May 06, 2016 02:47 PM

Kate Hudson is officially back to her long hair, but the star’s look wouldn’t be where it is today without the expert hair skills from her extension master of eight years, Kacey Welch. We’ve got all the scoop on the actress’s new strands, how long they’ll be sticking around and more.

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Welch, the star’s extension guru, of Jonathan and George Salon in Beverly Hills, says she and Hudson were inspired by fashion’s biggest night out (a.k.a. the Met Gala).

“Our inspiration was to play and have fun,” Welch tells PeopleStyle. “[Kate] was opening the new club Intrigue at the Wynn in Vegas as well the Met Gala, so the look we were going for was playful, but still able to capture the glamour of the red carpet at the Met Gala.”

And to take Hudson from her textured bob to her current tousled tresses style, the hair pro selected three rows of hand-sewn, 16-inch wefts (tracks of hair), which sounds like a lot, but as Welch explains, because the actress was going from a bob to bouncy blowout, the added thickness was necessary since it is “very difficult to break up a bob.”

“I have created my own sew-in method of hair extensions called the Kacey Welch Method,” she explains. “I source the finest hair on the market and make sure the color, density and texture match her natural hair. Everything I do is custom made to match.”

Welch adds that she wouldn’t be able to create bombshell beach waves without the help of another member of Hudson’s glam squad: “Equally important, David Babaii is her full-time stylist and always gives [Kate] the most amazing, blended haircuts.”

While Welch might be a little biased (she created the style, after all!), she says her favorite look on Hudson is the current beachy, tousled waves. (And we’d have to agree — Hudson is a Cali girl all the way, so the style suits her personality and her style.)

“She looks so young and sexy and hip,” Welch tells PeopleStyle. “We are all over the lob — long hair is in for summer. Also, it’s so nice to add blonde extension pieces and give your natural hair a break from the bleach.”

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Aside from the added volume to your do, the hair pro says extensions offer a great deal of versatility, giving users the opportunity to try styles they might not have been able to with shorter strands.

“If you know you are going on vacation and are going to be in the ocean and sun that is a great time to take your extensions out,” Welch says. “If you know you have tons of events, it’s nice to have even a few pieces in to add length or density.”

And Hudson’s extensions allow her to revert back to her signature long, beachy tresses we’re so used to seeing her sport. “We both love [Kate’s] hair long and short,” Welch says. “I think this style will last well past summer. People want long hair and beachy waves for the summer and beyond.”

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But no matter how Hudson’s hair ends up in a few months (back to the bob or even longer), Welch says when the actress does make it back to her salon chair for a touch-up, it’ll be well worth the wait, as working with Hudson is like catching up with your best friend after some time apart.

“Kate is a total girls’ girl, and you can feel that when you walk into the room,” says the hair pro. “She is fiercely loyal and really, truly cares about everyone that works with and supports her. The beauty industry is really small and I love working with her super talented hair stylist, stylist, manicurist and colorist. We do not gossip, we all try to stay positive and supportive.”

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–Sarah Kinonen

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