Rihanna Short Brunette Hairstyle with Red Highlights

Added: 11 Jul 2008
Rihanna captivates us once again with another fresh and funky hairdo. This hairstyle has an edgy feel to it, which is great for younger people but older people are also rocking this style with ease! One side is cut short over her ear and blended up to razored layers through the top, which also tapers down to the opposite side to create a stunning asymmetrical shape. The hair on the top and her bangs have been left longer which will allow you to create height and volume to this look. The purple highlights are stunning and blend in so well with the rest of her hair color. You are going to need to color your hair once every 6 weeks to ensure the color stays vibrant and cut your hair once every 4 weeks to keep it in shape. This hairstyle is ideal for all hair thicknesses. Diamond, oblong, and oval face shapes will suit this look the best.

When it comes to your makeup application, you want to stick with the edgy feel and do a dark smokey eye with liner on the bottom of your waterline like Rihanna has done. False lashes will make your eyes pop more through your bangs. Do not forget to highlight the top of your nose, your cupid bow and bottom of your chin before you contour the rest of your face. Finish off with a pastel or nude lipstick color and you are ready to take on the world on!

Hairstyle Suitability Rating: ★★★★★
Hairstyle Popularity Rating: ★★★★★

Hairstyle Type

Hair Color
Brunette with Red Highlights

Haircut Technique

Razor Cut


Face Shape
Hair Density
Hair Texture

Under 21, 21 - 30, 31 - 40, and 41 - 50

Forehead Height
Neck Length


30 minutes
Direct your hair into position while applying the finishing products.
straightening, moulding cream, smoothing shine, lacquer
blow dry

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step 1

Squeeze a small amount of straightening balm into your palms and then rub your hands together before smoothing the product evenly through damp hair.

step 2

A medium radial brush is used on medium to long hair types to smooth out wavy or curly hair textures or to add body to straight hair. When selecting a radial brush, always use one with a pure bristle as this will not tear or damage the hair.

step 3

Take a section of your hair no wider than the diameter of your brush. Place your brush under and at the roots of your section. Then with your blow-dryer above, drag the brush up through the mid-lengths and ends of the hair following with your blow-dryer and pulling the hair to the right. Repeat until your hair is completely dry.

step 4

When blow-drying your bangs to the side, section your hair up and clip your hair back to leave only your bangs out. Remember to make sure that your bangs are damp to make blow-drying more effective. Next, take your brush and place it underneath the hair and then blow-dry starting from the roots, adding tension to the hair as you go. Slowly pull your section down to the ends and continue until dry.

step 5

Apply some moulding cream to your fingertips and then pull it through the ends of your hair in a downward motion to achieve a textured look.

step 6

Using a small amount of moulding cream, work it through the mid-lengths and ends in a downward motion. For added texture, pinch the ends as you go sparingly.

step 7

Apply moulding cream to the palms of your hands, and then starting at the top-back area, drag your hands forward, flattening your hair down as you go. For a longer lasting style repeat this step.

step 8

Apply moulding cream to your fingertips then gently rake through your bangs, sweeping the hair to the right as you go. Be careful not to use too much product as it can become sticky and clumpy.

step 9

Apply a very small amount of smoothing shine to the palms of your hands and then run it through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair. Be careful not to add any to the roots or a large amount to any section of the hair as smoothing shine can be very heavy on the hair, weighing it down and making it appear oily.

step 10

Lacquer is great for strong hold. A small amount is all that is required to finish and should be applied from an arms length distance to the entire style.

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