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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Kassie May Edwards on

Nubienne you have obviously got some hate issues. As a black woman who wears her hair in its natural state I am looking at this photo and it looks pretty authentic. Her hair texture is similar to mine and I am not multiracial. As a person with kinky hair we use techniques to manipulate our hair.

Two stand twists, bantu knots, three strand twists, flat twists, flexi-rods, perm rods, cornrows, curlformers. All of these products and techniques can be use to transform your curl pattern without heat or chemicals.

Using a great curl creme helps as well. Products like; Miss Jessie’s, Kinky Curly, Shea Moisture, Ouidad etc.

Just because I am nappy doesnt mean I cant try out different curly styles. Just like oprah probably did. And actually her hair looks pretty frizzy and nappy with no definite curl pattern.

Give us black people more credit. We have a long blood line attached to europeans and native americans. I have never met any natural black woman with the same hair pattern.

Dont be ignorant.

terinlynn on

No disrespect to anyone leaving comments but how can you all talk down on Nubienne so openly because she expressed her opinion? I can understand that you disagree but to call her a “fool” or what have you is completely out of line.

Ladies, we all have different hair with different textures and so on. We also have different experiences when it comes to natural hair styles. Just because this particular person might not have seen any women, who is not mixed, sport a texture like Oprah’s does not give us the right to crucify her. Let’s just educate and move on. Speaking hatefully just sets us back more years than her actually saying Oprah’s hair isn’t real.

Also, I think Oprah looks amazing.. From one naturalista to another, ROCK ON!!!

Jerian on

Finally black women are putting down those chemicals and blowdryers….for a wash and go..oprah hair looks good …but that isnt her natural state…she fooling you white folks lol……if she wanted to go natural she would have to cut alll her hair offf down to 3 inches…then no more perms or heat or a comb for 3 years…..then she will have a natural…..but her ends are fried….and she fooling all you white people…..thinking thats her natural state …..nope its a lie

Sammax on

In natural hair transition and be sure that is not her totally untouched hair. No matter what kind of kinks and curls she has if she has been straightening them for 20 years and multiple times a week for her shows etc. her ends are trained. Her hair will not go totally curly in one sitting, it will take months to undue that kind of work. Just plain facts, so why lie????

nappyme on

Ok nubienne, just wow girl. Get a grip and do some research on the styling options for kinky, nappy hair. I don’t have NEARLY the volume of hair that Oprah has but I get the same response from folks who see my hair styled in certain ways. And I haven’t had a relaxer since 2002. I stopped using heat on my hair since 2006. Trust when I say if anyone saw it right after I washed it they wouldn’t believe my hair would kink and draw up the way it does. But once I moisturize it and style it people are amazed and are quick to tell me that I must have that “good hair” meaning “mixed hair.” And, that they have that AFRICAN kinky hair and could NEVER look like mine.

Ok…whatever. The problem is ignorance. So many black women have not seen their hair since that first childhood relaxer and they have absolutely no idea what grows naturally from their head…let along what to do with it if they did let it grow out. So therein lies the problem. If you’ve never worked with your own natural hair, how do you know what it’s capable of sans heat and chemicals?

Again, you need to do your research. Check out some black hair care message boards and blogs (e.g., Nappturology101, cnappymenow.com, nappturality.com etc.,) and you’ll see thousands of women who proudly wear their natural hair and geeze louise we’re not all “mixed” by anyone’s standards either and a lot have hair that rivals Oprah’s all day everyday.

Anonymous on

While Nubienne has made some ignorant comments, some of her concerns are valid. Of course you do not have to be mixed to have curls, that’s silly but it IS true that curls are still held in higher regard than kinks and anyone who wants to deny/ argue this needs a wakeup call. Also the Color Purple link posted by Nubienne does show Oprah’s natural hair is nothing like the above. Her roots look more like 4c-5a not that I care for Andre’s silly hair typing system but the gist is that her natural hair is not the above.

Chris on

I heard Oprah used this product called 7Pe to help grow & soften her hair. There is a whole article on it if anyone want to read it.. Just google 7pe & it should come up…

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