[Worldkings] Top 50 annual creative events in the world (P. 25) International Hair Freezing Contest (Canada): A funny competition between people with unique frozen hair

21-02-2023

(Worldkings.org) 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.

The International Hair Freezing Contest is a sculpted hair competition held at a resort in the Takhini Hot Springs, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The annual competition involves participants sitting in a hot spring and sculpting their wet hair in cold temperatures. After about a minute, the hair freezes. The form of their hair at that time represents their contest entry.

The first International Hair Freezing Contest took place in February 2011 as a spin-off of the local Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. After competing in winter sporting events all day, athletes from the rendezvous would head to Takhini to take a mineral bath in one of the pools fed by the area's natural hot spring. The manager at the time turned the relaxation session into another competition when he asked bathers to sculpt their wet hair into frozen works of art. Whoever ended up with the best selfie won the contest.

 

What began as a fun activity among a small group of people has grown into a major competition. Each winter, people from around the world visit the hot pools hoping to take part. 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.

 

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.

 

Categories include Best Male Photo, Best Female Photo, Most Creative Photo, and Best Group Photo. 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.

 

According to mentalfloss.com & dogonews.com


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