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The world’s longest competitive mullet (female) sits on the head of a 58-year-old woman from Knoxville, Tennessee. 

Tami Manis sports a mullet measuring an astonishing 172.72 cm (5 ft 8 in).  

The public health nurse, who is featured in Guinness World Records 2024, last cut the back of her hair on 9 February 1990—the date which she considers to be her mullet’s birthday.

Tami says she first began growing her hair in the 80s when she saw a video by Til Tuesday called “Voices Carry.” 

“The girl had a rattail and I really wanted one of those,” said Tami. 

I went to get my hair cut at a barber shop and the guy really said that’s not my hairstyle and not good on me, but I was like ‘Well, this is what I want.'


In November of 1989, Tami cut off her mullet and immediately regretted it. 

So, on 9 February 1990, she began to grow it out once more.

“I have just kept the hairstyle,” said Tami. 

I’ve been blessed that my hair grows and now it’s the world’s longest mullet and I’m very happy with it.


Tami says over the years, friends and family have asked questions about her mullet and it has become quite the conversation piece. 

Most people don’t notice how long her mullet actually is until she turns around. 

In fact, people often remember Tami just because of her mullet. 

“The weirdest thing I find is that people remember me from years ago,” said Tami. 

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


Tami credits her good genes for being able to grow her hair so long and thick. 

Her hair care involves washing her mullet with Hask hair products, including shampoo and conditioner. 

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“I also do a conditioner which has Argan oil in it,” she said. 

Before I get re-braided, I use a leave-in conditioner to help it be more manageable to braid.


Tami says having such a long mullet does have its drawbacks. 

Generally, she keeps it braided because her mullet is longer than she is tall. 

Once Tami is done shampooing and conditioning her hair, she dries it using paper towels, so it doesn’t stay wet.


Tami’s friend then braids her hair for her once a week, and it will stay in that style until the next time it is washed.

However, Tami says even in its braided state, it is still impressive.

“I’m very fortunate that my hair has grown,” said Tami. 

But most of the time people around me know that it’s braided and it’s still very long and impressive at that point.


In 2022, Tami competed in the “Femullet” division of the 2022 US Mullet Championships and finished in second place. 

The US Mullet Championships is the largest competition of its kind in the world in terms of the number of applicants: upwards of 1,000 each year.

Tami took home the $300 second-place prize, losing out to fellow competitor Alexa Lindsey of Holland, Michigan, USA, who earned $500.


Soon after, Guinness World Records opened up the longest competitive mullet as a record category, and Tami felt encouraged to apply. 

“I was first notified that Guinness World Records actually opened a mullet category by email,” said Tami. 

I conversed with a representative a few times and we set up a photography session.


Tami even had her hair filmed to document its length. 

Although she says it was a long process, Tami believes it was well worth the effort. 

Tami first found out she had become the record holder for the longest competitive mullet (female) when she received a package on her front porch. 


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

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!

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