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Hair today for Oprah, gone for Beyonce

By Jenee Osterheldt
The Kansas City Star

Have you seen that foxy ‘fro that Oprah Winfrey is wearing on the cover of her magazine’s September issue? It’s so large that the 3.5-pound wig has its own carrying case.

It created quite the social media stir when Oprah unveiled it on Twitter earlier this month. It’s been a talker, featured on “Good Morning America” and written about by Ebony, Huffington Post and the like.

LaToya Rivers, a Kansas City, Mo., hair stylist and natural hair educator, says she had a moment when she saw it.

“Empowerment,” LaToya says, is the first thing that came to mind when she saw the image. “It’s so big and dominant. You have to be confident and very comfortable in your own skin to wear that. I was blown away.”

All week, Oprah’s afro was everywhere. And then, just like that, another star’s hair took the spotlight. Beyonce posted a picture of her new, short pixie cut on Instagram and broke the Internet. All right, I exaggerate. But her new ‘do definitely took over Twitter timelines and made its way to CNN. People are used to her big, glam hair, so long and flow-y that it got caught in a fan earlier this summer. I guess a closely cropped cut is a shocker.

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