You might have seen some of these photos before, doing the rounds on social media. But if not, welcome to the world of hair freezing!
This annual competition is BACK baby, after skipping a winter (for obvious reasons). But the hair freezing contest returns this season with new facilities, a new hot springs pool, and the chance to win a fistful of cash.
The photos featured below are all from the 2019/20 season, when the competition took place just before the pandemic really took hold. The winners were announced on 1 April 2020, but by then the world had other things to think about and the contest results kinda got buried.
“That year was the last year that the contest ran in our old facility; a pool that had been there for 50 years. We have been building a brand-new facility that will open very soon,” says the Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs manager, Andrew Umbrich. “I’m hoping that we’ll open in the next couple of months.”
You can go any time
Aside from the annual competition, should you find yourself in Yukon, Canada, you can visit the hot springs pools any day during the contest period, when the temperature is below -20°C. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and an experience to add to the bucket list. We know you like adventurous travel ideas!
For more information about opening and dates, keep an eye on the website, and we’ll update this article when we know when it’s all up and running. In the meantime, take a look at the winners and some of our faves from the last contest.
Photos: Eclipse Nordic Hot Springs
Some of our favourites
Fancy giving it a go?
This is how it works. Are you brave enough?!!
Dip your head in the hot springs and wet your hair completely. For best results, the outside temperature should be below -20°C. Don’t worry – freezing your hair won’t damage it.
Allow the cold air to slowly freeze your hair. Keep your ears warm by periodically dipping them into the hot water. Be patient – all wet hair will eventually freeze, this includes eyebrows, and even eyelashes.
Once your hair has become pure white with lots of frost and ice buildup, ring the bell near the pool entrance and have the staff come out to take your photo!