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Rainbow Hair Inspired by Famous Art

Colorist Transforms Classic Artwork Into Rainbow Hair

Fine Art Series: I am sharing Van Gogh's "Starry Night" again for those who missed it, and also because I didn't originally publish any background on it. This is only one piece of a rather large body of work completed the last two years of Van Gogh's life, and Van Gogh himself was not impressed with it, never having any inkling that it would go on to become one of the most recognized pieces of art in Western history. He began it shortly after being admitted to the St. Rémy de Provence asylum, and it's largely composed of the view from his room, with the addition of a fictional village. Earlier in life, he had been very religious and had set out to become a pastor, but could never pass his exams and he struggled with his mental health continuously. He later abandoned religion, but still seemed to be searching for meaning and purpose, speculating that "hope is in the stars" - referencing the desire to experience an afterlife, perhaps in the stars or in another dimension. This desire stemmed from the fact that he had never been particularly happy, and suffered from depression, hallucinations, delusions, psychotic breaks, and a general inability to function, often trying to live and work on his own, but always failing, which would result in admittance to an asylum or going back to live with family or friends. He ultimately took his own life at age 37, dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound that became infected. It could be argued that Van Gogh's mental illness fueled his creativity and made him a great artist, but even if that's true, his story is heartbreaking. It's hard for me to gauge if his enormous contributions to art were worth all the suffering this poor man endured. It's commonly believed, however, that suffering and art go hand in hand. What do you think? #art #fineart #vangogh #starrynight #starrynighthair #bluehair #yellowhair #postimpressionism #modernsalon #behindthechair

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Lately, women dyeing their hair rainbow colors have been finding inspiration from unexpected sources, including the aurora borealis and Star Wars. But if art history speaks to you more than nature or science fiction, you'll love this new trend.

Kansas-based rainbow hair colorist Ursula Goff is drawing from classic works of art to create vibrant mane masterpieces on her clients. Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night" and Edvard Munch's "The Scream" are just a few of the pieces she's re-created in colorful coifs.

While chocolate chip cookie hair might have been delectable, we think that fine-art hair is a more natural progression of the rainbow trend. After all, beauty is its own art form, and to take the painterly strokes from a canvas and reinterpret them with a few dabs of a stylist's dye brush doesn't seem too far-fetched to us.

According to Goff's Instagram, this series is a tribute to her own background in art. She has dabbled in sketching and painting since the age of 5. "I tend to color hair much the same way I color a canvas, using the same sorts of color application techniques and identical color theory," she explained.

This isn't the first time Goff's work has gone viral. Late last year, she shared two selfies of her own rainbow hair that revealed the problems with social media.

Read on to see all of the colorist's fine-art series and prepare to be completely mesmerized (and want to book a ticket to Kansas)!

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