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Alicia Keys (Getty Images) Alicia Keys' interesting updo takes a classic French braid and pairs it with retro-inspired reverse roll. To recreate her look, begin by sectioning out a swath of hair along the top of the head that runs about three inches along the front hairline and five inches back.
Next, create a tight French braid down the center of the head. You could either begin the braid at the nape of the neck, braiding upwards and securing the loose ends at the top of the head, or braiding downward and tucking the ends up under the completed braid. Next, take the top section and backcomb to create some additional texture.
Then, place a rat or puff along the front hairline and comb tresses forward and roll them over it as tightly as possible. Push the sides of the rat back while rolling the hair in order to create a u-shape. To complete the look, pin the rolled hair in place and mist with a generous does of hairspray.
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