When it comes to hair color divas who now how to push the boundaries without ever loosing their cool, look no further than global superstar Rihanna
Rihanna, full name Robyn Rihanna Fenty, moved to the United States at the age of 16 from her home in Barbados to pursue a career in music – and what a career she has! With over 20 million album sales and 60 million single sales under her belt, there’s no doubt that Rihanna has won a place in the public’s heart for both her music and her fabulous sense of style.
From beach babe to global icon
Rihanna’s first single was ‘Pon de Replay’, released in 2005 from her debut album ‘Music of the Sun’. Since then, her music style as well as her personal sense of style has developed along with four more chart-topping albums. She’s received a number of musical awards and accolades, including four Grammy awards and eighteen billboard music awards, as well as a Brit award for Best International Female Solo Artist in 2011.
Music producer Evan Rogers, who was on holiday in Barbados, met Rihanna in December 2003 through a family friend. Rihanna auditioned for Rogers singing the Destiny’s Child song ‘Emotion’ and impressed him to the extent that he worked with her over the next year to record a four song demo album. In 2005, she was signed by Def Jam and relocated from Barbados to the United States.
Rihanna’s hair color history
Ten years ago, long blonde hair was the norm for most female pop stars, but one look at Rihanna and you know that she’s bucked that trend entirely. At the moment, she’s rocking a more natural hair style than we’re used to seeing on her; dark brown waves. As ever, she looks fabulous, but what other hair colors has Rihanna worn in the past?
When she first burst onto the music scene six years ago, Rihanna had luscious, chestnut brown, long wavy locks, matched by a preppy teen sense of style. Her hair style stayed much the same until she released her second album, ‘A Girl Like Me’, which boasted a much more urban sound than her first album.
To match her new sound, Rihanna opted for a dark red-brown hair color with a thick, heavy fringe – but Rihanna being Rihanna, didn’t keep that for long.
In the video for the opening single of her third album, ‘Umbrella’, she showed off a new and much edgier hair color and style – a short, asymmetric, dark brown bob with a long side fringe and a much more pronounced sense of personal style. Preppy clothes were out and sexy, edgy clothes were firmly in.
Fast forward a few months and Rihanna’s hair got even shorter – the bob was gone and a short, Halle Berry-esque style was in to match the rocky sound of her new single, ‘Disturbia’.
In 2009, she released a new album with a new sound and a variety of new hair colors and styles to boot, including dark hair, short at the back with a long fringe with platinum blonde highlights, blonde hair with a long fringe, shaved short at the back and a blonde perm.
Her personal sense of style got even edgier and she was regularly seen rocking clothes with shoulder pads, unusual zips and buckles and enormously high heels.
Over the last year, Rihanna has had more hair colors than you can count, but for a large portion of the year she was rocking a bright red hair color in a variety of styles, including a perm, straight and sleek and shoulder length and bouncy.
More recently, it seems like Rihanna wants to give her hair a bit of a rest and so has reverted to what we can only assume to be her natural hair color, a stunning chocolate brown. Worry not though hair color fans, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before this master of reinvention will surprise us with her next hair color choice – and that’s one of the many reasons we love her!