Rihanna is known for many things: her music, her growing beauty empire, her impeccable style...must we go on? But while that list continues to grow (hello, she is headlining the Super Bowl halftime show in 2023!), there’s another Riri attribute that some may overlook—her hair. Who can forget the asymmetrical bob from her “Umbrella” days? Or her flaming red hair during the “Loud” era? Or when she shaved one side of her head? The Barbados singer has rocked so many head-turning hairstyles over the years that it’s hard to choose our favorite one. From her “Pon De Replay” days to building her Fenty empire, here are 46 Rihanna hairstyles to fall in love with all over again.
A Timeline of Rihanna's Hairstyles, From "Pon De Replay" to Fenty Beauty
2005: Pon De Replay Slay
It’s 2005 and we just heard “Pon De Replay” for the first time. In her early days, Rihanna was always seen rocking a heavy side bang and sleek brown locks to every red carpet event.
2005: Curls Galore
In the same year, the singer switched things up occasionally with a head full of loose curls and subtle blonde highlights to brighten the look.
2006: Dark Brown Bob
With hits like “SOS” and “Unfaithful” in 2006, Rihanna wasn’t just experimenting with her music. During Z100’s annual Jingle Ball, she revealed a shorter bob and darker hair.
2007: Asymmetrical Bob
You can’t belt out “Umbrella” without remembering this iconic asymmetrical bob. Riri was ready to play with her hair and break away from the traditional bob. Oh, and fun fact: The look was inspired by Charlize Theron’s look in Aeon Flux.
2007: Red Highlights
And she wasn’t done with the bob just yet. To further spice things up, the beauty maven added red highlights to create a contrast against her jet-black hair. When 2007 was all about “good girls going bad,” leave it to Rihanna to bend the beauty rules.
2008: Side Bang Pixie
Rihanna continued to go shorter and shorter with her hair, yet she kept her signature side bang. With hits like “Disturbia” and “Take a Bow” coming out that year, the singer was showing off an edgier look with her hairstyles.
2008: Highlighted Pixie
Speaking of edgy styles, at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, Riri walked the red carpet sporting blue and blonde streaks throughout her coiffed pixie.
2009: Blonde Streaks
At her third Met Gala, she made an impression with a slash of blonde highlights in her updo that elevated her snazzy black tie suit.
2009: Blonde Takeover
By September, just a few months after the Met Gala, Rihanna added more blonde hair and maybe hinted that she was ready to go a brighter for the rest of the year.
2009: Blonde Bombshell
As expected, the singer went completely blonde and even buzzed her sides to create a voluminous pompadour. It paired well with her newest album, “Rated R,” which showed a darker side to the performer.
2010: Curly Mohawk
At the NRJ Music Awards (where she won for Best International Female, FYI), Rihanna curled her blonde mohawk and kept her sides trimmed for the event.
2010: Bowl Cut
Only Rihanna can truly pull off a bowl cut—plus, the one black streak in the front brings a bold contrast to her all-blonde hair.
2010: Siren Curls
By the end of 2010, her “Loud” era was beginning, and it started with a fiery red ‘do. It also ushered in a year of longer hairstyles and bouncier curls for the artist.
2010: Dark Red Updo
Rihanna had never been afraid to rock every shade of the red. This curly updo merged red and black for a blended style that matched perfectly with her lip shade.
2010: Sleek Red
While promoting her fifth album, the “S&M” singer traded her signature curls for a sleeker, straighter hairstyle without losing her crimson shade.
2010: Corkscrew Curls
Sure, the singer won a few awards at the American Music Awards that year, but she truly owned the red carpet with her corkscrew burgundy curls and matching red dress.
2010: Voluminous Curls
At a Pre-Grammy Brunch hosted by Gucci and RocNation, the singer wore a white gown and left her makeup minimal, so her fiery red curls could take center stage.
2010: Copper Blowout
At this point, we know the Grammy-award winning artist can rock any red ‘do. This shade, in particular, has a hint of orange undertones that compliments her olive skin tone especially well.
2011: Golden Brown Waves
In 2011, Riri said goodbye to red and hello to golden brown locks. The shade complimented her sixth studio album, “Talk That Talk,” and brought in a new year of looks.
2012: Blonde Is Back
Just as we were getting used to seeing her with brown hair, the fashion mogul returned to her signature blonde shade for the Grammy Awards. And though some of us would scream at our natural roots showing, Rihanna somehow makes it work with this shaggy cut.
