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Rihanna’s Most Memorable Hair Looks Ever

She may not be giving us new music, but she *always* serves a look, including the short, curly hairdo she wore to celebrate Fenty Hair.

Rihanna is known for a lot of things: Her one-of-one personal style, her DGAF attitude, her beauty empire, and her knack for giving us exactly what we need when we need it. Case in point: When makeup brands refused to expand their shade ranges, the singer took the lead and launched her shade-inclusive Fenty Beauty brand. And now, she’s coming to bless our tresses with Fenty Hair.

To celebrate the launch of her forthcoming haircare line at an event on June 10, the mogul walked rocked her natural hair, dyed a gorgeous caramel hue. This is the first time we’ve seen the singer wear her natural hair in some time, and it’s a pretty significant moment. Historically, Black hair has been a point of symbolism as well as contention in society, with many outside the textured hair community deeming natural hair and protective styles like braids as “unruly” or “unprofessional.”

At its core, discrimination against textured hair is rooted in racism and white supremacy, and the notion that hair that looks different from the “norm” (i.e. white) is inherently wrong, bad, or unprofessional. And while times have somewhat evolved — and people have the right to wear their hair however makes them feel good, whether that’s curly, relaxed, braided or in flowing waves — hair discrimination still exists and that makes Rihanna’s decision to publicly embrace her natural hair so important.

Despite the significance of Rihanna’s gorgeous natural coils, this is far from the first time RiRi has given us the ultimate hair inspo; the singer is known for switching up her hairstyle and always leaving fans in awe — and running to their stylists. Below, some of the most iconic Rihanna hair moments of all time.

The Fenty Hair era

 

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Rihanna’s latest hair moment is arguable one of our faves — and not just because it’s top of mind. We love that the singer is embracing a short naturally curly hairdo, not to mention its luscious cookie batter colour. For a haircare line that’s all about inclusivity and catering to people who want to embrace their true selves, it only seems fitting.

Long, dark and curly

 

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It seems that keeping her black hair long and curly is a staple for Rihanna, who periodically returns to a similar style, or slight variation of it, sometimes experimenting with a new hue or length. We love this particular look because it reminds us of OG RiRi, when she was an emerging artist from Barbados.

Her Guava Island braids

 

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Marking her return to acting after a few years off, Rihanna stepped into her role as Kofi Novia in 2019’s Guava Island with knotless box braids.

The ’60s bob

 

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Ever a fan of channelling a moment in time when it comes to her hairstyle, the “Diamonds” singer paid homage to the 1960s with this chic bob.

Rihanna’s blonde shag

 

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Sorry, but this look lives rent free in our minds. A blink-and-you’d-miss-it style, Rihanna channeled the 1970s for a February 2017 shoot with Harper’s Bazaar, looking like the most stylish Top Gun recruit ever with a blonde shag cut. (She previously donned a blonde curly shag in 2012.)

A pop of blue

 

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Never one to shy away from a little colour, this short but sweet blue moment to kick of 2017 is still a memorable look in the singer’s hair repertoire.

Rihanna’s dreadlocks era

 

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In 2015, fashion commentator Giuliana Rancic infamously made rude comments about actress Zendaya donning dreadlocks on the red carpet, and just a year later, Rihanna reinforced that Rancic’s comments weren’t only out of line (not to mention racist), but also completely wrong.

The iconic short red hair phase

 

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2015 was arguably one of the beauty founder’s best style years. And nowhere was that more apparent than during her Met Gala appearance that year. The singer not only nailed the evening’s theme, ascending the stairs in a yellow Guo Pei gown, but she did so with a chic red bob. The perfectly flipped out ends gave just enough sass to balance out her distinct look.

Bantu knots

 

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Despite the fact that she only wore the style for a few hours, while presenting at a 2014 awards show, we were obsessed with the singer’s Bantu knots.

The updated Edna moment

 

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In 2014, Rihanna debuted a classic blunt bob and matching bangs.

Rihanna’s unforgettable 2013 short hair

 

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Arguably her most memorable haircut, Rihanna’s 2013 short hair era was a moment. While she had experimented with shorter hair before and would continue to do so in the decade to come, this specific foray into cropped locks was RRii at her edgy best. The blonde! The side shave! That volume! This was the first aesthetic sign that our girl wasn’t afraid to take risks when it came to her hairstyles.

Embracing her natural hair

 

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Over a decade before she stepped out for Fenty Hair rocking her natural curl pattern, the mogul first gave fans a glimpse of her gorgeous coils while celebrating Carnival in her native Barbados.

Ahead-of-its-time ombré

 

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Proving she’s always been a step ahead of trends, Rihanna paved the way for the soon-to-be popular ombré hair, stepping out in the look at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

The OG pixie cut

 

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Probably one of the biggest hair departures at the time for the new-ish singer (she also went red in 2010) was her 2012 pixie cut featuring a micro fringe. This one sent the internet into a tizzy — and fans everywhere to their hairstylists’ chairs asking for a similar chic cropped cut.

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