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Rihanna's Hair Evolution: Celeb Hairstylist Shares Styling Secrets and Creative Inspiration

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When it comes to beauty, it goes without saying that Rihanna is one gorgeous girl who loves to experiment with her look.

From bright red or sexy blond locks, to flowing curls or an edgy side shave, her inventive hairstyles are typically the talk of the town—and even more impressive is her chameleon-like ability to pull it all off!

Hot on the heels of her current Diamonds tour and rumored split with Chris Brown, the star is looking sexier than ever on stage flaunting gorgeous long hair in a soft caramel reddish brown shade for spring. 

We tapped her hairstylist Yusef Williams for the scoop on her evolving mane, as well as the styling secrets he uses on the star.

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As for the creative inspiration behind RiRi's lovely locks, Williams explains that it's a collaborative process that's also very spontaneous. "It's a total team effort. We work so well together...it's pretty equal, but at the end of the day, the decision relies on me, if I can make it happen or not. I'm like, the dream killer," he tells E! News exclusively. "It's all very spontaneous—you just never know! People ask me what's her next look and I'm like, I wish I could tell you, but I don't know!" 

The hair guru relies on Echelon extensions for the singer, noting that the human hair he uses looks incredibly natural and allows him to color freely without damaging effects. "Let the extensions do all the crazy colors—that's the trick. We keep it nice and natural and accessible for her fans...we're staying with the soft browns for now—it's very fresh and clean for her."

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And of course, we had to get a how-to on recreating her sultry soft curls at home.

"First, I start with dry hair and use a heat protectant spray from Paul Labrecque and BioSilk serm to give the hair a nice sheen without it getting greasy. Then I use an inch-and-a-half curling iron and do a wrap curl where you're twisting the hair around the curling iron to lock it in and give it an S-pattern wave that I like to brush out and make it tie together," he explains.

"Then, I use a little bit of Oribe Dry Texturizing spray, which is both a dry shampoo and a hairspray. I don't like a lot of product in the hair...I want her to be able to touch it and it should feel clean and fresh."

And voilà! There you have it: good girl gone bad hair from the stylist himself!

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