Lisa Rinna debuts a new hairdo after 20 years: upgrade or awful?

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On Tuesday, Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Lisa Rinna popped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live after the season 6 reunion special. She showed up rocking a brunette, slicked back hairdo, a change from the highlighted shaggy bob that’s kind of been her trademark for the past 20 years. She told WWHL host Andy Cohen, “I wanted to try something new, and you know, I’ve had the same hairdo. For 20 years I’ve had the same hairdo and I thought, ‘Why not?’ You know?” Could this different look be a reaction to the other housewives, most notably Brandi Glanville, accusing her of wearing a wig? Drama!

The 52-year-old actress/reality TV personality admitted to Andy that the new color was a drugstore job, telling him, “It’ll wash out because my highlights were all crazy all over the place and I thought, I’ll just darken it a little bit. I had a vision.” That “vision” was inspiration from the theme of this past Monday’s Met Gala. I don’t get the connection, but you just keep doing you, Lisa. She did kind of reveal that this new look was a lark, and that she’s be back to her old look soon, telling Andy, “I like my hairdo, though. I really do.”

Disclaimer: I am no fan of the Real Housewives (although I have met a few, who were very nice when the cameras were off) and I am slightly jealous that Lisa gets to go home every night to Harry Hamlin, whom I still have Clash of the Titans fantasies about. Plus his appearance on Mad Men proved he’s aged gracefully. All of that being said, I really dig the new ‘do, as temporary as it might be. As a bottle blonde who tried life as a brunette, I know how hard it is to get the dark color to stick, so I’m sure Lisa will go back to her highlights. Also, my Mom can wear the heck out of a Raquel Welch wig, and a few of hers look like Lisa’s bob. A lot like Lisa’s bob. Just saying.

I’m not as interested in her hair, however, than as to what happened to her face. It doesn’t move. At all. It’s kind of disturbing. She goes through a lot of emotions on the show, but the only things that move are her mouth and her eyes. I saw her brow struggling to furrow, but to no avail. She reminds me of those men who dress as women by wearing latex bodysuits and masks (don’t Google this, for the love of God. And don’t ask me why I know about this). Watch this snippet from the interview and witness what I’m talking about:

So, this is basically a case of “hair today, gone tomorrow”. If I were Lisa, I’d keep the color, but stick with bangs to cover the frozen forehead.

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  1. Megan says:

    When she was on Melrose Place, my friends and I called her Lips, Inc, because her lips were so big they had to incorporate.

  2. Alix says:

    The hair would be perfect if it were 1986. If I were her, I’d focus less on the hair and more on fixing the hugely inflated upper lip.

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    All of those housewives just look like plastic dolls. Who looks at their hair?

  4. NewWester says:

    Corey, I just Googled what you said not to. That is nightmarish!!

  5. GiGi says:

    This is not a new cut or color, it’s just her regular hair blown back.

  6. Lucy2 says:

    She is long overdue to change up her look, but with her hair back like that it really draws attention to the work she has had done.

  7. Rhiley says:

    Harry Hamlin is pretty nice looking, but my impression of him, based on the few minutes of RHOBH that I have watched since Lisa has been on the show, is that he stays pretty stoned throughout the day. He certainly lives in a perpetual haze.

  8. Erinn says:

    Having it away from her face does make her look a bit younger though, so I guess that’s a nice benefit. Maybe she’ll do this while it grows out some?

    I do suspect we’ll see the old hairdo come back not long from now. After having your hair the same way for suuuch a long time, it’s a weird adjustment period.

    I recently realized I’ve been fighting natural waves/borderline curls my whole life – simply because I was in such a rush one morning I just literally showered, sopped some water up with a towel and got out the door. I usually comb my hair straight and then blowdry with a brush, so it’s always been pretty much straight hair by the time I was done. Well apparently I’ve been brushing out curls my whole life.

    And after figuring that out, it was going great for a while. Until I cut about 4-6″ off of my hair length. And now it kind of curls weirder, and it’s frustrating because I never really got used to it in the first place. I don’t know how to take care of curly hair – whatsoever – so I’m just bumbling along, and lately I’ve been annoyed and just blowdrying straight again. So I wouldn’t be surprised if Lisa ends up in a similar situation.

