Of Men and Mullets

Does something strike you whenever you look at portraits of Germans through the ages?

The truth is… the mullet haircut has always been in fashion in Germany.

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Johann Hermann Schein - early mullet wearer (and composer)

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Everhard Jabach - 17th century businessman - or mullet-head to his friends

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Unusually Albert Einstein had taken a comb to his mullet for this photo

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Wolfgang Petry. Sings Schlager - wears mullet with pride...

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Rüdi Völler - inspiration for a generation of teenage haircuts

I recently learned the German word for a mullet. Not that I was thinking of getting one myself, you understand. But it’s a useful word to know, just in case the hairdresser slips it into the conversation at the same point as asking whether you want milk in your coffee – it could end in weeks of you not being able to leave the house.

The German for mullet is Vokuhila. Yes, I know it doesn’t look much like a German word. It’s one of those popular German shortenings (like KiGa for Kindergarten).  Vo-Ku-Hi-La… vorne kurz, hinten lang – short on top, long at the back. In the true sense of the word, it’s a hairy cut!

Just remember, if you live in Germany… it is well worth travelling that extra few hundred kilometers to, say, Belgium, to get your hair cut….


Filed under About Germany, Life in Germany

7 responses to “Of Men and Mullets

  1. Andy Smith

    Not to undermine your point, but in the portraits, technically only Völler has a mullet – the others don’t have the required short bits round the ears. Einstein’s rocking his usual ‘dragged through hedge backwards’, while the other two seem to just have long hair.

  2. Wolfgang Petry and Albert Einstein. Spooky.

  3. StiffPigeon

    Don’t forget the Vokuhila-Oliba (mit Oberlippenbart)

  4. StiffPigeon

    Oh – and also the horrible children’s “rat-tail” haircut that never went out of fashion in the Fatherland.

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