Belfast Telegraph

Monday 27 April 2015

Rihanna’s hairstylist inspired by guys


Rihanna's hairstylist says travelling the world and reading magazines helps him come up with ideas for her mane.

The raunchy singer's tresses have been many different shades over the years, from flame red to peroxide blonde. At the moment her brunette mane is long and luxurious, with a shaved portion on one side. She has been showing off the short section while on her Diamonds World Tour, with her hairdresser Yusef Williams thrilled by how she's embraced it.

The pair have worked together for many years and Yusef never worries about approaching his client with an outlandish style.

"By travelling the world with her and experiencing different countries and cultures," he told The Hollywood Reporter, when asked how he gets inspired. "A lot of my influence comes from men's fashion and the images you see in men’s fashion magazines. That's where a lot of the inspiration comes from, and she's always down to try something different, no matter what it is."

Rihanna's current long style is far removed from the crop she sported a few months ago. The singer and Yusef decided flowing tresses, with an edgy element added, were the perfect choice for her latest stage show.

"She's the type of person who goes with the flow and is never scared to switch it up. I love that about her," he said.

"The look for the tour is kind of a modern take on an '80s rock chick. It's very rock star-meets-modern day. Rihanna's the new age rock chick.

"It's a rock show. It goes from pop to rock, and I think that the youthful, fresh look of her hair translates throughout the show. It’s young, effortless and it just works."

Yusef was also quizzed on how many products he has and laughed he needs a "very, very large suitcase" to cart them all around.

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