As Oprah embarks on her farewell season beginning Sept. 13, her September 2010 issue of O magazine is all about the makeover — the “transformation of your look, luck, life.” The makeover and fashion “must haves” are always my favorite issues. The first transformation I noticed was Oprah’s new hairstyle. My first thought was that she’s really taking this makeover theme seriously. Her cover hairstyle was classic Oprah — stylish, smart and … short.
Yes, really short. And I love it. After Rihanna started sporting the retro short cut from the 80s, other celebrities and iconic figures followed. I’ve seen a lot of women giving up the weaves and the long wigs for the shorter styles. And, why not? These styles, made popular by the celebrity artists, are easy and breezy for the summer both naturally and chemically enhanced. Those wigs and sew-in weaves can get pretty hot and sweaty from May to September, no matter where you live.
But many of us continue to rock the long hair as I observed coming through the Detroit airport just recently. (Hey, we just stay in the air-conditioned buildings and vehicles. Stay cool at all times, right? It’s a lifestyle.)
But Oprah caught me by surprise. She’s been wearing the long locks for years. Everyone knows that where Oprah goes, so does the world. So while Rihanna and other celebrities may have peaked your interest, Oprah will have women calling their hairdressers or looking for a stylist that can do the “Oprah cut”. Before we know it, Beyonce will be coming out of her weave. (No, Beyonce. Don’t do it.)
But don’t rush off too soon. As I began reading my new O magazine, I finally reached Oprah’s welcoming page (after nearly 30 pages of top-drawer advertising, of course). The first thing she mentions: her “swingy hair.” Hey, wait, I thought we were going short, tight around the face, tapered and showing off the ears. No, sorry ladies, but it’s always best to read the fine print. Next to the picture of her with “swingy hair”, there’s a small caption that reads, “Insta-Makeover: Yes it’s a wig! P.S. The one on the cover is, too.” (Always keep our options open, I guess. )
So I got all excited for nothing? Of course not. Short hair is back and all the rage whether you wear a wig or your natural hair. It’s fun, it’s easy and can be the cornerstone for your own personal transformation. -k
Karla Thornhill Coleman is a writer/blogger living in Auburn Hills, Mich.