In Boys in the Hood, Long played a sweet Catholic school girl, and had the demure bob-with-bangs hairstyle to prove it.
Long added some sexy volume to her bob as Will Smith’s love interest in Made in America.
Long rocked a slightly shorter, chin-grazing bob at a casual lunch with stylist Lisa Michelle in Los Angeles.
In 1997’s classic Love Jones, Long rocked a jet-black, layered cut with side-swept bangs. That year, Brown girls everywhere copied this trendsetting style.
At the premiere of Blade, Long hit the red carpet wearing a brand new, super-short pixie cut.
Long sported a choppy, shoulder-length blowout at the 2000 NAACP Awards show.
Long’s wash-and-wear waves are both totally adorable and low-maintenance. Our kind of style!
Sometimes the easiest hairstyles make the biggest impact. At the 2004 NAACP Image Awards, Long accepted her Best Actress in a Drama Series award (for her work in Third Watch) rocking a stunning, slicked-back ponytail.
At the premiere of Alfie, Long kept her look sleek and chic with a center-parted, razor-cut blowout.
At the VH1 Hip Hop Honors show, Long showcased her gorgeous face with a short, spiky crop.
At a Hollywood party, Long pinned the top section of her hair back, and let the rest of her full waves cascade around her shoulders.
Long swept her soft, loose curls to one side at the 2007 NAACP Image Awards.
Long looked beyond gorgeous at Clive Davis’ 2008 pre-Grammy Awards bash. She added some pieces to her smooth blowout for a voluminous, rumpled-on-purpose look
At the premiere of This is It, Long parted her sexy, boyish cut on the side and finger-styled the layers at the crown.
At a Good Hair premiere, co-star Long hit the red carpet in a glossy, luscious, roller-set bob.
Long glowed at the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection 2009 Fashion Show in a shiny side-ponytail.
At the premiere of Good Hair, Long sported a shiny, layered shag with a side-swept bang.
At the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, Long styled her short strands into a sassy upsweep.
Nia Long arrived at the BET Awards in shimmering skin and a sexy, sky-high topknot.
At at Dark & Lovely event, Long returned to her short, chic pixie cut with eyebrow grazing bangs.
Long made an appearance at the Good Day LA studios in swingable shoulder-length strands.
Long arrived at the Children Uniting Nations Fundraiser wearing a chic center part with long bangs swept to each side.
For more of Nia’s glowing and gorgeous hairstyles, be sure to check out the August issue of ESSENCE on newsstands now!