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Peso Pluma’s distinctive mullet haircut happened organically but has now sparked a widespread trend and become an iconic part of his look. In addition to his own success, Peso Pluma has been romantically linked to fellow Latin pop star Nicki Nicole, though the details of their relationship remain unclear.

A Fateful Trip Sparks a Dramatic Transformation

The 24-year-old Mexican singing sensation Peso Pluma has become globally famous not just for his smash hit corridos tumbados, but also for his eye-catching mullet hairstyle. Yet this distinctive ‘do emerge spontaneously during a fateful trip.

Before adopting the mullet and fade sideburns, Peso’s hair was inspired by Justin Bieber’s swoopy bangs era when “Baby” first dropped. Peso describes:

 “Think back to when he released ‘Baby.’ That was my hair.”

Peso Pluma MV
Peso Pluma MV

But during a visit to Medellín, Colombia, a chance encounter in a barber shop radically transformed Peso’s look. As he tells it:

“This barber said he was going to give me a haircut that is very popular in Medellín — he said, ‘Trust me, you’re going to love it.’ I hated it at first. I was like, ‘What did you do?’ My hair is a superpower, so I’m very particular about who cuts my hair.”

From Hating It to Embracing His “Superpower”

Initially horrified by the dramatic change, Peso finally saw the light after shooting a music video with the new mullet.

“Then I recorded a music video, and when I saw it, I was like, ‘Wait, actually, se ve bien perro [it looks really good].’”

Now, the mullet is Peso’s signature style, inspiring copycat haircuts across Mexico and the United States. As Peso notes:

“The other day, a barber from Mexico City called me and said, ‘Thank you for giving us so much work.’ Apparently, 24 people had requested ‘the Peso Pluma haircut’ in one day.”

An Accidental Style Sparks a Widespread Trend

The mullet is just one aspect of the meteoric rise of Peso Pluma, Billboard’s latest cover star. Born Hassan Emilio Kabande Laija, the Mexican singer-songwriter leads the seismic growth of regional Mexican music in the U.S. and beyond.


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More Than a Mullet: Peso’s Musical Rise to Stardom

To date, Peso has amassed over 700 million on-demand official streams in the United States, along with 18 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His new album, Génesis, recently debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 — the highest rank ever for a música mexicana release.

As Peso reflects: “My life has changed a lot.” He’s currently on his first-ever U.S. tour produced by Live Nation. Amidst his global fame, Peso has also founded his label, Double P Records, to boost young talent as he was once lifted.

“More than anything, I want them to know that if I could do it, so can they. I’m on this journey with them; we’re paddling together.”

Haircut Reflects His Bold Brand of Confidence

From a spontaneous mullet to chart-topping fame, Peso Pluma’s story reveals how a happenstance haircut can end up defining an icon. His signature perro style demonstrates the power of embracing bold risks, even if they seem questionable at first. For Peso, that errant mullet gave him an edge to stand out in the crowded music scene. Now, fans can’t get enough of the look and what it represents.

Peso Pluma Peligro
Peso Pluma Peligro

In the end, the mullet is more than a viral trend for Peso Pluma—it’s an indelible part of his musical identity. As Peso rightly says: “My hair is my superpower.” The unique cut channels his confidence, nonconformity, and meteoric rise. What began as a barber’s whim is now an inspiration to millions.

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