Show Your Appreciation For Art With These Stunning Hairstyles

by Laura Caseley
Laura is a writer, illustrator, and artist living in New York City.

Bright, colorful hair is all the rage now, and for a long time, rainbow-colored hair was only seen on a select few avant-garde fashionistas.

But now, it’s blazed into the mainstream, and stylists, artists, and experimenters are all trying their hands at it. And we think that’s pretty cool. Life is too short not to express yourself!

One person experimenting with bold and bright hair is Ursula Goff, a hair stylist and colorist known for her stunning color experiments — as well as for not being afraid to show the all-natural beauty of her makeup-free face, and encouraging other women to embrace their natural selves.

For one of her many projects, she’s taking fine art favorites from artists like van Gogh and Vermeer and bringing them right into her world — as hairstyles!

Using the colors from the paintings, she creates a multicolored mane that reflects the overall color composition of the painting. And while obviously a specific image isn’t going to appear in hair, the vibrant colors may just remind you of some of your favorite paintings!

[H/T: My Modern Met]

This hairstyle pulls from Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night with swirls of yellows and blues. Even the wave of the model’s hair seems to mimic van Gogh’s flowing brushstrokes.

And in this one, the graceful curls in soft greens and purples remind us of the rippling water in the pond of Claude Monet’s Water Lilies.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Red Canna Lily almost looks like braided hair on its own, and its fiery reds and oranges make for a bold style.

Of course, you don’t have to have a rainbow of hair to make a statement. This sapphire blue ‘do, based on one of Roy Lichtenstein’s comic-book-style heroines, is just as striking.

And they don’t have to be bright, either. These subtle hues of gold and brown call to mind the delicate colors of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, as does the unexpected pop of blue.

Sometimes, the interpretations are looser. This rich gold style draws inspiration from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, but reduces it to its main colors. But maybe with some jeweled hair accessories, she could imitate the patterning, too.

And this one takes the beautiful, beachy vibes from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and turns it into the perfect mermaid hair. Although we have to say, Venus here has some pretty amazing hair herself!

While a lot of people think of Edvard Munch’s The Scream as a classic in tortured psychology, Ursula reduces it to its main colors and shows how gorgeous and vibrant they really are.

And of course, the blonde bombshell look never goes out of style, but it does get a pop art update!

You can see more of Ursula’s hairstyles, both on herself and her friends, all inspired by everything from food to nature, on her Instagram, and read more about her projects on her blog.

And if you know someone who’s been itching for a hairstyle change, SHARE Ursula’s creations with them!