Rihanna - Her Hair Through the Years

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Long and Straight

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Long and Straight Rihanna on August 27, 2005. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Many Changes, Many Hot Styles

She's a style chameleon and never afraid to switch up her look. Cut, color, texture — Rihanna does it all. This gallery of her ever-changing hairstyles through the years, starting with the beginning of her successful career, showcases just how fearless the singer is when it comes to wearing what's hot and paving the way for others to follow her lead.

Soon after hitting the music scene, this is the fresh-faced teen in a long hairstyle that fit her pretty features, but also made her blend in and not stand out from many other young pop singers at the time.

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Braided Detail

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Braided Detail Rihanna on September 6, 2005 in New York City. Peter Kramer/Getty Images

Long waves are accented with cornrows on one side in this Rihanna combo style.

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The Rare Updo

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The Rare Updo Rihanna at the Teen Choice Awards August 20, 2006. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

This updo was pretty rare for Rihanna, who is usually seen with her hair down and loose or short.

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Big Volume Curls

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Big Volume Curls Rihanna at the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 2, 2006. Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for MTV

This curly look was one not often seen on Rihanna. It's a soft look which can be recreated with fat twists, flat twists or flex rods.

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Sleek and Straight Rihanna

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Sleek and Straight Rihanna on December 11, 2006 in Oslo, Norway. MJ Kim/Getty Images

A long, side-parted style that bears little resemblance to the edgy 'dos Rihanna prefers today.

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Going Shorter

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Going Shorter Rhianna at the Grammy Awards February 11, 2007. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

This medium-length bob is a precursor to shorter days ahead for Rihanna when it comes to hair.

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Asymmetrical Style

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Asymmetrical Style Rihanna onstage during MTV's Total Request Live on May 8, 2007. Scott Gries/Getty Images

This asymmetrical cut goes beyond a simple bob. The uneven length adds a bit of edge, which Rihanna has only improved upon.

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Streaks of Funky Color

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Streaks of Funky Color Rihanna at Gotham Hall, June 21, 2007. Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Look closely and you'll see funky purple streaks in Rihanna's nearly chin-length bob.

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Medium Length Curls

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Medium Length Curls Rihanna on stage during taping of MTV's Total Request Live August 7, 2007. Scott Gries/Getty Images

This medium-length curly style was a departure for her, but it's young and carefree, perfect for young women.

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Simple Bob

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Simple Bob Singer Rhianna at the MOBO Awards Launch on August 22, 2007. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Another style that August, Rihanna opted for a simple bob in black.

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Rihanna's Short Bob

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Short and Sleek Rihanna at the 2007 Cipriani Wall Street concert series. Rob Loud/Getty Images

Parted on one side and allowed to fall over one eye, this short bob marks Rihanna's love affair with shorter styles.

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Loose and Curly

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Loose and Curly Rihanna at the American Music Awards on November 18, 2007. Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images

Jumbo-sized curls create a feminine hairstyle on Rihanna. The medium lengths keep her curls manageable and don't overwhelm her features.

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Different Length Fringe

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Different Length Fringe Rihanna at H&M on January 31, 2008 in New York City. Rob Loud/Getty Images

Straight cut bangs are cool, but Rihanna goes above and beyond with these fringed bangs that boast different lengths all the way across. She started off 2008 with a shorter cut than she'd previously worn.

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Long Bangs Rihanna

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Long Bangs Rihanna during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 6, 2008. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG

Not content with a simple short cut, Rihanna uses long bangs to add interest to this 'do.

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Sharp Bangs

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Sharp Bangs Rihanna at Boulevard3 on February 7, 2008. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

A short cut gets jazzy with razored bangs. Rihanna chooses a natural hair color for this look.

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Pieced Together

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Pieced Together Rihanna at the 50th annual Grammy awards. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Piecey, face-framing bangs are broken up instead of hiding Rihanna's face in this easy, chic style. It's the same cut as seen earlier in the month, but styled slightly differently.

