These gasp-worthy hairstyles were inspired by famous paintings

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Kathleen Lee-Joe

The artist behind the masterpieces, hairstylist and social media activist Ursula Goff.

The artist behind the masterpieces, hairstylist and social media activist Ursula Goff. Photo: Ursula Goff

Art-school geeks, rejoice! Kansas-based hairstylist Ursula Goff is gorgeously colouring hair to look like famous paintings. Behold these enchanting masterpieces...

There's the post-impressionist, seductive swirls of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.

 

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The fiery red abstract blooms of Red Canna by Georgia O'Keeffe.

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The expressive reds, navy blues and oranges of Edvard Munch's nightmarish The Scream.

 

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Who knew Claude Monet's water lilies would translate so well into blue-green ombre?

 

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A Katy Perry-esque 'do inspired by Roy Lichtenstein's pop art.

 

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Warhol's Marilyn, in highlighter brights.

 

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The Girl with the Pearl Earring is "an excellent study in light and shadow," according to Goff.

 

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Everyone's a masterpiece. They form part of her 'Fine Art Series'. 

 

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The swirling colours have an easy effect on the eyes. From more sombre shades, inspired by paintings where the subjects blend seamlessly into the backdrop, to canvas-worthy, kaleidoscopic brights, these wondrous dye jobs are splashed with imagination from root to strand.

Goff is already well known on Instagram, boasting over 50k fans. Last year, she started a movement to expose the realities of social media. The hairstylist decided to share side-by-side, before-and-after shots to show the reality behind those glam Insta-ready pictures.

 

So I didn't edit either one of these photos, but they were taken just a few days apart. I think it's important to note...

Posted by Ursula Goff on  Tuesday, 8 December 2015

"We should keep in mind that behind every pretty face or perfect lifestyle is a regular person," she says. Hear, hear.