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A March article from the Agence France-Presse notes the "improbable return" of the mullet — known in Quebec as the "coupe Longueuil." The article points to the surging popularity of the much-made-fun-of haircut among celebrities like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus.
But Montrealers need only walk out their doors to find local examples of the mullet revival. Anecdotes of multiplying mullets have been swirling from the Mile End to the Sud-Ouest.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
So why have mullets been popular during the pandemic?
According to Cheny and Vincent, the mullet revival could in part be about convenience.
"I love mullets," said Vincent. "I think they grow really easily. They're kind of naturally deconstructed, messy, so they kind of work with everyone's lifestyle right now. Easy."
"Since the pandemic and everything, people being stuck at home, hair salons being closed for months and months at a time, people have had a lot of time on their hands for their hair and it's an easy cut to do at home," Cheny added.
"Often, it's easy to cut the sides and the top but the back is more difficult."
Both hairstylists said Helmet has done more mullets in the last year. The cut's gender-neutral status has made it an easy option for everyone.
"I call myself the Duchess of mullet," said Vincent.
But today's mullets aren't like the 'dos of yesteryear, according to Cheny.
"I think it's not like the '70s, '80s look anymore. It's a little bit different. More refined, more like modern mullets."
Have people been more experimental with their haircuts during the pandemic?
Pandemic restrictions might also have encouraged people to become more daring with their grooming.
"When we came back in late June 2020, from the first lockdown, we saw some quite funny haircuts out there," said Cheny. "People are experimenting at home."
"We saw a lot of mullets."
"I think in front of a camera, you can look good in the front and have the party in the back."
As Vincent sees it, more widespread hair experimentation began during the second lockdown, when it became clear that we'd be living with restrictions for the foreseeable future.
"I even had a couple moments where I went on Skype with some people and I had a friend that would send me money to buy a bottle of wine or something like that."
"And I would sit on Skype and watch my friends cut each other's hair. They were quarantined together. And some of the stuff they were trying was like, 'you know what? Just leave the back. Cause the back's really hard. Yeah, cut the bangs short. Yeah. That's something different. Get something fun, something different.'"
"I had a moment where I was just like, I don't know when the next time I'm going to see my family is, so I shaved my head and I tattooed the top of it because why not?"
"And I think a lot of people are feeling that with their hair. Why not? You don't have to go to any business meetings. Why not? You don't have to go see family. Why not? It's been kind of fun."
How can Montrealers achieve the perfect mullet?
"Don't do it at home," Cheny warned.
"I think it's better to get these people to their hairdressers. There's so much you can do with mullets right now. And especially having it done professionally, having the right hair products to bring home and to style it properly and have some fun with it."
"I would say all good fashion is on purpose," said Vincent. "Someone who knows what they're doing can help you with that."
Their other message: support local businesses.
"The pandemic's been hard on small businesses." He encouraged Montrealers "to go to their local hairdressers and support them and support their whole local market."
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While Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's luscious locks have been a hot topic throughout his governance, Trudeau seemed less stressed from one day to the next at the height of the pandemic in June, going from shaggy to clean-cut between the 15 and 16.
We could all use a little inspiration at just about any time. But it seems like now, more than ever, we could really use a little extra oomph. Thanks to the Montreal women behind 4LESFEMMES, we can all get our daily dose of inspo to help us through the best and the worst of times.
Run by Taïna Dushime, Rubie Jean-Baptiste, Cérine Ouerghi and Hellaya Yatshibi, 4LESFEMMES is an Instagram page, dedicated to female empowerment and a safe space for women from any and all backgrounds.
"An empire brought to you from your women to all women!" the page's bio reads.
"Welcome to the party sis, we chilling and empowering."
As an empowering account, what do you believe are the main things someone should do every day to practice self-love?
Overall, we believe that the main way someone should practice self-love is by treating themselves like we treat our loved ones. When a loved one comes into our home, we treat them with the utmost care. We make sure they are fed; we make sure they are having a good time… We should do the same thing within ourselves. Our being is our home and we need to make sure that it is well taken care of so it can continue to shine.
We choose to show this by making sure our morning routine sets the tone for our day. Simply meditating or praying in the morning can make a big difference.
For example, Cérine sometimes takes a moment to stare at herself in the mirror and remind herself how beautiful she is.
On the other hand, Hellaya chooses to have an hour of silence in the morning so she can be at peace with herself and her environment.
It is important to take the time to be there for ourselves every day. When you feel anxious or when you feel happy, it helps to take the time to deconstruct our thoughts and understand what’s going on and how we can cancel the negative thoughts/emotions we feel or how we can continue to thrive in the positive feelings we feel.
This can be done by journaling, writing down our thoughts, listening to motivational audiobooks or anything of the sort.
Why is self-love so important to practice amid a pandemic?
The pandemic was a reality check for all of us. It helped us see things that we may have not been able to see due to the many distractions found in our society when the main focus is working, going to school, making sure our social life isn’t neglected and such things.
For many of us, being confined kind of forced us to deal with ourselves on a deeper level. Self-love is already hard enough to keep up with without a pandemic, but when you are stuck with your own space, your own self, that’s when you get to know who you really are. The pandemic showed us that it is important to fall back and get to know who we are because if you don’t put in the work to cater to yourself, how can you contribute to making your surroundings a better place for you and your peers?
Like our, sister Lauryn Hill, taught us; we live in a world where we co-depend on each other but how can we do that if we aren’t right within?
Why did you feel the need to focus on a female empowerment account? Can anyone use your account for inspo?
Our team has 4 different but very strong women. We all come from different backgrounds, where the importance of women can easily be neglected or overlooked, yet we have seen our mothers, our aunts and our sisters make the impossible happen many times.
At 4LESFEMMES, we are all aware that there is a light shining in all of us. Our platform allows us to project and shine our light onto the world, onto the women in our community. By doing so, we hope to inspire them to do the same and to shine so hard that the world won’t be able to dim it.
We decided to create our platform so our women can feel celebrated, so they can be reminded of how important they are. A home where they are allowed to be vulnerable and accepted at the same time. We took the initiative to create a norm where women choose each other and come together to create magic.
Anyone is welcome to use our account for inspiration. Women are the seed of living, we are the inspiration, everywhere.