25 Reasons Rihanna Is the Ultimate Hair Muse

Rihanna looks stunning on the cover of Vanity Fair this month and her fiery red hair is giving us some serious tress inspiration. We all know that Ri-Ri is no stranger to daring hairstyles, but in case you've forgotten just how much of a chameleon she can be, take a look back at some of her hottest looks.

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Rihanna attends the Christian Dior show in a curly updo. We light brown color on the top really sets it a part.

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Red made a comeback at Christian Dior TOKYO Autumn/Winter 2015-16 Show and we love it! The deep waves give Rih an old-school look while the eye-popping color makes it modern.

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Rihanna attends the Vogue 95th Anniversary Party with waist-length hair and a subtle, yet enhancing hue.

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Rih Rih let her curls have a moment with this super cute curly bun.

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Rihanna adds a fun touch to her mane with a front swoop that takes the style up a few notches.

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Rihanna rocked a gorgeous honey hue to the Fall/Winter 2013-2014 Chanel show in Paris, France.  The slightly tousled, yet perfectly placed waves are definitely copy-worthy.

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The Grammy viewership let out a collective swoooooon when Rihanna walked the red carpet with romantic cascading waves. The style was unexpected, sophisticated turn for the typically edgy star—but it definitely worked.

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Rihanna causes THE hair moment of 2013 by rocking a doobie to accept the American Music Awards Icon Award.

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Rihanna gave "Business in the front, party in the back" a new meaning with this daring 'do. While the front is chic and tapered, the back boasts long and flowing locks.

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Rihanna took Paris Fashion Week by storm with a bob that complimented every ensemble and that was undeniably chic.

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Long and sleek was the name of the game with this straight middle-part style.

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Rih Rih's curly pony is the perfect way to change up a look. Instead of slicking down the front she lets curls fall towards her face to create an entirely different look.

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A textured half up, half down do is a fun and youthful change from a traditional pony.

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Rih Rih gave the world a taste of Black culture when she rocked these gorgeous Bantu knots at the iHeart Radio awards in 2014.

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Rihanna attended MAC Cosmetics and MAC AIDS Fund world premiere of 'It's Not Over' with a loose bun and frayed bangs. Super sophisticated!

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Rihanna attends the Altuzarra show during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015

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Rihanna attends fifth annual amfAR gala.

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Rihanna launches her new fragrance Rogue Man

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Rihanna’s no-fuss updo was perfectly imperfect as she dazzled the red carpet.

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Rihanna attended the British Fashion Awards rocking a classic top bun. This style can easily be done up or dressed down.

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The star's red flipped bob proves that she can conquere any look with ease. The red hue just tops it all off.

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Rihanna's frayed bangs give her bun a cute and relaxed feel that meshes perfectly with her stunning smile.