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Mariska Hargitay Got a '70s-Style Haircut and New Curtain Bangs: See the Look

A fresh cut to celebrate the start of summer. 

By Christopher Rosa
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With Law & Order: SVU Season 24 wrapped, Mariska Hargitay has a few weeks of well-deserved downtime ahead. And what better way to kick off vacation than with a new haircut? 

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Hargitay unveiled her new look on Instagram on Sunday, June 4. The actress decided to change things up slightly with a '70s-style chop and curtain bangs — and she looks fabulous. 

"Woke up in a bit of a funky mood and then this one came over and had me laughing in five minutes," Hargitay wrote on IG alongside a photo of herself with celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan. "And then [McMillan] gave me the #coolesthaircut ever! #70vibes #NewBangs #AllLayeredUp #CurtainBangs #I💛ChrisMcMillan @mrchrismcmillan #McMillanMagic #OnlyHangOutWithPeopleThatAreGoodForYourNervous system." 

Mariska Hargitay's hair for most of the year is geared toward her SVU character, Captain Olivia Benson, so it makes sense that she'd want to play around with it during her time off. Maybe the curtain bangs will stay for Season 25 of Law & Order: SVU this fall? Fans will just have to wait and see. (And while they wait, catch up on SVU on Peacock!)

Mariska Hargitay's hair: See her new '70s-style cut

Think classic Mariska Hargitay hair with a slightly groovy twist! 

In addition to a new haircut, Mariska Hargitay also recently got herself a new degree: an honorary doctorate from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, which she dedicated to assault survivors. 

"I want to dedicate this Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to the survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse that Joyful Heart is privileged to serve," Hargitay wrote on Instagram after receiving the honor. "To graduate means 'to move up to a more advanced level.' Let us all continue graduating for the rest of our lives, and move up to more advanced levels of understanding, empathy, and compassion — and perhaps most importantly, higher levels of the willingness and ability to LISTEN."

Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) appears in Law & Order: SVU.

She continued, "For the much-needed growth and change needed in the criminal justice system, let’s listen—truly, deeply, radically listen — to the real experts: the survivors."