Cristiano Ronaldo, you either love him or hate him. Or you are like this curly hair man and you are just interested in the curly hairstyles he sports.
Truth is, Cristiano Ronaldo is known for his short length curly haircuts and hairstyles and for being something akin to the flagship sportsman of the Faux Hawk hairstyle. He has also worn other modern styles, mainly the High and Tight hairstyle, which I have covered in the past too, and the Manly Curls coined “Metro Mullet“. Today, I want to concentrate on the Metro Mullet, which is nothing but a mullet styled for the modern curly man.
Cristiano Ronaldo is known for sporting different versions of the High & Tight hairstyle
But he has also styled his curls with the Metro Mullet hairstyle
If you didn’t heed my advice on watching the El Clasico soccer matches between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, or if you are not much of a sports fan (let alone soccer fan) then you probably are wondering who the deuce is that guy with such an affection for tanning booths. Well, Cristiano Ronaldo is a famous curly soccer player who plays for big-team Real Madrid (Spain) and was once crowned as the world’s best soccer player some years ago (now debunked repeatedly by Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona). He has some great soccer skills, in fact, he always puts an entertaining show when he plays but he also has the ego of the human equivalent of Sarah Jessica Parker blended with Simon Cowell on a bad day (man, that is a nasty combination).
I just wanted to have an excuse to post this meme…
Ok, so now that I have thrown my particular funny comment (or so I claim) at Carrie from Sex in the City, let’s get back to our fellow curly hair man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano is a great example of how to wear the Metro Mullet and how to take the rudimentary mullet and turn it into a hairstyle that can be worn without being called pejorative names when you go to the supermarket to get some beer. The man is already a worldwide men’s style icon and rest assured that, if Ronaldo has it, it is OK to have it.
I am not saying it doesn’t look diesel…
…but if you truly want to go with a mullet in the 2010′s, then go with the Metro Mullet!
To get a Metro Mullet hairstyle, you need to have about an inch of hair length at least. This is about a short hair length although it would be best to have a medium length (two to four inches of hair length). It is also best, to get the haircut required for the metro-mullet, to already have a hairstyle that has encouraged even growth of hair all around the head, such as the Jim Morrison hairstyle. Thus, ideally, you should have at least one inch of hair length all around the head. If you don’t, wait until you do before trying to get a Metro Mullet.
Once you have the required hair length, get the haircut for the Metro Mullet as follows:
1) Clip the sides of the head with a #2 or #3 clipper guard length, going from the temples to the vertex (about half an inch behind the ear) in a square shape, as depicted below.
Use a #2 on the clipper for all the area inside the yellow square
2) Cut or trim the remaining hair on the head with scissors as desired. The best Metro Mullet is done with an even hair length throughout the hair that you are about to cut (i.e main hair), including the mulleted portion. Depending on your curly type, you may need to cut to more (or less) length to achieve a good personal look, with about a final cut length for the main hair of about 1 inch for Type I curls and about 2 inches for Type V curly hair. In other words, if you have Type I curls, cut the main hair to an inch of length, if you have Type V curly hair, then cut to 2 inches of hair length, and if your curly type is in between, then play around between 1 and 2 inches of final cut hair length. Remember, curly hair length is always measured when the curls are extended!
3) The hair segment that makes the mullet is that which goes from the hairline starting at the nape and up by an inch. Thus, the height of the imaginary hair segment to use for the mullet should be an inch in height and as wide as your scalp hairline is. I recommend you to opt for an inch in height and then, if not satisfied, to lower the height a bit (remember, you can always cut less when it comes to hairstyles). As I have said in Point 2, my recommendation is to have the mullet with the same hair length as the rest of the cut hair. If you want to have a longer length mullet, then I strongly advice you to make the mullet a maximum of one inch longer in length than the rest of the main hair.
This is the hair segment you should use for the mullet itself (aprox. one inch in height from the hairline)
4) Fade the dividing line between what you have just clipped to #2 and the cut/trimmed hair on the other side (main hair). A guard length of #3 or #4 is good and you pass the hair clipper through the line that divides the previously clipped hair and the main cut/trimmed hair. This is done to fade the abrupt difference in hair length that you will have between the clipped and main hair.
5) Style the hair now in a messy look with your fingers (don’t use a comb)! Be creative, you can use a faux-mohawk, gel it back or part it to the side. The mullet should be flared out so as to enhance it and truly obtain the Metro Mullet hairstyle. If you have done it succesfully, your curly Metro Mullet should look something like this:
Cristiano Ronaldo with his curly hair and a cool looking metro-mullet
Stylish enough to not be mistaken for someone who got stuck in the 80′s
Now, what should you be avoiding with the Metro Mullet hairstyle:
- Don’t grow the mullet more than inch from the main hair! This is a no-no and would turn it into a conventional mullet. Follow my advice when I say no more than an inch difference, you will thank me later.
Cesc Fabregas, another popular curly soccer player, proves how a Metro Mullet can go wrong!
- Shaving any lines or adding other atrocities to the hairstyle. Remember, this hairstyle is already eye-catching so you don’t need to make it any more visible for the rest of humanity. Likewise, shaving lines or colouring your hair with blue patches is OK if you are 13, not 30.
You so cool, bro
- Flaring the mullet in a conservative environment. The great thing about the Metro Mullet hairstyle is that it can be adapted to the occasion and is stylish enough to pull in conservative environments such as in a working office. Keep that curly mullet tamed at work unless your working environment allows for casual and relaxed hairstyles. Then, by all means, be a stud and flare out that mullet!
- Avoid the mullet if you are balding. This is a hairstyle which will not suit those with a Norwood 3 or more. If you are balding, get on with the program and choose a more suitable hairstyle for your balding curly hair.
Sorry sir but you failed to impress me
So, as you can see, the Metro Mullet is a great hairstyle designed to spice up your curly hair repertoire in terms of looks and styles. It is a step up from the conventional mullet and, like the rest of Manly Curls hairstyles, is a hairstyle for curly men that will fit any situations you may find yourself as a 21st century male. So do like Cristiano Ronaldo, and get that curly mullet flaring with style!
All the best.