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Rihanna Rocks Faux Locs on The American Idol Stage

Avatar • May 24, 2012

Rihanna took to the American Idol Stage to perform her new single, “Where Have You Been” and rocked a new look, faux locs. The song is supposed to have a tribal feel, so that could be the reason for the new look, but Rihanna also revealed that she’s wanted to try locs since she was a teen, tweeting:

Their HOT! [I wanted them] since I was 14, but mama Fent’z wasn’t havin it!

I gotta say, I think they’re quite beautiful on Ri! Ladies, what do you think of the look? More pictures are below.

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Vanisha
8 years ago

i like it.. buuuut i wish she didnt have the straight bangs

V
V
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

Thats exactly what I was thinking. I wish she’s committed her whole head to the style. I do like her shaved sides though.

Carla
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

TOTALLY agree. I was thinking the exact same thing.

Cia
Cia
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

Yeah me too! I really love the locs but the bangs are throwing it a bit. She looks beautiful as usual though. Love this lady!!

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

+1 =)

mangomadness
mangomadness
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

+1 It looks off with the texture diffrence.

bookiebear32
bookiebear32
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

I totally agree. I guess she wanted to cover her forehead, but the hairstylist should’ve convinced her otherwise

EloHello
EloHello
8 years ago
Reply to  bookiebear32

+1

lindy
lindy
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

I actually think the straight bangs give it a different,unique twist. Its beautiful.

Mena
Mena
8 years ago

She is an island girl. I love it! Looks good.

Yaya
Yaya
8 years ago
Reply to  Mena

As an island girl, I’m pretty annoyed by this. The straight bangs and the fake ras? No thank you.

Aisha
Aisha
8 years ago
Reply to  Mena

The “island girl” thought popped into my head as well. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see that side of her more often.

jaedabarbie
8 years ago

it is cute. Minus the bangs. love that she is wearing locs, i think it is cool/

Shannon
Shannon
8 years ago

I’m with Vanisha; they would’ve been great…if not for those straight bangs, LOL. Otherwise, they’re very nicely done. I do, however, have a bit of an issue with locs always being associated with “primitive” and “tribal” type stuff. Kinda reiterates the incorrect notion that they happen when people don’t take care of their hair. THOSE kinda locs don’t just pop up off your head without MUCH care.

hassan
hassan
8 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

I agree!

Miranda
Miranda
8 years ago
Reply to  hassan

Me too. And I’d prefer them if they weren’t fake

Penelope
Penelope
8 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

+1
I hate the association…I don’t like “tribal”..it’s so nonspecific.

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago
Reply to  Penelope

+1 w/ the non-specific ‘tribal’ association..but me likey locs =)

Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown
8 years ago

Im feeling it!! I love it!!!!

Jessica
Jessica
8 years ago

So, I’m all about normalizing natural hair, but whats with the bang? I dont have a solid opinion, I have questions. Is this more about approved texture and “safe” kinks? This style of nap, but at THIS length and THIS texture?

to be clear, Rhi is an entertainer and any statement that she makes should be treated as someone who has had a tremendous amount of home schooling while gearing up a career that involves singing about “Birthday Cake”.

Finally, I’m rocking Badu braids, mostly weave right now, so I’m obviously not too upset about it. 🙂

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Lol! Your post made me giggle, thanks!

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

Oooo weeee! I bet you look FABBBBB-O-LOUS!! WERK!! =)

Carla Waldron
Carla Waldron
8 years ago

We have to understand that what Rihanna does is an artform. We have to just respect it and leave it alone.

Missy
Missy
8 years ago
Reply to  Carla Waldron

Unfortunately, she performs to please US, the public. Therefore we are entitled to express our opinions. And if she were smart, she would listen to what we have to say.

Jax
Jax
8 years ago
Reply to  Missy

If she were “smart,” she’do whatever the hell she wants with her hair and not give a damn about pleasing anyone but herself.

Ray
Ray
8 years ago

I love it!!! I wish she would have ditched the straight bangs in the front tho kinda throws it off but I love the look on her! Go RIRI!!

DJSJ
DJSJ
8 years ago

I think they are cute and I don’t like the bangs. But you’ve got to remember, she has a huge forehead and probably doesn’t want that shown. That’s one reason why I haven’t worn braids or other styles like that.

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago
Reply to  DJSJ

Ohhhhh…completely forgot about the forehead…a lil bit of contour/shading would minimize a mighty forehead. Gosh, I love big forheads probably b/c I have a very low forehead (not Theresa Guidice type, but not too much larger =( LOL!

FYI for short’heads’:
Off topic, but that’s why protective updo styles,headwraps, and turbans work for me b/c they add vertical lines to my short small baby head. LOL!

