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A photo of the Northern Lights posted on Instagram by a Yellowknife photographer has become the inspiration for an eye-catching haircut crafted by a California stylist.

See the wild hairdo this woman ask for, inspired by the sky


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, April 24, 2015, 8:00 PM - Instagram photos of the northern lights by Yellowknife photographer Keating Smith have become the inspiration for an incredible new hairdo by a California stylist.

Hairstylist Christine Pierce of Studio 514 in Oceanside, California told the CBC a client asked for a haircut that resembled the northern lights.

A quick internet search led Pierce to Smith's photos, which heavily feature hues of pink, purple and green.

Pierce says she liked how the colours faded into one another, without any harsh lines.

the client's hair was coloured to reflect Smith's photos, who told the CBC he was 'blown away' by the end result.

"I didn't think I would ever see the aurora borealis put to use in hairstyling," he added.




RELATED: See more incredible photos of northern lights


WHAT CAUSES THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?

Northern lights -- or aurora borealis -- occur when solar particles collide with the Earth's atmosphere. Their colour variety results from the presence of different types of gas particles, and the colour of an aurora is dependent on the wavelength of light that's emitted.

Two of the most common elements in the Earth's atmosphere -- oxygen and nitrogen -- create different types of northern lights.

Oxygen is responsible for green and yellowish-green auroras.

Blue, purple and reddish purple auroras are rare in comparison. They're created with the help of nitrogen.

Sources: CBC | Instagram

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