The contest has been held since 2011.

By Alison Fox
April 02, 2020
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Credit: Courtesy of Takhini Hot Pools

Social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while doing it, and in one part of Canada that means taking advantage of the chilly weather to freeze your hair into a crazy 'do.

The annual Takhini Hot Springs Hair Freezing Contest in the Yukon encourages people to take a dip in the warm waters while styling their frozen locks into intricate and hilarious styles — bushy beards and all.

"We like to think that this contest will bring some joy to viewers around the world — even if just for a few moments," Andrew Umbrich, the owner and operator of Takhini Hot Pools, told CNN, adding the natural pools have been around for more than 100 years.

Credit: Courtesy of Takhini Hot Pools
Credit: Courtesy of Takhini Hot Pools

A total of 288 people entered this year’s contest, which has been held since 2011. To freeze your hair, contest organizers recommend you first wet your head completely — preferably when it’s below -20°C (or -4°F). Next, you wait, and keep your ears warm by “periodically dipping them into the hot water” before you’re ready for your close up. And don’t worry, contest organizers promise it won’t damage your hair.

The contest, which started on Dec. 20th and ran through March 8, announced the winners on Wednesday: best female, best male, best group, most creative, and the people’s choice award. Each received CAD$2,000 and free soaks in the hot springs.

Organizers said Tim Hortons donated five packs of instant noodles to a food bank for each person who entered.

Credit: Courtesy of Takhini Hot Pools

While the photos will live on forever, Takhini Hot Pools is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but available for private rentals for groups of 10 or less.

And the weather in the Yukon may be chilly, but the water that flows into the pools comes in at a balmy 108°F, according to the company. A bonus: the mineral-rich water has no sulfur smell and mostly contains calcium, magnesium and iron.