Who would have thought that the recent trends of burst fade mullets can create such a huge impact on fashionable men? Is it because of how stunning it makes one look or the ease of styling – I’m still unsure.
But what I can assert with certainty is that the designs this trend has to offer us are ones you’ve never witnessed in recent times.
Although my article is only showcasing the 25 handpicked concepts that stood out in my perspective, it doesn’t mean the potential is anywhere near that number.
Even you can be a top contributor today once you learn the science behind this look and pick up the techniques to generate iconic hairdos.
My article covers all of it – whether you want to gather ideas by simply scrolling through, or actually learn the basics so that you can implement it on yourself or your customers.
Table of Contents
- Striking Burst Fade Mullets For Your Arsenal
- The Minimalist Style
- Low Burst Fade Mullet
- Burst Fade Straight Hair
- Wavy Fade
- Bowl Cut Hybrid
- Sleek Design
- Mid Part Blonde Mullet
- Thick & Wavy
- Burst Fade Mohawk Layers
- Short With Three Lines
- Smooth Dark Knight
- Burst Fade Quiff
- Burst Fade Mullet Curly Hair
- Top Overload With A Line
- Short & Starry Mullet
- Heavy Back & Dense Beard
- Mr. Cool Laid Back
- Curly Overflow
- Edgar-esque Burst
- Burst Fade Mullet Long Hair
- Short & Tight With Beard
- The Suave Burst Fade
- Burst Mullet With Matching Goatee
- Two Layer Spaghetti
- Burst Fade V Cut Bleached
- Burst Fade Mullet: Do It Yourself!
What’s A Burst Fade Mullet?
The basic concept of a burst fade mullet is simple: you mix a burst fade that’s applied on the sides with a mullet that sits on the top, all the way across the nape.
Merging between these two concepts into one has been made possible as they are able to complement each other. A mullet demands clean sides and burst fade provides just that!
This way, the different renditions of burst fades paired up with a wide variety of mullet ideas allow the designers to mix & match up between them.
It has room for creativity and modularity, and it’s an open invitation even for you to participate in the unique style formulation process!
Striking Burst Fade Mullets For Your Arsenal
Let’s fill up your styling backpack with 25 stunning concepts where you’ll find one for your every mood! Whether it’s subtle or radical, these looks are surely going to change people’s conception about you.
The Minimalist Style
If someone’s told you that mullets are radical and not suitable for all spaces, this hairstyle may make you reconsider that perception. It’s a minimalist style which appeals to sophisticated men who don’t prefer spending much time on their hair yet carry desires for stylish hair designs.
The burst fade part is quite simple – you do as the orthodox groomer tells you to do – a low fade in a circular shape around the ear. For the mullet tick box however, you’ll have to grow your top & back hair to a sizable amount but not too long for a hectic upkeep.
You can lay the top hair flat on one side and the relatively voluminous back brushed down neatly. It’ll compliment almost every face shape and render a look that’s ready for offices, classrooms or even house parties any time of the week!
Low Burst Fade Mullet
This particular design is even easier to achieve than my former suggestion since it only implements a low burst fade around your ear region. The blades won’t touch your nape region or the line above the neck. Rather, you’ll let the rest of your hair as it were before the cut.
The hair brushing direction is the key factor here. For the top portion, you’ll direct the hair all around your head keeping the crown as the center of the circle. Sides are to be kept shorter than the top for a contrastive effect.
Throw in a long beard into the mix to land a stunning look that’s going to satisfy any fashionable individual. Adding ornaments can enhance this look even further.
Burst Fade Straight Hair
If you prefer to steer more toward the mullet aesthetics than the generic burst fade styles, you’ll find this look more fanciable than the rest. It resembles a classic mullet haircut due to the longer hair falling over your neck and shorter hair that covers a sizable portion of your forehead.
It’ll work with straight hair the best since this style demands your hair to lay flat, which is a challenge for curly or springy hair. The burst fade on the sides aren’t contained strictly around the ear region, rather it’s spread on to cover the entirety of each side.
You are allowed to sharpen up the frontal or side parts, but I’ll recommend you to leave the tailed back untouched. This should draw focus on the raw nature of typical mullets that we all dearly admire.
Ones with wavy hair can also benefit from a burst fade tagged with the basic principles of a mullet. It’s not over the top as the hair on the nape isn’t grown out to be exceptionally longer. The length from top to the back increases gradually with a minimum disparity to challenge the visuals.
The burst fade on the sides is a smooth one which goes up to generate a mid to high fade – depending on your taste. Even though the back hair isn’t lined up neatly, you’ll notice there’s some scissor-work going on to contain the hair somewhat strictly to that region.
