Guinness World Records Recognizes Tennessee Woman’s 5-Foot Mullet That She’s Been Growing For Over 30 Years

Mullet record holder
Guinness World Record

If the mullet wasn’t already “back,” it definitely is now.

Merriam-Websters defines a mullet as “a hairstyle in which the hair is short on the sides and top and long at the back,” but most of us probably think of it the way Joe Dirt so beautifully put it:

“Business in the front, party in the back.”

And there’s definitely plenty of reasons to party for this Knoxville, Tennessee resident, who was recently crowned with the World’s Longest Competitive Mullet by Guinness World Records. The 58-year-old woman named Tami Manis now has all the bragging rights in the world when it comes to unique haircuts.

Manis works as a public health nurse and says that the last time she cut her hair was in February of 1990, which she now refers to as her “mullet’s birthday.” Though she’s proud of her accomplishment, Tami told Guinness that she never really set out to break a world record:

“Growing the longest mullet never really started out as anything other than it was the eighties and everybody had a rat tail and I started growing mine and over the years it’s just kept growing, so I’ve kept it.”

And now that’s she grown it for over 30 years, her hair has become somewhat of a conversation piece. She’s also become pretty recognizable, and has even had people come up to her after not seeing her for long periods of time:

“I’ve had people recognize me from over 20 years plus ago because I’ve kept the same hairstyle.”

You might think that having the world’s longest mullet is all sunshine and rainbows, but it actually comes with its fair share of troubles. The up-keep for the long locks can be pretty tedious and time consuming, which Tami explains:

“Having the world’s longest mullet has its drawbacks. Generally, I keep it braided because my hair is actually longer than I am tall.

To dry it, I use paper towels, because otherwise it would stay wet most of the time. It gets re-braided once a week.”

The wildest part of this video below comes at the end, where Tami showcases how she manages to still ride her motorcycle while sporting her long mullet. Her technique for handling it might surprise you:

Having a mullet and riding a motorcycle just seems natural, does it not?

I can’t imagine tucking in my hair so I could ride down the highway on my chopper, but then again, I don’t have a mullet, so I don’t have to worry about it.

One person that does though is Tami Manis, who initially found out she was the new world record holder when a package showed up on her porch:

“When I opened it, I thought, ‘This is Amazing.’

I confirmed it with the gentleman from Guinness World Records and then I reverified that I’m actually in the 2024 edition of Guinness World Records for the longest mullet and that is pretty amazing!”

It’s too bad Morgan Wallen shaved his off…

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock