Alicia Keys Got a Bob Haircut and No Longer Looks Like Alicia Keys

Hi, hello, and nice to meet you, 2018 Alicia.

Alicia Keys
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Please hold on to your tiny hats and prepare to clutch your pearls, because Alicia Keys just got a majorly short haircut, and she no longer looks like the Alicia Keys you know and love. Yes, the mother of every song you’ve drunkenly (and soberly) sung in the middle of a bar has chopped off all of her signature long curls into a short, choppy bob.

It’s already been a big month for celebrity hair changes, with Demi Lovato dyeing her black hair blondeSophie Turner dyeing her blonde hair platinum, and now Alicia Keys is following suit, but this time with a haircut.

The Details

The singer posted a photo to her Instagram this past week wearing a bustier, low-key makeup, and, most noticeably, significantly less hair than usual. The photo depicts Keys with a short, voluminous, side-swept bob that’s brushed to one side of her head. So, you know, totally different than the Keys we’re used to seeing.

“That’s Alicia Keys?” asked one MarieClaire.com editor, before adding, “She looks like a sexy Molly Ringwald.” Which, um, fact (although Molly Ringwald is obviously already sexy). Keys didn’t tag any hairstylists or photographers or brands in her photo, so we can’t tell whether this new hairstyle was for a shoot or a campaign, or just a fun in-the-moment hair change, but either way, I’m in love with it, and so are her fans.

“Beautiful haircut!” reads one comment on the photo, while another reads, “Looks better than any hairstyle she has ever had.” Of course, there’s always a chance that the entire look is just a fake out, and Keys never cut her hair and is just wearing a wig, but I prefer to believe what I want to believe, which is that Keys finally jumped on the short-hair train and is riding it all the way into 2019.

And if this just made you really, really want to cut your hair, then check out my absolute favorite celebrity haircuts to get you inspired to make a salon appointment ASAP.

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Chloe Metzger
Chloe Metzger

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.