Taraji P. Henson graces the May issue of ESSENCE in her signature swingable bob, but this wasn’t always Henson’s hairstyle of choice. The Think Like a Man star has worn nearly every hairstyle in the book, from blonde, waist-length ringlets, to blunt-cut, jet black bangs.

As we celebrate Henson’s ESSENCE cover and new film, let’s take a look back at some of her most head-turning hairstyles over the years.