Rihanna’s stylist is very important. How important? In February 2012, after a day of swimming in Los Angeles, the R&B superstar found herself with a “hair emergency.” Conditioner couldn’t cut through her matted locks, so Rihanna flew all the way to London for a session with hairstylist Ursula Stephens, the only person she’d trust with the job. The whole episode reportedly cost the Bajan beauty $23,000, but Stephens sorted her out in time for her appearance on “The Jonathan Ross Show.”
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Stephens has been Rihanna’s hairstylist for some time, and the singer has kept her busy. Between November 2010, when she dyed her hair bright red, and August 2011, Rihanna changed hair color 13 times. During that stretch, she paid Stephens nearly $23,000 per week, according to various sources. Ursula Stephens commands $3,300 per day, and given that she’s responsible for RiRi’s iconic choppy haircut, she may well be worth every penny.
Credit for the singer’s memorable looks must also be given to Rihanna’s clothing stylists. For her 2011 Loud Tour, stylist Mel Ottenberg dressed the pop star in an “encrusted bikini, denim bra, and remarkably skimpy metallic romper,” according to New York Magazine. Ottenberg’s work on the tour led to speculation that Rihanna had cut ties with longtime stylist Mariel Haenn. Alongside partner Rob Zangardi, Haenn styled Rihanna’s “Umbrella” video in 2007 and helped the songstress pick gowns for the red carpet.