Tami Manis, a 58-year-old woman, has officially been recognized for having the longest female mullet in the world. Her mullet measures 5 feet 8 inches and she last cut the back of her hair on February 9, 1990, according to Guinness World Records. In a video posted by Guinness World Records, Manis explains that many people only notice the length of her hair when she turns around. She reveals that her inspiration to grow a mullet came from watching Til Tuesday’s music video “Voices Carry,” in which the lead singer had a rat tail. After initially cutting off her mullet in November 1989, she immediately regretted it and decided to grow it out again the following year.
Manis usually keeps her mullet braided and when she rides her motorbike, she tucks the tail into her pocket. A friend braids her hair once a week and she doesn’t wash it often, instead drying it with paper towels to prevent it from staying wet. Although mullets are typically associated with the 1980s, they have a long history dating back centuries. Even Greek poet Homer mentioned spearmen with “forelocks cropped, hair grown long at the backs” in the 8th century BC. For Manis, her mullet has become a recognizable feature and a topic of conversation among friends and family.
Last year, Manis participated in the “Femullet” division of the 2022 US Mullet Championships and placed second, winning a $300 prize. This experience motivated her to apply for the Guinness World Record. After a lengthy process, including filming her hair to show its length, Manis received a package on her front porch informing her of the official record. She describes the moment of opening it as amazing.