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Rihanna’s Hair Evolution : 60 Hairstyles We Know You’ll Love

Rihanna and Her Hair!

Rihanna is the musical icon responsible for the “Waa waa wa thoughts” tune stuck in your mind and the irresistible urge to “wine” to all her dancehall songs. Miss Fenty is not only known for her endless dance hits, but also her edgy hairstyles. Rihanna hairstyles are a staple when it comes to look!

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2005: New Girl On The Scene

In 2005, 15-year-old Rihanna signed to Island Def Jam records and released the song Pon De Replay. During this breakout period, she rocked long, brown hair with bangs. Her girl-next-look charm and relatable look made us fall in love. Check it out!

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As a new artist, Rihanna’s hair was natural looking and usually a long length. She often wore it straight or curled, and always a warm brown tone. She also wore long brown wavy hair for an effortless look.

rihanna brown hair

Check her out rocking a sleek and straight look with full bangs!

rihanna brown hair with bangs

2006: Play It Safe

Rihanna played it safe with her long brown hair in various curly styles.

rihanna brown hair
rihanna brown hair
rihanna curly wavy brown middle part

2007: All Grown Up

A few years following her debut, Rihanna released Good Girl Gone Bad, an album that signified her musical and personal style shift. She made a rebellious statement by chopping her hair into a short, graduated bob and by dying her hair jet black.


Rihanna made it clear that she wasn’t a little girl anymore, and her style was much more mature and edgy.

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RiRi coined the bob as her signature style in 2007.

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rihanna bob

2008: Short Hair Don’t Care

Cutting her hair even shorter, Rihanna created an edgier look for herself. Who needs long hair when you’re as amazing as her?

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rihanna short black hair blonde highlights
rihanna short black hair

2009: Dark and Edgy Short Haircuts

With a dark turn to her music style, Rihanna’s hair had to do the same.

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rihanna black and blonde hair

Keeping the short cropped look, Rihanna added blonde to her signature style. Whether worn sleek and straight or curled, she looked terrific in blonde.

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rihanna short blunt cut blonde hair
rihanna short curly blonde hair

2010: Fiery Red

2010 was the year of red for Rihanna! Following a recent breakup with Chris Brown, RiRi rocked a brand new look for the year. This bright scarlet red looked terrific on her and complimented her edgy personality. She occasionally rocked blonde locks, but she was definitely in a fiery mood most of 2010.

rihanna red hair

Rihanna also slayed us by bringing back her long hair! While a short haircut is her signature look, we were relieved to see her in long hair again!

rihanna red hair

Rihanna’s red hair was a look! She rocked a deep burgundy/red color with big bouncy curls for the American Music Awards.

rihanna curly red hair

Even with the new color, she reverted to her signature pixie cut! I have to say; no one rocks a pixie cut like Rih Rih!

rihanna short red cut

This sparkling headband adds an extra spark to her hairstyle!

rihanna red hair headband

If you were wondering, it is super easy to get this bright red color. Instead of using dark color bundles, try Private Label Extensions Russian Blonde bundles. Coloring Russian Blonde bundles are so much simpler than bleaching dark colored hair, and it also preserves the quality of the hair.

2011: Auburn Hair

Rihanna must have loved her red hair because she kept it all the way through 2011. For the 2011 Met Ball, she rocked her long red hair in a simple braid. I love this look because it is simple, elegant, yet still glamorous and beautiful.

For the 2011 Grammys, she rocked what seems to be her natural hair, colored auburn red. This red is much warmer in tone compared to the bright red she was wearing previously, but it is just as beautiful. This natural length and texture remind me of early Rihanna!

rihanna red bob

Speaking of early Rihanna, she also brought her full bangs back! These bangs are nostalgic for 2005 Pon De Replay, but the red color adds her signature edge.

rihanna red hair bangs

Rihanna also rocked this rich red kinky curly afro! This afro might be short-lived, but I have to say it was pretty different even for her.

rihanna red kinky curly afro

2012: Blondes Have More Fun!

Rihanna went blonde on us again in 2012! What’s a better way to kick off a new year than with platinum blonde hair? Instead of a super short cut, she keeps her hair at shoulder length with dark brown roots and bright blonde ends.

rihanna blonde wavy bob

The big blonde hair was a new look for her, and she looked so fun and carefree in it!

rihanna blonde hair

Back to Black

In other 2012 hair news, Rihanna rocked this super sleek jet black hairstyle for the 2012 GQ Men of The Year party. Not forgetting that red is her color, she paired a red Calvin Klien dress with strappy sandals, hoop earrings, and a diamond necklace. Even with effortless hair, makeup, and outfit, she still slays. Rihanna proves that that less is more!

rihanna sleek black hair

Rihanna also wore these beautiful faux locs! Rih Rih tweeted “Wake bake shake dem dreads” with an attached photo of her twisted tresses. Check it out!

rihanna dreads faux locs

When asked on Twitter why such a drastic hairstyle change, she replied “their HOT! ;)” since I was 14, but mama Fent’z wasn’t havin it! Hehe.” I’m sure Miss Fenty doesn’t have much of a say these days, but she changes her hairstyles so frequently there is only a matter of time before a new hairstyle!

