Our August ESSENCE cover girl Nia Long has been one of our girl crushes ever since her sassy debut in the 90’s flick Boys in the Hood. Over the years, we have swooned over Nia’s sleek pixie cut and secretly envied her long, shoulder-length layers and sky-high topknots, too. Nia is a true style star who can do no wrong when it comes to hair. 

In honor of Nia’s ESSENCE cover girl status, here are some of her most memorable mane moments to date.