Alicia Keys’s 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, was one of my most played CDs as a kid. I equally appreciated her music, piano skills, and intricately beaded cornrows, which became her signature look. Two decades later, Keys still wears plenty of similar braids as well as other creative protective styles. Her latest look is reminding me of those primary school days because her twists were piled into the highest ponytail you’ve ever seen.

Her brunette hair was twisted into several jumbo Senegalese twists, likely using kanekalon hair. They were tied up on the top of her head with the twists falling up over the side of her face. The tips of her hair grazed her chest, which probably means the twists fall around hip-length when they’re not pulled back.

alicia keys smiling and waving with jumbo Senegalese twists styled into a high side ponytail

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On the same day, she also gave her Instagram fans a glance at her Senegalese twists fully down. She captioned the short video “my energy today” with the emoji kissing face. Unfortunately, the ends fell out of frame, so it’s not clear how long they are, but since the style falls past her chest, I’m sticking with my hypothesis.



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A few days before on the 3rd June, Keys’s hair was braided into a stunning layered style full of beads in blue, black, clear, and white hues — that’s just one of the many unique styles Alicia Keys has had in 2023 alone. Typically those styles involve braids rather than twists like these, but maybe we’ll see more twisted styles from her in the coming months. In the meantime, I’ll be over here listening to Songs in A Minor.


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