If there was ever any doubt that mullets are out of style, one only need watch the National Mullet Championship to know that the hairstyle is alive and well. According to mulletchamp.com, “What may have been considered a trashy style by many even just a few years ago has become a chic look sported by those of us who have a tendency to look coolest.”
Those sporting the “business-in-the-front, party-in-the-back” style will tell you that a mullet isn’t just a haircut, it’s a lifestyle. Some may even call it an American staple that represents pure country folks, hard working men and women, and those who prefer a low-maintenance do.
Earlier this year, a field of more than 600 entries for the National Mullet Championship was narrowed down to 25. Some of the semi-finalists were chosen by Facebook vote while others earned their spot by winning other competitions at events such as the National Buffalo Wild Wings Festival, the Fitz Casino competition, and the Colorado State Fair.
This year’s top 3 finalists were all Facebook favorites. They were Dalton Cleghorn from Toledo, Ohio, who described his mullet as all business in the front and “straight waterfall, ramen noodle in the back.”
The Lone Star State was represented by Brandon Hernandez who won fans over with his motorcycle entrance and Texas pride.
Scott Salvadore from Stillwater, New York, rounded out the Top 3 with a mullet he called “the Lord’s drapes,” and declared, “You don’t choose the mullet. The mullet chooses you.”
Salvadore told viewers that he cut his first mullet off before proposing to his wife, but grew it back after “putting a ring on it.”
“After I cut that first mullet off, it was such a part of my identity I felt like a part of me died,” Scott joked.
As winner of the U.S. Mullet Championship, Salvadore won a $2500 cash prize and a sponsor prize package that included a Revel Stoke custom Bumpboxx speaker, Pit Viper Sunglasses and MANSCAPED™ gift set.
Half of each contestant’s entry fee was donated to Stop Soldier Suicide, a non-profit organization that provides personalized care for veterans in need.
Watch Scott Salvadore’s winning moment in the video below.