How Lisa Rinna Really Got Her Signature Hairstyle

Over the years, Lisa Rinna has become known for her classic hairstyle—a shaggy, short look with bangs swept to the side. On The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the reality TV star often gets creative with her hair, frequently trading in her go-to shag for long wigs. Not everyone has supported Rinna, including “RHOBH” alum Brandi Glanville, who previously insulted Rinna’s hair. In fact, Glanville’s criticism of Rinna’s longstanding sex led her to experiment with wigs. “They immediately make me feel better,” the former soap star told People. Yes, the TV personality isn’t a one-trick pony. In 2018, Rinna sported a longer hairstyle — thanks to clip-in extensions. Recently, Rinna modeled with her daughter, Delilah Belle Hamlin, and adapted Delilah’s long locks in a series of Instagram photos for her Rinna Beauty lip product line.

During a 2019 appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Rinna showed off her medium-length waves to Andy Cohen and viewers. A picture of Rinna’s signature shaggy hairstyle was shared side-by-side with her current look. In a live poll, people were asked to vote on their preference between “Classic Rinna” and “New Rinna”. The results, while close, were in favor of New Rinna. However, Rinna revealed that her husband “Harry Hamlin likes old Rinna.” Whether you’re a fan of “Classic Rinna” or not, there’s no denying that Rinna is a hair trendsetter herself. But what are the origins of Rinna’s signature hairstyle?

Celebrity stylist Chaz Dean was responsible for Lisa Rinna’s original haircut

On July 29, Lisa Rinna wowed fans with a twist on her iconic hairstyle, per People. Though popular New York hairstylist Sally Hershberger added some layers to her voluminous shag this time, she’s not the first person to put the finishing touches on Rinna’s iconic hair.

On an episode of the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, celebrity stylist Chaz Dean revealed to host David Yontef that he’s the one behind Rinna’s original signature haircut. He said, “She came up to me one night – her hair was long – she was like I was thinking of cutting my hair, what would you do?” Dean offered his ideas. A week later, Rinna got Dean’s opinion on her new hair. Dean continued: “[Rinna] asked me what I would do and then [she] went and did it.” Nevertheless, Dean grabbed his scissors and gave her a shaggy hairstyle. He recalled, “I’m like, sit down, and I’ll cut it like I said it would. So yeah, it all started there.”

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But things got “too close to be comfortable” when Rinna started dating her current husband Harry Hamlin, who recently split from ex-wife Nicolette Sheridan. At the time, all three stars were Dean’s clients. “Lisa was sitting in my chair at the time and Nicolette walked in,” Dean revealed. “And you can imagine that. That’s when ‘Real Housewives’ really started. So I lost them all because it was awkward.”

Delilah Belle Hamlin also received an iconic haircut by Chaz Dean

On the same episode of the Behind the Velvet Rope podcast, Chaz Dean also revealed that he once gave Lisa Rinna’s daughter, model Delilah Belle Hamlin, a unique haircut. According to Dean, he received a frantic call from Harry Hamlin when his daughter was just 5 years old. Hamlin had explained that Delilah’s friend cut her long hair extremely short during a play date. Dean settled the hair crisis, telling host David Yontef, “I gave her the shaggyest fuck in the world.” In fact, the happy accident even started a trend, prompting adult women to ask “The Delilah” at the salon.

Like Mother like daughter? Not anymore, since Delilah isn’t currently sporting a shaggy look like Rinna. She often shows off her long blonde locks on Instagram, which she usually wears down or in a neat ponytail. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t experimented with her hair. In 2019, Delilah sported her new brown hair in a series of now-deleted Instagram posts, per Bravo. That same year, a hairstylist tucked her shoulder-length blonde waves into a “simple, slicked-back mini bun” in a “Getting Ready” video for Elle. We’ll just have to wait and see if Delilah will ever emulate her mother’s signature hairstyle — or her own former shag.