Oprah Winfrey turns 65 today, and there are many things one can celebrate when it comes to her legendary life. You could laud her relatable quotes on life. You could talk about the empire she’s created with her network, including the shows she produces, publication she’s behind and business ventures she has capitalized on. You could discuss the fact that The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest-rated daytime talk show and still remains so. But if you are random like us, you can ogle and admire her hair.
Winfrey has worn a wide variety of hairstyles over the years, including short cuts with bangs and big, volume-heavy hair in the ’80s. All the experimentation never hurt her strands though, as the star sports natural, very thick and long strands in the present day. Who could forget when she let Chris Rock run his fingers through her hair on her eponymous talk show while promoting his film, Good Hair?
The trick to her healthy head of hair. according to stylist Nicole Mangrum, is washing and deep-conditioning her hair at least once a week.
“[After washing] I always follow up with a conditioner, but deep condition it once a week with a hair mask to keep it moisturized and nourished,” Mangrum told BET in 2018.
“When drying, I dry it in small sections always using a stretching method and Denman brush with medium heat from my blow dryer,” she added. “I try to use as little heat on her hair and always use a heat protectant spray when heat styling. We also utilize protective styling methods such as wigs and extensions when we know we need to style her hair multiple times in a day.”
Winfrey knows what works and what doesn’t on her head, and that’s why her strands have stood the test of time. Look below and hit the flip to see all the ways and styles Winfrey’s hair has thrived in over the years.