At the sides, use a line up trimmer or manual razors to sharpen up the frontal fringes. The root & back of the sideburns are preferred to carry a subtle blur for maximum impact.
Bowl Cut Hybrid
Even though the burst fade mullet itself is a hybrid haircut, you can build it up further by mixing other styling fragments to generate something unique. This is the case for this design as it implements the bowl cut values up the front where it creates a straight, bowl-ish line on the forehead.
The rest of it is very simple – go with the typical mullet trend. Heavy hair on the nape that carries past the shoulder with top hair that’s clipped down to a shorter length. This design also applies a generic burst fade that knows its limitation and doesn’t violate the rest of the side portion.
For symmetry, sharpen up the edges of the sides up front that’ll only echo the bowl cut’s edginess through all the neatness wherever you lay your eyes on.
There’s good news for those who have longer hair! This mullet style is not going to ask you to trim down your top hair to match with the aesthetics, rather you can get away with a seamless length all over the top toward the nape!
It’ll only create a burst fade on the sides and draw out a high fade so that there’s a significant distinction between these two areas. To focus on the sleek design, you’ll need to apply some shining cream or gel and comb everything backward, steering them clear from the sides.
The shininess, non-radical yet somewhat edgy and smoothness – all of which combines together into a captivating & classy haircut!
Mid Part Blonde Mullet
If edginess is your language and you want to utter these feelings through the way you wear your hair – look no further. This stunning mid part mullet is going to blow the minds of every onlooker and render you as the radical icon among your group of people.
Look closely, you’ll find a lot of things going on at the same time. There’s bleach on all of the hair and the top portion is mid parted. Each of the parts are trimmed down at the length where it barely touches the sides.
A large chunk of burst fade should expose most of your side skins to stress highly on contrast. The back isn’t kept very long but you can alter that if that appeals to you. Thin mustache should only elevate the look to a stunning degree!
Thick & Wavy
I’ve had a few customers who asked me to layer up their hair to achieve a mullet that was advertised to them on the internet. I had them convinced to go along with their thick & dense hair and that created some unique mullet cuts which they never would’ve anticipated.
Start from the top. Brush everything down all around and don’t even think about trimming down anything. Grab your scissors and clear out the side portion up to the length where the burst will reach. Then let your trimmer do the rest of the refinement.
See how easy it is? It took me around 10 minutes to complete it, and the aftermath will keep you fabulous for the coming weeks!
Burst Fade Mohawk Layers
Reinvent your looks at every opportunity, because all the styles that could’ve been done, are done already. That’s why I’m ideating this unique look which stands on colored layers mixed with the original mohawk concept.
Take your combs and brush everything upward. Draw a generic burst fade on either of the sides. Your hair length can remain the same on top as the portion on the nape. Apply medium bleaches on the top part of the entire mullet area.
Sharpen up the look by gently trimming the edges at the back. Grow a well-kept stubble to add more to the effect. An earring might as well be the missing factor from a stunning and attractive haircut!
Short With Three Lines
Feeling bored? Want to take the radical meter up a few notches? Let’s try it with some shaved designs on the sides. It’ll work better if you have wavy hair, but ones with straight hair can mess around with the volume to receive a similar effect.
Imagine a line at the edge of your crown. From that point, comb your hair toward opposite directions like identical butterfly wings. Trim the sides and apply a burst fade. Then, draw out your razor to create three shaved lines that expose your skin sharply.
Go on to edge up the lines on the sides and all around the back. This sharpness is a key element for this look and you must oblige for the radical sense to kick in!
Smooth Dark Knight
Did you know that you can turn your mullet into a smooth design with some precision? This is what my next suggestion does with dark knight hair. It finds out the hairline on each side and trim down everything underneath.
Then, this look applies a burst fade which isn’t strictly restricted around the ears, rather climbs down to the end of the back hair as well. A subtle yet visible sharpening of the nape hair’s outskirts can add more to the look.
At the top, simply brush everything down smoothly toward the back to solidify this premium look!
Burst Fade Quiff
Reiterate a mullet and interpret in the most modern possible way! As you’ve witnessed some hybridization of different techniques, why not go extra to merge some contemporary ideas? This is where the quiff comes in which is unforeseen with styles like this.
Medium to longer hair should be the ideal foundation for this style. Trim the sides, apply a burst fade and so on for preparation. Then, use some styling mousse to direct the front hair swirling upward into a quiff while the rest of the top hair transitions toward that.
The back hair doesn’t need to be lengthy, as a seamless length should suffice perfectly.
Burst Fade Mullet Curly Hair
This is a risky territory which is highly rewarding as well – playing with curly hair into a mullet. You’ll be needing significantly longer hair as curls tend to radiate a shortened hair body overall. With that, trim everything on the sides to make room for a burst fade.
