Hair freezing is a thing and Canada has the competition to prove it
It’s so cold at the moment that sometimes it feels like your hair is freezing whenever you leave the house without your beanie.
But your version of hair freezing ain’t got nothing on Canada’s. Yes, the country that brought us Justin Trudeau genuinely has an International Hair Freezing Competition, which has been happily welcoming chilly participants every February since 2011.
The competition is possible at the Takhini Hot Pools during the Yukon’s annual winter festival – the delightfully named Sourdough Rendezvous.
There is one clear aim of the competition: to create the most amazing frozen hairdo possibly.
Here’s the science behind the hair freezing for you (because who doesn’t love a bit of science in their day?): You soak in the hot springs (delightful) and slowly steam accumulates on your head while the cold air freezes your hair and bam! Frozen hair that you can style to your heart’s content.
And don’t worry, it’ll look cool without breaking your hair, and the second you dip your head back into the toasty water you’ll be back to normal.
Participants have been posting their snaps as soon as it became cold enough, and the winners will be announced in March.
If you’re interested in participating in the contest, the Takhini Hot Springs have published a handy guide for how to freeze your hair properly. Pro tips: You have to have a lot of hair and a lot of patience.
Here are some of the entries, to give you an idea of what you’ll be up against.
Pretty impressive stuff – we wouldn’t be surprised if some of those creations are spotted in the pages of Vogue sometime soon.