On September 11, Taraji P. Henson will be celebrating her birthday. And, certainly, she has plenty to celebrate. The actress and activist — who also has her own hair care line! — recently sat down with 21Ninety to talk about her efforts for mental health through her Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation. 

"There's a lack of culturally competent therapists — and, yes, even psychiatrists — in the field of mental health," she said to us exclusively. "It's not enough to just be aware of the logistics of mental health — you also have to be aware of the cultural history of the person you're talking to. You know, in the Black community, there's such a stigma around mental health — and it's our job to eradicate that stigma by breaking the cycle. The only way we can do that is by providing therapists that get it, you know?"

But, more than help people feel good, Taraji P. Henson also helps people look good. In honor of her birthday, let's take a look back at some of her seven best hairstyles and cuts through the years. 

1. Long, Grown, and Sexy

Taraji P. Henson recently posted this photo of her long, grown, and sexy hair, which she wore on the streets of New York. Yes.

2. Cookie Carter Bob

Channeling a little bit of Halle Berry, and a lot of class and style, Taraji P. Henson blessed us with this bob cut.

3. Pink...That's Our Favorite Crayon

How cute is this look? She literally wore it only a few weeks ago — and she's already switched it up!

4. Blonde at the TIFF

Remember that year that Taraji P. Henson graced Canada with her presence in a shamrock green dress...and some gorgeous blonde hair? We remember.

5. Good Times

Taraji probably doesn't remember she posted this...but we found it. How cute does she look here? (She's on the right, just in case you needed to know.) And how did we all have that same hairstyle in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and why was she the only one to make it look good? Sigh. Go'head Taraji!

6. Person of Interest

Many years ago, Taraji P. Henson starred on the show Person of Interest. She played Detective Joss Carter, but she was killed off after three seasons. Still, she managed to make police work look amazing. Olivia Benson could never.

7. Short and Natural

This photo needs no caption. Here's the beautiful Taraji, in her all-natural state, with the late DMX. Powerful, in so many ways.

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