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September 13, 2019

30 Photographs of a Young Patrick Swayze Rocking His Mullet Hairstyle in the 1980s and 1990s

For those unfortunate souls who are unfamiliar with God’s greatest gift to this world, a mullet is defined simply as a cut where the hair in the front and sides of the head is shorter than the hair on the back of the head. The mullet was a fixture of American culture from the 1970s to the mid 1990s

The late, great Patrick Swayze was a legend amongst leading men. Very few movie stars could do a corny romance picture one year, then turn around and put out a cult classic action flick like Road House the next. Swayze’s appeal crossed the gender barrier and, as they say, girls wanted him and guys wanted to be him. How’d he pull it off? Many theorize that it was the Patrick Swayze mullet that did the trick.


Swayze first pioneered this cutting edge variation on the mullet in the Ghost era. Superficially, the mullet is comparable to the Kurt Russel mullet as seen in films like Escape from New York, but in actuality, the two are very different. Russel’s shaggy mullet was only slightly longer in the back than it was in the front, suggesting an attitude that defined the Bad Dude image, but which did him no favors as a lady’s man, and as we all know, the mullet should be used primarily to identify one as a lady’s man.

Swayze's mullet was a much more brazen, bold, and dangerous look. In the hands of a lesser mulletologist, it may have simply looked like a typical trailer park mullet, but in Swayze's capable hands, it was perhaps the greatest mullet Hollywood had ever seen.

What made it so special? It is certainly more than the sum of its parts. The front is a standard Duck Butt, like Elvis wore, while the back, the party end of the deal, was a gorgeous mane of dirty bond that somehow straddled the line between shaggy and well kept.

The trick might have been in Swayze's conditioner, rumored to have been custom formulated out of rare South American tree saps and a very small dose of plutonium. Whatever the case, Swayze took his secret to the grave, which may be for the best. This secret was not meant to fall into the wrong hands lest the process of natural selection fall to anarchy.

Some of the world’s foremost mullet researchers have tried in vain to recreate this look to perfection only to come out with near-misses and far cries from the real thing.


































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