february 2018 o magazine covers

Photos: Ruven Afanador

Best Tressed

For each of this month's three covers, stylist Nicole Mangrum created a transformative look using wigs and hairpieces. Oprah unleashed her inner Diana Ross with a curly mane, while a textured ponytail with pink, magenta and purple accents brought unexpected edge. "I'm kind of liking it," Oprah said at the shoot. "The fact that I'm now turning to pink means the world is changing." The trifecta was complete with a sassy shag that gave Oprah her fringe back, prompting our cover girl to quip, "I haven't had bangs since 1992!"

Click through our slideshow to find out how to get all her looks.
oprah cover look 1

Photo: Sioux Nesi

Curls on Curls

Get the Look

Apply curl cream to wet hair, then use a diffuser to dry and add body, says Mangrum.

Create curls or accentuate existing ones by wrapping sections around a small 3⁄8-inch curling iron.

Let the curls cool and set. To achieve '70s-style volume, brush out hair with a boar-bristle paddle brush and add hairspray for hold.

Bring out curls with this 3/8-inch iron that can be used with or without the clamp. Paul Mitchell Pro Tools Express Ion XS Curling Iron, $65; PaulMitchell.com.
It's a 10 Miracle Defrizzing Curl Cream, $24; ItsA10HairCare.com.
oprah cover look 2

Photo: Sioux Nesi

Power Pony

Get the Look

While Mangrum used colored extensions on Oprah, you can attach a faux pony for an easier take or simply work with your natural hair.

Part strands down the center and smooth into a low pony. Apply a dab of pomade or molding clay around the hairline to keep edges down.

Enhance just the tail by wrapping sections around a 1/2-inch curling iron, and add an ombré combo of temporary colors.

It's no-holds-barred when you use no-commitment washout color. Paint it on dry hair and lock in the color with a blow-dryer. Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup, $11; drugstores.
Living Proof Style Lab Molding Clay, $26; LivingProof.com.
oprah cover look 3

Photo: Sioux Nesi

Choppy Crop

Get the Look

Thinking of making the cut? Try wigs or clip-in bangs first to see what works, Mangrum says.

To style, start by adding a bit of oil, then blow-dry hair to a smooth and shiny finish.

For a flippy effect, use a flatiron in alternate directions, keeping ends straight. Apply texturizing spray, then tousle hair.

Lustrous locks are always in style. Before you blow-dry, use this moisturizing oil for high shine plus softness. Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil, $8; Pantene.com.
T3 Singlepass X Flatiron, $230; T3Micro.com.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $46; Oribe.com.