They may look like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but these hairstyles are real and remarkable. Every winter Takhini Hot Pools, a natural hot spring resort in Yukon, Canada, hosts a one-of-a-kind contest that makes guests' hair stand up - literally! This strange competition has become an annual tradition, called the International Hair Freezing Contest.
This small hot spring near Whitehorse is becoming famous for this contest that exploits the combination of extreme temperatures to allow for amazing pictures. Bathers at the hot pools enter the contest by styling their frozen hair into unique and interesting shapes, snapping a photo, and posting it on social media or sending it to the management.
The contest runs in late February during the local pioneer festival, the Sourdough Rendezvous. The air temperature hovers around -30 C (-22 F), but the water temperature is 36-42 C (96-107 F). This allows the bathers to stay nice and warm while their wet hair slowly freezes into crystalline shape, though they do need to dip their ears occasionally!
The person who submits the winning photo receives a $750 cash prize and a complimentary 30 Soak Membership. There are also prizes for second and third place.
Luckily, no hairs are harmed during the creation of these photos!