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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Guest on

I’ve been wearing natural hair for 16 years now. I love the fact that I have natural hair down to my but, which is beautiful, chocolaty, kinky spirals, that are virtually maintenance free, instead of the mere two inches of straightened hair that I used to have.

Non-black people can’t believe it when I tell them that this is normal black hair. They always, always ask me why other black people (women) don’t wear their hair in their normal state, which opens the discussion up to more complicated societal issues.

Kim on

Yes, and it only took her stylist 90 minutes to get this “natural” look. *rolling eyes*

Frida s. on

So beautiful!! My hair is VERY straight so I would kill for curls like hers!!

Redbone on

Oprah’s hair looks like mine, my hair is curly and thick just like hers. I also hate the term good hair, hair is hair and there is no such thing as good hair. We all have different textures depending on what different ethnic groups are involved. I’m black and native american, and I wear my hair natural. I use to relax it to make it managable, now I just let it do what is wants. Not easy to maintain, due to the humidity, and the curls can be a pain, but I love it natural.

mrs dr. g on

I’ve read a lot of comments about oprahs hair. Why do we as women always rag on each other about this look or that look. I love oprahs hair, it looks great on her. Stop being haters!

Renee' on

No disrespect intended, but am I the only one that seen The Color Purple? I am just amazed how Oprah’s hair transformed from being very nappy to this. Not happening. Money can do anything. The other hair she has been wearing, didn’t that look like it was from the roots like her hair is now? Like I said, money can make miracles happen. That is not her damn hair neither. Let’s just keep it 100.

Em on

yea natural…but how long did take to fix like that?? and how much air brushing was done on her face? oh right just the hair is natural..

Carolyn Roberson on

I adore it. Looks great, Goddess-esk. African American women are beautiful in their natural state. I’m French/Spanish descent, and I’m very pale, and have very dark, straight hair. I’d love some of Oprah’s curls. Great “Do” Oprah!

Patty on

All of this discussion affirms that racially perceived characteristics are “continium” based as opposed to the simple black/white model that some activists and scholars advocate for. Hair like skin are not either black or white–and never been. What’s new is that some people with light skin and hair like Oprah may not see themselves as a light skinned black or African American. Especially people who have no affinity for Africa and who have Caucasian features.

Wendy on

Love it!

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