When Rihanna walked up to the podium at the 2013 American Music Awards, my mouth dropped. The singer attended a glamorous Awards show in a Jean Paul Gaultier ensemble with her hair still in a doobie wrap.
The doobie wrap is a technique mostly women of color use to maintain their style while they sleep. By wrapping the hair in either direction around the head and pinning it, we’re able to preserve our look for the following day.
Most women don’t wear a doobie wrap outside unless they are leaving the salon, or running to the mailbox before heading back in the house. Then, there are some women who wear their doobie wraps out on the town, and several people remarked last night that Rihanna just gave them permission to continue.
Others didn’t criticize Rihanna’s hairstyle, instead saying it was a clever way to wear this one-of-a-kind and culture-specific look while accepting the prestigious first-ever “Iconic” award. As usual, Rihanna was setting trends and making a bold statement.
Rihanna’s doobie was the work of her longtime hairstylist, Ursula Stephen who posted the below on Instagram: