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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Marcie Simon on

If you look at the cover of the magazine it looks like her same style at the front with a mullet attached….not so great ! Hope her estranged parents like it!!

Beverly on

WHO GIVES A DAMN WHAT KIND OF HAIRSTYLE KATE HAS. SHE SHOULD MORE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THE TV SHOW DID TO HER KIDS AND HOW HATEFUL SHE WAS ALL THE TIME TO JON (NOT THAT HE IS ANY BETTER THAT KATE) I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD BOTH GROW UP AND START THINKING ABOUT THEIR KIDS FOR ONCE INSTEAD OF THEIR GREEDY LITTLE SELVES.

Christine on

This is newsworthy?? Give me a break!! Who really cares about her hair?? Come on people……is there nothing better to spend time reporting on…….how sad our world has become…..

Elinore on

Go away already!!!!!!!!!!

Amy on

Bite it Jon! HAHAHAHA

Becky Browning on

Wow, Kate looks amazing. She was always beautiful but this gives her a softer look. I know she will find a wonderful man that loves her forever!!

lvw on

She looks awesome! Go girl!

Tara on

Kate looks fantastic!

V on

It looks so FAKE!!!! Just like she is!

NLE on

Yay!! You look great!!!! Keep looking ahead – you can’t change the past – only the future!!!!

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