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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JoAnn on

She looks lovely, her smile is beautiful either way. How can a woman who looks so young have so many children?

asnakeytnalem@yahoo.com on

I layk hair stayl, my werk is hair stayl

Wendy on

I think that the new style really accentuates her bone structure. It’s very femine. What a transformation! Lovely!

Jeanette on

She looks beautiful with the new do, but c’mon People…”TOP STORY” please!

debi c on

Looks good…I hope she keeps it straight….I don’t think it’s good for hair to have a constant perm, plus she looks younger, which is all of our goals,,,,,right????

Tiffany on

I feel kind of sad by her saying. “I know Jim Bob likes it long and I am trying to impress him — what he likes is what I want”.
Why can’t you like what you like? Why do you have to get an approval from your husband or like only what he likes? I have had many hairstyles and many colors. I do with my hair) and body) what I want NOT what my husband wants. I am married, but I am still an individual.

Stacey on

Thank God! I’ve been saying for years why hasn’t anyone given her a makeover?

BH on

It looks great. Very modern.

Angel on

First time she isn’t pregnant in 22 years. Woman turns me off. Have kids to raise kids. Even rabbits know when to stop.

Neena on

It looks the same.. except that it’s straight! I hate those straight bangs and curly hair.

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