Alisha
8 years ago
Reply to  anastasia

Omg, I lol’d at your Theresa comment. I’m from Jersey, so I immediately thought of her! Too funny!

Jaida
8 years ago

Yeah I agree, the straight bangs threw this off for me.

Candice
Candice
8 years ago

I just find it funny how it seems that those who commented are “cool” with her wearing fake locs, but have a problem with her real straight hair.…Seriously, she is not “natural”, and fake locs, isn’t that a cliche‘? At the end of the day, it’s her hair, and I could care what style she is rocking from day to day, as much as she does to her hair, its a wonder she has any left, and it can’t be healthy.…

daphne
daphne
8 years ago

She can rock anything. I approve although the style could use some minor adjustments nonetheless she still looks great.

No
No
8 years ago

I just do not think this is cute at all. They look really fake and the bangs are just off. I also do not care for this being linked to a “tribal” look but when she wants to be beautiful and fem she has piles of straight weave. Her mother’s dislike of locs is very telling especially coming from a Caribbean woman. Every time I am in the Caribbean I see women with the most beautiful long, well maintained locs.

Beth
Beth
8 years ago
Reply to  No

Well, Rihanna’s worn kinky/curly weaves and styles that many did not at first consider “beautiful” or feminine. A LOT of women in the Caribbean dislike locs, my mother is one. It’s not right, but it’s not unusual.

Trini
Trini
8 years ago
Reply to  No

If you were from the Caribbean you’d understand the historical reasons for the negative associations with locs. In the 70’s and 80’s people did not associate or allow their children to associate with people who had dreadlocks let alone wear the style themselves and people with dreadlocks were heavily discriminated against. Rastafarianism was not accepted in the mainstream. Even today some Caribbean people have lingering distaste for locs. I would love to try locs but my husband wouldn’t have it.

I love it on Rihanna!

Missy
Missy
8 years ago
Reply to  Trini

Same goes for African culture. Locs were associated with people with mental illness. Fortunately, this is changing and starting to be considered “cool”.

Sheree
Sheree
8 years ago
Reply to  Trini

As a Jamaican, I have to say you’re 100% right. Up to 2 years ago I wanted to get locs and my parents said HELL to the no! I find it ridiculous considering they both have close friends with the style but apparently I’m going to damage my career prospects if I do it.

mika
mika
8 years ago

Very cute but those bangs ‑_- make me extra angry

UKchick
UKchick
8 years ago

Who cares, could’nt care less if she was wearing a hat shaped like poo.

UKchick
UKchick
8 years ago

Who cares, couldn’t care less if she was wearing a hat shaped like poo.

Teresa F.
Teresa F.
8 years ago

I think you mean’t isn’t that an oxymoron… She has waayy to much going on. The shaved sides, the straight bangs, the fake locks! Ilk! My usual opinion about her shananigans! The red hair was the worse! Looked like she fell into a vat of kool aid!

Teresa F.
Teresa F.
8 years ago

The worse part still is that she is a pretty girl!!!

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago

No. Her body is amazing though! And the woman to her left in the last pic should be on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar.

anastasia
anastasia
8 years ago
Reply to  Annie L.

That beautiful woman on Ri’s left was the first person I noticed in the last pic.Good guggamugga.…. Stunning!!!I wanna highlight that pretty skin w/ some golden hues!

Viv
Viv
8 years ago

I don’t like them. I know they’re “faux locs” but to me, they look way too costume‑y, like the Rastafarian locs one would buy at Ricky’s for Halloween. And I agree with those who have already commented on the implied “primitive” connotations when it comes to locs. Sorry, Ri-Ri, but this is a fail.

Zoopath
Zoopath
8 years ago
Reply to  Viv

+1

CurlyInTheA
8 years ago

Rihanna rocks a variety of styles — this is just one of the styles in her arsenal. Next week, she’ll probably die it fire engine red again; she likes to experiment with her hair. I see it for what it is — a trendy celebrity hair style. I don’t make much of it, but I do think that Rihanna likes natural weaves/wigs based upon some of her recent hair choices though I don’t *believe* she’s natural. Who knows, maybe she is natural under her wigs/weaves. You can bet, though, that folks will be trying this faux locs look because she wore it.… Read more »

Elle
Elle
8 years ago

not feeling it,sorry.the straight bangs/locs combo makes the look even worse. At lest she’s more or less covered here.

sunshyne84
sunshyne84
8 years ago

I like em!

