05/22/2014 06:29 am ET Updated May 22, 2014

Ginnifer Goodwin's Hair Story: The Long & Short Of It

Ginnifer Goodwin is proof that every woman should take the plunge and get a short haircut before you die (or at least experiment with a wig).

Since the "Once Upon a Time" actress got scissor happy and debuted that pixie hairstyle we all love, Goodwin's clothes and makeup have become edgier and more vibrant. She's even learned how to work with a flat iron to straighten her super curly hair and to embrace those not-so-perfect short hair days.

"Don't be afraid of a little dirt," Goodwin told E! News. That's exactly what we plan on telling the next person who asks us how long it's been since we shampooed our hair.

So in celebration of Ginnifer Goodwin's 36th birthday today (May 22), we're taking a trip down memory lane with her hair evolution. What a journey it's been...

Ginnifer Goodwin's Hair Evolution