    • Skyblue says:

      I love it! I have the exact same problem. Slightly unruly hair that isn’t quite curly and not quite straight. I end up blow drying it straight too.

    • Annika says:

      Hi Erinn: I have very curly hair that I struggled with for years until I discovered the magic of the diffuser. Have you tried one of those?
      I also scrunch 2 products into my hair before lightly drying with the diffuser: first some mousse, then a drop of curl cream, the Not Your Mother’s brand in purplish tube.
      I should note my hair texture is thick, very dry, lots of volume (kinda like T Swift used to wear her hair).
      One of my sisters also has curly hair but her texture is completely different from mine. Her hair is fine & thin. I think she scrunches spray-in products. Like a little spray gel & little spray leave-in conditioner.
      Hope that helps dear! ;-)

    • Kitten says:

      @Erinn-Look at the curly hair forums like or so you can identify what kind of curl you have and seek the right treatments (although it sounds like you barely have a full curl, more of a wave).
      WoC have been mastering curl treatment since forever and black women tend to have the best tips on treating/styling curly hair.

      On another note, I don’t get why people with a nice wave straighten their hair all the time. Take advantage of that beautiful natural texture, ladies! Not everybody has that.

    • sanders says:

      I have thick wavy, curlish hair. If I brush it after it is dry, it frizzes out. I have found a way for the curls and wave to look more defined and eliminate most of the frizziness.
      I brush it before I wash it. Post wash, I dry it a little with a towel so that it’s not soaking wet and then I scrimp mousse through it. Last step is wrapping it in a towel, even if its just for 5 minutes. I finish by using a comb to part it and fluff it up again with a little bit of mousse if needed. I sometimes shake out my hair to get some of the residual water out and to loosen the curls.

    • Erinn says:

      Thank you ladies! I will have to try some of these tips. I’m also going to order up some of that deva curl stuff to help hold the curl. I’ve just been using a drugstore curl cream that smells great but doesn’t work well haha, and letting it air dry.

      It’s funny because I was always SO jealous of girls with curly hair growing up – and apparently I’m not too far away from that!

  9. Bluesky says:

    I understand wanting to stick to a particular hairstyle because you are comfortable. I was comfortable with mine until I realized I had the same hairstyle as Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men” That epiphany was enough for me to run to my hairdresser to make a change!

  10. Cici says:

    I used to like Lisa until she became a real housewife. She is so grating on that show although I do suspect most of it is played up for the cameras. I get the impression that she’s one of those people who cares a lot more about what people say about her than she lets on. I remember she claimed for years and years that her lips were natural until someone dug up a picture of her from the 70s and her lips looked nothing like that. She just seems fake in general.

  11. OrigialTessa says:

    She looks a lot like Kris, but I don’t think she’s anywhere near the same age.


    She looks like Vincent from that old show from the 80s, Beauty and the Beast.

  13. guest says:

    this is kylie jenner’s future

  14. Sister Carrie says:

    I wonder if Brandi’s dig about her needing Eileen’s hairdresser was the impetus for this.

  15. Snowflake says:

    Why doesn’t her husband or friends tell her how ridiculous her lips look? She had taken out the implant of fillers for awhile, and it looked so much better. But now she is back with the ridiculous lips

    • Kitten says:

      Honestly, that was my first thought as well but I hesitated to say anything because I do think that ultimately it should be her choice what she does to her face.

      But yeah, my first reaction was “my BF would tell me to stop” because he HATES fake sh*t. Since we started dating I have gradually dialed back on the makeup, often times not wearing any at all. I still put makeup on when I’m going out at night, but he always tells me “You think you need it but you don’t. Wear it if you want to and if it makes you feel good, but just know that it’s unnecessary.”

      That being said, I will never give up makeup because I think I look better with it, but I also think that as we get older, less is more.

      Sorry that was a bit of a tangent lol but yes, I do wonder what her husband thinks of her face. Even just kissing her must feel so effin strange. Her lips look so hard..ugh.

    • Bridget says:

      I thought there was no way of taking out the implant?

