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Beauty Archive: Pictures Of Rihanna's Red Hair Color: Her Best Long & Short Red Weave Hairstyles

RIHANNA IN RED: Rihanna's love affair with her red hair color and hairstyles is unequalled in pop music. The photo gallery of red hair images above shows only a fraction of the hairstyles she has adopted over the years. They range from long red weaves to short crops, from curly to straight styles, and from bright to dark red colors. Each one represents a modern take on a classic hairstyle from the archives of Hollywood and beyond.

RIHANNA'S FIRE ENGINE RED HAIR color brought a modern twist to classic hairstyles that were once the preserve of white songstresses and Hollywood starlets. By Ben Arogundade.

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RIHANNA HAS TO STAY AHEAD OF THE PACK; and that means Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Nicki Minaj — the other recording artists who seem the change their hairstyles and hair color as often as their underwear.

Distinctiveness is more difficult than ever in modern pop, and when it comes to image, today’s stars are under intense pressure to perpetually come up with fresh styles. Female music artists in particular are compelled to keep delivering the kind of out-of-this-world hairstyles and costume changes that fans have come to demand, and which keeps media interest bubbling. We are now in an age when a singer's new hairstyle attracts almost as much attention as their new single.

RIHANNA'S RED HAIR COLOR
This is certainly true of Barbadian singer Rihanna. Her hair choices — a shape-shifting flicker-book carousel of splash color and sculptural cuts — have become an event within themselves. It was in the spring of 2010 when she first unveiled a new short red dye-colored coiffeur during her “Last Girl On Earth” world tour. Very quickly different incarnations of her crimson hair formula began to appear, including curly styles and long red hair extensions. Real human hair was used in her weave hairstyles, which had been dyed red, then bonded onto her real hair.

CRIMSON COPIES
Rihanna's red hair color quickly caught on, as fans began to Google queries about her new style. The search engine, which records numbers for all global Internet queries, reports that 9,000 people per month Google the term, “Rihanna red hair”.

Vogue magazine endorsed Rihanna's fashion statement when it featured her red hair color on the cover of its April 2011 edition. Soon her fans around the world rushed to copy her. In June 2011, at All Saints High School in Merseyside, England, 15-year-old schoolgirl Millie Foley was sent home after turning up for lessons with her long hair dyed a fire engine red color. “I just wanted my hair to look like Rihanna,” she confessed.

But just as the copycats think they had caught up with Rihanna, the singing star changes her hair color and cut yet again, leaving them all trailing in her wake, while reminding us of the first sartorial rule of modern pop — that every image is ultimately disposable.

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*RIHANNA'S RED HAIR COLOR ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH

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The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Rihanna red wig” each month.

500

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Rihanna short red hair” each month.

500

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Rihanna red curly hair” each month.

9,000

The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Rihanna red hair” each month.

*All figures for “Rihanna's Red Hair Color According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.

RED PIXIE CROP: Whether blonde or redhead, each of R&B singer Rihanna's changes in hairstyle and color have become events within themselves. The global fashion media now feature them as news items.

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