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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Pat Harper on

Welcome to the 21st century!! Looks a thousand times better!

Lindee on

She looks great and I hope she stops listening to her cave man soon.

Lindee on

She looks like a modern woman now. Lose the cave man spouse.

Wendy on

This is the most absurd headline and photo combination I’ve ever seen. Anyone who has eyes that work can clearly see that her “new haircut” is actually the plastic surgery she’s had to her face. I see no change in the haircut that some expensive conditioner and a flat iron couldn’t do. Seriously, people?!

Elaine on

She looks better, but could still use another 8 inches cut off, and drop the bangs.

Mississippi librarian on

She is holding up real good to have that many children back-to-back. Childbearing can be hard on the body, but she looks well.

Mississippi librarian on

she is holding up real well to have that many children back to back. childbrearing can be hard on the body but she looks good.

Anne on

No one mentioned donating the hair to a cancer wig provider. Did she donate it? I believe it is called Locks of Love. I think she looks great with her new style but I read last week that she was not fond of it because JimBob preferred it longer and curly. They stated that was the reason she and all her daughters have the same long, curly hair with straight poofy bangs!

Kate on

i’ve gone from a little shorter than 1/2-way down my back 2 a pixie so no i’ve never been nervous 2 cut my hair off i like the change

Mabby on

What she need to do is CUT THE HAIR! She would look 100% better with short hair. Who cares if the oversexed husband likes it long? Maybe if she would cut it, he wouldn’t be incessantly keeping her pregnant (not that it isn’t her fault, too)!

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