At the top, let your curls climb upward and stand tall on your crown. You probably need to apply some holding gel or spray to keep that in place. Edge everything up front and around the back for distinction.
Adding some highlights or caramel tone can play well along your curls and reflect suavely under broad daylight.
Top Overload With A Line
This is another one for the curly hair enthusiasts but this belongs more toward the radical gradient of haircuts. The burst fade here covers a larger periphery with a radius longer than usual. The extent of the burst reaches the hairlines on either side with a shaved line almost near the top.
At the top, the densely set hair doesn’t need to vary in length. Top and nape hair are seamlessly similar with sharp edges on the neck. The frontal sides are to receive the same sharpening treatment for symmetry.
It doesn’t require much work before heading out and minimum maintenance is enough to sustain.
Short & Starry Mullet
Now is the time for you to take your mullet to the next level by being innovative. Short hair should be the ideal canvas as longer hair would miss out from hitting the sweet spot. A large burst faded on the sides with the center placed a few inches off the ear.
Treat the top portion and nape equally with a clear division at the meeting point of these two chunks. Spike everything up the front and repeat the same at the nape. Then comes the fun part – draw a shaved star on one side and shaved lines on the other.
With longer back hair, all of these come together into producing a diverse design!
Heavy Back & Dense Beard
Are you feeling tired of all these top-reliant hairstyles and engaging more toward the back? Then check out this style since it does exactly that! As the frontal portion is quite short with this style, the length increases as we gradually move toward the back.
A gigantic burst fade almost cleans up the house on each side. You are free to draw tattoos on that exposed area. Pile up most of your hair at the nape and let the stray hair from top cover some of the side areas.
Grow a dense beard of a different color to make this look extravagant!
Mr. Cool Laid Back
We are walking the opposite direction of radical with this hairstyle as I should call it a subtle look in the minimalist genre. Short hair is the key to achieving it and you won’t be asked to trim much all around.
It’s better if you slightly shorten the frontal portion but it’s not mandatory because seamless hair can also do the trick. Apply a gentle burst fade around your sideburns and brush everything toward the back.
Have the hair on your nape follow the same brushing direction and standing upright as an extrusion. Sharpen the frontal edges to seal the overall effect!
The best kind of hairstyles are the ones that deliver a synthesis originating from a messy thesis and neat antithesis. Such a satisfying outcome can be seen in this variant of curly overflow burst fade mullet.
Start by isolating your top & back hair from the sides and applying a large peripheral burst fade. It might seem like a high fade when you let the top hair loose, but there should be some remnant of hair at the top of each side.
You don’t really need to let your blades meet the curly portions or even the edges, rather spray up some shining cream to radiate handsomeness!
A clean sweep burst derives from the original fade concept but when you’re thinking of going edgy, breaking the rules is something you must perform. Hair length divided for a perfect mullet, the subsidiary factors will only enhance the sucker punch this style is going to throw immediately.
Up front, invite the hair forward to cover a portion of your forehead and line it up like you would with an Edgar cut. Shorter up front and very long toward the back would be the ideal setup for you to build over.
At the sides, sharply highlight the burst and wear ornaments for a far-reaching impact!
Burst Fade Mullet Long Hair
I’m not going to disappoint the ones carrying long hair reaching the length of your chest. For such an extent, you are guided to shorten the frontal area to fall in line with the mullet concept. Whether your hair is straight or wavy, this looks sizzle with anything you might apply over.
It’s a look borrowed directly from the 80s with a touch of modernity in the burst fade. The sides should follow this fade formula precisely and the top part to be managed with your fingers. It prevents your hair from showing uniformity as it relies more on messy textures.
Short & Tight With Beard
Instead of opting for an overflow, you can keep your curly hair short and tight for a lower maintenance haircut. Convert your curls into a mullet by scraping off the sides with a burst fade applied around the ear region.
The remaining hair body can be left alone at a same, short length and some styling mousse can define the curls in a fancy manner. Grow a beard casually to go hand in hand with the tight look as it adds a level of depth.
The Suave Burst Fade
There are some classy styles in the mullet genre that are well-grounded for stylish men. This suave look is the prime example of such designs as it doesn’t tamper with your hair much.
Simply, shorten the front hair slightly and keep a long mane covering your neck at the back. Then apply a burst fade that isolates the top hair from the sides with distinct length variance.
Use your combs to guide the hair up front toward the back in a wavy manner to highlight the posh nature.
Burst Mullet With Matching Goatee
This is a menacing design that not a lot of styling enthusiasts have the guts to carry out. Start with very long hair that reaches beyond your shoulder and apply a short haircut only for the top.
