We’ve seen it all with hair trends recently, from balayage and millennial pink sunset hair to random neon highlights and even holographic hair – however, none have been quite as beautiful as what artist and stylist, Ursula Goff, has managed to create with hair as her medium.
Goff has made a name for herself by painting famous art pieces onto her client’s hair. Paintings such as Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Claude Monet’s Water Lilies are beautifully transitioned onto hair, and we think they definitely wouldn’t look out of place hanging on the wall of a museum.
“I thought of [creating these looks] while I was washing a client’s hair,” she tells Allure. Goff was no stranger to using hair colour creatively, having previously gained attention from using the colour palettes of famous paintings, and applying these to her client’s hair.
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
It was from this idea that Goff went on to actually paint these famous works of art directly onto hair extensions. “For [the art] to lay properly on someone’s natural hair, I’d have to basically paint the hair in its natural vertical position, which is not comfortable for me or the client,” says Goff. The extensions are also then able to be taken out and kept as a memento.
Goff’s first project was ‘Starry Night’ by Van Gough, which took her almost 10 hours to complete. She recalls having to re-do the whole thing about three times until she was satisfied with her work.
We think Goff has a real talent for painting and we’re definitely well jel of her clients. Getting our hair done by her is totally going on our bucket list. Aren’t her designs simply breath-taking?
How bout some pop art in your hair? Some people think that Roy Lichtenstein unfairly appropriated and profited from comic book artists, while others say he brought attention to comics as an art form and elevated it. It gets even more meta when you take into account that I am now appropriating it for weird hair projects. Maybe someone could take it a step further for me by doing a sculpture of this? #popart #roylichtenstein #comics #hairart #paintingsonhair #behindthechair #btconeshot_unconventionalcolor17 #btconeshot_vibrant17 #arcticfoxhaircolor #manicpanic #nrage
I wore this Kandinsky hair weft in my hair at the Behind the Chair show last year and @marybehindthechair was petting it while we chatted, lol. I love this painting so much I also just bought a giant rug with this design on it for the lobby of my salon. Painting this was one of my favorite projects this last year, but I'm working on some new ones that are pretty fun, too. Gonna try to get those up in the next few weeks… #behindthechair #btconeshot_vibrant17 #btconeshot_unconventionalcolor17 #kandinsky #wassilykandinsky #abstracthair #synesthesia
She’s even painted dye directly onto a buzz cut – amazing!
Client bucket list: Marilyn Diptych. She approached me and said, "I know you always do your hair paintings on long hair, but do you think you could work out a way to do one on my short hair?" Having a background in screen printing actually helped me plot this out. I applied the colors in each individual block first and then did the black detailing last on top of them, which is likely the process Warhol used when screenprinting all his Marilyns. #behindthechair #btconeshot_unconventionalcolor17 #marilyn #warhol #popart #poparthair
We can’t wait to see what Goff comes up with next!