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Oprah Winfrey Reveals Her Natural Hair in 'O'

08/01/2012 at 08:00 AM ET

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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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BrownSkinGirl on

nubienne YOU are what’s wrong with Black women. Please believe that is her real hair in its natural state. When you use conditioner and oils on your hair it too can look shiny and manageable. Natural hair does not have to look matted and dry. Take care of your hair and you too can have a beautiful mane like Oprah and so many others. Get a clue!

tottie on

I applaud Oprah for approaching this new look, For so many years African American Young girls, and women have wanted to look like the barbie doll with the straight hair. I admit I was a victim of that ignorance. I finally woke up and obtained Knowledge of self. Realizing my hair is unique in every way. It has coils that can never be duplicated. I can copy other nationalities hair but my hair is impossible to duplicate. I wear a shirt that says “Thank God I’m Natural”

Librababe on

It’s a nice refreshing look, but it’s not her natural hair. Lol, I used to think I was natural too when I wore my relaxed hair without straightening it. Then I went natural, and it was a totally different ballgame! It doesn’t rly matter, but inaccuracies really grinds my gears, I had to say something, lol.

tottie on

I applaud Oprah for rocking natural,
even though her hair is permed. Unfortunately, Black Young girls, and women have wanted to look like the barbie doll with the straight hair.
Many of us have ruined the true state of our lovely locs. I admit I was a victim of that ignorance. Now at age 40 I have Knowledge of self. Realizing my natural hair is beautiful and unique in every way. It has coils that can never be duplicated. fortunately I can copy other nationalities hair but my hair is impossible to duplicate. I wear a shirt that says “Thank God I’m Natural”

M. on

We have so many examples of beautiful African-American women who wear their hair natural, that wear it well.

It’s in the woman, not the hair. It’s in the heart and soul.

It’s kinda like being able to wear hats (no matter what race you are)… if you don’t shine inside and feel comfortable about yourself, then on the outside, you look and feel less, thereby reflecting the feelings on the outside.

just sayin’

Carol B. on

I think that Oprah’s hair always looks great no matter how she wears it. Her stylist does a fantastic job. I am a light-skinned African American woman. I wear my hair weaved and freely admit and discuss it. My natural hair is about 9 inches long. I chose to wear a weave because it offers more flexibility and prevents my natural hair from being damaged. When I wear my natural hair most people can’t distinguish it from the weave. I’m 51 years old and have NEVER, EVER dyed my hair. I have about 2 or 3 strands of gray hair. With me, it’s genetic. The women in my family have very little gray hair.
I don’t think chemically straightening my hair or wearing a weave makes me or anyone a sell-out. The way a woman wears her hair is a personal choice and not a political statement. Just my two cents.

Stacy on

I watched The Color Purple and oprahs natural hair looked nothing like this. Who is she kidding?

Gloria on

Oprah PUH…..LEASE !!!! The hair on the cover of that mag may be your natural hair. however, it has been conditioned, and coifed just perfectly for that photo. I am a black woman with nice hair and when I wash and let my hair dry, that look is not happening! Granted, you have beautiful hair, but girlfriend, let us see the REAL natural!

Andrea on

Some of these comments disgust me.

1. The magazine is called “O,” as in Oprah. It’s her magazine. She can be in it as much as she wants. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. It’s that simple.

2. Oprah shouldn’t have fall off the face of the Earth just because YOU don’t like her. Oprah has donated a good portion of her money to several charities. She’s earned her place in the spotlight.

3. Carol, your comment disgusted me the most. How dare you call someone fat and then tell them to get gastric bypass. Who are you to say that to someone? Clearly no one of importance. Your comment was extremely rude and disrespectful. You made a complete fool of yourself and deserve whatever ridicule that comes your way.

Cynthia Jasmine on

All of you are ridiculous, she did not say she was natural, she said in her natural state. Oprah wears wigs and pieces all of the time so this would be her natural state. Nowhere did Oprah say that she stopped doing relaxers, seriously grow up people!!!!

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