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Blunt, but Soft

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Blunt, but Soft Rihanna visits MTV's TRL June 17, 2008. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

The bangs are blunt, but Rihanna softens this style by brushing them to one side and breaking them up.

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Full of Swirl

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Full of Swirl Rihanna at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on September 7, 2008. Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Rihanna wears her hair high off her face, a departure from styles which fall over one eye. Strategically placed highlights add a bit of contrast to her dark locks.

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Soft Curls

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Soft Curls Rihanna on October 15, 2008. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Directed to one side, Rihanna's short cut is very versatile due to longer lengths on top.

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High and Mighty Pompadour

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High and Mighty Rihanna at Grand Army Plaza on November 19, 2008. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

Rihanna uses volume to her advantage, as seen in this pompadour style.

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Back View

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Back View Rihanna at Grand Army Plaza on November 19, 2008. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The back of Rihanna's hairstyle details how sides remain closely cropped and the middle features more length.

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Blunt Bangs Boy Cut

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Blunt Bangs Rihanna on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Rihanna started 2009 with her customary short cut, this time with a boyish vibe.

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Soft Waves

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Soft Waves Rihanna arrives at the Pre-Grammy Gala & Salute on February 7, 2009. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

Rihanna wore this same basic cut, but it rarely looked the same due to her versatile styling. In this version, the top is softly curled while low-cut sides are smoothed down.

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Highlighted Hairstyle

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Highlighted Hairstyle Rihanna at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 4, 2009. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Bright blonde streaks contrast sharply against Rihanna's black hair in this short cut.

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High Style Mohawk-Type

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High Style Rihanna on May 7, 2009 in New York City. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Sunshine Sachs

Rihanna steps out in a radiant look. The bulk of her hair in this short cut follows a Mohawk-type pattern, which is longer in the center, from the front of her head to the nape of her neck. It gradually gets shorter as it approaches the back. Crown lengths are directed up and back, but one small band in the front is directed to one side.

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The Blonde Mohawk

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The Blonde 'Hawk Rihanna arrives at the Balmain Pret a Porter show on October 1, 2009. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Rihanna's highlights are directed to the top in this Mohawk-like hairstyle.

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Streaking Style Colorful Chop

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Streaking Style October 3, 2009 - Rihanna at Paris Womenswear Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Rihanna went from subtle blonde streaks to almost full coverage with this high-contrast 'do.

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Two-Toned Style

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Two-Toned Style Rihanna at Carnegie Hall on November 9, 2009. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Rihanna goes very blonde on top, but the sides remain dark.

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Short, Blonde and Bold

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Short, Blonde and Bold Rihanna at Skylight Studio on December 8, 2009. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Still sporting over-the-eye fringe, this stylistic cut has a punk influence to it.

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Honey Blonde

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Honey Blonde Rihanna promotes her album 'Rated R' on February 11, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Based on her usual cut, but styled differently, Rihanna's honey blonde hairstyle relies on side-swept bangs accented by crown lengths directed upward.

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As Seen from the Back

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As Seen from the Back Rihanna promotes 'Rated R' on February 11, 2010. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The back of Rihanna's hairstyle shows the close-cropped sides and back are dramatically darker than front blonde pieces.

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Back to the Boy Style

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Back to the Boy Style Rihanna during a promotional tour in Sydney on February 14, 2010. Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Rihanna briefly sports her boyish style again during this photo shoot.

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Peekaboo Style

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Peekaboo Style Rihanna at Nckelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on March 27, 2010. Jason Merritt/Getty Images

This blonde-and-black 'do is slightly longer than Rihanna's typical short snip, but it's no less eye-catching.

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Rockin' the Red Rihanna

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Rockin' the Red Rihanna on stage on June 5, 2010. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Rihanna's left the blonde behind, at least for now. Her newest look features a vibrant, show-stealing red and shaved sides and back.