Rihanna's Honey Blonde Hair Transformation Will Lift You Up

Rihanna is no stranger to experimenting with her style, but instead of taking a fashion risk, she decided to switch up her signature black hair color for something brighter.

By Alyssa Morin Nov 13, 2023 6:56 PMTags
Watch: Rihanna Debuts STUNNING Hair Switch-Up

Go ahead and take a bow for Rihanna's dramatic new look.

While the multihyphenate is known for repeatedly changing her fashion and makeup, she recently made the bold move to switch up her signature black locks. During a dinner date with friends in Los Angeles on Nov. 9, Rihanna casually debuted her honey blonde hair transformation.

For her late-night outing, the Fenty Beauty founder showcased her bright tresses and dark roots by rocking a textured blowout. And in true Rihanna fashion, the rest of her ensemble was anything but basic. She paired her new hair color with a light brown trench coat that perfectly coordinated with her honey blonde 'do, a gray hoodie and dark-washed jeans that featured artwork on the thighs.

As for the "Lift Me Up" singer's accessories? She opted for eye-catching pieces, wearing snakeskin-printed heels, a vibrant emerald green handbag and a glossy brown lip.

Rihanna and A$AP Rocky Introduce Son Riot Rose

While Rihanna isn't afraid to take risks with her hair—after all, she's donned everything from fiery red tresses to a pixie cut—she hadn't switched up her signature black style in years.


However, the superstar's latest transformation might be a sign she's entering a new era.

Back in October, just two months after welcoming her second child in August with A$AP Rocky, Rihanna was swapped out her black locks for brown strands. At the time, 35-year-old, who shares sons RZA and Riot Rose with A$AP, stepped out in a stylish body-hugging look and a lighter 'do to celebrate the rapper's 34th birthday.

And while motherhood has certainly inspired Rihanna to experiment with her style more, her makeup artist Priscilla Ono revealed the singer is a risk-taker at heart.

"Nothing's changed," Priscilla exclusively told E! News in August. "With her makeup, she wants to have fun and she's always going to have that out-of-the-box mentality. And the great thing about working with Rihanna is she doesn't like to do the same look twice. She's always going to pressure me to do something different." 

Of course, the certified bad gal isn't the only celebrity to change her beauty style. Keep reading to see all of the epic hair transformations.

Anne Hathaway

The Princess Diaries alum unveiled fringe bangs at the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Selena Gomez

The star debuted a bangin' new style at the premiere of her friend Nicola Peltz Beckham's film Lola in February 2024.

Jennifer Lopez

The "On the Floor" singer made a dramatic hair change, as she debuted a chin-grazing bob cut at Schiaparelli's haute couture spring/summer 2024 show on Jan. 22.

Gypsy Rose Blanchard

In January 2024, a month after her prison release, the now-influencer shared a pic of herself sporting a shorter 'do.

Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner traded in her dark locks for a pink 'do in January 2024.

Julianne Hough

In January 2024, the Dancing With the Stars personality shared a video of herself cutting her own hair. "Out with the old energy," she wrote, "and in with the new."

Kate Beckinsale

The Underworld actress took the plunge and went full blonde, while also debuting a short bob haircut.

Riley Keough

The Daisy Jones & The Six actress debuted jet-black hair on Nov. 2.


While enjoying a dinner date with friends on Nov. 9, Rihanna debuted honey blonde hair. After years of rocking black tresses, the superstar decided to switch up her style for something brighter.

Eva Longoria

The Flamin' Hot director recently showcased her dramatic transformation, debuting a choppy, layered bob on Nov. 9.

Alix Earle

The TikToker debuted a fresh haircut, revealing a long bob.

Miley Cyrus

After rocking platinum blonde tresses for years, Miley officially returned to her brunette roots to model Gucci's new collection.

Kate Middleton

The royal recently showed off her new curtain bangs during a public appearance on Sept. 27.

Megan Fox

The actress recently debuted a bright red hair color and equally bold blunt bob haircut.

Cara Delevingne

The supermodel debuted a punk-rock hairstyle at Vogue's World Show during London Fashion Week on Sept. 14

Brittany Snow

The Pitch Perfect star made a drastic hair change, going from dark brunette tresses to a bright blonde look.

Hayden Panettiere

The Scream actress debuted a bubblegum pink style in August 2023.

Brooklyn Beckham

The son of David Beckham and Victoria Beckham got his head shaved by Selena Gomez's little sister, Gracie Teefey, in August 2023.

Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Can't Hardly Wait actress showed off her drastic hair change, debuting dark red hair and a blunt bob haircut.

Jennifer Lopez

The Second Act star unveiled bright blonde highlights in a new selfie.

Kim Kardashian

The Kardashians star showed off her new bob hairstyle in a recent SKIMS video campaign.

Keke Palmer

The Hustlers star debuted a voluminous long bob and curtain bangs on Aug. 12.


Rachel Green, is that you? The Euphoria star appeared to take inspiration from Jennifer Aniston's Friends character with this layered look.

Tom Schwartz

The Vanderpump Rules star debuted a platinum blond dye job in August 2023.

Brian Austin Green

The '90s heartthrob debuted a newly shaved head, sharing on Instagram that "it's for work."

Doja Cat

The "Say So" singer showed off her dramatic hair transformation on Instagram, debuting bright purple hair and a spooky spider design on the back of her head.

Chloë Grace Moretz

The Kick-Ass actress debuted a fresh bob haircut, which she hasn't rocked in quite some time.

Katy Perry

The American Idol judge revived her signature style of 2008 and revealed baby bangs in a June 20 Instagram.

Kim Kardashian

In July 2023, the SKIMS founder debuted a short bob, bringing to mind what has become her sister Kourtney Kardashian's signature style in recent years.

Nina Dobrev

The Vampire Diaries actress debuted fringe bangs for the Los Angeles premiere of her new film Out-Laws in June.

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