04.05.11 Beauty

Look We Love: Rihanna’s Red Rapunzel Braid – 2011 Met Gala

While Rihanna’s lacy Stella McCartney frock may not have been well-received, her hairstyle was a bona fide hit. (Or at least it was to us.)

Ever on trend with her rich red mane, the California King Bed singer’s hairstylist Ursula Stephens swept her lengthy locks over her left shoulder and braided down-and-around both sides of her forehead, culminating in a look that was youthful and laid-back, while still entirely appropriate for a fanatical fashion event, such as the Costume Institue Gala.

Wondering where she may have gotten the idea?

Remember Alexander Wang’s S/S10 runway show? Wang’s go-to guy Guido Palau added extensions to each model’s mane and tossed a long loose plait over one shoulder and sent them on their way.

Now that a sexy, sassy side braid is utterly fashionable and excessively cool—there’s never a reason for any girl to have a bad hair day.

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19 Responses to Look We Love: Rihanna’s Red Rapunzel Braid – 2011 Met Gala

  1. G August 11, 2012 at 23:04 #

    I love this hair!!! Its beautiful!!! I don’t know why you think its cheap. I mean, yeah some parts might be fake but that’s what make it beautiful!!! I really need I know how to do this but I don’t know of my hair will be lOng enough

  2. virginia September 9, 2011 at 21:17 #

    oh my god, oh my god, oh my god; only you my idol!!! you are fantastic, you are beautiful, you’ re a fantastic singer Y O U A R E M Y I D O L ! ! ! ! ! I LOVE you!!!

  3. Renata May 6, 2011 at 10:18 #

    I’m sorry but she looks awful.

  4. FashionQueen May 5, 2011 at 20:35 #

    When your a beautiful goddess prepare for the Gargoyles!!!!

  5. FashionQueen May 5, 2011 at 20:32 #

    Looks good!!! Rihanna girl you know how to get them going, you can pull any look off, red fits you so well right now Hootttt like Fire!!!!!

  6. beautylicious May 5, 2011 at 10:10 #

    Awful hair! The braid looks so cheap! It certainly has nothing to do with Alexander Wang’s catwalk looks

  7. ahot May 5, 2011 at 08:25 #

    & for those who don´t get it, extensions are a lifestyle for Blacks. It is cultural, from the motherland, a way to celebrate beauty , because it´s versatile, & one can change his style without damaging his hair. Now it´s her taste to have it so long all-in-your-face-style. It´s bold risky but so is she

  8. ahot May 5, 2011 at 08:14 #

    I beg to differ, with yall, this is indeed a look we love.
    Even if it´s true she is wearing exrensions, it´s well done, a good interpretation of the rapunzel look. Love it!

  9. Jennie May 5, 2011 at 07:25 #

    like the dress, not the hair~

  10. Allywan May 5, 2011 at 03:13 #

    Let’s be real. She looked a mess from head to toe. Weave-y braid included.

  11. Cara May 4, 2011 at 22:38 #

    i love the braid in the second picture it looks so effortless.

    rhianna’s looks like a horses tail that has been braided

    • Cara May 4, 2011 at 22:38 #


  12. emily May 4, 2011 at 22:18 #

    thought the dress was awesome, not the hair

  13. mochababe73 May 4, 2011 at 19:37 #

    I don’t have the desire to wear fake hair. It’s just never been my thing, but I like the braid. More power to anyone who likes to wear faux hair.

  14. hally May 4, 2011 at 19:28 #

    i thought the braid took away from the overall look. without the braid she would have been one of my favorites of the night, but the braid really cheapened and ruined it for me.

  15. Amy May 4, 2011 at 19:15 #

    The first thing I thought of when I saw her was Princess Fiona in Shrek. Fiona has the same hair color, and her green skin is the same color as Rihanna’s earrings.

  16. pam May 4, 2011 at 16:38 #

    I love the braid and all the red head looks but some of those hair pieces look kind of cheap. If she would take the quality up a notch she would look fantastic.

  17. Vidhya May 4, 2011 at 15:48 #

    I thot most of the comments hates the hair… dint know it was a “look we love”

  18. Luis May 4, 2011 at 15:19 #

    I like Rapunzel braid’s but in Rihanna was awful… She was a mess…

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