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BN Beauty: New Trend Alert! Alicia Keys inspired Braids are BACK



There is a new trend in town and you can trust BN Beauty to be on top of it. Braids are back in season and it seems like the bandwagon truck is being ridden.

From celebrities to everyday beauty enthusiasts, everyone is really loving this Alicia Keys inspired style that rocked the early 2000s.

Apart from being exceptional on the piano and of course with angelic vocals, Alicia Keys is known for her revolutionary beauty choices and when it comes to braids she dominates hard even the zigzag style was named after her in high school ‘Alicia Keyz’.

She has always been comfortable with not following the norm and that is one of the reasons we love and appreciate her in the beauty world.

Moving away from the norm, women are trying out this simple and chic style. The one or two strands to the front, hair packed up and decorated with beads

Willing to try this style, check out a few looks that might inspire you.

Yemi Alade

Issa Rae

Liz John Black

Stephanie Ani

Ronke Raji

Tameka ‘Tiny’ Harris

BNers what do you think about this Alicia inspired style, got to have it or make it stop?

Photo Credit: Alicia’s picture was gotten online  / Instagram| @ronkeRaji, @yemialade, @braidsgang, @anistephaine, @lizjohnblack, @Spectanza, 

Angel is a Fashion and Style blogger and loves to be described as a woman with creativity and grace. Angel is a Mass Communication graduate with a degree from North American University. All things Fashion, Beauty and Architectural Designs are her thing. Follow her on Instagram @styleconnaisseur


  1. Mama

    June 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    But people sef, how is this Alicia Keys inspired? Have we not been making hairstyles like this before now? These are all Fulani inspired, call it by its true name! That’s how you people dashed cornrow to Kim Kardashian, and started calling the Fulani hairstyle Yemi Alade made, Yemi Alade inspired. I don tire for una!

    • Nne Umu Boys!

      June 29, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      But is anyone hurting from all of these? No. Nne biko ga zuru akara di oku taa!

    • Mama

      June 29, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      First of all, next time speak English and don’t just assume I know your language. Second, is anyone also hurting from my comment? This is a people’s identity, if your are willing to dash yours so that future generations will refer to it by a different name, others aren’t. It may seem like a small thing but this is how culture is stolen and lost. So yeah, its that serious to me. I’m very protective of cultural identity regardless of whose it is. Any other questions?

    • Ajiun

      June 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      I even see some like ipako elede style there. If we remove the Fulani beads and put Yoruba beads that ipako elede.

      It is just that most students back in the days, in public schools, can’t wear traditional beads with their braids. Even in some private schools, some teachers will be acting up cos student add modern beads to their braids. Otherwise we will have loads of pictures of all these braid styles with beads on. Unfortunately we only have ones from cultural dancing, epic movies and pageant photoshoots.

      Nigeria! We don’t document our history. Not well enough or in details. Nor celebrate as we should. Sigh.

      Even the Beyonce so called inspired braids is known as “police cap” (I think it is called). And Alicia Keys rocked that before Beyonce in Eve’s Gangsta Loving video. Everything all comes back to Motherland.

    • Nne Umu Boys!

      June 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      I actually wrote that without a care if you will understand or not because I was thinking of akara di oku while typing.. No I won’t interpret.
      That said, you people complicate life too much! Way too much please. So what the hair style is called Alicia Keys and she is not the first to don it? so what? She made it more popular especially among those who know very little about the fulanis and their hairstyle. This isnt a big deal nah haba! Every small thing you people will over think, over analyze and create an issue that was never there. Chill! Do we not all dress European/American in Nigeria? what has that taken away from their identity? If you choose not to project your identity or lose it because someone else represented it then that is your problem not theirs. No other questions, thank you Mama!

    • Ajiun

      June 29, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Ogbeni Nne Umu Boys, you have lost the plot and you are completely out of context. This is the same way the Chinese and Indian will fight to protect their culture. Go on YouTube food vlogs by Americans for instance and see how the Asians, South Americans and etc come out in flocks to defend their culture and identity.

      Like you said we wear European clothes but do you ever see the Europeans call it Tiwa Savage inspired dress when she dons it on red carpet? Nope. Even if Tiwa help make, for instance, Lanre Da Silva’s dress popular, the origin of the dress style and inspiration is still European.

      This is why we Nigerians don’t have an Identity. Our identity is completely diluted. Mama here is upset because a Nigerian blog whose owner most likely have done this sort of braids before she even know Alicia Keys existed let her writer and editor refer to an African identity as an original inspiration from a celeb who was inspired by her roots, the motherland, which indirectly made it look like an original American culture. See the twister there. It is a mouthful.

      Anyway Mama, all you can do is try and write the names of the hair styles or origin (as you have done). So when someone google it and this page shows up they will be well educated and might be intrigued to learn more. We can always come here and argue with facts. It is the facts that is needed to correct the education that we feel is misinterpret or badly narrated. I state this because this was how a “Mama” (might not be you) was arguing blindly about Yoruba culture in Ghana. And we should state our facts in a very educative and formal manner. Kinse ija. Ko daja sile tabi ariyanjiyan. No be by fight or back and forth argument.

    • josdaily

      June 29, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      My sentiments exactly
      These are traditional hair styles. All looking lovely. Just watch your hairlines but rock on 🙂

  2. What's gwan

    June 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Yemi Alade’s hair ?

  3. J

    June 29, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    How can Alicia Keys make popular what already is and has always been for centuries. Please carry your nonsense elsewhere.

    • Lolade

      June 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      You people sef, make an effort to read and understand. The poster said Alicia made it popular AMONG those who know little about fulanis and their style.

    • Confuzzled

      June 29, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Sadly, it is our way. Afterall, it is here in Nigeria that students are thought that Mungo Park discovered River Niger. Imagine that. One day we will learn, but by then I fear it will be too late.

  4. Melly

    June 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Yemi Alade’s edges though..

    • Where?

      June 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      What edges?

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