Stylist transforms hair into famous works of art and it's amazing

If you love art and you love experimenting with hair colour, Ursula Goff’s Instagram is for you.

The Kansas-based hair colourist takes her inspiration from famous works by artists such as Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh and Wassily Kandinsky.

At first she started using the colours of the paintings as inspiration, but now she’s started actually painting the artwork directly on to hair. She does everything freehand, without stencils or projectors.

Goff explained on her blog: “I wondered how hard it would be to actually paint Starry Night – the painting – onto some hair. I thought it might be fun to try painting on hair instead of a canvas.

“So the next day, I started working on painting it onto a hair weft (a thin slice of hair like that used for certain types of extensions) to see if I could work something out.

“When I mentioned to a friend that I was considering a Kandinsky reproduction, he thought I was being too ambitious. So then of course I HAD to do it. Then he suggested that I do a Rothko, since he was a fan, and so I encouraged him to pick one out for me to do. And then it just kind of kept moving forward.

Here's a better photo, I think, except for my face, ha! But the hair looks great, so that's cool. If you want to know more about my methods or product used, visit my blog on my website ursulagoff.com (link in bio). The extensions are sponsored by @vpfashion, but I color them myself, since they are the 613 DIY set. If you want some of your own, you can use coupon code UGGOFF for $10 off, so if you're wanting to make your own mermaid hair with experimental paintings on it, there ya go. #rainbowhair #extensions #mermaidhair #popart #andyWarhol #warhol #modernart #paint #art #marilynmonroe #behindthechair #btconeshot_color16 #btconeshot_rainbow16 #btconeshot_hairpaint16 #glamforpulpriot @glamiris @pulpriothair #finearthair #hairart #artonhair #paintingsonhair #hairpaintings

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“I freehand them – no projectors and no stencils. I lay a drawn or painted mock up underneath to sort of “trace” it – but I’ve drawn or painted the mockup myself.”

Here are some of our favourites where she’s recreated the colours of paintings on to customers’ hair.

Next in the Fine Art series is Girl With a Pearl Earring, by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. What is interesting about this color palette, along with many other Vermeer works, is his almost grandiose use of the blue tone (probably ultramarine), which was unusual at the time for artists, as it was a VERY expensive pigment, and Vermeer was not known to have made a lot of money in his lifetime. This pop of color against the warmer brown tones of the rest of the canvas give the painting a sense of newness, contrasted with the duller tones of most other paintings in the 17th century. It's also an excellent study in light and shadow, which Vermeer had an uncanny ability to recreate (it's been suggested that he may have had some help on that with camera obscuras or similar optics). If you want to see some of the earliest works of photorealism, look into some more of Vermeer's work, particularly "The Art of Painting" and "The Astronomer". #art #painting #vermeer #johannesvermeer #dutch #mermaidhair #unicornhair #rainbowhair #specialeffects #redken #redkenshades #behindthechair #modernsalon @bestcupcakemum

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Fine Art Series: This is one of many water lilies paintings that Claude Monet painted. Monet is the most famous of the Impressionist artists, who sought to focus on light and movement, often at the expense of form. Initially not well received, the term "Impressionism" was borrowed from a derogatory review by an art critic. However, it ultimately created the inertia that moved art into the modern period, freeing up a multitude of future artists to use freer and looser styles. Monet himself, however, struggled to internalize the influence of his work, battling depression and feelings of failure his entire life, destroying as many as 500 hundred of his own paintings, and even attempting suicide at one point. This goes to illustrate that no matter our feelings about ourselves, we can still have an enormous ongoing influence in the world; perhaps in that sense, there is no such thing as failure. #art #painting #Impressionism #Monet #impressionists #bluehair #greenhair #minthair #behindthechair #modernsalon

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Fine Art Series: Red Canna Lily, by Georgia O'Keeffe, who may be the female artist most people are familiar with. This painting is in the style she is most well known for: large close-ups of individual flowers. However, O'Keeffe herself didn't appreciate the interpretations given these works - most attributed Freudian theories (popular at the time), which of course meant that many assumed these to be representations of female genitalia. Second wave feminists even went so far as to consider O'Keeffe a pioneer of "female iconography", but O'Keefe continued to insist that she had simply painted flowers, and refused to work with feminist groups on any projects, feeling as though her own ideas had been co-opted by other agendas. This encouraged a change in subject matter for her, although she still painted in a characteristic style, using oils but conveying a soft, blended feel more reminiscent of water colors. This change did not harm her career, and she continued to be held in high regard and acquired a moderate amount of fame throughout the course of her life. I think her story brings forth interesting questions about the relationship between art and the viewer: does the artist alone get to control what their art is about? Or does the audience get to have a say? Do we have to accept outside interpretations for art, even if the artist disagrees with them? Is it fair to tell an artist what they may be "subconsciously" conveying? This is one of the fears of putting oneself out there artistically: that you will be misunderstood, misrepresented, and perhaps even rejected - understood or otherwise. O'Keeffe's situation, then, clearly demonstrates the vulnerability of being an artist. #art #painting #okeefe #georgiaokeeffe #redcanna #lilies #fineart #vulnerability #redhair #orangehair #yellowhair #flowers #modernsalon #behindthechair #fashionablygeek @nikkdawgg

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