When you think about lacrosse and all the things related to it, one of the first things is the hair of lacrosse players. The hair or ”the flow” is a big deal in lacrosse and the lax bro culture. Nice long hair, sometimes a mullet is appreciated alongside a great overall appearance.
When you think about it, the question of why will arise. Why do lacrosse players have mullets?
Generally, lacrosse players have mullets for cultural, practical, and personal reasons. A long hairstyle has always been part of the lacrosse culture, similar to hockey. The players might also have mullets because they like it or want longer hair without them being too long over the eyes.
When people ask this question, they often expect something unusual as an answer. Truly, many lacrosse players themselves don’t even know how to answer this question, and I can understand why.
If someone would come and ask me about my hairstyle and say why I chose this one, I’d say because I have always had it or because I like it. That’s the same with most lacrosse players too.
Anyways, I want further to open up the subject of lacrosse and mullets, so let’s look at the reasons more in-depth.
Why Do Lacrosse Players Have Mullets?
There are three main reasons why lacrosse players have mullets. They can wear mullets for one, a couple, or all reasons, but at least one is often behind the hairstyle choice.
There is some cultural heritage in most sports, which applies to lacrosse. Lacrosse is often seen as a rich elite sport in certain areas that once was and still is. However, lacrosse is changing to a more mainstream sport. Slowly I might add.
Some things won’t change, and that is the hairstyle. The long hair and mullets in lacrosse were popularized in the 70s and 80s, which is the golden age of mullets as a whole. Since then, mullets have been a part of the lacrosse world and the lax lifestyle.
Redwood bark suggests that in the early 2000s, lacrosse teams started cutting mullets as bonding activities at the start of the season. This was a great ice breaker for the teammates as everyone would have similar hairstyles and something to laugh about.
Mullets can be symbols of fellowship and belonging in lacrosse.
The second reason lacrosse players wear mullets over other long hairstyles is that it improves the game. Well, it doesn’t make it worse would be the more accurate explanation.
The lacrosse players need incredible accuracy and hand-eye coordination, so the eyes should be clear of hair and other irritants. If the players rocked long hair from the front, they would get in the way and decrease the accuracy and thus performance on the field.
However, mullets are cut long in the back and short in the front. Therefore, the hair can’t get on the vision’s way, which lacrosse players love.
Last but not least, personal preference. We all have things we like and dislike in life, which also applies to hairstyles.
Some people like buzz cuts, others like dreds, whereas others like undercut hairstyles. Well, some people like mullets, and that’s perfectly fine. They look incredible on some people if you ask me.
However, I couldn’t rock a mullet as my face didn’t match the style. Or who knows, maybe I’ll give it a try someday.
Why Was the Mullet Invented?
All thins talk about lacrosse and mullets will make you curious. At least it makes me curious. That being said, why was the mullet invented in the first place?
The first sight of a mullet was discovered on a metal figurine carving in England, dating back to the 1st century AD. Native Americans also wore mullets in the 1600s. However, mullets were popularized by Tom Jones in the 60s and resulted in the golden era of mullets in the 70s and 80s.
The mullet was invented similarly to any hairstyle; because people like the look. Mullets are cool, especially if you know how to wear them right, and that’s why they have been around as a hairstyle for a long time.
Another popular theory about the origin of mullets is connected to a French man named Henri Mollet. This fashion guru in the early 1970s rocked a mullet as well, which is often credited with inventing and popularization of mullets.
However, Tom Jones wore mullets already in the 60s, so there is a bit of controversy about who really started the hairstyle. The name “mullet” would make you assume that Henri Mollet would be at least behind the hairstyle’s name!
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Are Male Mullets Coming Back?
When it comes to the mullets worn by men and their golden era in the 70s and 80s, it begs the question; are mullets coming back in style?
In short, mullets are coming back in style. The growth in mullet searches that started in 2019 has rocketed, indicating that more people are interested in the hairstyle, which will result in more people wearing mullets.
Below you can see a trend graph for the term “mullet.” The data is from 2004 to the present day in 2022. You can clearly see that a great growth curve is happening, so it’s safe to say that mullets are coming back in style.
I also included the top five countries interested in mullets, according to Google Trends. The worldwide data is from 2004 – the present.
What Is Lettuce In Lacrosse?
If you are familiar with lacrosse and the hair culture revolving around it, you might have heard the term “lettuce. “ How does the main ingredient of a salad connect to the sport of lacrosse?
The world lettuce is referred by the hair that comes out of the back of the lacrosse helmet. Other names include “the flow “, “flowfection “, or “flowtastrophe“, depending on the length of the flowing hair.
Lacrosse players have fascinating lingo or slang for many people. This is true especially because lacrosse isn’t the world’s most popular sport, so the slang is mostly unknown for people unfamiliar with lacrosse.