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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  1. Bernie J

    Remember India/s word. How we wear our hair is our own personal choice….it reflects our own personal style and creativity.

    I am not my hair
    I am not your expectations
    I am not my hair
    I am not this skin
    I am a soul that lives within

    If its not what’s on your head
    Its what’s underneath

    Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?
    Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend?
    Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?
    I am expressing my creativity..

    Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy
    Took away her crown and glory
    She promised God if she was to survive
    She would enjoy everyday of her life
    On national television
    Her diamond eyes are sparkling
    Bald headed like a full moon shining
    Singing out to the whole wide world …

    If I wanna shave it close
    Or if I wanna rock locks
    That don’t take a bit away
    From the soul that I got
    If I wanna where it braided
    All down my back
    I don’t see what wrong with that

    India.Arie

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  2. Steve Aeilts

    wow!- as another of O’s “white fans” i think it looks way cool!

    just another comment from a 62 yr. old “product of the 60s”

    keep the Faith

    love&peace, steve a.

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  3. Personally, I think it’s just too hot to not wash and wear. “Natural” looks are much less the rage for me when the hawk blows in Chicago. I’m glad Oprah is working the look and helping people embrace their options. When the snows return, she’ll probaby not want to wet her hair every morning. I know I won’t.

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  4. permafrost

    How is this an Afro? Her hair is merely curly, not kinky. It’s gorgeous, of course, because she has a team of stylists and photographers working to make her look her best. This is not going to do anything for non-Blacks who think TWAs, dreads or puffs are unprofessional, because there is nothing “extreme” about Oprah’s hairstyle here. I’ve seen Whites and Indians with this texture. The only ppl who will care about this–maybe–are Black ppl…

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