It was with surprise and disappointment that members of our community at alerted us to Oprah's Great American Haircut Makeovers. In case after case, beautiful waves, curls and kinks were beaten into submission with blow dryers, flatirons and extensions.

Oprah is well loved the world over, due in no small part to her uplifting gospel of self-acceptance. Yet, in the eyes of curlies, these makeovers suggest that in order to be beautiful, one must completely alter one’s appearance into something not at all natural.

Our web site has worked for 10 years to help change perceptions about curls and kinks. In the past few years, recognizing a trend toward self-acceptance and natural beauty, almost every hair-care company has created products that enhance texture — many with the guidance of Countless examples exist of celebrities, including you, and of everyday women working with and embracing their curls, rather than fighting them. We are proud to espouse the message that curly hair, like eye and skin color, is always in style. After all, curlies make up more than 50% of the world’s population — we need to rock our curls!

We would love to work with Oprah to find stylists who aren't afraid of a few curls and kinks – people who have a passion for them – to collectively show millions of women that textured hair is beautiful and sexy.

If you want to join NaturallyCurly in our appeal to Oprah, you can! To align our efforts and create one underscored voice, we would ask that you submit the following message here:

As a member of the NaturallyCurly community, we would love to see a redux of the Great American Haircut Makeovers that showcases textured hair being embraced in its natural way. See how Gretchen and Michelle have helped make a difference for all us curlies!