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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Nikki on

I like her but I’m just wondering why she has to appear on every cover?

Miss Anne on

Oprah I am right behind you lady!! Just a few more weeks of weave…. and I will be rocking my natural state also. My natural hair is at my shoulder blades. I went to work one day recently when my weave was out (had worn weave EVERYDAY for 4 years) and was on my way to the beautician afterwards, you would not believe some of the ignorant comments I got. #1. I did not know you were ‘mixed’. (Really!!?! I thought EVERYONE ON PLANET EARTH WAS!!!!). #2. I thought you did not have ‘hair’. (eyes rolling. What did you think the weave was sewn and attached to? My scalp?). I am going to stop right there, because I can go on and on…. But I am getting excited to start rocking my tresses!!

kate on

Done up like a dogs dinner

Jester on

Her hair looks absolutely gorgeous in this photo, however; it does look different than when she woke up in the morning when she and Gail went camping.

RK on

LOVE the hair!

I don’t know why nubienne is ranting about Oprah’s hair. Lots of Black people have the kind of hair texture that Oprah has. My daughter is one of them, and I am Black and so is her father. We are NOT so-called “mixed people.” Just the way Black people come in all complexions, so do our hair textures. I’m glad Oprah is showing off her natural hair, maybe it’ll inspire a few more Black women to go natural.

welljustyawn on

Oprah, please stop. Your covers are boring. instead of you every month, put a man who is interesting instead.

Kuko on

I don’t understand black women’s hair. The black ladies I work with all have long straight hair. Is this their own hair, just straightened out?
Some of them have hair that seems like one big sticky sheet of plastic with a lot of goo in it & some have hair that moves & flows just like a white person’s. Is natural hair basically just a short afro?

LovelyLena on

I am still sitting here trying to wrap my hard around most of the comments made on here. Who in their right mind would do a magazine cover without doing their hair and makeup? There are many organic hair products out there that define curls. Key word is define! This one is for the “Color Purple” references, it’s called a movie, where you play a character, with, wait for it, HAIR AND MAKEUP! Basically you are saying that she should roll out of bed and snap a picture and slap it on the cover to truly be “natural”. Seriously? The same people typing about her with makeup on, nail polish, lotion, brushed teeth, and anything else you do in your morning routine, you too are not “natural”! Women in general need to stop passing judgement on each other and let it be. Relax, relate and release.

NeicieinAtlanta on

Unfortunately, your statement is completely false and a bit narrow-minded. Perhaps you need to travel to places like Atlanta, GA, where there is a greater population of African-Americans of all hues. Perhaps your perspective would widen a bit. Both of my parents are African American. My grandparents are African American and my natural hair looks very similiar to Oprah’s actually, mine is a little straighter than hers. So, I believe that is her natural state. Please remember that NONE of us, absolutely, NONE of us African-Americans are ‘full’ anything. And yes, my hair grows out of my head curly and wavy.

NeicieinAtlanta on

I had to say just one more thing… It’s so sad that Oprah wearing her hair natural is headline news. And just as sad that African-Americans are doubting that she’s natural. My community is so dysfunctional. Very sad.

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