Jayce is already a state champion. Will his flaming red, 40cm mullet cut it against the world’s best?

Every morning Jayce Bowers uses his favourite brush on his luscious, ginger mullet.

“I’ve got a special barber that I can trust with my hair, and a specific shampoo and conditioner,” he said.

The 12 year-old’s locks were judged to be best in show at a central Queensland competition earlier this year Jayce will now see if his ‘do can cut it at the national level.

After four years of growing, his mane is 40 centimetres long.

Jayce, who lives in Gladstone, is entering the under-13 competition at Mulletfest.

The event, born in regional New South Wales, attracts competitors from across the globe and entrants from the United Kingdom and the United States will be there to vie for mullet crowns this Saturday.

“Mulletfest has shown that it’s more than a haircut,” founder Laura Johnson said.

“We’re really breaking that stigma of ‘nothing more than a bogan.'”

Jayce carefully maintains his crowning glory.(Supplied: Sam Bowers)

‘How grubby is it?’

Ms Johnson said the event at Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley began annually since its inception in 2018.

“My father’s pub … was struggling and the town itself had lost a generational job provider and we really needed to create a tourism injection,” she said.

Ms Johnson said young and old would compete at Mulletfest this weekend.

In the past, the event has attracted as many as 8,000 people.

Ms Johnson said points were assigned based on the cut, condition and category.

A line of people with mullet hairdos.

The goal of the event is to bring tourists and joy to the town of Kurri Kurri.(Supplied: Mulletfest)

“So, if it’s a grubby mullet, how grubby is it?” she said.

“If it’s an everyday mullet, is it an adaptable style you can wear every day? Can you dress it up to go out, can you tie it back for work?”

Two men with flowing mullet haircuts stand talking outdoors near some parked cars.

Some of Mulletfest’s 2022 entrants.(Supplied: Mulletfest)

Ms Johnson said award-winning hairdressers and aficionados with lived experience of sporting mullets would be on the judging panel.

Ms Johnson said mullets were popular in the 1980s, but had fallen out of fashion by the time she began her hairdressing apprenticeship in the ’90s.

Nonetheless, she received specific training to help clients grow out their mullets.

“They are so back and so fashion-forward at the moment,” Ms Johnson said.

A smiling woman with blonde hair and glasses with a young boy sporting a long red mullet hairstyle.

Sam Bowers says she’ll be sad to see Jayce abandon the party out back.(Supplied: Sam Bowers)

‘Out of his shell’

Sam Bowers, Jayce’s mum, said her boy began cultivating his long locks as part of a wager.

“I bet him $50 that he wouldn’t grow a mullet … then once it started growing, he started to get a bit of recognition for it and it just kept going from there,” she said.

“As a mum it’s great as well because he’s easy to pick out in a crowd.”

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