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Mullet mania clips the Web

Mullet mania clips the Web–Sites devoted to the haircut are cropping up

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Mud flap. Achy-breaky-bad-mistakey. Schlong (uh, that’s ”short on top, long on the sides”). Whatever you call it, there’s no hiding a mullet, the haircut of choice for ’80s rockers, rednecks, assorted modern-day talk-show guests — and homegrown Web fanatics. Type mullet into Yahoo! and you’ll find a whole category of sites devoted to the resurgent trend. One of the most popular is the sarcasm-tinged Mullets Galore, whose creator, a San Francisco college student who goes by the handle ”j666,” picked up his unhealthy fascination with the ‘do after working in a Wal-Mart hardware department. Here you’ll find a new mullet featured each week (e.g., the ”Camaro mullet”), as well as porn-star mullets and a mullet vocabulary that defines such useful terms as ”mulletude” and ”butt-rock.” Already there are signs of a mainstream comeback for mulletude: A lithe male model sported an updated version of the white-trash coif in a recent Gucci ad; there have been recent mullet spottings on fashion runways; there’s even a book dedicated to the trend (The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, by Mark Larson and Barney Hoskyns).

Sheridan Butler of Beverly Hills’ Planet Salon counts a few mulleted ones among her clients but insists: ”It’s more glam rock. It’s not like your Iowan postal-worker mullet.” Scott Buchanan of New York City’s Scott J. salon says that although no customer has requested a mullet, ”when Banana Republic puts one in their ad, we’ll definitely see people asking for them. I’d give them one — but I’d warn them first.”