There are few women of color who didn’t see Chris Rock’s interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” where he felt Oprah Winfrey’s scalp for tracks. (There were none). And when her hairstylist, Andre Walker, made some off-color comments about “Type 4 hair,” many were up in arms. Needless to say, when Oprah talks hair, women listen.

The fact that the September issue of O: The Oprah Magazine shows Ms. Winfrey rocking a textured voluminous ‘fro is a truly big deal. It’s similar to the way commenters reacted when they saw a (doctored) photograph of Michelle Obama wearing a natural. When a public figure of that stature embraces textured hair, it tells the world what we already know: natural is beautiful.

Oprah’s ‘do (which could very well be a braid-out of relaxed hair) will surely elicit wonder and possibly admiration from her base of non-black readers. It might also encourage a young woman to embrace her own texture despite natural hair naysayers.

If it does none of these things, it is, at best, a landmark for Oprah who built her brand with straight locks, sometimes long, sometimes short. And a radiant, beautiful cover.

Inside, Oprah talks about her personal journey with hair, saying she wears her strands curly on weekends and loves to experiment with varied looks. She recalls a time when she wanted to cut her hair completely off even: “I wanted to wear it close-cropped, à la Camille Cosby, but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. ‘Don’t do it,’ he said. ‘You’ve got the wrong head shape and you’ll disappoint yourself.’ I took his advice.”

What do you think of Oprah’s hairstyle on the September issue of O: The Oprah Magazine, Clutchettes?

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  • Cool Jaelyn

    I don’t have a problem with Oprah because of her long hair am I am a black person. There are eight females in my family of siblings and all of us have different textures of hair, from semi-straight to curly. We have long hair, my aunts have long hair, my nieces have long hair and sisters-in-law have long hair and their daughters have long hair. What exactly is good hair?
    If you’re talking about hair that is easily maintained, then I have good hair because I use products that help. Anybody can use products to keep their hair maintained and manageable. Products of every kind are out there. For those who have super kinky hair, don’t despair. You can find products that will help you manage your hair. If you want to grow hair, take care of your health and stop using the hot comb and perms so much and it will grow. Massage your scalp and don’t use heavy pomades so much because they will clog pores in your scalp. Straight hair is nice, natural hair is nice, kinky hair is nice, wavy hair is nice, curly hair is nice, because this is what we are given. Just take care of it and don’t trip if your hair is short and slow growing. Take care of your health, take vitamins if you need to and shampoo and condition your hair and keep it in the natural for a while to help it grow longer.

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