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OTRC: Michelle Duggar of '19 Kids and Counting' is 'loving' her makeover

Michelle Duggar and husband Jim Bob Duggar appear on an Oct. 30, 2012 episode of the TLC reality show '19 Kids and Counting.' (TLC / Discovery Communications)

Michelle Duggar said she is "loving" her recent hair makeover.

"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," Duggar told People magazine. "Going from curly to totally straight was a shock for me, but I am loving it and I have been doing both styles, curly and straight, since the cut."

The reality star got the makeover as part of her 46th birthday celebration, as seen on the season 10 finale of her and her family's TLC reality show "19 Kids and Counting," which aired on October 30.

Duggar said that though she trusted her lifelong friend Cindy when she suggested she go with a shorter haircut, her husband Jim Bob likes it long.

"I know Jim Bob likes it long and I am trying to impress him ? what he likes is what I want," she said. "I think he was a little shocked at first, it was so straight and so different. But he does like it."

Duggar's youngest child, 2-year-old Josie also hasn't gotten used to the new look.

"Little Josie kept touching my hand and saying, 'Mommy? Mommy? Mommy?'" Duggar says. "She wanted to make sure I was still me."

Aubrey Smith, a hairstylist at Freshair Salon in Fayetteville, Arkansas, cut almost eight inches off Duggar's hair - the most drastic chop she's ever had - and her curly locks, including her bangs, were blow-dried straight, although they became wavy when she stepped outside. Her best friend Cindy also surprised her there and helped with what she said was Michelle's first makeover in 39 years.

"Tell Jim Bob we took an inch off for each child," she joked, referring to Michelle's husband and father of their 19 children.

Duggar smiled, wide-eyed, while looking at her reflection. When asked if she loves it, she said: "I'll learn to love it."

She returned home for a birthday party and her husband and children reacted with surprise.

"You look cute, honey," Jim Bob said, giving her a kiss.

Michelle, who celebrated her actual birthday in September, said in another interview shown during the episode: "I thought, 'You guys really like it like this?' It was like, 'This is what I look like when I get out of the shower and I blow-dry my hair straight.'"

The Duggar family's series premiered in 2008. Michelle and Jim Bob are parents to adult children Joshua, twins Jana and John-David, Jill, Jessa and Jinger, as well as Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah Duggar, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie, the youngest, who was born in December 2009.

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