Hairstylist Tym Wallace says her hope is that Black girls won't feel "defined by what society paints as beautiful when it comes to a Black woman and her hair."

Samantha Callender
Jun, 28, 2017

Taraji P. Henson is fearless when it comes to experimenting with cut and color.  Although the actress has been busy since the end of awards season, she's making headlines for her latest haircut: a short, honey blonde pixie with tapered sides. The Proud Mary star eventually took to Instagram, debuting the new style herself:

It's been a minute. She's been busy AF!!! 👀💇🏾💋💋💋

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In an interview with Refinery29, Henson’s hairstylist Tym Wallace opened up about the redefining hair journey Taraji has been on these past few months. While she opted for an undercut a while back, the actress decided to keep going shorter with the cut and let her natural curls flow free.

Henson, whose natural hair at one point reached down past her shoulders, only rocked short styles in the form of weaves and wigs. Tym says that this time around, she decided to try something new. 

"It's great to see a woman of her stature embrace her hair, and [cut] it so short," he said. "There's a difference between wearing a natural textured wig or weave, and actually wearing your natural hair. She's showing that she's all for the Black girl magic — showing these young Black girls that you are not defined by what society paints as beautiful when it comes to a Black woman and her hair. That was the main force for me."  

Tym says she’s opted to go even shorter since posting a video thanking fans for her BET 'Best Actress' Award.

Thank you is NOT enough!!!! @bet @iamdebralee #TheCookieMonsters ❤️💋💋💋

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“Trust and believe, we will definitely be throwing wigs on with this," Tym emphasized. "Some looks will require a different feel. But right now, we're gonna rock this out."  We can’t wait to see what she'll do next!