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Alicia Keys Long Straight Formal Braided Updo Hairstyle - Dark Mocha Brunette Hair Color

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Added: 23 May 2012
Hairstyle Popularity Rating: ★★★★★



Description

Alicia Keys always has that "New York City casual cool" vibe about her, but she can do glamour just as well, as shown by this recent photo. Alicia turned up on the red carpet looking stunning in a glossy, oversized braided updo. Keys fans everywhere will want to copy this look for their next formal night out. This naturally dark mane is braided then pulled up and pinned to the head to create this fabulous upstyle perfect to turn heads at any special occasion. The height through the the top of this style makes it great to compliment a round face - here's how to get it.

This is a style that requires a lot of pinning, braiding and twisting, so it's best to get a friend or (even better) your hairstylist to do it for you. It's not an easy style to do on yourself.

The first step is to pull the hair back into a super-sleek, tight ponytail. If you have medium length or very thin hair, you may need to add a hairpiece in at this point to get the thick, long braid that is needed for this style.

Once your hair is braided, pin it to the head in a "loop" like Alicia has done, going forwards then looping back behind the ear to the nape of the neck, then back to the top again. After it has been pinned and sprayed into place, finish it all off with a gloss spray for extra glam factor!


Hairstyle Type

Category
Formal
Length
Updo Long
Elasticity
Straight

Haircut Technique

Type

Suitability

Gender
Women
Face Shape
round,oval,heart,triangular
Hair Density
Medium/Thick
Hair Texture
Medium/Coarse
Age
Under 21, 21 - 30, 31 - 40, and 41 - 50
Height
Any
Weight
Thin/Average/Large
Forehead Height
Short/Average
Neck Length
Short/Average
Ears
Small/Average
Nose
Small/Average
Glasses
Yes

Styling

Time
30+ minutes
Tip
Allow up to 2 hours styling time for hot roller setting, teasing, pinning and spraying. This long lasting style is great for all occasions and all weather conditions.



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