Scroll too quickly past Taraji P. Henson鈥檚 most recent hair pic on Instagram, and you might not even recognize the Empire star 鈥 she鈥檚 got a whole new look to speak of.

Gone are the sleek bobbed locks she sported at the MTV Movie Awards as recently as May, replaced instead by a more natural, curly undercut.

And just in case there was any doubt about the authenticity of Henson鈥檚 new 鈥榙o, her hair stylist, Tym Wallace, is here to tell you that yes, it is absolutely the real deal. 鈥淎bsolutely, it鈥檚 real!鈥 he told Refinery 29. 鈥淣o wig at all.鈥

In fact, he says it鈥檚 currently even shorter than the style pictured! 鈥淲e鈥檒l debut it at the right time. That won鈥檛 be for a while.鈥 If Wallace has his way, he鈥檒l eventually have her hair down to a buzz cut, but in the meantime, he says her current style is also helping to breathe new life into her curls after blowdrying made her texture fragile.

He shared that the actress first took the plunge last month on the heels of wrapping her upcoming film, Proud Mary. 鈥淪he was just like, 鈥業 want to cut my hair.鈥 She already had an undercut, and it was growing in. She loved how her curls looked, and was like, 鈥業f we鈥檙e gonna cut it, we鈥檙e gonna cut it all.鈥

The move proved to be a great choice: Wallace tells the outlet Henson is over the moon with her new look. 鈥淪he fell in love. She felt so free and liberated.鈥

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Wallace himself felt it was an important move toward embracing Henson鈥檚 culture, as well. Posting the same pic to his own Instagram page, he wrote, 鈥淚t鈥檚 ok black women, chop that sh*t off and embrace your blackness.鈥 He elaborated on the statement to Refinery 29, saying, 鈥淭here鈥檚 a difference between wearing a natural-textured wig or weave, and actually wearing your natural hair. She鈥檚 showing that she鈥檚 all for the black girl magic 鈥 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.鈥

Hear, hear!

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(h/t Refinery 29; photos via Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)