Many celebrities have demonstrated great beauty prowess with incredible hair transformations, but none can match the breadth and proficiency of Rihanna. Sure, Marilyn Monroe still holds the title “Most Incredible Beauty Transformation of All Time,” but she only changed once. Rihanna, though never completely shedding a persona to become someone new, has re-sculpted her hair so many times it’s hard to keep track of them all. More importantly, Rihanna has achieved all this without missing a beat. From dyed pixie cuts to volumes of bouncy curls, the star is a prime example of why you should dare to hack off all those tresses once and a while or let your rebellious pixie grow to show its true colors. Not everyone can be as fluent in trendy hairstyles as the Queen of Pop, but you sure can try. Here’s a countdown to help inspire you to hairstyle greatness.
THE ASYMMETRICAL PIXIE
Short hair doesn’t have to be rooted in the mod-60s.
THE EPIC CURLY TOP
Want short hair that shows off your curls? Shave your sides and flaunt hair up top.
FIRE ENGINE RED
Red is coming back in the fall. Is this 2010 hair trend poised to make a return too?
SCARLET CURLS WITH A COMBOVER
When a dyed pixie cut isn’t enough, let your hair grow into its vibrant color.
LONG PRINCESS PLAITS
Braiding your voluminous hair is totally in vogue this summer.
LET YOUR FRIZZ LOOSE
Rihanna has amazing curls to play with. If you do too, show them off.
BLONDE DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN BLONDE
Give your dark curls a light makeover for sexy hair that doesn’t make you look like a chick.
PLACE THOSE BANGS TASTEFULLY
Going from curls to straight hair is a leap Rihanna always makes perfectly. Be jealous.
WORK THAT UNDERSHAVE
It’s the undershave that showed the world the partial buzzcut was worth a try.
WHEN HALLE BERRY MEETS ANGELA BASSETT
Scraggly bangs and a straight combed down look will make your pixie cut chic AF.
AUBURN CURLS AND A CENTER PART
Center parts are getting tedious now, but back when Rihanna debuted hers they were an up-and-coming thing.
GRADIENT DYE AND SIDE SHAVE
Can you think of an asymmetrical cut with more glamor than this?
STRAIGHT DOWN TO THE WAIST
Rihanna isn’t just adept at pulling off incredible curls. Her straight hair game is on point too.
THE MICHAEL JACKSON
Call it what you want, but when push comes to shove there’s no denying this is an MJ throwback.
THE MIA WALLACE
In 2014, Rihanna seemed to be keen on imitation hairstyles. Here she’s all about Uma Thurman and Pulp Fiction.
RELIVING PUNK HAIR
Boasting flat hair patterned on her scalp and tightly wound knots as accents, this is animalistic hair at its best.
GATHERING IT ALL INTO A MESS
Messy dos are so 2014, but doesn’t a little part of you want them to come back after seeing this incredible updo?
Another messy hairstyle with more height, this is proof tall hair will never go completely out of style.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a hairstyle Rihanna hasn’t rocked at least one time. She’s truly a master of the hair game. Whether you’re a pixie girl or plait-inclined princess, follow her example.
— Scarlett Price