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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sandra on

Women have all kinds of hair. If i want my curls to pop i use leave in conditioner and gel. If i want it frizzy or make my afro big and mighty then i brush it out. Straight i blow dry and MAYBE flat iron. All these styles and i’m 100% natural. Twists braids blow outs gel….women hair is a varied and women are and its cool. When u hate on other women that hard then u show how much u hate urself. Nubian needs to pay more attention to the women around her and open her mind a bit more. I’m happy to be nappy and i love that i have the option to flex my hair any way i want.

chocolatebrown on

That is not her natural unaltered hair. It has a little bit of help. Actually, it has a lot of help. Yes, some black ppl have hair like that…but they are mixed with something else. Even from her very early days (before she got famous enough for personal stylist, it was obvious that Ms. Winfrey has beautiful hair…thick and bouncy in its relaxed state which probably meant a glorious cache of natural kinks…but that above ain’t it.

Angel on

Now, I don’t know if Oprah has extensions for length and fullness, but my hair texture is just like her hair in the picture. I have been 100% natural (no chemicals or relaxers) for two years now and regardless of the products I use, I cannot get tight/kinky curl definition. I am not bi-racial, nor my parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents… I’ve tried twist-outs and setting lotions and curl creams/custards, but as soon as it dries it, it resembles soft, sheep’s wool (or it looks like I had a roller-set and got caught in the rain lol). I love my hair. It has never been so thick and healthy since I went natural. You just have to accept your hair as it is and make it work for you.

Angela on

Nubienne, perhaps you don’t know anything about natural hair (I am natural) a black persons hair can look like Oprah’s picture. You don’t know what you are talking about. Being mixed raced has nothing to do with it.

Tiffany on

I think it’s wonderful! She’s got a lot of hair for a woman her age! And it’s gorgeous!

Kim on

Unless something changed within Oprah’s scalp, that is not the texture of her hair when it grows. When she worked as an anchor here in Baltimore, she wore her hair in a classic kinky Afro, not the texturized curls in the ‘O’cover photo.

Kim on

When I wrote classic kinky Afro, I’m saying when she was in Baltimore, Oprah’s hair was very similar to, if you are not too young to remember, the Angela Davis Afro. That type of hair does not grow out like what’s shown in the photo (without some type of processing)

Joy on

I agree with others that it is sad to see so many women debating about whether Oprah’s hair is natural or not.
Imagine if the September cover of “O” magazine featured headline topics about Minding Your Own Business-How to start and run a successful Business,
instead of Oprah with her Natural Hair–
these same women who are criticizing her would probably not be interested enough to read or make comments.

Kiana Micciche on

I would really love carryout a blogging site nonetheless.. I have no idea what sort of sites make the most visitors? Exactly what sites does one scan? I really for the most part scan photo sites plus design sites. Really having a survey here cheers!

Jamila on

Wow…its so unbelievable to read some of the ignorant comments here. ‘Have you seen the Color Purple?’ what?????? I’m sitting here staring at myself in the mirror, dark skin, wavy curly hair to the middle of my back, no chemicals; wondering why someone would think I have to be mixed in order to have a certain type of hair…..? I am really shocked at the ignorance and sad that it comes from my own race of people.

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