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When child stars grow up they often chose an edgy aesthetic, probably to break out of the public’s perception of them as children. Just a few years ago, Zendaya looked sweet and conservative but she’s slowly evolved from girlish to gritty. Her latest move is a daring mullet, and we’re talking, full-on disconnection. Surprisingly the fashion world has been strangely supportive, though careful to caution that Zendaya’s success in pulling off this look should be viewed as an exception, not a new trend. Click the notes to get my take on whether it works. –– Laura Martin

2 for 1: The mullet is a disconnection; it combines two distinct shapes without blending. The key to pulling it off is having two shapes that are distinct but harmonious, creating a pleasing contrast. The structured, bang oriented roundness at the front of this look provides a pleasing contrast to the lean layers at the back, creating a dynamic effect.

Customization: All good haircuts are tailored to their wearer, but with something as edgy as a mullet, the importance of fitting the shape to the person is tantamount. This look works on Zendaya because it highlights her cheekbones and emphasizes her heart shaped face. It wouldn’t work on a square jaw.

Styling: With so much going on in the structure, a mullet can’t afford to be messy. The sleek finish and piecey definition of this cut make it look classy, not messy. Using protective thickening lotion before drying, texture paste for definition and shine spray for gloss will make your hair look as flawless as the style shown above.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle

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