OK, Chile is a great place, the food is good, the country is fascinating, and we’ve only just scratched the surface. The biggest cultural shock we’ve had here is the prevalence of the mullet haircut (short on top, long in the back). You know, business in the front, party in the back as the bad 80’s saying goes.
At first we thought we had missed some kind of fashion memo that went out about how the mullet was back, maybe during the presidential election or while we were trekking around in Peru. But after a little research on the internet, we discovered that mullet shock is common for foreigners traveling in Chile.
Here they have taken it to a new extreme, it’s not just the old white bread mullet (think Billy Ray Cyrus). Here we have seen all kinds of adaptions of the mullet: some with dreads, greased back, braided, others look like a faux-hawk (but only in the back), some even do the rat-tail thing, with a short haircut and a long scrap of hair dangling off the back. Others go for the skullet (shaved head, with only long hair out the back) and there are plenty of fullets (mullets for females). It’s out of control. Everyone cool here has one and we are starting to feel inferior. Maybe we should both think about a new hair style to fit in with the locals. Or maybe the Peace Corps could think about sending down some decent barbers to help them get out of the extended bad hair decade of the 80s…..
P.S.- As I am writing this post, the internet guy is rocking Guns and Roses in the internet cafe. Do you think he has a mullet too?
Darn right he does.