R&B vet Alicia Keys has always been about a good cornrowed look. She’s been rocking braided down patterns and beads since her days of “Fallin'” and “A Woman’s Worth.”
So, it was super refreshing to see her serve up classic cornrows-and-baby-hair slay at the Grammys this past Sunday. I mean they were a whole work of art. And even more so, when we realized she’s also rocking braids in the artwork for her new album, Alicia, scheduled for release on March 20.
For the cover art, the “Underdog” singer poses it up in a four-square layout showing off all angles of a braided and swooped look coiffed by celeb hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson.
“It was [done] on clean, free hair,” Nai’vasha said in a recent interview of Alicia’s natural look. “Super quick.”
Given the current conversations around stylists requiring hair be silk pressed before braiding, it’s important to note that Nai’vasha did not blow out Alicia’s hair prior to styling.
“I love the authentic texture to be exposed,” she said. “It’s OK to manipulate texture. It really is. I’m never opposed to that.”