2012: Black Babe
A few months later, Ms. Robyn showed off jet-black strands and a spankin’ hot side-shave. Honestly, it was the perfect time to showcase a new look after making the TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World list that year.
2012: Cropped Pixie
Just one month later, the “We Found Love” singer went back to sporting a pixie at the MTV VMAs. We love the way the closely cropped cut showed off her statement red lip and voluminous lashes even more.
2012: Finger Waves
With sexy waves like this, we’re not the least bit surprised that the singer took a shot at being a Victoria Secret’s angel for the night.
2013: Subtle Ombré
Rihanna loves to have us on our toes with her hairstyles. But while she was becoming known for her bold colors and haircuts, she surprised us with a subtle natural look for the 55th Grammy Awards (and looked stunning, of course).
2014: Bantu Beauty
As a performer for the night, Rihanna sported bantu knots and striking green lips to the iHeart Radio Awards.
2014: Pretty In Pink
It was a blink and you missed it moment, but eagle-eyed fans remember the star’s pink pixie when she sat courtside at the Clippers game.
2015: Flipped Burgundy Bob
This is the year Rihanna cemented her status as a fashion icon at the Met Gala. While her dress stole the show, her flipped burgundy bob (and golden headpiece) deserves the spotlight, too.
2015: Honey Blonde Curls
The fragrance queen showed off her golden curls in a pineapple updo that complimented her all-pink attire.
2015: ANTI Era
Riri revealed her eighth album, “Anti,” with a snazzy photoshoot and a half up-half down look complete with multiple mini buns up top.
2015: Slicked Back
At the 2nd annual Diamond Ball, the fashion mogul modeled Hollywood glam in a gold gown, bedazzled diamonds and a slicked back ‘do.
2016: Rounded Bob
In 2016, Ms. Robyn officially joined the fashion world by introducing her Fenty (in collaboration with Puma). As a new designer, she showed off a new bob that definitely gave us Anna Wintour vibes.
2016: Bedazzled Hair Gems
The striking eyeliner look and the sparkling hair gems are a match made for awards season.
2016: Wavy Bob
By now we know that Riri loves a good bob, and adding fringe and a wavy texture definitely elevated her go-to look for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, where she was given the Billboard Chart Achievement Award.
2017: Top Knot Gala
Another year, another Met Gala that the singer dominated. Sticking to 2016’s theme of Rei Kawakubo/Comme Des Garçons: Art of the In-Between, the singer kept her top knot simple and adorned it with some wispy bangs.
For the all-women led Ocean’s 8 film, the Barbados star brushed up on her acting chops and sported locs for her character, Nine Ball.
2017: French Twist
It was fitting for the beauty founder to rock an elegant French Twist at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. And in Rihanna fashion, adding a pair of micro shades to the look was a nice touch.
2017: The Wet Look
Rihanna starred in another film, Valerian and the City of a Thousands Planets, and walked the red carpet premiere in a custom Giambattista Valli Couture dress and slicked back wavy style.
2017: Fenty Pony
At the Fenty Beauty launch, the beauty billionaire left her curly high pony simple, so her star highlighter could shine.
2017: High Pony
While celebrating the beauty brand’s launch in London, Rihanna showed off another impressively high pony with loose waves cascading past her shoulders for a chic finish.
2018: Side-Swept Blowout
At the fourth annual Diamond Ball, the singer opted for a side-swept blowout to show off her massive diamond earrings on the red carpet.
2019: Knotless Box Braids
In 2019, Rihanna modeled a few protective styles, including these long knotless box braids. The subtle red shade brings out her hot pink attire and matching lip color even more.
2019: '90s Updo
At the 5th annual Diamond Ball, the star brought a sophisticated flair with a ‘90s-inspired updo and wavy front pieces to work alongside her little black dress.
2019: Fulani Braids
The fashion icon finished the year off strong with this Fulani style. As the award recipient at the 2019 Fashion Awards, we wouldn’t expect anything less of the triple threat.
2022: Team Side Part
The mom-to-be showed off her glowing belly and a side part (that would make Gen-Z cringe) at her Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin celebration.
2022: '60s Ponytail Flip
A ‘60s ponytail flip, face full of Fenty Beauty and a next level pregnancy glow? A special combination in 2022 for Rihanna.
2022: A New Chapter
The last couple of months has been fantastic for the beauty mogul. She welcomed her first child, released a new song for Wakanda Forever and continues to surprise us with more fashion and beauty looks. Exhibit A: These tousled waves with a braided side.