8 Short Stages in Rihanna’s Hair Evolution

Posted On August 27, 2014 by | Posted in Celebrities


If there’s one celebrity who knows how to carry trimmed locks properly it’s Rihanna. She’s often courted controversy but this Barbadian lady has been making headlines for her unique sartorial sense and especially her hair-art ever since she entered showbiz. Her locks have gone from long to short and back again several times. She always manages to produce something innovative that surprises everybody with her charm and good looks. Her locks appear in pristine condition at all times although there were rumors excessive restyling had resulted in a bout of alopecia so the rate of change may have to slow down. Here are some of the most stunning examples that rocked the music and fashion worlds.

Signature Designs.

  • Short and Edgy. She has often kept it clippered at the nape. Her asymmetrical edgy bangs that swept to one side were show stopping and gave an uber cool and modern polish. Almost universally admired and one of her most imitated designs.
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  • A cut that she sported as far back in October 2007 but has returned to several times, the bob could be neat and sleek or more voluminous. Falling to the jaw line, it made her perfect diamond shaped chin more prominent while straight and amplified sections on top made it look proportional. She added a long front hem like a flick which was awesome.
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  • The Pixie Crop on the young star was quite bold and electric. She went for a pixie crop with the back lying a little longer than the nape. Later she colored it in fiery orange and kept the front asymmetrical and added some perfect thick fringes.
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  • Bang Undercut, one of the most iconic and bold examples Rihanna has ever sported. Red had become a signature for the singer but way back in 2010, she experimented with long bangs lying on the forehead and emerging from the crown. The bangs were again asymmetrical and there was also a shaved undercut. Only Rihanna can sport such a wonderful array of daring ideas and get away with it.
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  • The Voluminous pink crop provided a dramatic contradiction to her often dark or red colors. She moved on to a crop with bangs at the front, she doesn’t like to dwell too long with a particular style, she makes it into double figures most years.

More Pixies and Undercuts.

  • The Curly Pixie. Rihanna ditched straight and went back to curves. The pixie is difficult to pull off with curls as they’re slight opposites but she had lots of volume and sported curls that were almost towering at her crown.
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  • Undercut Pompadour.  A signature undercut on the side mixed with longer sections in the middle, gelled into a perfect retro structure. The shaved head on the sides complemented the effect.
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  • The fringed bob. She took the typical bob to new heights by adding long bangs that reached below the eyebrows which became an instant hit.
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You’ll often find Rihanna’s hairstyles have bangs, though she has also tried some breathtaking retro quiffs too. The most important fact keeping Rihanna at the top spot of celebrity coiffure wish-lists is that she’s ready to experiment. Different cuts and colors emerge, wait a month and you’ll see another one unveiled.

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