Shortly after the locs, Rihanna chopped it all off and went back to her signature pixie cut. What a shocker!

rihanna pixie cut

2013: Edgy Styles

In 2013, Rihanna hit the red carpet with long light brown hair and highlights. To make the look her own, she added a shaved side to pump up the edge factor.

rihanna long hair shaved sides

2013 was also the year of the mullet for Riri. Despite negative feedback from her fans, Rihanna rocked the mullet anyways! That’s right girl, show them you don’t need approval!


2014: Bantu Knots

In 2014 Rihanna traded the mullet in for long dark tresses. Riri couldn’t go wrong with this beautiful and natural “wet and wavy” hair.

rihanna wet and wavy hair

For the iHeartRadio Music Awards, she rocked this unique Bantu knot style on what looks like a full lace wig! What do you think?

rihanna bantu knots

To finish off the year, she sported a classy messy updo to the 2014 Met Gala.

rihanna met gala

2015: Classic and Elegant

In 2015, she took a break from the bright colors and crazy styles and opted for more classic, simple looks.

Riri looks beautiful with her long dark hair, reminiscent of 2012.

rihanna black wavy hair

Rihanna’s half-up half-down look has always been one of my personal favorites!

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Rihanna looked elegant at the 2015 Diamond Ball with her long black hair styled straight back.

rihanna diamond ball balck hair all the way back

No matter how much Rihanna switches up her hairstyle, she seems to also come back to bangs one way or another! Check her out in this messy ponytail with full bangs!

rihanna messy bun with bangs

2016: Back to the Basics

Rihanna rocked a super cropped bob in 2016, bringing the short hair back in a less drastic manner.

rihanna middle part bob

Long dark hair again for the win!

rihanna straight black middle part

Rihanna also revisited the Bantu knots.

rihanna bantu knots

This avant-garde look for Elle is one of her most creative hairstyles.

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Here, she also slayed locs again.

rihanna braid locs

Rihanna stunted at the 2016 VMAs with her sleek and straight hair styled straight back.

rihanna all back hair

Riri served us red hair again for the 2016 Met Gala! This short, flipped bob reminds me of the Great Gatsby, especially with her elegant headpiece.

rihanna met gala

2017: Simple Yet Memorable

Rihanna kept her hairstyling pretty simple and 2017, and instead focused on her personal style.

rihanna luscious curls

Rihanna looks stunning in beautiful long, dark wavy hair at her Fenty Beauty presentation in Madrid, Spain.

rihanna wet wavy brown hair

Rihanna is glowing and allowing her inner beauty to shine in this super sleek ponytail and simple makeup.

Confidence is not a scarcity in this picture of her! She looks stunning with her sleek, low ponytail and side bang.

rihanna sleek straight ponytail

Rihanna rocked bigger and longer locs than she did in 2016. These locs remind of Bob Marley’s beautiful freeform locs.

rihanna long chunky dreads

Rihanna finally experimented with color again in this beautiful synthetic ponytail in her editorial shoot with Paper Magazine.

rihanna synthetic lavender ponytail

In that same editorial shoot with Paper Magazine, she rocked what looked like cone shaped buns in her hair. The shoot immediately went viral, no one had ever done this before!

rihanna paper magazine

This wet and wavy look is the infamous “waa waa wild thoughts!” hairdo from the Wild Thoughts music video with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller! You or your stylist can easily recreate this look with Private Label Extensions Water Wave bundles!

rihanna wild thoughts hair

Robyn spiced up her new sleek look with a few vintage-looking hairpins.

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Ms. Fenty slayed us all at the 2017 Met Ball, and this is by far one of her most iconic looks. With thigh high strappy sandals, blush pink and blue avant-garde dress super highlighted makeup, it was only right to keep the hair simple with a sleek top-knot bun and full bangs. Executed to perfection!

rihanna met gala

Here’s a style she has never done before: short curly afro!

rihanna curly short black hair

This hairstyle might be another short-lived afro, but she looks stunning in it like every other short haircut she rocks.

Rihanna returned to her long, brunette tresses at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

rihanna brown hair middle part

2018 has just begun, so it seems like Rihanna is going to give us a moment to breathe before snatching our wigs again with a new hairstyle. I have a feeling she is going to fill 2018 with more classic and elegant hairstyles and a few Avante-Garde looks.

What do you think of her many hairstyles? Has she ever inspired you to do something drastic to your hair? Lastly, what year was your favorite Rihanna hairstyle year? Mine has to be 2010 because that fiery red was everything I ever needed from a hairstyle! I can’t wait to see your responses below!

Happy New Year!

One thought on “Rihanna’s Hair Evolution : 60 Hairstyles We Know You’ll Love

  1. Rebbeca Huntley says:

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this site needs much more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read through more, thanks for the advice!

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