Michelle Duggar Is 'Loving' Her New Look

11/07/2012 at 03:00 PM ET

 Michelle Duggar Hair Peter Kramer/NBC/AP

When Michelle Duggar’s kids planned a birthday treat that included a makeover for their mom’s 46th, the reality star was super-sized surprised!

“I enjoyed the fact that my whole family and my girls came up with this amazing way of showing how much they loved me with a 24-hour birthday surprise,” she tells PEOPLE, adding that she hadn’t changed her hairstyle in 40 (!!) years.

Her new look, a sleek, straight blowout, does away with those staid trademark curls and fluffy bangs. “Going from curly to totally straight was a shock for me,” Duggar admits, “but I am loving it and I have been doing both styles, curly and straight, since the cut.”

When her lifelong pal Cindy suggested the shorter style, Duggar let go and let the inches come off without trepidation, she shares.

“I can trust Cindy,” she says. “But my back was to the mirror and I didn’t know how much I got taken off. It was too funny when I realized how much was gone! And it felt so light.”

So what does husband Jim Bob think of his wife’s new ‘do?

“I know Jim Bob likes it long and I am trying to impress him — what he likes is what I want,” she says. “I think he was a little shocked at first, it was so straight and so different. But he does like it. I think I shocked everyone at the [birthday] party. They were very surprised.”

The different style is taking Duggar a little while to master — and a little while for her youngest, 2-year-old Josie, to get used to as well.

“Little Josie kept touching my hand and saying, ‘Mommy? Mommy? Mommy?'” Duggar says. “She wanted to make sure I was still me.” But despite the big change, “I definitely like the new look,” Duggar insists. “It has been fun.”

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s lives are featured on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, airing Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET. Tell us: Have you ever been nervous to chop off your hair?  

–Alicia Dennis

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observer114 on

She looks quite nice. This makeover was long overdue. Those kids could use makeovers, too. It’s sad that she’s in the kind of marriage where she has to pretend that what her husband wants is what she wants. It makes me wonder how she truly feels about having all those children.

Barbara Wittwer on

It’s about time! What a beautiful style. Makes her look younger, updated – very attractive and becoming for her.

tamara hope on

I know exactly how she feels,My ex husband always liked my hair long,so I kept it long to please him.But after we devorced I finally decided to cut it,my hair was to my waist! I was very nervous,they cut it just above my shoulders,I hated it! I wanted my hair back! But I gave my hair to locks of love,so it worked out well.

Pamela on

Can’t please everyone,I see by the comments here. As far as the way there family runs, they seem to care for each other and respect each other. I wonder if the ones that disapprove just don’t like christians or don’t understand christians

Tamara Williams on

Idiots like these should not breed.

Betty on

Looks great, keep it straight

Syl on

Jim Bob likes it long… I’m trying to impress him… what he likes is what I want. OMG Such a Stepford wife! Is this the 21st century????????

andrea on

I love this lady, she is an awesome mother and an inspiration…i wish i could spend a few days with this family just to get some ideas on how to raise my teen boys, and…i would love for them to see REAL ladies and what they should be looking for in their future wives

andrea on

PS I think it is awesome that she tries to please her husband and in return he tries to please her, what a balance :) this woman could populate the planet and it would make for a better place for us all, just look how wonderful her children are :)

karen shultz on

She is beautiful in many ways

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