February 08, 2010 07:05 PM

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With her divorce from husband Jon behind her, reality star mom-to-eight Kate Gosselin kicked off the new year by enlisting the services of superstar hairstylist Ted Gibson, who helped her trade the signature short hairstyle that got PEOPLE readers talking for sleek layered look that took 20 hours to complete, which she showed off on a recent PEOPLE cover. And this past weekend, Kate continued her transformation, heading back to the What Not To Wear stylist to freshen up the look and get her ready for a Sex and the City-worthy night on the town. “She came in because her own hair has grown,” Gibson tells PEOPLE, “so we changed the length. Now we thought shoulder length would be ideal–we wanted it to be straight, and sexy and moving.” And the reality star couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. “She’s ecstatic about the way the extensions look. We took off about four inches, close to that. That’s one great thing about extensions–she can go back to having it long again, whenever she wants. She can keep changing.” Her stylists, including the salon’s head colorist Jason Backe, even gave her a taste of some of N.Y.C.’s best nightlife to show off the new look. “It was long overdue that she got to go out and have some fun,” Gibson explains of their evening out. Tell us: What do you think of Kate’s new look? Which of Kate’s hairstyles is your favorite? –Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester

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