oprah-afro-o-magazineWhen you need to create a 3.5-pound afro for Oprah, it’s best to call in reinforcements. Enter celebrity hairstyle Kim Kimble.

The hair guru who whips Beyoncé, Shakira and Brandy’s locks into shape collaborated with Lady O’s hair guy Andre to top O magazine with an extra-large afro. “I saw Andre, Oprah’s hair stylist, on the set of The Voice, when I was working with Shakira. He said, ‘I need a really big Afro wig.’ I said, ‘I have just the thing for you,’” the L.A. Hair star told the Chicago Sun-Times. “When Oprah revealed the cover, I woke up with Twitter blowing up.”

The September “Let’s Talk About Hair” issue of O Magazine, which hit newsstands on Tuesday, features the outrageous ‘do said to equal the weight of a Chihuahua. “There are seven bags of hair in that wig,” Kimble says.

She later added her thoughts on black women and hair. “I say, whatever makes you feel good and creates your confidence, do it,” the third-generation stylist said. “If you prefer natural, go for it. If you like long weaves, I’m not mad at that either. It’s only hair. At the end of the day, it’s an extension of your style, your image. So whatever makes you feel good, rock it.”

  • L

    I don’t understand why naturalistas were so upset that this was a wig. does it matter? The fact that she featured this style on the cover shows she likes the natural look. If she wanted just drama she could have taken a picture with a straight style to her ankles.
    Sometimes i want the fro look but I dont want to take years to grow my hair out again. Curly/Kinky/Natural weave is a great solution for me.

  • Lala

    I am a naturalista that doesn’t always wear her hair in it’s kinky/curly natural state. I like my wash, set & blow out when needed, curly when I’m in the mood, and a good ole snatch back on my lazy days. Weave? In a heart beat. Braids – yes!! And no, I don’t have to use every ingredient in my kitchen to do my hair (mayonnaise, eggs, avocado, olive oil, yogurt, etc, etc….). Oprah rocked that fro….

  • Phillygurl

    Love it! At least it was afro textured.

  • lya

    That is not a fro. I don’t know what it is but no fro. I’ve seen pics from back in the day those were fros.

  • Lala

    Are you referring to the texture of the hair? Because my ‘fro looks similar to that, and yes it is a ‘fro. My mother’s hair in it’s natural state is not kinky enough to achieve a proper afro, and ‘back in the day’, she wore a wig!! Not all hair is created equally………

  • Dorian

    I know, the natural hair movement is a bit extreme with the kitchen ingredients. That comment made me laugh. I agree…it’s just hair. And this coming from a 3 year natural. Why all the drama over her wig.

  • angel

    I bought this magazine. Was disappointed in the lack of insight $ help it offered me in regards to my hair. I love oprah but never felt the mag. Thought it would be different this time. Not so.

  • The Comment

    Bucky AKA Shay from Love and hip Hop ATL also uses 7 bags of hair for each episode too.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/mianaja Michelle Alexander

    when I used to do a crochet, I used 10 bags of microbraided hair. that stuff would almost break my neck when it got wet in the ocean I love Oprah’s fro, like the good ol day with Afro sheen.

  • pearlsrevealed

    On a page towards the back of that issue, Oprah has a pic with the caption ” my natural hair before Andre gets his hands on it”. It does not look like the hair on the cover. Obviously it was a wig. Geez.

  • http://aol.com Deborah

    Great comment

  • http://twitter.com/NewsFromRedLips Paige Stewart (@NewsFromRedLips)

    Yeah I agree with Deborah. This is a great comment. We can’t be hostile toward each other about hair choices. I am a naturalista and I am glad that Oprah is recognizing this movement and hair choice. Especially after her own hairstylist slammed natural hair.

  • Nic

    People never like to hear that. i think it somehow dashes their hopes of having hair to the floor.
    A lot of people will fight you when you try to claim that the women who wear large natural wigs (Solange, Oprah, Erykah Badu, etc) are using extra hair. Not sure why people take it so personally but it’s pretty obvious when people’s hair is constantly changing length, thickness, and texture.
    The only thing that was surprising to me is that it was an actual wig and not just photoshop.

  • Nic

    Well, why does anyone care what anyone does with her hair. I guess what I don’t understand is why it supposedly so enlightened to still only think long hair is pretty or to wear a weave if it is kinky hair but if a woman has a relaxer or a straight weave it’s a problem.
    We will not cure all of the ills in the world if everyone stops relaxing her hair. And frankly, I don’t care or need anyone who doesn’t want to do it to throw out her perm.
    So I’d like people to stop making up rules that exclude other people’s hair choices but celebrate their own.

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