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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somebodyswatchinyou on

Yeah these women swear they are doing everything natural according to their religion, don’t wear makeup or normal clothes, too revealing provacative, etc., ect., but they do their hair? I never could figure that one out. Why is the hair exempt from the rest of their religion? Come on, Duggar women, just ditch the gunny sacks and put on some mascara, for crying out loud. Your actions already outspeak your words: hypocrisy can only go so far.

Shari on

It looks like she got more than just her hair done! Her face looks totally different too – like she’s had some work done.

anna on

that is really important news :) keep it coming

j on

Bet her husband loves it too or she would not have been allowed to have it.

somebodyswatchinyou on

@Tiffany, I definitely agree with you 100%. Just remember, she has to keep it warm between the sheets to keep the gravy-train coming. People magazine makes me want to puke how they are trying to stretch this story out.

Guest on

All I can say is haters are gonna hate. I just will never understand why people must be so judgmental, rude and mean to others. Until you are perfect in every way, which we all know is never going to happen, I say live and let live!

sarah on

Welcome to the Twenty First Century!! She looks great. I hope she keeps it up.

Jeannie on

Yeah I like the commet, I want what Jim Bob wants. Really lady, this man has controlled every aspect of her life since they’ve been together, she’s just too blind to see it. Not only her, his children too. Why aren’t these olders girls gone to college and staring their own lives instead of raising the rest of these children. Heck he even has his mother over there slaving away now on his reproductions. Have these people ever stepped up and spoke for themselves. He gives me the creeps. He acts all religious and all, does the lord want you to take all this money, build a outragous home, travel everywhere, and smear it in the faces of those who stuggle to get by everyday. I dont buy it. He is greedy!

Jeannie on

Really, who cares. For a family that doesn’t believe in the internet and TV, why are they exploiting themselves everyday on TLC then? Doesn’t make a bit of sense. OH i get it, it’s for the $$$$$$. Does the Lord approve of that?

lizzy on

Really a “top story” ??? This would have been news if she had her tubes tied.

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