Who doesn’t love a drugstore steal? Apparently everyone’s fave, Rihanna, is not above using budget picks on her hair as her 2019 BET Awards style was achieved using styling products all under $10.
Rih took the stage to present Mary J. Blige with a BET Lifetime Achievement Award and for the occasion, the singer’s longtime hair stylist, Yusef, transformed her most recent burgundy box braids look into a tight half-up, half-down pony. “For tonight’s look, Rihanna wanted to look very pretty. We were working with her beautiful burgundy hair, so I wanted to really feature the bold color and let it speak for itself!” he says in a written break-down.
Yusef partnered with Suave Professionals for the night, using the Natural Hair Define and Shine Serum Gel on her wet strands to ensure a smooth finish after blow drying (his tool of choice was the Dyson Supersonic), then added in extensions and used a curling iron to add some texture. He set the waves using the Suave Firm Control Finishing Hairspray and pulled the hair up into a tight half-up style before using the spray again to backcomb and tease the hair.
Note: This hairspray is listed $8 (!!!) at Walmart and it has over 200 reviews praising the way it reduces frizz, smooths flyaways, and holds style without that dreaded sticky-crunchy feeling.
We missed seeing Rihanna with her red hair—she memorably wore the hue back in 2010 during her Loud album era.
Some eager fans on Twitter believed the hair change could even signify her ninth album is finally coming? For the record, she’s said she is indeed working on one: “I’m happy with a lot of material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out,” she recently told Interview.
While we patiently wait for new music to drop, we’ll continue getting our Rihanna fix by buying her beauty products. And lingerie. And LVMH fashion line. At this rate, if she decides to go into hair, too, we’d be here for it.