Oprah Winfrey Reveals Her Natural Hair in 'O'

08/01/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

Courtesy O, The Oprah Magazine

Oprah‘s not hiding anything! For the first time, the icon is covering her O, The Oprah Magazine with her hair in its natural state.

Though the mogul embraces her curly, voluminous tresses — often letting them loose on weekends and vacations — she sees nothing wrong with trying different hairstyles. “I even notice a change in my dogs when they get their summer cuts: they’re friskier and livelier,” she reveals inside the glossy’s September makeover issue.

Winfrey also discusses the time she once wanted to cut off all of her hair. “I wanted to wear it close-cropped, à la Camille Cosby, but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. ‘Don’t do it,’ he said,” she recalls. “‘You’ve got the wrong head shape and you’ll disappoint yourself.’ I took his advice.”

Read the full column in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, on newsstands Aug. 7. Tell us: How often do you wear your hair in its natural state?

–Jennifer Cress


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Tica on

Nubienne I’m not sure what you’re used to seeing but you do not have to be mixed to have such hair, nor do you have to use a relaxer or texturizer to have such hair. I am Haitian America and never had a perm and my hair is of that texture both are my parents are black. there are different hair textures, if you’re not used to seeing all type of hair up close I understand your lack of knowledge on hair texture but you shouldn’t comment on when you are mis-educated on a subject.

Andrea on

i did the BC about 5 months ago, and i love my natural hair

Sarah on

I’ve been wearing my Hair in it’s naturalness for 3 years now. And U don’t have to be mixed to have hair like Oprah. There are Women in my family that have the same texture as Ms O

Miss Love on

It’s truly disheartening when we slam other people, other women in particular, and black women specifically, simply because our experiences and perspectives are limited. Oprah and I are the same complexion and share the same type of hair texture. I have been natural for nearly 15 years and my texture is not the result of heat damage. I don’t even own a blow dryer. Nor am I “mixed”. Are we seriously still in this place after all these years? Learn. Grow. Evolve. Please.

Debbie Brinkley on

I’m loving. I am actually done with all the chemicals and weaves. Ready for my own natural hair.

Jennifer on

I love Oprah’s hair here and while I knew she was natural I’ve always wanted to see what her hair looked like without heat or styled straight. And in response to nubienne, as a black American who is “light skinned” with two black parents and 4 black grandparents (not every light skinned person is directly mixed, learn some Genetics) shame on you for being misinformed and undereducated. I have kinky curly hair and I know a lot of naturals both dark skinned and light skinned with similar hair texture to Oprah’s naturally and with the use of products. It’s called defining your curls, which I do on occasion! Every person and head of hair is different and there is no one representation of “blackness”. Please work on your personal issues and learn to accept all black people and all types of black hair; not just the one’s you feel should qualify.

Ava on

Good advice, Bill. I think she looks great!

AS on

pretty sure her “natural” hair would be gray at this point….

tilly on

Oprah may be showing her natural hair, fixed up by tons of hairdressers, but the ten pounds of makeup on her face, eyes in particular, take away any natural look. Her hair has been primped to the hilt. She has such a huge ego. Cover of every issue. I purchased it once and was disgusted at her self love pictures on almost every page. That is no natural look Oprah. Wash the face and show us natural. No fake eyelashes either.

trey on

nubienne u sound like a complete fool really not everyone has to be mixed to have a hair texture such as oprah’s it very clear that you have some issues within yourself. you try to state facts thar have no proof smh good day

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