Blake Shelton’s mullet was iconic and he should bring it back

Blake Shelton debuted on the country music scene in 2001 with his heartwarming song “Austin” and her long curly locks. From the start of his career, he made a statement with his mullet partially covered in a cowboy hat, and although he finally cut it in 2007, his hairstyle survived in the minds – and the jokes – from fans and country artists. Luckily for fans of the Shelton mullet, the singer has brought it back to life on several occasions. Here’s a look back at the history of Shelton’s most iconic look.

Fans can go back to any Shelton music video from the early 2000s — like “The Baby,” “Some Beach” and more — to see her mane in all its glory. It’s unclear exactly when the hairstyle came into play, but photos from her youth – specifically her teenage years – in Ada, Oklahoma, show her sporting the style. The mullet peaked in popularity in the 80s and early 90s, and bringing his hairstyle with him into his country career was not unusual, as other artists (Alan Jackson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Joe Diffie , etc.) had shaken it before him. .

Blake Shelton’s Mullet through the years

Portrait of American country musician Blake Shelton as he poses at Magnum's nightclub, Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 2001.

Portrait of American country musician Blake Shelton as he poses at Magnum nightclub, Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 2001. (Photo by Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

Blake Shelton at BMI Nashville Headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee

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Blake Shelton at the 2004 CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards - Arrivals at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, TN, USA.

Blake Shelton at the 2004 CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards – Arrivals at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, TN, USA. (Photo by Frank Mullen/WireImage)

Blake Shelton at Backstage Creations-Talent Retreat

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Shelton may have ditched his cowboy hat and mullet hairstyle in the mid-’00s, but country fans and fellow artists have never forgotten him. Dierks Bentley shared a Tweeter in 2012 mocking Shelton and Brett Eldredge’s former hairstyle dressed as Blake Shelton “during spring break circa 2001” in a photo from 2014. Shelton takes all comments about his old haircut with amusement, and he’s often defended the style. In 2022, he tells People his decision to get rid of the mullet had nothing to do with changing trends, but rather because it was “physically irritating”.

LAS VEGAS - MAY 20: Country and Western singer Blake Shelton at the Academy of Country Music Awards Tempur-Pedic Talent Lodge where the band received gifts as part of the annual Country Music Awards held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on May 20, 2003 in Las Vegas, Navada.

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However, the “God’s Country” singer couldn’t keep his signature hairstyle forever, and he’s brought it back on several occasions. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown in 2020, Shelton tweeted to announce the mullet’s official return.

“I regrow my mullet as a symbol of hope or something”, shelton wrote.

The tweet was followed by a video of Gwen Stefani cutting her adult hair into a very short mullet. Even though the style had none of its classic early 2000s mullet, it brought back a bit of nostalgia.

The 2020 mini-mullet was all fans needed to remember until last year, when he brought the full force of 90s and early 2000s country music to the forefront with his new single , “No Body”. The song features a vintage country groove perfect for line dancing, and Shelton leaned into that sentiment in the song’s official music video, donning a full mullet wig and performing in a neon-clad honky tonk.

“I just realize that something has gone wrong over the last 15 years or so, and I’m starting to realize what’s missing,” Shelton said in a video start the look. He also said the hairstyle was “completely natural.”

He further explained the dose of 90s nostalgia in another Instagram post, writing“This particular song takes me back to the 90s when I was in high school and first moved to Nashville because it sounds like what the music sounded like back then.”

Although Shelton hasn’t brought his vintage mule back for real yet, there’s still hope that he’ll be back in the future.

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