Stylist Reveals the Truth Behind Her Rainbow Hair Selfie

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A quick glimpse at Kansas-based hairstylist Ursula Goff's Instagram page reveals vibrant locks dyed to perfection, showcasing her work as a rainbow colorist.

However, as reported by PopSugar, Ursula took to Facebook the other day to shed some light on social media appearances. She posted two unedited selfies on Facebook side by side, displaying the same 'do (the photos were taken several days apart). Ursula chalks up the drastically different outcomes to lighting, angles, facial expression, makeup and styling.

"Social media can make it easy to feel like everyone else is awesome and perfect all the time, but that's really never true," Ursula wrote in her Facebook post. "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."

Ursula's message rings familiar with that of Essena O'Neill, an Instagram star who made headlines a couple of months ago for deleting her social media accounts and exposing the reality behind each of her perfect #Fitspo posts. Both Essena and Ursula mention that creating a false image on social media influences young people in a negative way by holding them up to impossible standards.

"Part of the solution, I think, is more people opting to take a moment here and there to be real and show what's behind the smoke and mirrors, because it's relevant for y'all to know that this isn't reality," Ursula goes on. "In reality, nothing is perfect, life is messy, and people are flawed. So the best way to be happy with yourself is to cultivate YOURSELF, vs. cultivating an IMAGE, or comparing yourself to everyone else. Do the things you want to do, find things you love, figure out what and who you want to be, and then set out to do that stuff. Think about what matters to you, and then try to engage with those activities, people, and/or values daily. Do you. For real."

Preach, girl!
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