From the moment Alicia Keys released her first album Songs in A Minor in 2001, she was an instant global hit. Now, with 5 more albums and 15 (yes, that’s right) Grammys later, she’s still an icon to many – and not just for her out-of-this-world vocals.
With a mix of African American and Sicilian heritage, her natural hair styles have inspired so many; from her memorable cornrows back in the day to her more recent natural afro styles. She is without a doubt one of the biggest hair inspirations of our time.
So, to mark the songstress’ 37th birthday, we’re honouring her the only way we know how: by charting her best ever looks.
Mane moments: 11 times Alicia Keys proved that she's the Superwoman of hair
1. Embellished cornrows in 2001
Side-swept cornrows, beads and a winning smile – Alicia was always destined to be a star.
Swot up on your cornrow knowledge with our need-to-know guide.
2. Braided bangs & a fluffy ‘fro in 2002
Okay so the outfit has definitely started to show it’s age here (denim sleeves, anyone?), but the songstress’ long braided bangs and fluffy ‘fro are timeless.
Editor’s tip: Have a similar hair type to Alicia? Condition your curls with a leave in conditioner like the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist.
The coconut milk and aloe vera enriched formula nourishes to keep your hair hydrated, so that your curls stay defined and free from tangles.
3. Tree braids in 2003
Alicia taught us that you don’t have to confine yourself to one hairstyle at a time. The convenience of braids with the freedom of long lengths, Alicia was on to a winner with this one in 2003.
4. Straight with bangs in 2004
It’s always a surprise seeing your favourite curly-haired stars try out straightened hair, but Alicia had us floored by also throwing a set of grown-out bangs to the mix.
Editor’s tip: The VO5 Brilliant Shine Cream is a must-try if you’re looking to try out Alicia’s straightened style.
It’s a heat defence cream that also helps to tame frizz, so that you can keep that sleek and straight look for longer than your hair would usually allow.
5. Flower power in 2005
Hip-length hair adorned in flowers sounds like something strictly out of a story book, but Alicia brought the fairytale to life at the 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha premiere with this dreamy look.
6. Curly half-updo in 2010
When your curls are this pretty, a simple half-up half-down style is all you need to make the most of your coils.
7. Twisted fishtail braid in 2011
Enviably intricate but perfectly undone all at the same time, Alicia’s twisted fishtail braid is the epitome of smart-casual.
8. Cropped bob in 2012
9. Braided bun with an undercut in 2015
10. Braided puff in 2016
Looking to add detail to your natural hair? As Alicia shows here, adding a few hidden braids into your mane can make for an interesting mix of textures.
11. Neon highlighter braids in 2017
Good thing she’s got her sunglasses on, as this look is blinding! Not everyone could pull off such vivid brights, but naturally Alicia manages to make it look totally effortless.