Yukon Hot Springs Hair Freezing Competition Is Like None Other!


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Photo Credit: Takhini Hot Springs

Winter means different things to different people. For some, it is the chance to cozy up to a warm fire, for others, a time to frolic in the snow. Then there are those that head to the Takhini Hot Springs in Yukon, Canada to participate in the wacky and hilarious International Hair Freezing Contest.

As the name indicates, the event requires contestants to come up with the most creative frozen hairdo possible. For best results, the hot springs officials suggest starting with the basic requirement — hair! The more there is, the better the chances of success. They then recommend arriving at the resort when it’s really cold ideally, below 4°F (-20°C). Though hair will freeze at temperatures above that, it will take a lot longer. To enable people to select the perfect day, the contest is open for the entire month of February, which is traditionally the coldest time of the year for this remote Canadian region.

Photo Credit: Takhini Hot Springs

After checking in, participants are led to the natural hot springs, which boast a temperature of 104°F (40°C). Thanks to the frigid external temperature, a simple duck underwater is enough to freeze hair. Participants can then sculpt and forge it into frozen masterpieces and take a few photos to hand over to the hot springs officials. Another quick dip into the warm water will restore the hair back to its original glory. However, contestants are warned that all hair — facial, eyebrows, and even eyelashes — will need thawing.

In addition to bragging rights, the contest also offers some lucrative prizes. This year’s winner, announced in mid-March, will be awarded $750 CAD and a 30 soak membership at the hot springs. The runner-up will receive $200 CAD and a 12 soak pass, while the third-place winner will go home with $100 CAD and a 3-day soak pass. Past winners have included standing hairstyles, iced beards, maniac mohawks, and Medusa-inspired updos. Takhini Hot Springs owner Andrew Umbrich says one of the most unusual photos submitted this year is a joint hairdo by a woman with dreadlocks and a man with long hair.

Photo Credit: Takhini Hot Springs

The lodge officials say the contest, started as a lark in 2011 by a former manager, originally attracted just 10 to 15 contestants. However, thanks to some frozen hair photos that went viral in 2015, it has become hugely popular and now draws scores of people from all over the globe.

Resources: takhinihotpools.com,cba.ca.

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  • wolfieland
    wolfielandMonday, March 29, 2021 at 10:23 am
    Wow... they sure do have interesting competitions
    • lexi1010
      lexi1010Friday, March 5, 2021 at 9:51 am
      me and my friend are laughing so hard and i set my walpaer to this it was so funny im not ever gonna forget this nice work if this was a contest
      • imunicornlover1
        imunicornlover1Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 2:27 pm
        That's kind of weird... I wish I could have seen the video but I cant :(
      • queen_strong
        queen_strongFriday, May 22, 2020 at 7:47 pm
        Wow that is kinda funny!😂
        • bookfan2008
          bookfan2008Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:22 am
          Weird but cool!
          • animereina2021
            animereina2021Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 7:18 am
            I can't stand the cold! That wouldn't be a place for me! Even if I do have really long hair😅 I don't want my hair to be ruined😯
            • kinspower10
              kinspower10Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:13 am
              • cheerforlife101
                cheerforlife101Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:54 am
                this is so confusing
                • carebear0518
                  carebear0518Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 6:17 am
                  What the what that is super weird!!!!!!!!!😂😂
                  • McchickennugnugWednesday, June 5, 2019 at 1:53 pm
                    Well that seems like loads of fun! To bad I don’t live there......... and dogo is a great place to do work in class!