Rihanna’s Hair Evolution Is A Masterclass In Reinvention

From Pon de Replay to now, we’ve charted her best looks yet.


by Emma Stoddart |
Updated on

Since her debut single Pon de Replay dropped back in 2005, Rihanna has served up SO many major beauty moments on and off the red carpet over the years. From sleek bobs to long loose waves and many a colour change in-between, the singer turned business entrepreneur has rocked more hair styles than she’s produced singles. It makes sense then, that she is marking her penchant for quick hair turnovers with the launch of a new haircare line: Fenty Hair, which goes live on 13th June.

In fact, the rate at which Rihanna has changed her looks in all the years we've known her is the very reason why she decided to launch a hair line to begin with. Announcing her new venture on Instagram, the singer said, 'You know how much switching my hair up matters to me. I’ve had almost every texture, color, length, from weaves to braids to natural- so I am launching a flexible line of products for not only every hair want, but every single product is designed to strengthen and repair all types of hair, which is what we truly need! It’s time to play and get stronger by the style.'

If you needed more evidence of Riri's playful yet carefully conscientious approach to hair, look to Fenty Hair's recent post on Instagram, in which the star and her longtime hairstylist Yusef track every single big hair moment to date.

Rewind to 2007 when Umbrella was released, and you’ll recall her infamous sleek lob with a deep side-part that inspired so many of us to brave the chop. Then there was the moment she dyed her hair red back in 2010 and proved this colour-way is ultra cool in all its nuances. Seriously, is there a hair look Rihanna hasn’t mastered?

Take a trip down memory lane as we've charted every hairstyle and colour Rihanna has pulled off over the last 19 years.


Browse Rihanna's Hair Evolution In Pictures - Grazia

Rihanna Hair Evolution1 of 17

November 2005

Aged just 17, Rihanna sported a sleek straight style with a broken fringe at the KIIS-FM Jingle Ball in New York.

Rihanna Hair Evolution2 of 17

December 2005

How can we forget Riri's Pon de Replay signature look with bouncy curls, low slung jeans and a gold crop top.

Rihanna Hair Evolution3 of 17

December 2006

Winning the award for Female Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in 2006, Rihanna's bone-straight hair and power red lip made for a killer combo.

Rihanna Hair Evolution4 of 17

February 2007

Everyone went crazy for Rihanna's jet-black pixie cut and side-sweeping fringe that featured in her award-winning Umbrella music video.

Rihanna Hair Evolution5 of 17

January 2009

Moving over to the blonde side, Rihanna began experimenting with colour in 2009 - the shaved sides and beachy waves just add to the drama.

Rihanna Hair Evolution6 of 17

November 2010

After a short stint of being blonde, Rihanna made headlines with her ruby red hair that like black, blonde and brunette - she pulls off incredibly well.

Rihanna Hair Evolution7 of 17

February 2011

Dialling it down a little, this shoulder-grazing bob in deep red is so voluminous and chic.

Rihanna Hair Evolution8 of 17

May 2014

Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala made a convincing case for bejewelled hair clips woven into a tousled up do.

Rihanna Hair Evolution9 of 17

February 2016

This blunt bob with a strong centre-part paired and choker combo is giving us serious 90s vibes.

Rihanna Hair Evolution10 of 17

September 2017

Rihanna's textured waves and magenta lips look classy and chic at her launch of Fenty Back back in 2017.

Rihanna Hair Evolution11 of 17

September 2018

Loose curls with lots of volume at the crown looks ultra glamorous on Riri.

Rihanna Hair Evolution12 of 17

December 2019

Stealing the show at the Fashion Awards in 2019, Rihanna's braids, paired with a diamond choker and mint silk dress, are everything.

Rihanna Hair Evolution13 of 17

February 2020

A sleek plait elevates this low pony tail.

Rihanna14 of 17

February 2021

There aren't many people who can rock a mullet so effortlessly, but Rihanna is one such person. So much so, it's a staple style in her repertoire and one she returns to every so often.

March 202215 of 17

March 2022

Name a chicer example of the half-up half-down style, we'll wait. This sleek, mid-length take on the look is polished and made ever more put together with a flicked out finish.

March 202316 of 17

March 2023

We challenge you to find a cooler top knot that this. High, double knotted and frilled at the edges, we love how Rihanna has elevated an off-duty hairstyle and made it red carpet-ready.

June 202417 of 17

June 2024

Marking the launch of her newest venture Fenty Hair, Rihanna took to the red carpet with her natural coils in place.


Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us