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A Cut Above: Penn State Students Take Love Of Mullets To Social Media


What’s the best hairstyle out there? For two Penn State students, there’s no need to mullet over. 

The founders of Instagram account @psumullets are on a mission to bring back the hairdo popularized by celebrities like John Travolta and Patrick Swayze in the 1980s. 

In just a few weeks, the Instagram page has racked up a modest 120 followers and counting since December, but the content is consistent. The account is as advertised: Every single post features at least one mullet, if not more. There’s also a “Mullet of the Week” contest through which the page announces the winner of the week’s best mullet on its story. 

PSU Mullets is run by two members of the Sigma Kappa sorority who have chosen to remain anonymous. One founder said that her favorite celebrity was Morgan Wallen, a popular country singer who is known to rock a mullet. 

“Most of my friends think that mullets are sexy,” she said. 

The girls were inspired to start the account by a mulleted friend of theirs from chemistry class. They received immediate attention from their Instagram handle alone. Shortly after their first post showcasing their friend’s mullet, they had already received two direct messages of other mullets to highlight. 

So far, the submissions have been evenly split between men sending in their mullets and women sharing their friends’ or boyfriends’ hairdos. Occasionally, they’ll take pictures themselves when they spot a mullet at a party (provided that they get permission). 

“I didn’t think the guys would participate as much as they are,” one founder said. “They love campaigning for themselves and sharing [our posts] on their stories.” 

Although they have been successful so far, the girls recognize that there are only so many mullets on campus to post. They have been considering collaborating with other accounts and adding new features, like “Hot Girls of the Week,” to keep their brand going. 

Some similarly humorous Penn State Instagram accounts, like the Nicki Minaj fan page @psubarbz, have gained thousands of followers. However, PSU Mullets is content with staying low-key for now. 

 “I have no intention of this becoming some super famous account. I just think it’s really fun,” one founder said.

The one thing you won’t be seeing from them going forward? Any hairstyle other than mullets. 

“At the end of the day, it’s just about bringing mullets back,” she said. “It’s a classic style. It’s never going to get old. I’m sick of the perms. I said it. I hate them.”

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Adam Babetski is a senior double majoring in communications and medieval history, and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He's from the only part of Virginia without tractors and southern accents, except Richmond (reportedly). You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBabetski for hot takes about sports. For serious inquiries, email [email protected]

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