Hairstyle File: Rihanna

Rihanna. By now, her name is synonymous with a few things: Umbrellas. Rude Boys. Sharp-shouldered silhouettes. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, hair. The Barbadian beauty famously chopped her long locks into a boyish crop for the release of her 2007 album "Good Girl Gone Bad" and almost overnight, she went from dancehall-ish two hit wonder to international pop phenomenon! We know that hair can't make you a star, but we also know this--every time RiRi rocks her short hair in a new style, whether it's highlights or curls, everyone from A-listers to your BFF tries to copy it. Go head with your fierce hair, RiRi! Here, we take a look back at the Grammy-winning artist's hottest mane moments.
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 27, 2010

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Rihanna. By now, her name is synonymous with a few things: Umbrellas. Rude Boys. Sharp-shouldered silhouettes. And lastly, but perhaps most importantly, hair. The Barbadian beauty famously chopped her long locks into a boyish crop for the release of her album “Good Girl Gone Bad,” and almost overnight, she went from dancehall-ish two hit wonder to international pop phenomenon! We know that hair can’t make you a star, but we also know this—every time RiRi rocks her short hair in a new style, whether it’s highlights or curls, everyone from A-listers to your BFF tries to copy it. Here, we take a look back at the Grammy-winning artist’s hottest mane moments.

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When Rihanna first burst on the scene with 2005’s hit single “Pon de Replay,” she was a fresh-faced 17 year-old with long blowout and eyelash-grazing bangs.

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Riri hit the red carpet at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards rocking waist-length, pin-straight auburn extensions. Paired with red lips and black liner, she looked every inch the vamp.

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At Paris Fashion Week, Rihanna wore her raven-black hair in an exaggerated, super-sculptural pompadour that inspired a whole new mane movement.

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Here, Rihanna began moving away from her signature long, brown blowout. She died her hair jet black, cut it to her shoulders, and set it in glossy, retro curls.

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“Umbrella” established Rihanna as a worldwide phenomenon, and her new, razor-sharp boyish crop established her as a tress trendsetter.

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Never one to stick with the same hairstyle for too long, Rihanna jazzed up her heavy bangs with some expertly-placed platinum streaks.

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At the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, Rihanna debuted a new super-blonde style and tousled waves.

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At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Rihanna wore her golden strands swept up into a gravity-defying pompadour. So chic!

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Rihanna remixed her short-on-the-sides, long-on-top cut by rocking the front in a dramatic swoop across one eye.

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In another trendsetting move, Rihanna refined her “rooster” style into a modified, retro mushroom/bowl cut.

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Rihanna debuted her longer, funkier, tiger-striped ‘do at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards.

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