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‘Cookie U Ain’t Playing ‘: Taraji P. Henson Shows Off Natural Hair, Fans Go Wild

Taraji P. Henson is not messing around when it comes to her hair.

The star of Fox’s “Empire” showed off her natural tresses in a selfie she posted on Instagram Wednesday, which comes more than a year after she ditched straightening her locks.

“All naTUral and I f–kin LOVE IT!!! can’t WAIT to share my hair care system with you #TPHBeauty coming VERY SOON!!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💋💋💋,” Henson captioned the post as she teased her upcoming beauty line.

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Taraji P. Henson. (Photo: @tarajiphenson/Instagram)

The actress’s followers raved over Henson’s honey-brown ombré tresses, which seemed to be styled in loose waves from what fans speculated to be a Flexi rod set or a twist out.

“Hair is gorgeous.”

“Cookie u ain’t playing no games 🙌😂 #livinglegend.”

“Come thru Taraji!!!!”

“@tiara_lavette Her is beautiful😍…It just surprised me that it grew so fast.❤️😱”

“But didn’t you just cut your hair 🤔how !? How!?”


Henson initially cut her hair in September 2017 and explained to “Extra” at the time that she was done letting her stylist touch her hair with heat after covering Marie Claire for that year’s October issue.

“You know why I [went natural]? I wanted to get my curl pattern back,” the actress who stars on “Empire” as Cookie Lyon said. “I don’t know if you saw the Marie Claire cover. That is the only time I allowed [my hairstylist Tym Wallace] to straighten my hair. I’m not straightening my hair again.”

Henson has actually been natural since the filming of the 2001 coming-of-age drama “Baby Boy.”

“When I did ‘Baby Boy’, I had new growth and I was ashamed,” she told People magazine in 2016. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, my hair is terrible, don’t look at my new growth.’ The young lady who did my hair [for it] asked me, ‘What are you talking about? Your hair is beautiful! Why are you even getting a relaxer? All you have to do is know how to work it.’ So I grew my relaxer out. I was overwhelmed at first, because you go from straight, silky hair, to ‘What is this?’”

But Henson has since completely embraced her natural hair.

“I love it,” she told the magazine. “For ‘Empire’ I use wigs. I keep my hair braided in lots of teeny cornrows, so the wigs fit on my head. When I take them out, I’ll sit under a steamer while I deep-condition my hair.”

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