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The important reason why these rainbow hair selfies are going viral

As 2016 approaches, many of you are probably thinking about all the changes you want to make, about the fresh start we’re about to be given. You may even have the mantra New year, new me! running through your brain on a constant loop as you write down all your resolutions. Even so, such resolutions can be a bit of a hassle (especially since they can take forever to accomplish). So what’s a quick fix?

Changing your hair, of course!

Maybe this is the year you plan on changing your hairstyle, which is why you’ve been doing some research on Instagram and Pinterest. Along the way, you’ve come across some celebrity styles you love and some chic, natural-looking colors, but – you couldn’t resist – you began to imagine what you’d look like with vibrant, rainbow hair! That’s probably because you came across one of Ursula Goff‘s photos:

Ursula is a hairstylist/Rainbow Hair Color Queen. And she looks like a magical character straight out of Wonderland. Above all, it wouldn’t surprise us if her photos were saved and brought to hairstylists across the globe by clients who want the same look.

Be that as it may, Ursula wants to make one thing very clear about her snapshots: they aren’t edited, but they are made to look a certain way. 

“I think it’s important to note that lighting, angles, facial expression, and make-up make a huge difference in photography and presentation (especially in my case!),” Goff writes on Facebook. “Social media can make it easy to feel like everyone else is awesome and perfect all the time, but that’s really never true. We should keep in mind that behind every pretty face or perfect lifestyle is a regular person, and that there’s really no point in comparing amongst ourselves because this is all cultivated.”

This is the photo that accompanies the above caption (and yes, that is Ursula on the right and the left):

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, December 8, 2015

Since the photo was posted on December 8th, it has quickly made its way across the Internet, thanks to Ursula’s refreshing honesty. Her post has garnered over 27,000 likes, over 2,000 comments, and over 15,000 shares to date. Most importantly, the hairstylist’s candid snapshot reminds us that the media (even the media we create for ourselves) doesn’t always accurately reflect who perfectly imperfect human beings are in real life.

And she’s inspired many commenters to share how this very post has changed the way they feel about themselves and their appearance —and how social media comes into play. Angela Robb wrote, “Needed to read this today. You are one beautiful woman…in both pics! My life goal is to be more of me. Love me. After all, there is only one of me and thats kinda special! Have a fabulous day xx.”

Teresa LoBianco posted, “yes everything you stated makes a big difference. The important thing is that people feel comfortable in their own skin whether done up or not. I definitely think I look really different in my ‘done up’ photos vs. normal me.”

Ursula adds, “I think of all the young people out there, especially girls, who are influenced by media in this way, and I think about how badly I know I’d feel if I were a teen today, trying to cope with ever more perfect females all over the place, and how that would likely suck even worse than what prior generations had to go through.”

As for her main goal when she posted the side-by-side selfies: “I hope it encourages other people to see that being yourself and being honest and saying what you think or what you feel can pan out,” Ursula explains in a Facebook video. “You don’t have to pretend to be perfect or amazing.”

We also want to point out that Ursula looks stunning in both photos. Because beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors of the rainbow.

[Images via Facebook and Instagram]

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