Happy Birthday Riri! The RnB star celebrates turning 31 this week, and as well as an abundance of awards and platinum records, this super star diva has bloomed into a global fashion icon. As well as her choice of outfits she’s transformed her hair for countless events over the years, so it was the perfect time for us to take a look back at some of her most iconic hair styles. Honestly, we’re yet to witness a hairstyle that Rihanna hasn’t totally rocked. Whether RiRi is working the red carpet with a super sleek black bob, or donning her inner Tina Turner with dark roots and blonde curls, there’s no look that this stunning hair chameleon can’t pull off. Ready to check out RiRi’s hair do some ‘Work’? Here are some of our favorite looks and how you can steal her style. Let’s go!

Girl next door

Rihanna first appeared on the scene back in 2005 making her debut at the VMAs. Aged at just 17 she was already showing signs of global stardom.  Her Barbadian voice wasn’t the only thing her fans had locked onto – her youthful style – emphasised by her wispy side-part bangs, was a go-to look for many a school prom back in the day. The low ponytail here gave RiRi a sophisticated edge to an otherwise very ‘girl-next-door’ look. Get the look with Mastercut’s Signature Style Package, where a stylist will wash and cut your hair in your desired style – super easy and super quick.

Making waves

Going from girl next door to glam pop princess, Rihanna really amped up her look at the MTV Europe Music Awards with these voluminous waves. Stylist Pirod recommends using the CHI Ellipse Tapered Wand to create tight waves. He says “it’s all in the flick of the wrist so as you are curling be sure to twist the hair. To ensure your curls have the defined look like Rihanna run Redken Diamond Oil through the ends and lightly pull on the curls to increase texture.”

Straight up sleek

Does Rihanna ever decide to take a day off from making a stunning statement on the red carpet? Clearly not. And what a night the Billboard Music Awards were for her – not only did she showcase her brand new shiny, and polka-straight, sleek locks but she also took home Female Artist of the Year. Here we start to see her move from a young, 17-year-old girl into a grown-up, fierce young woman. The key to this look is all in the finish, yes you have poker straight hair from your favourite flat iron, but how do you make your look last? Our stylists recommend using Redken Fashion Work 12 Hairspray for an anti-frizz high shine finish. If you have colored hair this product’s Vitamin C and E qualities will also help protect your hair from color fade.

That Bob of 2007

A few months later Rihanna released Good Girl Gone Bad and we bore witness to her style reflect her new edgier sound.  Chopping her hair into a short graduated bob, the trend of 2007, she ri-vealed her edgier side, perhaps a possible hint of styles to come. We would highly recommend a trip to the salon if you want to throw it back to this style. Our stylists know how to recreate this look with expert precision whilst keeping it up to date and fresh for 2019. Fabulously priced Cut and Color Packages at our salons nationwide are a great way to get the cut and color you want in one neat little bundle. If that wasn’t enough you could also keep your colour looking fresh with our Single Touch Package to ensure your inner RiRi is on display, always.

Caramel bouffant

Fast forward to 2009 and Rihanna debuted an out-there style even for Rihanna! Taking it much shorter, she strutted her new look at the Glamour Women of the Year awards with her unique look that was long on top and short on the sides. The bouffant sweep keeps it fun and feminine, and most importantly, provides some versatility with this otherwise rigid cut. It was during this time we saw her first experiment with color too, switching from a midnight black to caramel blonde. Now, we all know that these things don’t happen overnight, despite the Instagram feed of your favourite influencers, so our stylists’ advice is to accept color as a gradual process. Before you can transition from black to a creamy blonde you must go through the stages of brown and more golden tones first.

Bleach babe

In case you hadn’t realised, Rihanna isn’t one to shy away from changing her hairstyle. Between 2009 and 2015 (see below) she was regularly switching hair color from black to blonde to red and back again. At the premiere of Battleship she showed off a much lighter than usual bleached look with a hint of darker roots, a trend loved by all here at Mastercuts HQ. Stylist Pirod swears by Designline Super Silver Shampoo and Conditioner to keep yellow tones at bay, leaving your hair with a beautiful glossy and silky feeling. The conditioner also restores moisture to your hair so of you are worried about the transition to blonde drying out your precious locks fear not, this will provide strength and elasticity.

Red carpet red(y)

Never one to stay color-loyal, Rihanna decided to shake things up again. We’ve got to admit, we weren’t expecting Rihanna to ever choose a red of this shade, but she totally rocks the auburn look. Matching her sunglasses with her new hair color at the Dior Tokyo Fashion Show was a fine choice, too. If you’re after glam waves like our girl Ri, invest in the Paul Mitchell Express Gold Curling Iron as its medium barrel allows you to create large, soft waves and its moisture locking technology means your hair will be left feeling extra soft. Ensure you hold this look in place with the stylist recommended finishing hairspray Redken Control Addict 28 Extra High-Hold Hairspray. It’s a firm favourite for our top stylists due to it’s fast-drying qualities and 24 hours of humidity resistance and hold.

Back to basics

An avid Fashion Week attendee, this time Riri went back to her roots. She firmly closed the door on 2018 and welcomed 2019 with her natural black hair, styled sleek and straight in a drastic side-part. Although sleek straight hair looks amazing, battling oily hair due to weighty products, can induce quite the balancing act. That’s why our stylists suggest using sulphate free products. Our top pick would be Designline Mend the Ends as it’s fortified with keratin which not only smooths split ends but repairs them too! Leaving your hair hydrated but also seriously straight.

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Feeling Inspired?

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