Then, trim off everything on either side with a large burst fade applied from your sideburns. It’ll look like a merger of two haircuts between the top and nape, which walks in the mullet aesthetics precisely.
A matching goatee with dense hair would stress at the hairdo aspects stronger than ever!
Two Layer Spaghetti
Spaghetti designs are currently trending and the individuals with curly hair are making the best use out of it! Even if you don’t have natural curls, you can follow the iconic footballer CR7 for ideation!
This look implements a similar approach as a subtle burst fade is followed by a curly mullet. The top portion of the mullet sees a descending layer of bleached hair that creates a color-contrastive look.
Mix a fully grown beard to this style and look as manly as possible!
Burst Fade V Cut Bleached
If subtlety isn’t your style, then take a leaf out of my former design suggestion and spread it across your head. With shorter hair, bleach the whole portion leaving only the burst fade region.
This distinction may render a look of blonde hat. Draw a couple of shaved markings on the faded area and cater the nape hair’s edges into a V shape. It doesn’t need to be blunt, a wide V should do the work equally well!
Burst Fade Mullet: Do It Yourself!
Most of the burst fade mullet haircuts are possible to achieve at the comforts of your home – you only need the right tools and a basic guideline to land your desired look!
That’s why I’ll walk you through my way of going about it so that you can mimic and apply it without paying your local barber a sizable amount!
Step 1: Preparation
In the preparation part, you’ll be picking out a style that you’re going to be applying as it’ll function as your goal. Assess whether the style meets your current hair condition, whether you must trim now or let it grow out for a few more days.
Otherwise you’ll feel lost and come out with a haircut that doesn’t resemble the one you were hoping for.
Step 2: Division
Use your combs to divide your hair into sections. The rule of thumb for such haircuts is, taking two combs and isolating the side portions from the top. Stick the combs in your top hair so that you are free to work with each of the sides without any intervention of stray hair.
Step 3: Fading
As you’ve divided your hair, use a clipper that’s great for buzz cuts or any budget clipper for home use to draw the burst fade. Hold your ears as the center and imagine an invisible circle around it.
Use your clipper’s shorter comb guard to clean out that imaginary circular region and fade using the lift & glide animation. Leave the back hair intact as burst fades don’t interact with the nape region.
Step 4: Length-Adjustment
Grab a hold of your scissors and adjust the length at the top and the back. Generally, the top hair follows a short haircut length while the back hair can transgress the shoulder length easily.
In some cases, the peak of the side hair is to be adjusted accordingly as it varies from one style to the next. Once you’re satisfied with your length adjustment tasks, move on to the last task that refines your work.
Step 5: Fine-Tuning
Use a line up trimmer to sharpen up the edges if necessary. I don’t usually touch the area around the napes as I prefer it messy, but if your style of choice calls for it – don’t hold back!
You can apply hair mousse, bleach, shining or holding spray according to the look you’ve committed to. Once everything settles in, you’ll have a striking variant of a personalized burst fade mullet!
This video will guide you with visual aids which you can follow along. Otherwise, looking up “modern fade mullet” may offer you some handy pointers in the same direction!
I’ll be clearing up some of the mist surrounding the basic burst fade & mullet concepts so that you can make better sense out of it.
Q: Why is this fade called ‘burst’?
A: It’s called a burst because of the shape of that fade. Imagine an explosion – it occurs from the center and encompasses a periphery. In the same way, a burst fade originates from the ear and covers the area around it in the shape of a burst, thus the name.
Q: Is a burst fade always part of a mullet?
A: No, burst fade and mullets belong to completely different styling trends. However, mixing them up has the potential to open multiple styling doors, so why not go for that?
Q: What’s the connection between burst fade and taper?
A: Burst fade is quite similar to a taper. The only difference is that a taper is carried all the way around the side of the napes whereas a burst fade remains only surrounding the ears.
Q: Is a burst fade popular?
A: Yes! A burst fade is a highly popular haircut at the moment and hybridizing it with another admired trend should see you climb up the ladders of fame in a matter of days!
Burst fade mullets call for an open ground with limitless possibilities. And if you’re as adventurous as myself, you can even add other styling dimensions to this already hybrid concept for more unique results.
I’ll tell you to go ahead and start sketching out new designs. A burst fade alone is a fabulous take on men’s hairstyle that we can mix up with a wide array of concepts.
On the other hand, not all of the consumers find mullets intriguing, unless they see it merged with something modern like the burst fade.
It’s really a grand entry point which only encourages developing iconic concepts. So sharpen up your scissors, blades and every other tool to get going with designs where radical meets class!