Just when it seemed Rihanna was going "soft" with her hair style (thanks to a mom bob last week), she emerged from last night's American Music Awards with fresh hair and fresh controversy. No sooner had Rihanna appeared onstage than Twitter erupted with opinions about her slicked and bobby-pinned new look. For those unfamiliar, Rihanna's hair was not a faux pixie crop, but what is commonly referred to as a doobie (pronounced by Dominicans as a tubi.)
so obsessed w/ Rihanna and her doobie BUT 1. Girls, don't get any ideas. 2. If you dont know what it is - don't ask me any questions. Cool?— Shiona Turini (@shionat) November 25, 2013
A doobie is a wrapping process commonly utilized by women in African-American and Dominican cultures to keep their freshly heat treated hair intact. As celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson told the Cut: "This is a do they do to get their hair dry before they blow it out or flat iron it." Says Jihan Forbes, a freelance fashion journalist who was vocal about it on Twitter, "It's something you wear to go to bed, like tying you hair up in a scarf." Forbes remembers: "If my mom saw [me] walking from my house to the corner store in a doobie, she would be like, 'No, you can't do that. You aren’t going to look ratchet.'"
So basically @rihanna is my Bajan doobie-wrap goddess tonight and I love her for it.— Voodoo Chile (@thesoulasylum) November 25, 2013
Some believed that Rihanna's hair was a deliberate statement, in keeping with her signature nonchalance. Gibson suggests: "I think she was just trying to say, 'I’m Rihanna. I want to create trends. I want to be beautiful. As an icon, I can do whatever the fuck I want to do.'" Felicia Benson, a prominent African-American beauty blogger for ThisThatBeauty.com, agrees: "I think she did it to highlight a point of difference. She's always pushing it and last night was no difference. To me, it seemed like, I'll wear a doobie. And I'll throw on some bedazzled hairpins."
Judging from Twitter and Instagram, it was a polarizing move: Some questioned whether this was really a "hairstyle," while others suggested that it should be brought to the mainstream.
Father please give discernment to any female at home pinning her hair up in a doobie like Rihanna & thinking abt wearing it to work!— Swin Cash (@SwinCash) November 25, 2013
The doobie quickly made its way onto Instagram:
Will Rihanna's doobie become the beauty equivalent of the twerk? Forbes adds, "I'm looking at the comments already. Everyone's initial concern is, They won't let the hood have anything. At the end of the day, Cara Delevingne could end up wearing a doobie in Vogue Paris." But could that be a good thing? Forbes muses, "I guess it could be a good thing for me and my laziness. When I go to the store, maybe I won’t be ashamed with my night cap on."
Most Viewed Stories
Elizabeth Warren Just Said What Most Women Wish They Could to Donald Trump
I Tried Hillary Clinton’s Diet and Now I Sympathize With Her
Blake Lively Reportedly Just Gave Birth, and You’ll Never Guess Who’s Running to the Hospital
Brad Pitt Fights Back Against Angelina Jolie and Her Plot to ‘Destroy’ Him
What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump
Here Are the 5 Most Random Anecdotes From Tiffany Trump’s New York Times Profile
The Mysterious Deaths of Two Sisters in a Luxury Hotel
Prince George Has No Time for Justin Trudeau’s High Fives
It’s Time to Stop Writing ‘I Hope You’re Well’ in Emails
Looks Like Kate Middleton Is Enjoying the View in Canada
From Our Partners
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Beauty FeaturesThese Rape Bills Will Make Life Much More Unpleasant for the Next Brock Turner
The laws will close the loopholes that allowed Stanford rapist Brock Turner an easy out.Denim and Feminism at Dior
A new designer seeks to broaden the brand’s scope.Trump Made a Cameo in a Playboy Soft-core Porn Video
It’s not explicit, thank goodness.Angelina Jolie’s Latest PR Move Is Ingenious
She reportedly told social workers Brad Pitt hit Maddox, but that she doesn’t want Pitt prosecuted for abuse.Here Are the 5 Most Random Anecdotes From Tiffany Trump’s New York Times Profile
She did the photo shoot, though.Sarah Silverman Remains Baffled by ‘Bernie or Bust’ Folks
The comedian appeared on Real Time With Bill Maher to discuss the upcoming election.Like You, Anna Kendrick Is Mourning The Great British Bake Off’s Untimely Demise
Anna Kendrick salutes Mel, Sue, and Mary for remaining loyal to the BBC.Chris Hemsworth Presents His Glorious Bottom for All the World to See
A new angle.Elizabeth Warren Just Said What Most Women Wish They Could to Donald Trump
She went on a Friday tweetstorm.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Why Being a Feminist and Loving Makeup Aren’t Mutually Exclusive
Contrary to that egg’s recent tweet.
The safety of the child should come first.Gigi Hadid Is Now Designing Fall Boots
Would you wear the “Gigi”?Of Course These Two Celebrities Are Friends
They ate raw food together at a vegan restaurant.Postwar Elegance Captured by a Groundbreaking Female Photographer
Photographs from the new book Inge Morath: On Style.Joe Biden Spoke Out Against Rape Culture on The Tonight Show
“Any man who takes a drunk woman up the stairs in a fraternity house is a damn coward, man.”Samantha Bee, Gloria Steinem, Gayle King, and More Women Told Us How to Deal With Mansplainers
Samantha Bee’s advice: “I clamsplain right back.”These Diamonds Are As Cool As They Are Affordable
Simple studs for multiple holes.3 Brilliant Shows From Paris
Balmain, Rick Owens, and Galliano at Margiela deliver.The Mad-Scientist Designer Making Clothes From a Single Thread
Designer Jeanne Vicerial is pushing the limits of what we consider fashion.What Does Girl-Power Makeup Look Like?
Dior’s first female creative director has a simple interpretation.