I Love Oprah But I'm Sick of Her Lace Front Wig!

WAIT!! i thought it was her real hair! dangit... i think its pretty. to bad its not real!
Originally Posted by jenbuggy85
No, it's not real and it's nice but lately it's been (weave, or wig) looking bad!

I thought it was her real hair too.
Originally Posted by Ryanne
Not real, but someone please prove me wrong!
Originally Posted by cysyca
You're right. As far as I can tell, this not her natural hair. I recently saw a biography show about her and they had footage of Oprah anchoring a television show when she was younger. She had type 4 curls in an afro. It looked great. I loved seeing her like that!

During that period, they insisted she relax her hair and they felt her features were too wide apart and asked if she would consider plastic surgery! (Now that's beyond insulting!) I think she went on to AM Chicago, a morning show after that, in which she wore TWA. It was really cute. It seems like she stopped wearing her hair natural when she started the Oprah show.

I respect her hair choices much more now. I think in her industry it's even more unforgiving of natural hair. Even worse than the knuckleheads we put up with in corporate jobs.

I'm glad to see younger anchors and commentators like Amy Holmes are starting to wear their hair natural. That's off topic though, sorry.

I found a video of AM Chicago. Shows Oprah's TWA:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAsEi-qrLiE
Originally Posted by shycurl
Shycurl,

OMG, the youtube is great, thank you.

You made some excellent points. The first point, the TV industry and corporate jobs are unforgiving of natural hair. Yes, that's correct and sad that TODAY society still has a negative image of curly/kinky hair, it's so unruly and it must be controlled. If I had to do a presentation or go on an interview, I'll probably wear my hair pulled back in a tight bun to avoid any comments. The second point, younger anchors and commentators like Amy Holmes are...wearing their hair natural. Now that's great and I have to goggle Amy Holmes. We definitely need more naturally curly/kinky role models on TV especially for younger girls who often tune in to see straight hair, weaved hair, relaxed hair, etc. I could go on but I'll stop for now and thank you again for your insight.
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Shycurl,

I don't have to Google, just saw the pics you posted of Amy Holmes and I love her hair too.
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I don't know very much about them. How can you tell it's a wig, if it's high quality and there's nothing sticking out?
Originally Posted by Koukla72
by the way it moves, the texture, and her hairline/where the lace is glued to her head.

high quality ones look real. essentially, they look too good. plus the vast majority of black women in the entertainment industry do not wear their real hair out. even the ones who wear what looks like theyre natural texture are usually wearing some sort of hairpiece.
I agree w/ JeepCurly. Oprah can wear her hair however she wants. However, I don't think Oprah is ashamed of her kinky 4b hair. She has never denied her real hair texture. In fact, she actually did a show where she showed how she looked before hair and makeup.

I actually like her lace front wig styles. I do think it looks great on her. This is not to pick on the OP, but why is it a big deal that she wears a wig? Most celebs -- no matter their natural hair texture -- wear wigs/weaves at some point and most of them color their hair. Some even perm or relax.

I also think that most women with Oprah's type of hair would not be able to wear it natural unless they had a lot of power in the entertainment industry. It's an unappreciated hair type. Even though some people with medium curly (3 type) hair face some resistance, it seems like those with wavy or kinky hair face the most resistance.

ETA: I realized that it's a big deal for those who are always told their hair is not good enough or desirable. However, I just don't think it's Oprah's feelings. :-)
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Last edited by multicultcurly; 10-28-2008 at 10:14 PM. Reason: Clarification
Oprah DOES have the power to wear her hair anyway she wants. Which is why it would be great to see her with her natural hair once in awhile, in addition to her wigs and such (which I happen to like also). If more people in the industry were seen with their natural hair, maybe the whole "you have bad hair, your hair isn't good enough, you need to straighten that hair if you want to work here" statements would be a thing of the past.

I don't mean people like Oprah shouldn't wear their hair (or clothes or anythings else) however they want. They certainly should. But I think most people in that industry and others are TOLD how to wear their hair, it's not their choice.
People with Oprah's power could help change that.
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Oprah DOES have the power to wear her hair anyway she wants. Which is why it would be great to see her with her natural hair once in awhile, in addition to her wigs and such (which I happen to like also). If more people in the industry were seen with their natural hair, maybe the whole "you have bad hair, your hair isn't good enough, you need to straighten that hair if you want to work here" statements would be a thing of the past.

I don't mean people like Oprah shouldn't wear their hair (or clothes or anythings else) however they want. They certainly should. But I think most people in that industry and others are TOLD how to wear their hair, it's not their choice.
People with Oprah's power could help change that.
Originally Posted by jeepcurlygurl
That's the point I was making, not to say that Oprah shouldn't wear her lace-front wig, just to say that I'm sick of it and what's wrong with her revealing her natural hair?

