Rihanna's New Braids Are Extra-Long and Extra-Gorgeous

The impressive plaits made their debut in Aspen.

Rihanna Braids
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While I absolutely thought sleek honey blonde hair was the look of the season for Rihanna, she just switched things up in the eleventh hour. And no, I'm not mad: how could anyone be mad at Rihanna? Especially with glam this good.

On Thursday, December 28, the Fenty Beauty mogul stepped out in Aspen, Colorado with her family, including A$AP Rocky and their kids, RZA and Riot. While the iconic crew's matching outfits were something to behold, my eyes immediately went to Rihanna's hair, newly styled in braids that reached all the way to her waist.

Rihanna Braids

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While I do spy a hint of that golden color we've grown accustomed to over the last few months in her strands, the singer's roots appeared much darker and closer to her natural hair color. However, that's possibly the night lighting and camera flash talking—I'm excited to see exactly how these braids look in the daylight.

Rihanna paired the new hairstyle with one of her signature beauty moves: a great manicure. This time, she went with a brown chrome design, with her medium-length nails rounded in shape. She showed off the manicure as she carted her children, phone, glasses, and snacks around the city, stopping for some shopping at luxe western wear store Kemo Sabe. As for makeup, she went heavy on the rosy blush, also rocking a lined, glossy lip.

Although Rocky's hair was hidden under his sweatshirt (the same oversized gray Bottega Veneta hoodie that RiRi was wearing, mind you), you could see a glimpse of his braids as well. The pair's eldest, RZA, also wore the hairstyle—though in a much shorter fashion than his mama's.

So, who inspired who? When everyone in your family is this cool, it's impossible to tell.

Sophia Vilensky
Freelance Writer

Sophia Vilensky is a Freelance Beauty Writer at Marie Claire with a beauty, wellness, and entertainment journalism portfolio that includes contributions to Byrdie, Bravo, Teen Vogue, and Us Weekly. Growing up in a family of beauticians—and through her own personal studies—she developed an in-depth understanding of aesthetics, cosmetic product formulation, and beauty treatment development and has also held roles as a senior copywriter, content strategist, and proofreader for top beauty and wellness brands. Even so, you'd be hard pressed to find her with her hair and makeup actually done. Sophia is based in Minneapolis and is a 2019 graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she majored in English and minored in cinema studies. During her time at the university, she was the Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Minnesota Daily, earning the 2019 Editor of the Year award for her work. She connected deeply with the Twin Cities arts scene, collaborating with leading beauty professionals, designers, and artists. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, her thesis—a close-reading of Vanderpump Rules—was featured on NPR. When not immersed in writing or testing new products, Sophia enjoys watching reality TV, reading, and exploring the newest woo-woo wellness trends. Keep up with her on Instagram @sophiavilensky.