Onslow boy with mullet Baird Garrett becomes the ultimate selfie magnet

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Natalie RichardsThe West Australian
VideoMeet Baird and his trademark mullet.

While most parents proudly monitor their child’s height with pencil marks on the door frame, the chart at Baird Garrett’s home may be one of a kind.

Alongside marks documenting the nine-year-old Onslow boy’s height milestones are a second set of measurements documenting the length of his impressive mullet.

His mother Renee said her son’s unique style - which reaches down to the small of his back - happened by accident during a trip to the barbers when Baird was six.

“He used to just have a short back and sides and a spiky top and one day he was sitting down with the barber and said ‘I just want the top trimmed this time,” Ms Garrett said.

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“The barber said ‘well then you need a mullet.”

His offbeat style stuck and made the youngster something of a local celebrity in his North West neighbourhood.

Baird Garrett and his impressive hairdo.
Camera IconBaird Garrett and his impressive hairdo. Credit: Renee Garrett.

After being stopped for a selfie during a school fundraiser, the enterprising youngster saw the chance to make a buck.

Baird charged phone-wielding pubgoers a $5 charity donation for his photo and decided to start a fundraiser of his own to help children’s charity Variety.

He’s since become the ultimate selfie magnet and has raised $170 in photographs in the last week alone.

Ms Garrett said her once shy son had developed a thick skin while sporting his mullet but he had an answer for anyone who poked fun at his style.

“He takes it on the chin. With the kids in particular he explains that it’s a style that just developed and that he’s fundraising for charity with it,” she said.

Ms Garrett said her son hoped to raise $24,000 before shaving off his trademark hairdo to be made into wigs for children who have lost their hair due to illness.

To donate to Baird’s fundraising target visit https://hairwithheart.everydayhero.com/au/baird-s-mega-mullet-fundraiser

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