The Shullet: A Comprehensive Guide for Hair Professionals

February 22, 2024

The shullet is the epitome of cool. It caters to all hair types and textures, offering not just volume and texture but a dash of glam rock for those unafraid to stand out. Born from the fusion of a shag and a mullet, the “shullet” is more than just a haircut; it’s a rebellious and effortlessly unique statement. 

Read on as we explore the origins of the shullet, its characteristics, and why it’s going to be here to stay in 2024!


Defining the “Shullet” Haircut

At its core, the shullet is an extreme shag with a hint of the wolf cut. It is a perfect balance between the volume, texture, and fringe of a shag and the bold, short-in-front, long-in-back style of a mullet. This Joan Jett-inspired ‘do has become a symbol of rock ‘n’ roll chic. It’s also easy to style and requires minimal effort for that tousled, bedhead look. 

The key to a perfect shullet? Its face-hugging fringe and framing blend seamlessly down towards the perimeter. This  gives the hair lots of volume and an unmistakable done but ‘undone’ curved shape that we love!


Face Shapes and Shullet Suitability

Different face shapes complement the shullet in unique ways. For round faces, consider adding more volume on top to elongate the look, while those with angular faces can rock a more pronounced shullet for a striking effect. Tips for assessing your clients include analyzing jawlines and cheekbones. When in doubt, look to celebrities and public figures for inspiration.


Coloring the Shullet

Elevate the shullet with strategic coloring techniques such as:

  • Ombre or Balayage: Gradual color transitions add depth and interest.
  • Bold Highlights: Incorporate vibrant highlights for a dynamic look.
  • Root Smudging: Soften the contrast between the roots and the rest of the hair for a more natural appearance.

Educate clients on maintaining vibrant colors such as Revlonissimo Colorsmetique™ Hair Color Of The Year 2024 Electric Copper Blonde 88.44 through color protecting shampoos such as RE/START™ Color Protective Gentle Cleanser. Also mention the semi-permanent hair dyes that your clients can use in the salon or at home such as the Nutri Color™ Filters by Revlon Professional. These can help preserve the integrity of the color while enhancing the overall shullet style.

Shaping and Cutting

It’s time to get to the shullet haircut! Here’s the step by step to get you started.

  • Pre-sectioning: This preliminary step sets the stage for precision and control during the cutting process.
  • Front/Bangs, Top, and Perimeter: Begin by breaking down the cut into three key sections. Using a comb, identify the natural fall of the hair to determine the optimal sectioning and then cut your initial base length and bangs. Keep in mind that the bangs and overall length may bounce up when dry if the hair is textured or has natural volume, so keep these approximately 1/2 inch longer than your desired finished length. 
  • Layering Technique: Implement overdirection as a technique to create long-to-short layers. This method also contributes to forming a crescent shape around the face frame, adding depth and dimension to the shullet. Employ various layering techniques such as graduation, disconnection, and point cut texturizing. These techniques contribute to the shullet’s unique blend of lengths and added texture.
  • Side-to-Side Work: Work back and forth from side to side during the cutting process. This ensures that the layers maintain balance and symmetry.
  • Refinement and Balance: Once the hair is dry and styled, recheck the overall look by eye. Use freehand techniques to refine the layers and bangs to achieve a personalized and blended finish.

Shullet for Different Hair Types

Once the haircut is complete, it’s time to add your finishing products. Here are some tips and techniques for styling and maintaining the shullet based on different hair types:

  • Rebellious Hair: Embrace sleekness by using a flat iron for a polished finish. Apply Style Masters™ Smooth Iron Guard™ protective balm to help to shield against thermal tools while also taming and temporarily straightening unruly hair. Apply a walnut sized amount to the hair and then style to leave it feeling silky and full of natural shine and movement.
  • Curly Hair: Enhance the natural bounce of curls by using the RE/START™ Curls Nourishing Conditioner And Leave-In. Then use a diffuser for the ultimate curl definition and bounce.
  • Wavy Hair: The RE/START™ Curls Next-Day Refreshing Tonic is formulated with jojoba oil and a mix of defining sugars for immediate definition and bouncy curls. This mix makes it a fantastic option for anyone with wavy to coily hair. It allows them to play up the natural waves with effortless beachy texture or reactivate curl definition and reduce frizz on day 2. For the casual appeal of the shullet, allow the hair to air-dry.
  • Fine hair: Give your clients the body and hold they crave with the Style Masters™ Volume Amplifier Mousse™. Simply apply a walnut-sized amount to damp hair and this long-lasting fiber mousse will give the hair tons of body and volume while helping preserve color.

As with every cut, color, or style, always consider product recommendations tailored to specific hair types. For straight hair, opt for lightweight styling products to avoid weighing it down. Curly hair benefits from hydrating and defining products, while wavy hair thrives on products that enhance its natural texture without adding excessive weight.

To enhance the shullet style, consider applying a lightweight wax or pomade such as Style Masters™ FIBER WAX™ to create definition, focusing on the ends. Now get ready to take a few pics for your socials (with your client’s consent of course!).

Shullet as a Salon Offering

By combining strategic pricing with targeted marketing efforts, you’ll position your salon as a go-to destination for exceptional shullet cuts and color treatments. Showcase your shullet portfolio on social media platforms, share educational content about shullet trends, styling tips, and maintenance on your website and social media. Calculate the costs of your hair salon services and time spent on each service and introduce service packages that include shullet cuts and color treatments. Make sure your pricing reflects the skill and time investment, and watch as clients flock to experience the rebellious and effortlessly cool statement that your salon delivers.

Now that you have the tips and techniques for the perfect shullet haircut you can continue learning new techniques by heading to our educational platform, #AlwaysOn (for clients only, so click the link to become one). To stock up on your pro products, head to our 24/7 online store, Revlon ProShop.

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