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All the Details of Kate Gosselin's 20-Hour Hair Makeover!

01/06/2010 at 03:28 PM ET

Melanie Dunea

With her divorce to Jon finally behind her, Kate Gosselin started off 2010 by spending some serious quality time with a new guy — and their date lasted until the wee hours of the morning. Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson, who has tended to the tresses of Angelina Jolie and Anne Hathaway, spent nearly 20 hours last week meticulously adding hundreds of extensions to Kate’s hair. Luckily, they both agree that their time together was a smashing success. “Kate was an absolute sweetheart, I loved her,” says Gibson, who also appears on the TLC show What Not To Wear. While he knew that transforming the look that launched a thousand Halloween wigs would be a challenge, Gibson reveals it was the super-short, spiky hair in the back of Kate’s notorious former hairstyle that proved most daunting. “Bonding extensions to those little hairs really took time. But in all those hours, she didn’t complain once. She was so open to whatever I suggested, and willing to try just about anything.” Well, with one notable exception: At first, Gibson reports, Kate was reluctant to let go of the thick, jaw-length shock of hair in the front of her face in favor of bangs. “She wasn’t sure about bangs,” says Gibson, “But I find many women have that one thing they’re afraid to let go of, that one ‘security blanket’ part of their look, whether it’s a fear of going shorter or darker or something. But once they finally let go and embrace the change, they always love it.” Indeed, Kate gave in on the bangs and was thrilled with the sleek, layered look Gibson achieved. “It’s good to have hair again,” she says. “I know this will be more upkeep than my old look, but I’m ready for it. I’m just grateful I don’t have to go through the awkward growing-out process of short hair. I get criticized for everything I do enough as it is!” To see more of Kate’s brand-new look — and to hear more about how her kids are doing, what she thinks of the latest Jon drama, and whether she’s ready for romance — pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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jms on

She looks awsome with long hair! You go Kate!

Anna on

Wow! She looks fantastic! I like this much better than her old style, and it’s much more versatile. Way to go Kate!

Karen on

I love it, makes her look her age not older then she reeally is

e on

Wow I always liked her but thought her hair made her seem harsher. Her new look softens her so well and she looks happy.

Stephanie on

Wow! I didn’t even recognize her!

cbear on

She looks cute, it’s nice to see she is still getting freebies for herself! What will she do if she ever has to pay for her own hairstyle or plastic surgery! It’s nice to have her as an example of an “everyday mom”. Puleeze, it was nice when her and her ex were not on every magazine cover, but apparently sheeeeee’s baaaaaaaak!!

Dblondinj on

She looks great!

Kelly on

Kate looks awesome!!!

stephanie on

The long hair is fabulous! You look great Kate!

Pat Carrier on

Great job Kate! Now grow your own hair out and keep it long. You look younger and refreshed.

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