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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Annabelle on

My dad is 63 years old and has only a few gray hairs. My mom’s been gray since she was 40. It just depends on your genetics. Both of my parents are Black and I have naturally straight hair. My sister’s hair is a lot kinkier than mine. My brother has very big, loose, curls. I have no problem believing that is Oprah’s natural hair.

Ann on

…..and there is alot of it…..

Jackie Matte on

WOW! Maravilhoso! She has the power!!

Sandy on

In response to “nubienne”, Your post would be comical if it was not so ignorant. I know tons of black women of all shades, who have hair just like Oprah’s. And no, it has nothing to do with one of their parents having “non-kinky” hair. Hair texture-just like eye color or skin color can be all over the place in black families. Both of my parents have the same kind of hair. My sister’s hair is much wavier, thicker, and coarser than mine. My bother’s hair is extra curly. My hair is curly until it gets to a certain length-and then it becomes a big wavy afro- a lot like Oprah’s. Let go of the bitterness. And I know a lot of”kinky-haired women” and they don’t feel inferior to ANYONE at all. Seems like you are projecting your own insecurities upon a whole group of people.

Sassypants on

Her hair looks beautiful and looks like she takes very good care of it.

QBee on

Speaking of hating on other black women, I’m appalled at the negative response to Nubienne. I have hair a lot nicer than Oprah’s but could still understand where Nubienne was coming from. We all want to see images like ourselves in the media. We all want to be validated. She was expressing her own truth and frustation and there’s nothing wrong with that. In the spirit of supporting each other as black women, let’s stop hating on this particular sister.

As far as Oprah’s look goes, I’m not thrilled with it. It’s very retro – reminds me of Patti LaBelle and even some of Oprah’s early looks. It’s just not my cup of tea, but that’s just me.

stacy on

WoW self hate will continued when u live in a world where u was taught one race was superior than others its so hard to ever grow out of it.For some reason people have s problem with black hair and it mostly black people. Get s life people

Guest on

THAT’S an afro! What’s the big deal?

guest on

People still buy her magazine?!

Tiffany on

Beautiful! Though I don’t think this is THAT big of a deal, People is good for showing when each and every celelebrity changes their hair even the littlest bit.

I don’t think it’s anyone’s right to generalize and say that Oprah’s natural hair is “not like most Black womens’ hair.” Oprah’s hair is what it is because of her heritage, just like every other person on this Earth.

Can’t stand it when someone feels the need to speak for thge characteristics of their entire race. I am a Black woman and love that I can wear my thick curls free or straight. Folks: You only know YOU.

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