Pop icon Rihanna always blows us away with her fierce style. Riri is known for turning heads with perfectly styled, edgy looks and unbelievable range of hairstyling versatility. Is there any hair look our favorite diva can’t pull off? We think not.
This post is dedicated to Rihanna’s top hair looks of all time. From long to short, curly to straight, she sure knows how to work it, and wows us time and again. It’s hard to choose a favorite from her endless variety of looks, but one thing is for sure: Rihanna’s hair is anything but boring!
Our favorite songstress has got it going on — and she totally knows it. Let’s take a look at her best hairstyles of all time:
LONG SIDE BANG
Rihanna’s sultry sideswept bang is clearly a fan favorite. Among her hundreds of hairstyles over the years, long side bangs are most likely to be voted her signature look. Riri had women everywhere heading to the salon in droves, hoping to duplicate her chic, flirty style.
We can all agree bangs are not for the faint of heart. Many of us have had regrets after shearing off a chunk of hair and gasping as we looked in the mirror wondering what in the heck we had done. For those of us who can’t commit to short bangs or who are afraid to pull the trigger on a major style change, the long side bang is a super sexy alternative. Take a cue from Rihanna, who nailed the look better than anyone else we can think of.
Rihanna makes a play with dark and light ombré that lights up her naturally-glowing skin. Ombré hair is super flattering on so many complexions, which is no doubt the reason this trend has been everywhere in recent years. Scared of going “too” blonde? Don’t want to commit to constant root touch ups? Are you a coloring commitment phobe who can’t choose between the best of both worlds? Then ombré hair is your perfect match. When Rihanna stepped out in ombré, we fell in love instantly.
Naturally, the pop star had to have it her way. While most brunettes go the tried-and-true route with light brown or even blond ends, Rihanna chose a luxe copper tone that frankly most of us would have a hard time pulling off. It suits her caramel skin perfectly, and set our envy aflame. As always, Rihanna’s ombré hair looks flawless.
Rihanna looks fresh as a daisy with a short blunt cut and even shorter fringe. Her piecey, face-framing bangs were a bold risk that paid off in spades — but that’s just how she likes to do things!
This undone style looks so cool and low key on her. The relaxed, piecey bangs feel understated yet chic at the same damn time. How does she pull it off? Aside from her gorgeous bone structure, the secret lies in creating gentle bends in the hair and a slightly choppy cut.
Rihanna’s perfectly-imperfect bangs go to show that not every hair needs to be brushed in place to look glam. Rihanna opted for fringe that hits just below the brows. This forgiving length is a bit more manageable than shorter bangs, making this cut a great intro to bangs without making too big a leap.
This hairstyle shows Rihanna at her best. The pop star’s chic pixie cut with long side bang is both super edgy and feminine. Rounded facial features and soft, pouty lips keep her hairstyle from looking too severe, as does the gentle, sweeping bang. There is so much structure to this look that she practically looks like a statue of a goddess. Even though every strand is perfectly polished and set in place, her super shiny tresses give the cut an illusion of movement, catching the light with her every move. Sassy, fun, edgy - this haircut is perfect for a pop siren like Riri.
CURLS, TENDRILS AND WAVES
Make no mistake, Rihanna loves a good curl. Who doesn’t? Her loose tendrils give us flirty island vibes, and her long, flowing waves stun on red carpets. Even when she’s rocking one of her favorite hairstyles, the asymmetrical long bob (aka a “lob”, as it’s affectionally known), relaxed curls are one of Rihanna’s favorite looks.
While her red-carpet peers are playing it safe with beach waves, Riri does things her way. No surprise there! Rihanna has rocked every curl imaginable, on nearly every length of hair possible. She has given us everything from Betty Boop hair with polished ringlets, to glamorous long waves with mega volume that practically defies gravity, to easygoing beach waves on a cute short bob that make her look like the girl next door. Possibly her best curly hairstyle is this playful cut with soft tendrils draping over her elegant forehead, which inspired serious hair envy. The lesson? There is no curl Rihanna says no to, and we applaud her for it.