And, yes, people like Oprah can change that.
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Exactly, and you said it using alot fewer words than I did. : )
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I don't know very much about them. How can you tell it's a wig, if it's high quality and there's nothing sticking out?
Originally Posted by Koukla72
by the way it moves, the texture, and her hairline/where the lace is glued to her head.

high quality ones look real. essentially, they look too good. plus the vast majority of black women in the entertainment industry do not wear their real hair out. even the ones who wear what looks like theyre natural texture are usually wearing some sort of hairpiece.
Originally Posted by subbrock
Thanks! I knew they were used, but I didn't know they were so prevalent. And I had no idea they were actually glued in!!
does anyone remember , when she was i'm not sure if it was doing the color purple or supporting the broadway show. but she was on her show with what i thought was her natural hair it was maybe braided not sure it's hazy to me , cause it was awhile ago, hey maybe i'm crazy ! but i remember seeing it and her talking about itand she wore it like that for awhile ,and it got longer and now it's like it is full and curly, and somehow she must of snuck that lace front wig into the mix!
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Yesterday I caught a glimpse of her and her hair was stick straight - I do not recall her ever wearing it like that before or if she did I missed it.
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Hey, I'm here to say that I love Oprah (I tape and watch her show everyday) but I'm sick of her lace front wig, or weave, or whatever it is. The last time I remembered, Oprah has beautiful, thick hair, probably 4a/4b.

Maybe she should join NC and release the the wig to free her hair and show the world that curly/kinky hair is beautiful.

PS: I don't want to hear how busy she is because she can afford to have her hair styled everyday!
What do you think?
Originally Posted by cysyca
Which hairstyle of hers are you referring to? Everytime I see the show her hair is curly. Beautiful curls but I am sure they are man made.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
Yes, the curly hair that she's been wearing for at least a year now and it looks like a lace front wig. It's nice but can't she at least give it a rest? Doesn't she have a hair stylist (Andre)? What gives?
Originally Posted by cysyca

I had no idea oprah wore weave now
I thought it was always her hair.
I can't fault Oprah. I've worn fake hair to the point where people thought that it was real. But after a while I started to feel like I was some how fake/ugly. So I stopped wearing it as much. Eventually, I had to sort out my feelings.

It's all about self acceptance. It's a soul searching process.

Maybe she'll never wear her real hair (by real I mean natural). But only she knows how she feels inside.
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I just assumed it was real - at least recently. I remember a phase awhile back when she wore it in a ponytail because she was so proud to finally have her own hair long enough for a ponytail. I think it looks great all the time either way.
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I sorta just talked about this over in 4b - but I think Oprah's real hair is thinning and she may be balding. Even if you have money and a professional stylist, they can't stop what relaxers in combination with age and hair style will do to your hair. The sad thing is, people will never pinpoint a relaxer as a cause of their hair thinning and hair loss. They will continue to relax and see a demotologist or hair loss specialist and use vitamins , etc.

If Oprah is trying to give her hair or break from relaxing, then she will continue to with the wigs and weaves. If she is content on relaxing then she'll have hair extensions and extra hair to give it fullness and length.

But you are not going to see Oprah go nappy (natural). Ever.
Well.... maybe when she's done with the show and out of the public eye.
For what it's worth, there was an episode last Friday, in which Oprah said herself that her hairstyle was her REAL hair. She also showed on camera a before (frizzy hair) and after (flat ironed hair.)
Yes, I too am pretty sure O sports her own hair. Yes, she weaves, attaches pieces from time to time as most celebs do. Especially Black women. NOT necessarily because they are ashamed of the texture but because of the amount of stress their hair receives from countless photo shoots, engagements, performances, etc.

Naomi Campbell once spoke of being subjected (all the time) to stylists at shows that had no idea what to do with Black hair. Saying they must wear weaves to protect their hair.

And of course if you are anywhere near the entertainment industry glamour and drama is priority #1! Whatever the texture! Picture Diana Ross as Mahogany.
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Style Etiquette: Oprah’s Hair Is NOT A Weave…So Quit Hattin’!

Posted on April 28, 2009 by seriouslymcmillan

Look, I love Oprah and I am just as shocked about the length of her do, once her do came out the curl closet.
Every woman’s glory is her hair. We fuss about our hair, fight frizz, rain and dryness. We color, highlight, curl or straighten it. We love our crowning glory. It must be a primal thing. Most guys wouldn’t understand (except Fabio or that guy with the long locks).
Anyhoo, it is time for those of you who have nothing better to do than verbally beat up on Oprah about her hair to stop beating Oprah up about her hair.
Even if it was a weave, it’s gorgeous. Every little girl wears her t-shirt or night gown as long hair. It’s just a dream of ours.
My hair is more on par with Tyra’s hair than Oprah. My “real” hair comes to the tips of my shoulders, but I don’t want to damage or color my real hair so I prefer to do what Tyra and Beyonce do. See their pics below.
Nevertheless, Oprah’s hair is genuine. Good for her since she has experienced hair loss and being bald and now she has enough hair to share.




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I watched her interview with Jon Edward's wife (I cannot remember her name) and Oprah looked horrid. The next day she said that she was giving her makeup/hair crew a whipping because she looked so bad. And I had to agree-she really looked old and dragging.
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She did Jay Leno a year or two ago. I can't remember if it was one or two yrs ago. Could have been during Oscar time. Anyway, it was when she first went curly and Jay asked her about her hair.
She said that was her hair and Jay said he liked her curls. And then I liked Jay.
I want her to keep them.
I get asked if mine is a weave all the time.
I do not think Oprah wears a wig. Her hair afterall can and does grow quite long indeed. I personally wish she would go back to one of her longer hairstyles. But that said, I absolutely love Oprah and her style!

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