Sometimes birthdays call for a new look and that’s exactly what actress Kerry Washington opted for after celebrating her 45th in style. 

The actress took to Instagram and shared stunning photos holding a handful of balloons, and simply looking radiant. Washington added a lengthy caption to the post, expressing “My heart is soooooooooo full from all of your beautiful birthday messages. THANK YOU. I can’t wait to spend this next year with you all sharing projects, art, people, causes, & moments that inspire me.” The actress even took the time to include ten organizations that she calls “SUPERHEROES,” for their work “helping people in their local communities feel empowered to use their voice and vote.” She also asked her followers to follow, donate and share information about the organizations as well. 

After using her birthday to send some love to others, the actress then gifted us selfies of her new curly cut. 

Washington, also rocking a bold red lip and white tank top, captioned the post, “Fresh cut. Curls and coils.” And gave a special thank you to hairstylist, Linda Villalobos, who has also worked with the star on the beloved TV show Scandal, as well as Little Fires Everywhere

In a past interview with Redbook, Washington spoke about her decision to stop chemically straightening her hair and embrace her natural curls. She stated, “Quitting has been such a time-saver, and my hair feels much healthier now. It’s been fun getting to know my real curls.”

And Kerry, we love seeing them!