Hairstylist Ursula Groff uses nature as an inspiration to create mindblowing hair designs
The art of dyeing our hair date back to the early 1500 BC when Egyptians used henna to cover their grey hair. In recent times, many hair trends like rainbow hair and pastel shades have just become popular. Keeping up with the fashion trends, hairstylist Ursula Goff has become well-known in the hairstylist cycle after she drew inspiration to style hair from nature. She uses any picture of nature available as a reference like volcanoes, starry nights, pearls, oceans, and butterflies for her color scheme in her latest designs.
Because of her unique work, Ursula has 151k Instagram followers and she regularly posts about the latest hair designs together with pictures that inspired them. In a conversation with Bored Panda, the artist said, "I’ve always been an artist, so it seemed like a natural transition to experiment with illustrating and painting on hair. Kind of gives me the best of both worlds; I still get the chance to paint while still doing work that is relevant to my chosen career. I approach hair color pretty much like I approach painting—I can be inspired by almost anything and I’m always asking myself how I’d execute certain looks or concepts."
When asked how long does it take to complete one design, she said, "It depends on the design. Some of the hair paintings/illustrations I’ve done are painted on hair extensions and clipped into the hair, and those can take from 30 minutes to several hours to complete. A full hair color concept on a client, however, almost always takes a minimum of six hours due to the multiple processes involved. I’d say I’ve been working from a variety of inspirations, both my own and my clients’, for the bulk of my 18-year career. It didn’t occur to me to begin sharing the inspiration as a visual aid, however, till about 4 years ago."
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She continued, "I have an entire album on my phone filled with thousands of photos I save to share with clients and to use as a reference, but clients also bring in their own photos or verbally discuss concepts they’d like to do. We may look for a reference photo before I start working just make sure we are on the same page, or, if they are more flexible and trusting, I may just work from the concept mentally and find an appropriate image to match it to later. I come up with a lot of ideas on my own, but collaborating with many of my clients also leads me to do work that I normally wouldn’t think of or maybe even wouldn’t want to do, and it can force me out of my comfort zone and give me completely new ideas to work from. The result is that I am constantly challenged and I am even pleasantly surprised sometimes."
Goff started teaching private art lessons and doing commissioned artwork at the young age of 14 and she also taught art for a year in an elementary school. She concluded, saying, "Doing hair actually feeds my creativity pretty well. But I missed doing art after a while, so that’s why I started doing design/illustration/painting reproductions on hair a few years ago. Now I only work part-time in the salon for health reasons, so it’s freed up a lot of time for me."