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Revealed: Oprah's 'notable' natural hair
The Queen of Talk shows off her untreated hair on O, The Oprah Magazine, inspiring other black women to stop straightening, blow-drying, and chemically smoothing their locks
Oprah says she once considered chopping off her hair entirely, just to avoid the dilemma of whether to straighten it or not.
Oprah says she once considered chopping off her hair entirely, just to avoid the dilemma of whether to straighten it or not.
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he image: The September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine just hit stands, and the joyous cover model is, predictably enough, Oprah herself. One key difference: Oprah is wearing her hair naturally, with no blow drying, chemical treatments, or straightening. (See the image at right and below.) Oprah typically sports the au-naturel look on the weekends and on vacation, but never in public. Oprah notes that, like many black women, she's long had a complicated relationship with her hair, and at one point considered cutting it all off. "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."

The reaction: This is definitely a "notable occasion," says Dodai Stewart at Jezebel. From a young age, black women are socialized to believe that their hair is somehow bad or "uncivilized" — the preponderance of black women with straightened or chemically treated hair in ad campaigns seems to imply that the natural, kinky version is a no-no. So it's a "big deal" that Oprah is proudly sporting her "beautiful" natural look. Absolutely, says Hilary George-Parkin at Styleite. "This eye-catching magazine cover — starring a curly-tressed version of one of the country's most celebrated African-American women — is certainly a step in the right direction." Take a look:

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