The Best Head-Turning Rihanna Hairstyles
Rihanna is notorious for her ever-changing looks. Not one to shy away from trying out new cuts and colors, our favorite Bajan babe has served up some serious beauty style since she first caught our eye 10 years ago. Curb your hair envy, and get inspired by these Rihanna hairstyles we love.
Parties and special occasions are great venues to try out new 'dos (just be sure to do a test run beforehand!). We love the retro spin of Rihanna's '50s-inspired pinup hairstyle. All you need: hot rollers, pins, and a bit of hairspray to achieve this look.
This might be our favorite look yet. For a 2011 event, Rihanna edged up her retro curls with a deep part that showcases her undercut. To replicate the look, create body and volume by blow-drying with a round brush and a healthy dose of volume spray; then add curls with hot rollers. Toss your hair into a deep part, and finish with a volumizing hairspray.
Rihanna’s hair is naturally textured, but we love the extra oomph of these super-tight ringlet curls. Shaped into a manicured ‘fro, the curls give her lots of body. Shape your own curls with a 3/4-inch curling rod and a styling cream for maximum volume and hold.
Sleek & Slicked Back
Slicked-back hair was huge on the spring runways for the past two seasons, and we love how Rihanna’s take shows off her edgy accessories. A round brush, a bit of pomade, and a lot of hairspray are all you need to achieve the look.
A bit of styling cream adds texture to Rihanna’s cropped pixie cut. The wispy waves are light and playful to contrast the rather edgy crop, not to mention that the style gives her locks just the right amount of volume.
The Bajan bombshell looks absolutely glamorous with undone curls and lots of volume. Re-create the look with a 1 1/2-inch curling iron—leave the ends out, add a bit of texture spray, and muss with your fingers.
This super-short tomboy crop proves Rihanna can do no wrong. Subtle texture and shine keep the fun fringe from looking flat.
These tight, voluminous ringlets look naturally beautiful on Rihanna, and the sun-kissed hue of her tresses totally makes her skin glow. Steal her style by using a 3/4-inch barrel curling rod and lots of volumizing spray.
Think Miley set off the undercut craze? Think again: Rihanna chopped her hair years earlier, yet the cut looks as chic as ever. Volumize by rubbing a styling cream into damp hair, blow-dry upward using a round brush, and spritz on some hairspray to finish.
Sleek & Straight
We’re used to seeing RiRi with texturized tresses, but we love a good change of pace. Her super-long locks were sleek and straight at a 2006 red carpet event. Want the look? Do a deep-conditioning treatment to hydrate your hair, blow-dry straight with a paddle brush, and then touch up with a straightener and lots of anti-frizz spray.
Blunt Bob & Bangs
RiRi looks ready for the runway with this über-chic blunt bob. The cut is a bit asymmetrical, starting short in the back and gradually getting longer toward the front face-framing pieces to give the hair movement. Sleek straight hair with a bit of shine completes the look.
This asymmetrical long-bob (“lob”) style is the perfect way to freshen up your look and add a bit of edge. Straighten hair with a flatiron—don’t forget the heat-protecting spray first!—and rub in a few drops of an essential oil, such as argan oil, to add a subtle sheen.
Messy Low Bun
We love a good messy low bun as much as the next girl. The pop princess looks effortlessly beautiful with her hair pulled back and a few loose tendrils framing her face. To re-create the look, give your hair texture by curling a few pieces—don’t worry about getting it all, as most of it will be covered—loosely pinning it into a low bun, and letting a few shorter pieces fall out.
The usually edgy songstress channeled her softer side with this pretty side-swept pixie cut. The long bangs gently sweep across her face to showcase her gorgeous and strong features. It’s a feminine take on the sporty cut.
RiRi knows how to rock a deep part. Changing up your part can add some serious volume back into lifeless locks. If you’re feeling daring, shave a small side section to really mimic her ‘do (and you can totally hide it later by changing your part).
Rihanna isn’t afraid to play with color. She’s been bleached to a blonde bombshell, gone gray, and rocked this coppery red. You don’t have to do a complete hair overhaul, but adding subtle color, such as highlights, can elevate your look.
The pop princess looked flirty and fun channeling a 1920s flapper with this bob. Messy tight curls give the chin-length cut a sexy texture that shows off her sculpted jawline. A spritz of shine spray finishes the look and tames flyaways.