Hairstyle File: Rihanna's Evolving 'Do

It's not uncommon for Rihanna to switch up her hair. In fact, in the past six months, the diva has worn more hairstyles than many of us would wear in six years. Let's take a look back at the evolution of the ultimate hair chameleon.

Nicole Marie Melton Oct, 06, 2015

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On a visit to TRL, a fresh-faced Rihanna sported auburn curls with bangs and flat twists.

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At the MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna stepped out in a ponytails with lush bangs and subtle highlights.

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Rihanna swept her long, lush curls over one shoulder at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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During an appearance at Total Request Live, Rihanna pulled her sleek strands into a chic chignon.

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At the Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy party, Rihanna glowed in bone-straight, waist-length locks.

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Rihanna let down her hair for a sexy and mature look at the 2006 Billboard Awards

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Rihanna stepped on stage at Total Request Live in the asymmetrical bob hairstyle that would make her a household name.

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Rihanna remixed her black bob by adding thick, eyebrow-grazing bangs at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards.

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Rihanna chopped off even more of her hair, opting for a soft curls and shaven sides at a star-studded dinner party.

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To light the Empire State Building in celebration of Cartier’s “Love Day,” Ri-Ri sported a bold spiky cropped cut

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At a pre-Grammy party, Rihanna slicked her shaven strands to the side, leaving a little height at the top.

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Rihanna looked fierce at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in a smooth, short ’do complete with side-swept bangs.

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At an autograph signing in Berlin, Rihanna worked two-toned, eyebrow-grazing bangs.

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Rihanna added a dramatic, blunt-cut bang to her short hairstyle at a VEVO launch event.

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At the American Music Awards, Rihanna premiered yet another tress switcheroo when she added a honey blonde bang to her jet black crop.

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At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Rihanna stunned onlookers with a golden, funky pompadour.

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At the Miu Miu Spring/Summer show during Paris Fashion Week, Ri-Ri switched up her look yet again with bright red strands in a low ponytail, leaving out full, side-sweeping bangs.

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During a performance at the Rio Madrid Festival in Spain, Rihanna debuted her bright red, buzzed-on-the-sides crop. Within minutes, the world was chattering about her shocking new color!

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Performing at L.A.’s Staple Center, Rihanna flaunted a new ’do with longer, heavier bangs.

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Rihanna hit Drake’s album release after-party sporting a painstakingly curled, fluffed, shoulder-length ’do.

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When Rihanna turned on the Christmas lights at London’s Westfield shopping center, she sported an artfully messy updo accented with a kooky, polka-dotted ribbon.

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Rihanna sported an exaggerated bouffant ’do at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

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During her perfomance at the awards, Rihanna topped off her ’60s-inspired updo with an ornate tiara.

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During an appearance on Italy’s “X Factor” TV show, Rihanna gathered her hair—now longer than ever—in an endless, deliberately messy fishtail braid.

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On MTV’s “The Seven,” RiRi sported the longest, straightest, brightest red hair we’ve ever seen!

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At the 2010 American Music Awards, Rihanna rocked a head full of super-sweet, Shirley Temple curls.

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Rihanna went for high-drama with a fierce, frizzed-out wig at a pre-Grammy Brunch.

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At the Grammy Awards, RiRi went for an elegant, sophisticated look with this smooth bob.

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Rihanna sported an oversized, Sixties-inspired ponytail at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

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At the Academy Of Country Music Awards, Rihanna sported a sleek, sexy pixie.

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We’re obsessed with the bouffant updo RiRi rocked at her Reb’l Fleur fragrance launch. So chic!

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At the 2011 Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rihanna turned heads in this regal, fire engine red side-plait.

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The songstress rocked waist-length mermaid waves at the ‘Nivea And Rihanna Celebrate 100 Years Of Skincare’ event in Paris.

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At the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, RiRi sported a chunky, Ann Margaret-inspired bob.

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At a performance on ‘The Today Show,’ Rihanna rocked two rolled pin-curls at her hairline for a retro, wartime look.

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In concert, the Bahamian goddess rocked a full head of tightly coiled, cinnamon-hued ringlets.

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Hanging out in South Beach, Rihanna sported deep, burgundy-red strands with a long, eyelashing-grazing bang.

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At a fragrance launch for her ’Reb’l Fleur’ scent, Rihanna debuted this bodaciously high, lusciously curled, auburn ’do.

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Rihanna mesmerized the crowd with her sparkly, flawlessly highlighted bright brown curls.

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At a shoot for her We Found Love video, Rihanna sported a messy knotted updo with a handkerchief headband.

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Shopping in New York City, RiRi let down her gorgeous, sun-kissed waves and added a sexy red lip.

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Out and about in Paris, Rihanna piled her blonde-streaked curls on top of her head for an easy breezy vibe.

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At the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball, Rihanna flaunted her brand-new, shockingly platinum bob.

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At a pre-Grammy event, Rihanna showed off a head full of blonde waves.

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At the Grammy Awards, Rihanna turned heads in her bright blonde, Tina Turner-esque waves.

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At a promotional event for her film Battleship, Rihanna glowed in rich blonde tresses with soft curls.

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At a press event for the film Battleship, Rihanna revisited her jet black hair color and style her strands in an edgy half-shaven ’do.

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Rihanna arrived at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards in an edgy, jet-black cropped coif.

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The bad gal was first seen with the wig while hanging with our BFF in our head, Melissa Forde, and then again at the NBA Playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers. “Wiggin out!!” the 26-year-old also tweeted with a photo of she and Melissa. “We raided Nicki Minaj’s wig closet for the summer! Bad gals just wanna have fun!”

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She's back! Rihanna returned to her firey red hair for the November issue of Vanity Fair.