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Teen Pledges Portion of $1,000 Winnings to Church If He Places 1st in USA Mullet Championships

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Who would have guessed that growing a mullet could help the church do the Lord’s work? Josh Scott, a 16-year-old from Frankfort, Kentucky, has made the finals in the USA Mullet Championships, and if he wins the $1,000 prize, he plans to give some of it to his church.

“They’ve done so much for me, why not do something for them?” Scott told WKYT News. “I never thought that a mullet would help me help my church. The Lord works in mysterious ways.” 

Josh Scott Makes It to Mullet Championship Finals

The mullet is a hairstyle where the hair is cut short in the front and grown long in the back. While there is evidence that people wore the hairstyle hundreds or even thousands of years ago, the mullet tends to be associated with the 1980s, particularly with actors and rock stars. History.com credits the Beastie Boys with coining the term “mullet” in their 1994 song, “Mullet Head,” although the phrase, “mullet head,” appears years prior in the 1967 movie, “Cool Hand Luke” and in the 80s sitcom, “Cheers.”

The style fell out of fashion after the 80s, with many seeing it as a joke and a serious fashion error. However, Mike Stanley, the owner of Hair Deposit where Josh Scott gets his hair cut, says he has a lot of clients who wear mullets. “It’s coming back,” said Stanley. “That was a lower class hair cut back in the day, but now…I get businessmen that wear them.”

The USA Mullet Championships website offers mullet competitions for kids, teens and men and also has a “Femullet” category for women. The site lists 10 ways to style a mullet. Scott’s is the “Kentucky waterfall,” a style where a distinguishing characteristic is longer sideburns. 

Josh Scott began growing his mullet in 2019. His mom was not thrilled, but Scott pointed out that his dad had a mullet in 1989, and “then she couldn’t say much.”

The teen says that his hairstyle gets mixed reviews from people. Some advise him to cut it and some to keep it, but he is determined to be true to himself. “A lot of people say you get more girls if you cut it,” he said. “This way, I say, ‘I’m going to be myself.’ I like it, so I’m not going to get rid of it.”