Maybe you additionally fell in love with Rihanna‘s fashion for the very first time through the music video for “Pon de Replay” (as a result of who might overlook that end-credit dance montage from “Bring It On: All or Nothing”?). In the 17 years since her debut single dropped, her look has evolved and grown into icon standing — and we do not use that phrase calmly. Rihanna has pulled off all the things from layered bangs to a MySpace-era striped dye job and even an edgy mullet, however there’s one fashion that has us screenshotting time and time once more: Rihanna in braids.

“Her focus, intelligence, magnificence, power, and intercourse enchantment are intensified when she wears one of my customized braided types,” says Naphia White, a Brooklyn-based hairstylist who has labored with the star for greater than a decade. “Rihanna is 100% concerned with the design of her hair and her overall vibe. It’s a collaboration. We work collectively, creating recent new hairstyles which might be exhibited to the world.”

“Fresh” and “new” are undoubtedly phrases we might use to explain the braided hairstyles Rihanna has worn all through her profession. They are sculptural and one-of-a-kind and work for each event. She’s worn knotless field braids, cornrows, and braided updos each on the pink carpet and in her each day avenue fashion. She even stepped out in showstopping braids when she was just lately declared a national hero by the Barbadian government

(however extra on that later).

Between her fashion collection Savage x Fenty, her hugely popular Fenty Beauty, and its upcoming expansion to hair care, Rihanna is busy, which is the place White is available in.

“Our braided types completely take a very long time,” she says. “They are very meticulous, however as a result of of my expertise of over 20 years within the business, I’ve perfected my software and am quite quick.” As for a way they spend these lengthy braid hours? “Together, we’re very exact and element oriented. She pays shut consideration whereas I’m creating a method.”

Keep scrolling to see some of our favourite Rihanna braids over time, plus just a few insights from White about what went into creating every look.

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