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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d on

Natural state, huh? Women in their fifties have gray hair so that is NOT her completely natural state.

Susan on

I love it.

Patti on

Remember, ladies! When you can afford to get your natural hair conditioned properly on a regular basis and you are eating well as in nutritional values; your hair and skin will show it. I’ve been wearing my hair natural for about 6 years now and there are times it looks really good and is smooth (when I am taking care of myself and my hair right) and then I can have dry, nappy hair that will break a brush much less a comb! You know what I’m talking about here! So take that into consideration. I think she looks amazing!

Debbie on

Oprah is so rich, and getting older. She should just retire on her island she bought, and relax and live out the rest of her days. I don’t understand why she is still working. She has enough fame and fortune already. No husband, no children. She can’t take it with her. As for her hair. I DID see The Color Purple. Liar!!

Chicken Little on

Oprah always looks like a monster. This picture just proves it.

ColdestWinterEver on

wow I didnt kno there is jus one type of “natural black” hair..some of yall are sooo ignorant..I kno plenty & i do mean a lot of black women with the exact same hair type &! length..& they are not mixed or relaxed..get a grip..black women can grow long beautiful healthy hair without chemicals why is that sooo hard for some people to swallow

Marky on

That was for a movie role, Debbie! I don’t care what color anyone is; they shampoo, condition or put some sort of stuff on that helps with the health of the hair, then dry it naturally, or blow it. How does that make their hair “unnatural”? Do you really want to just roll out of bed and look like you don’t care what you look like? I don’t go anywhere without makeup because I look horrible without base, and a little eye makeup. And as for color?? 55 and no gray! Why don’t we get excited about things that really matter? There are hungry kids in the world; friends with cancer, and here we are– arguing about Oprah’s hair, and her face on her own magazine! SMH

naturemaiden on

this is news?

DrKemet on

The 5 stages of the Black Identity Development model are: 1: Conformity, 2: Dissonance, 3: Resistance & Immersion, 4: Introspection, and 5: Synergistic Articulation & Awareness. From your postings, you are somewhere between Stages 2 & 3, which vacillates between an overwhelming acceptance of Black/Afro ethnocentric beliefs and a deprecating attitude toward those that don’t fully embrace your ideals. This is fine until you publicly lash out with misdirected anger and unfounded accusations. This is where your lack of synergistic articulation & awareness is most prevalent and it comes off as self-righteous and ignorant. And quite frankly, it is embarrassing to me as an evolved Black man. With that said, I am much darker than Oprah (with some Jamaican & Indo-Chinese heritage) and I have never used a relaxer or texturizer, when I untwisted my hair it looked like a shorter version of Oprah’s. My sister’s hair is about this length and looks just like this after she shampoos & conditions it–before she even combs it out. Occasionally, she may wears it straight by blow-drying then “wrapping” it but has NEVER used any chemicals. It looks like when Oprah wears her hair straight, it’s achieved through heat (blow dryers, hot combs, curling irons) and not perm. Black people come in ALL skin shades, body types, hair textures, and eye color. You need to check yourself, sister.

Eve on

I don’t know what’s the big deal with Oprah’s hair… It is what it is. Is NATURAL. People for some reason or another are always looking for excuses to put other females down. I don’t care if you are African American, Chinese, Hispanic, or from Mars, hair is hair no matter what. If it is curly good and if it’s not well live with it. People don’t choose who they are and if people don’t love themselves, who will? People grow up and stop the BS. For the record i’m hispanic with curly hair and i used to permed my hair but not because i chose that for myself, but because my mother did. I love my curly hair, and i love it because it’s who i’m. The texture of my hair don’t define me, my action do.

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