How famous artists like Vincent van Gogh are inspiring new hair colors

Feb 2, 2016 at 12:13 a.m. ET

If you think about it, hair stylists really are modern-day artists. The things these talented women and men can do with hair and color is nothing short of a work of art.

But one Kansas-based colorist is taking her art to a new level by using art from famous painters of the past to inspire hair color for her clients. Ursula Goff posts photos of her handiwork inspired by pieces like Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," along with a mini history lesson about the artists, the paintings and why it's inspirational to her.

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"I often get asked where I went to hair school, and what sort of cosmetology education background I have," she wrote on the photo of the Munch-inspired hair color. "The answer is probably disappointing for most people — I went to a community college Cosmo program and have almost no other training outside of that."

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But she has been an artist since she was 5, first as a sketch artist and eventually with different types of paint. Going from canvas to hair is a natural progression, she says, using "the same sorts of color application techniques and identical color theory."

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The pieces she uses as inspiration are ones that "force themselves out of me in surges of emotional energy. "Without art, I think I'd be far more dysfunctional, as I would struggle to express myself in other ways," she said.

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And we're thankful for her self-expression, because it inspires us with her masterful color skills. We can't wait to see what famous artist she's inspired by next.

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