Beth
Beth
8 years ago

Rihanna has had those bangs for a while now. She probably didn’t want to get rid of the bangs but wants to rock the dreadlocks. I like that Rihanna styles herself the way that she wants to — for some reason I doubt her “people” convinced her to rock the dreadlocks. I wonder if she plans to actually rock dreads as a style — she seems to love the shock effect from changing her hair. I wouldn’t mind at all, I love her unapologetic attitude when it comes to style.

terry
terry
8 years ago

omg like seriously girl. everytime i see u, u look more stupid and more ugly

lindy
lindy
8 years ago
Reply to  terry

What do you look like?

I think the style is unique and beautiful and the straight bangs give it that beautiful twist and proves how versatile Black style and hair is.
Rihanna is gorgeous and can rock any style as she proves.

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8 years ago

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Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago
Reply to  Mayasi

STFU!

lindy
lindy
8 years ago
Reply to  Mayasi

Thank you . NICE!!!!!

lindy
lindy
8 years ago
Reply to  lindy

That was for @Mayasi.

Lillian Mae
8 years ago

Cute.

A woman I belly dance with makes handmade locs…

deandra
deandra
8 years ago

the bangs a hot mess but i like the rest of it tho

latisha
latisha
8 years ago

I hate fake locs! Don’t like to see it on anyone

L-Boogie
L-Boogie
8 years ago

This woman cannot do wrong. She does what she want. Screw everybody and their opinions. Get it, Ri Ri!

Nik
Nik
8 years ago

I don’t love it. I like locks, but not these.

AntiYOU
AntiYOU
8 years ago

I LOVE the whole look. Heifer can’t sing, but she rocks some hair.

TAY
TAY
8 years ago

Soon as I seen this on American Idol I said ” This is gonna be on BGLH.”
I like it, in fact I was in the middle of take down my yarn braids.

jessica
jessica
8 years ago

not feelin the ‘faux’ locs.…more insulted than anything else.…wish folx would stop usin the term ‘dread’ as well.…there’s nothing DREADFUL ABOUT OUR LOCCED HAIR!!!

Sheree
Sheree
8 years ago
Reply to  jessica

That is a part of the original name and the relation to Rastafarianism, it’s not about the hair being dreadful. Rastas are said to live a ‘dread’ life, as in a life in fear of God (or Jah) so their locks are called ‘dreadlocks’.

So no I don’t think folks are going to stop.

-_-
-_-
8 years ago
Reply to  Sheree

x

lindy
lindy
8 years ago
Reply to  jessica

Why are you insulted? They are not YOUR locs.

caribchick
caribchick
8 years ago

I love her, but I can see why she has bangs, she has a larger forehead.

Victoria S
Victoria S
8 years ago

I love the locks. Ri can rock anything. but, like stated before me… the bangs were the downside of the whole look…

Hadassah
Hadassah
8 years ago

She already took them out it was for a performance so I’m guessing that’s why she left the bangs out but as a performance “prop” they served their purpose. I imagine faux locs are heavy. I would love to try them but I don’t have the patience to sit and get it done

Sundai
Sundai
8 years ago

I love it,but what kind of hair is that ?
i thought the closest thing to a kinda of a loc look was yarn braids/twist,but this looks nice.

jordyn
jordyn
8 years ago

ew.

Jazmine
8 years ago

+1
but the bangs
I like the shaved sides.
I like fake and real locs.

Andii
Andii
8 years ago

I like the look. Even the straight bangs. I think it gives her hair a diversity look. Why does it all have to be the same? Shaved sides, faux locs, and straight bangs. She rocked it out! It’s different, it’s versatile and it went with the theme while being fashionable. LOVE IT!

vonne
vonne
8 years ago

I love this look. She looks like Nerissa Irving.

Stevie
8 years ago

I love it, even though in the second set of pics she’s servin’ me Predator style..

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago
Reply to  Stevie

*faints* Lol!!!!!

Sheree
Sheree
8 years ago

So, this bothers me…

Their HOT! [I wanted them] since I was 14, but mama Fent’z wasn’t havin it!”

I keep hearing that she went to private school all the way up to when she was discovered…and this girl doesn’t know the difference between ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ and ..Fent’z??? what??? what’s with the random apostrophe.

That aside, I think the locs look fine…clearly extensions but not costume store fake imo. I agree with the comments on the “tribal” connotation and the bangs threw it off for me

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago
Reply to  Sheree

+1 about the tweet — SPOGG!

Nicole
Nicole
8 years ago
Reply to  Sheree

Most of the people on this site don’t know the difference between their, they’re and there. Or on any natural hair site to be honest. Maybe we should be reading books…

EbonyLolita
EbonyLolita
8 years ago

I need a tutorial on HOW they got em in there. I know ppl with permed hair that would like the look of dreds w/o the commitment. RhiRhi looks cute. Ppl need to get ova the bang. LOL

Marie Young
8 years ago

I think it looks nice, but it seems very heavy! I’m back in forth about locks. For some it looks absolutely divine, but for others it’s just all WRONG!

