AFL Hair Trends - Top 5

Footy and hairstyle guru, Bruce Doull, was the ultimate hair-trend setter himself! Voted the third greatest player for Carlton FC of all-time, he once graced the crowds with his skill, natural ability and his trademark head-band and balding mullet in 356 AFL games. Doull's AFL career spanned from 1969-1986 and his unique style is still discussed in 2016 (even emulated by those who consider him their hero, as captured in the image above of comedian, Dave Hughes, as a participant in the 'Big Freeze 2 at the G')!

He created a pathway for AFL athletes, to break the mould of what society believed to be a suitable footy haircut. 

Bruce Doull balding mullet

Featured above the 'real' Bruce Doull in action for Carlton Football Club. 

1. “Mohawk Mullet” also known as the “mud flap”

Dustin Martin mud flap

Featured: Richmond FC's Dustin Martin

2. Dreadlocks or “Lovelocks” 

Nic Naitanui dreadlocks2

Featured: West Coast Eagles FC’s Nic Naitanui

3. The mullet – or in recent times referred to as the ‘mu-llé’

Tex Walker mullet classic

Featured: Adelaide FC’s Tex Walker

4. The man-bun or “The Hipster”

Brodie Grundy man bun

Featured: Collingwood FC's Brodie Grundy

5. Long locks, headband hair AND also known as “swamp thing”

Nat Fyfe headband hair

Featured: Fremantle FC's Nat Fyfe 

Remember MALE OR FEMALE athletes... It is not JUST about how hard you tackle, or how on-point your goal kicking style is. YOUR hairstyle (past or present) may be the reason why people remember your name. Break the mould and be recognised!

Tam Dimachki

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Article References
  • Feature Image of Dave Hughes: R, Vaughan, "Sheedy stars as Tinkerbell to raise moeny for charity",, Published on 13 June 2016, Accessed on 25 June 2016,
  • Image: Bruce Doull: W, Green, "Carlton great Bruce Doull wore No.11 with distinction, however only after a switch of jumpers early in his career",, Published on 5 July 2014, Accessed on 26 June 2016,
  • Image: C, Chard, "A guide to AFL hair",, Accessed on 26 June 2016,
  • Image: Dustin Martin: APP, "Vickery urged to keep AFL form going",, Published on 27 August 2015, Accessed on 26 June 2016,
  • Image: Nic Naitanui:,, Accessed on 25 June 2016,
  • Image: Tex Walker: Rebekah Holliday & Sharni Carroll, "Mullet over: Taylor "Tex" Walker to get the chop", Port Lincoln Times, Published on 3 May 2013, Accessed on 26 June 2016,
  • Image: Brodie Grundy: S, Landsberger, "Collingwood list rankings: Every Magpie rated ahead of the 2014 AFL season",, Published on 17 February 2014, Accessed on 25 June 2016,
  • Image: Nat Fyfe: S, White, "(Image: Nat Fyfe): White,S., "Brownlow Medal 2015: mathematics say Docker Nat Fyfe will beat out Matt Priddis",, Published on 28 September 2015, Accessed on 26 June 2016,

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