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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Kitty on

OK now get back in bed !!!

doug on

To the liberated women who think it’s creepy she cares whether Jim Bob likes her new look: you need to be concerned about whether your husbands think you are attractive. You may not like the sound of it, but you’ll sure b#*ch and complain if he’s looking at someone else. I don’t control my wife’s hair, but she sure likes to hear me compliment it.

Susan on

It was said that Jim Bob didnt like it, as she was going to redo it….like it was before….

Yv0nne10 on

It made her look even older than before!! Not at all good.

william e rauh on

She looks like she has come into the world. Now she looks like she has more culture and sense….not a country hoboken

Dr T and the Women on

What a coup getting the exclusive on this one, People. You finally beat Who Gives a Frogs Fat Ass magazine

grace on

Why is ok for women to be as liberal as they want to be but not ok for a women to be conservative. She wants to please her husband, so what. She is obviously independant enough that she didn’t ask his permission to do it since he was surprised by the change. She just wants him to find her attractive. And stop with all the talk about an “independant woman would never do that” because “independant women” conform to what they think men want them to be all the time. If the woman wants to have 20 Kids then let her have 20 kids. I am sure if she had wanted to stop there wouldn’t be the show and she wouldn’t be very happy. She seems to be happy in her situation. Obviously her choice even if it isn’t yours. The left really needs to stop being hypocriticle and allow women to make whatever choice they want, even if that is to be super conservative and to have 20 kids. FYE they have no problem with the internet or TV because the kids do there school through online high schools. They simply believe in limiting the content they watch or view. And they are Independant Baptists, look it up there is no restriction on cutting hair and makeup and clothes those are just personal prefrences. The older girls do their hair (simply) and wear a little makeup.

Amanda on

Hmm wonder how long it will take ol Jim Bob to get her pregnant after seeing her new ‘do ?

love it on

IMO – she looks even YOUNGER.

guest on

The new do really looks great on her. Makes her look so much younger. God bless her. I don’t know how she does it!

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