Oprah Winfrey is going back to her natural state - the natural state of her hair, that is. The media queen shows off her natural hair on the September cover of O, The Oprah Magazine and inside, she talks about her history with her hair.
Among the revelations? She really wanted to shave her head, but Bill Cosby advised her not to.
"I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband, Bill, convinced me otherwise," Oprah wrote. "'Don't do it,' he said. 'You've got the wrong head shape and you'll disappoint yourself.' I took his advice."
We're loving Oprah's big hair, especially because she continuing the trend among other African American entertainers. Who else is wearing their hair naturally?
Beyonce's sister, Solange Knowles, has gained a reputation for her outspoken - and unapologetic - approach to fashion and beauty. The singer and DJ is often spotted with a natural afro, though she doesn't want to be some spokeswoman for the look.
"I've never painted myself as a team natural vice president. I don't know the lingo and I don't sleep with a satin cap," she tweeted in June. "My hair is not very important to me…so I don't encourage it to be important to you."
Singer Janelle Monae has inspired some of her fans to take on a more natural look, thanks to her signature hairstyle. The singer started to grow her hair out as a symbol of her freedom, she said.
My mother put relaxer on it in fifth or sixth grade," she told BellaSugar.com in 2009. "When I moved to New York, that's when I started to grow it out."
Erykah Badu is all about being natural with her hair. The singer was even the host of a "natural hair parade" in her hometown of Dallas last September. Like Knowles, Badu says she doesn't care about what other people think of her hair.
My hair is an aesthetic choice. And I don't feel I have an obligation to wear it one way or the other but to health for myself," she told Curlology in 2011. However, she also recognizes that natural hair makes a statement.
"Pretty much everything you do as a black woman is a political statement," she added.
Angela Simmons - daughter of Run DMC rapper Rev Run - is also a fan of natural hair. She tweeted a photo her natural hair in 2011 and it stirred a lot of talk in the black community about whether or not it was natural or a wig.
Simmons told the blog Black Girl With Long Hair that she's worn it natural for about three years and sometimes sews in weaves.
"I just figured that I didn't really need it," she added of why she stopped perming it. "And I did notice that my hair was way thicker without the perm and it just seemed healthier without it and I just didn't want to put any more chemicals in it. So I just left it alone."
Just don't expect her to rock her hair in its natural state out in public. It's easier to work with when it's in a weave.
"I work out alot and I travel a lot. So to have my own hair out is a hassle for me. So I don't do it," she said.
Weigh in: Do you like celebrities when they wear their natural hair?
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