Hair is relaxed only to a certain degree to retain needed elasticity. One can only imagine the multitude of "rich", creamy, mousse-type conditioners that are applied to Oprah’s tresses to keep them supple and frizz-free helping to give the curls their needed definition.
Oprah’s hair has been cut many different ways over the course of time with the salon staff she must have. The style shown here has layers which allow the ringlet curls to be done throughout. However, her hair has never looked better than it does here and in her recent designs. Not particularly due to the styles being recent ones, just that she has found her most glamorous look ever.