his mullet for 46 years.

He told AFP he was impressed at the competition he faced.

"The quality of mullets here today is absolutely unbelievable," he said.

"It's amazing what's out there and Australia is the capital of the world for mullets."

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