-_-
-_-
8 years ago

Aesthetically, yeah man, the locks are hot

morally, NOO!!!.
this is the commercialisation of rastafari. And i know for a fact they do not like that.

Marie Young
8 years ago
Reply to  -_-

So you have to be Rasta to have locks?

-_-
-_-
8 years ago
Reply to  Marie Young

did i say that?
chill out

Marie Young
8 years ago
Reply to  -_-

Very chill! I was just trying to be enlightened with something I did not know, but its cool lol…

-_-
-_-
8 years ago
Reply to  Marie Young

nah.tbh i’m not an authority on the subject, most of what i know i learnt through googling it. for me… its important to make informed decisions on choices I make re. hair as its always so politicized esp. for black ladies.

on one hand it is just hair. but on the other it isn’t

maralondon
maralondon
8 years ago

I’m afraid i don’t like anything fake. I know it’s for show but i don;t find it appealing.

Barbara
Barbara
8 years ago

Not a fan of dreads and definitely not with a bang.

Cacey
Cacey
8 years ago

i’m not a fan. those sides and the bang just don’t go with it at all, to me.

Aisha
Aisha
8 years ago

I like it on her, and it’s cool that she’s familiarizing people with the “look” of locs, even though they’re fake.

Thoozile
Thoozile
8 years ago

She looks beautiful…Love the hair.

Natalie
Natalie
8 years ago

It’s great how Rhianna rocks so many different styles, I can’t say I like them all, it doesn’t matter if they are extensions.
I think locs are a great style, I’ve had locks twice in the past and Maxi Priest was my loc idol, looking good.

Courtney
Courtney
8 years ago

I like it. I actually thinks the look suits her. I know it’s only temporary though. What do people expect? She has a different look every other day it seems.

Violet
Violet
8 years ago

Yes. She looks beautiful. I knew that they must be were extensions when I read the headline. I didn’t see her on American Idol. But I’d did heard that she appeared on the show.
Two things that irk me though: 1)They are extensions. 2)Why is this site observing “fake” Natural hair…?

flygyrl72
flygyrl72
8 years ago
Reply to  Violet

My thoughts exactly Violet!

somewhereinthecrowd
somewhereinthecrowd
8 years ago

Rihanna, you’re absolutely beautiful. Like really, your bone structure, body and face wise. This locked style looks great on you, cept the straight bangs are a little weird (^.^). I think if you have the cohunes, which I’m sure you do, you should rock a style that mirrors your natural unprocessed hair texture. It’d just look unbelievably stunning, and also inspire so many little girls out there who are just like you were at one point in time. Not to mention this would change the whole pop diva paradigm. Do it, do it, do it.lol

^^Hopefully she reads this.^^

Zuri
8 years ago

UM.…. I do like the look on her. I don’t like that bang though. Its a weird combo, the super straight bang, and the twisted faux locs. But overall, I think she could wear locs and look rather beautiful.

Jodi
Jodi
8 years ago
Reply to  Zuri

Thank you! my issue is the bang. It actually looks like it fits her — the locks — but why couldn’t she have destroyed that awful bang. I like locs but the way she wore it…imma just say that bang shoulda been killed man. But aside from the bang, it’s cute on her.

reshonda
reshonda
8 years ago
Reply to  Zuri

My thoughts exactly lol :). Hair is hot, straight bang not

loc girl
8 years ago

Not to fond of it. As a person who wears locs, I don’t consider it a style but a natural way to treat hair. When we wear it for “show” it makes it a fad. My locs are not a fad.

BluJay
8 years ago

The only thing I would change are the bangs; the dramatic shift in textures throws me off; it would have been cooler if she went “all the way.” Otherwise, it’s a good look!

LeiLei
LeiLei
8 years ago

Why are “observing” fake, natural hair on this site? Some of u dumb ass natural nazi are brainwashed. Get a life. And no its not just a way to treat natural hair. It IS a styling option also. Relax its just hair. RihRih looks beautiful. Straight bang and all. Love the she changes her hair and style. Anybody can wear locs whenever they feel like it.….geesh

Yenface
Yenface
8 years ago

I really don’t like them on her but as some one else said I think that’s because of the straight fringe… looks ridiculous with the locs.

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8 years ago

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Steph
Steph
7 years ago

What?!?

Mukisa
Mukisa
8 years ago

I give Rihanna an A for attempt. But straight bangs and fake locs isn’t really natural, isn’t it? It’s not really natural for her.

The Woman
The Woman
8 years ago

#they’re

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