    • ohdear says:

      I remember watching a documentary years ago about the increasing rate of childhood obesity. The interviewers spoke to families in areas with high rates of obesity/overweight kids. So many parents didn’t see their kids as much different than their peers because their kids peers were also overweight. What is normalized in your peer group alters your sense of reality.
      I see this as the issue with the lips in Hollywood. They don’t see the insanity or how obvious their work is because everyone has it. It’s normal to them. Which is so super scary.

  16. Kitten says:

    These women all end up with the same sort of aesthetic form overfilling and over-’toxing.

    The main thing that happens is an imbalance in the face, where the bottom half looks puffy and bloated compared to the top half of their face. I assume this occurs from filling in the marionette lines, the nasolabial folds AND the lips. It’s like if they just did one third the amount of filler or picked one or two places to fill on their face instead of filling every crevice, they would look a million times more natural.

    It’s sad to see because Lisa was never an unattractive woman. She had a decent face to work with and she would have probably aged well if she didn’t attack her face with 800 syringes. You just have to feel sorry for these housewives because they don’t seem to realize how insane they look to the rest of the world.

  17. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    1) It is the same dated, tired, old, 20+ year old haircut, just groomed in the opposite direction.
    2) She looks astoundingly like current Lil’ Kim from many angles.
    3) Top lip- why? WHY?????

  18. kri says:

    Wow. She looks like johnny Bravo.

  19. Anon says:

    I hate when women wear their hair slicked back on the top and flowing in the back. It looks like a mullet.

  20. Jana says:

    She looks exactly like Leona Helmsley with that stupid haircut. There are a few hair rules women over 50 should always follow….never go darker, only lighter, and a side swept bang is your best friend. That look is way too severe for her, it ages her 10 years.

  21. khymera says:

    He aged like a fine wine, wtf happened to her. She use to be so beautiful.

  22. Chantal says:

    I don’t know, it’s too hard to see past those giant, cartooney lips.

  23. meme says:

    andy cohen is the devil…I hate these stupid housewives shows. and her face is whack!

  24. holly hobby says:

    Yeah she has the helmet head/mullet combo going. That’s a big fat no from me.

  25. Magnoliarose says:

    She looks like a Billy Ray Cyrus impersonator with a concrete mask. I think her laughing face must be frightening.

    She, Madonna and Kim live in the plastic procedures pit of h.ll. They can’t stop even if they want to.

  26. Joannie says:

    She looks like a hand puppet that a ventriliquist uses.

  27. Sarah01 says:

    She was naturally pretty and now she looks awful. When will these women realize that less is more. She also wears a ton of makeup. I find women who look like themselves and use makeup to accentuate their natural looks always trump over these weirdly, plastic, pulled, plumped, make up to no end types.

  28. tw says:

    It’s like the female version of the mobster mullet.

  29. Susie 1of 3 says:

    ” She reminds me of those men who dress as women by wearing latex bodysuits and masks (don’t Google this, for the love of God. And don’t ask me why I know about this). ”

    Thank you! Funniest thing I’ve heard all day. Waiting until kiddos are in bed to decide if I have to Google this.

  30. JudyK says:

    Surprised at the number of people calling the “new” hairdo dated…what could be more dated than the way she’s worn it for 20+ years. She looks so much better with DARK hair IMO. I’d like to see her in a dark, short pixie style…not the short, faux Farrah Fawcett style she wears on a daily basis. Now, that is dated.

  31. mollie says:

    Wow that is not a good look. Not at all.

  32. Bapril says:

    I swear she just got cheek implants! She did not look like this on the show.

  33. Mrs. Odie says:

    Brandi is just jealous that anyone has known or cared about Rinna for 20 years. She’s been a working actress for 20 years. Her hairstyle works for her her. Brandi only gets attention for stunts. Rinna doesn’t have to change things or perform stunts in order to have attention. Of course, Rinna DOES have an eating disorder and IS terribly insecure (or she’d have her hair the way she likes it regardless), but that isn’t what this is about, and Brandi knows it. She’s cackling into her morning cup of poison over the fact that her name is mentioned, even though the only way she can get in the story is if she trashes someone anyone wants to hear about. We live in a society where that’s how the presumptive Republican candidate got press (Donald Trump talked smack about you, Senator. What do you have to say to that?).

  34. Jezza says:

    She’s a hoot!. I enjoy her, but the hair is tragic.