03.01.12 Beauty, Hair

Rihanna’s Ringlets—They’re Wrong, Right?

The beautiful You Da One singer cut her post-tour Barbadian vacation short to ring in 2012 in Miami with P. Diddy and pals, rocking a rather questionable ensemble—and an even more questionable hairstyle.

We get that a deep keyhole neckline deserves top billing, but piling dip-dyed corkscrew curls atop of her head wouldn’t have been our go-to style in the slightest.

Why? Three simple reasons.

1) It aged her, especially when paired with a lacy long-sleeved frock that hit below the wrists and the knees—could her overall look been any more matronly?

2) Curly bangs rarely work, particularly those that are sparse and spread far apart on either side of the forehead.

3) High ponytails are best left for the sidewalk, the schoolyard, the sauna, or the sea. (Unless it’s fashioned into a topknot, which we LOVE!)

Is it just us? Or would a low bun have been a far better option?—India-Jewel Jackson

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33 Responses to Rihanna’s Ringlets—They’re Wrong, Right?

  1. EmmaWoodhouse January 3, 2012 at 19:20 #

    I prefer the ringlets to many of her previous styles but she definitely could’ve styled them better here. This is not flattering.

  2. Redseouls January 3, 2012 at 19:21 #

    It’s a very wrong look (although I appreciate her trying to hide her HUGE forehead)!

  3. justme January 3, 2012 at 19:40 #

    I have very similar curly hair so (the bangs aside) I can’t fault Rihanna for this style.
    Besides, I’m more appalled by her friend’s cornrows in the back.

  4. Rebecca Z January 3, 2012 at 19:42 #

    Actually, I think they look really cute on her.

  5. Kin January 3, 2012 at 19:46 #

    Undoubtedly beyond horrid. Nonetheless, I would say that for most of her style choices.

  6. Kyriaki-Cyprus January 3, 2012 at 20:09 #

    I agree. It might be the fact that she smiles. It’s not very often that she shows us a sweeter face. She seems calm and I like it, or at least I’m not that bothered by her hairstyle.

  7. India-Jewel January 3, 2012 at 20:12 #

    Haaaaaaaaa!

  8. India-Jewel January 3, 2012 at 20:17 #

    Yes, those cornrows ought to be illegal. And I have curly hair too; my curls are piled high atop my head as I type. Girls with curls rule the world!

  9. Shaina January 3, 2012 at 20:25 #

    Agreed, these curls look dreadful.

  10. Giuseppi Giraffe January 3, 2012 at 20:28 #

    Totally agreed, but I don’t usually like her hairstyling.

  11. eimear January 3, 2012 at 20:42 #

    I think she looks absolutely gorgeous, natural smiling face, shows just how pretty she really is… and i cant even focus with the braided sharon stone minger in the background!! Riri your beautiful as usual!

  12. Ylenia Castellano January 3, 2012 at 20:59 #

    Oooppsss! Everytime I type a +1 it goes to the wrong comment. This one meant to be for justme and Rebecca Z :D

  13. LizLemooooon January 3, 2012 at 21:08 #

    It’s her natural hair, I don’t see a problem with it.

    The woman in the back should be the real focus of this article. YIKES.

  14. Deanna January 3, 2012 at 21:09 #

    Let’s focus on the more important issue here…lady on the right in background. Would you, please?! I mean…is there…what is…are there…WORDS someone please help me!

  15. Kyriaki-Cyprus January 3, 2012 at 21:23 #

    My previous comment was a reply to Rebecca Z.

  16. molly January 3, 2012 at 21:31 #

    I dont think this ages her, I think it makes her look like a child playing dress up.

  17. molly January 3, 2012 at 21:32 #

    I was just about to say that! I think thats the real issue here! lol

  18. India-Jewel January 4, 2012 at 00:32 #

    (You guys do know that this isn’t her real hair either… Yes it looks more natural, but these are still very much extensions…) I felt the need to “whisper” that!

  19. Serafina January 4, 2012 at 00:46 #

    I totally disagree, she looks absolutely stunning, beauty and style. Love her natural an playful hair especially.

  20. Nat39 January 4, 2012 at 03:36 #

    Ditto, Molly. This is not a type of a hairstyle that would age, if anything it makes her look like a young girl (“belongs in a schoolyard” as specified in reason 3) trying on a free-spirited grandma´s (considering the deep keyhole) clothes.

  21. Emi January 4, 2012 at 08:17 #

    I agree with you, at least she doesn’t seem to wear a wig or be ready to shoot for a movie for adults.

  22. Emi January 4, 2012 at 08:19 #

    Doesn’t the reply option work? I wanted to reply to a comment but it’s been posted like a post, not a reply.

    • Fashion Critic January 4, 2012 at 12:16 #

      It is being worked on. Not everything fell into place

  23. manja January 4, 2012 at 12:43 #

    I don’t minde the hair,it’s cute,girly

  24. Binkie January 4, 2012 at 16:08 #

    So Wrong!! but compared to the women in the white dress behind her… so right! Who invited her?

  25. India-Jewel January 4, 2012 at 18:38 #

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaa Binkie!

  26. Jess January 4, 2012 at 19:38 #

    I think the hair looks great, and not ageing at all.

  27. Joana Oliveira January 4, 2012 at 22:31 #

    I think her hair looks OK! What is wrong here is that someone is criticizing ringlet curls!!
    My hair is naturally curly like that and for years I straightened it because I thought it just looked wrong no matter what I did with the curls! I don’t straighten it anymore but posts like these make me feel Bad again for my hair!
    Maybe you have perfectly-straight-non-aging hair but not everyone has it and not everyone wants it ;)

  28. India-Jewel January 4, 2012 at 23:24 #

    Hi Joana,

    I have kinky curly hair myself, and I’ve rocked ringlets my entire life. I wear them loud and proud. I never intended to make anyone feel as if having curly hair is a bad thing—I actually subscribe to the Carrie Bradshaw theory in that girls with curls and cool and complicated—which I see as a GREAT thing.

    Regarding the look above, I feel as if her hairstyle is aging, not her hair texture. Curls in themselves are quite youthful!

    I hope this cleared up any confusion, as girls with curls rule the world!

    xI-J

  29. momochi January 5, 2012 at 12:32 #

    Funny when you say ringlet I thought you were talking about the piercing we can all clearly see on her nipple.

  30. guest January 6, 2012 at 08:30 #

    I thinks she pulls it off perfectly :)

  31. jani January 6, 2012 at 16:16 #

    yeeeeaaah…. not a big fan of anything she is wearing. and yes, those ringlets are wrong. :)

    -Jani

  32. LadyDoshka February 7, 2012 at 07:04 #

    Don’t have an issue so much with Rihanna’s ringlets. What’s wrong is that lady in the background with those bleach blonde cornrows. Oh, my!

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