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 much braver, much bolder, and perhaps the finest mullet Hollywood has ever seen.
What made that mullet so special? Well, just LOOK at it. In the front we have the Duck Butt style made famous by Elvis Presley, but in the back, we have a gorgeous mane of blond locks that are both shaggy and well maintained at once.
The trick may have been in the conditioner he used, allowing the hair to be shaggy, but not fluffy, shiny, but not too glossy. More likely, it may be some secret that Swayze took to his grave, a secret not meant to fall into the wrong hands. Certainly, if just ANYONE could achieve that look, the process of natural selection would be thrown entirely out of whack, with any old slob being able to seduce any woman he might desire.
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.
Our advice? Experiment with different shampoos, tease the front a bit, and if you manage to get the look just right, then please, guard the secret with your life, and remember that with great power comes great responsibility.