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Mariska Hargitay’s hair development on law and order: SVU

Over 22 seasons of Law and order: SVU, one thing has remained the same: Mariska Hargitay.

But some things have changed for the Emmy-winning star, including her hair. Yes, Hargitay’s Olivia Benson has been pressured over the years – sometimes by perps, other times by haircuts.

Throughout its more than two decades as Benson, Hargitay has rocked many hairstyles (and only one real hair does not– she has said that her haircut in season three almost got her fired). There have been enough changes for you to play “Guess the season that the USA Network rebroadcast is from” just by her hairstyle. (It’s really magical, and we encourage you to try playing soon.)

“We all know what the cornerstone is in the creative direction of any show,” Hargitay joked The Hollywood Reporter in 2015. “Hair.”

And with our favorite officer celebrating her 58th birthday on January 23rd, we look back on all of Benson’s hairstyles over the years. That’s right, it’s an ode to our favorite captain’s delicious lure – and it’s safe to say that Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) have seen most of these styles.

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