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Kate Gosselin's new hair, with extensions! Photo: justjared.com

Kate Gosselin has new hair, new extensions, new bangs and an entirely new look for the new year.

Out with the old choppy "reverse mullet" haircut, which got a lot of play in the past year. Every blog and weekly mag dissected it, moms across America copied it (shudder!), and it even turned up as a must-have Halloween wig.

Now Kate has popped up on the cover of People suddenly sporting long hair, courtesy of the Hollywood magic known as hair extensions.

According to People, "What Not To Wear" super-stylist Ted Gibson spent nearly 20 hours (!!) adding hair extensions to Kate's short spikes.

"Bonding extensions to those little hairs really took time," Gibson told People. And he cut the thick chunk of chin-length hair into bangs!

We think Kate looks five years younger with her looser, less contrived look. Later, frumpy mom 'do!

For those out there looking to freshen up their look for the new decade (C'mon --those angled bobs look so tired!), hair extensions are a great way to help with the awkward transition phase.

Professional extensions -- like the ones done at Ted Gibson Salon -- are pricey, but well-executed ones can last a few months.

Clip-ons are a lower cost alternative and the quality has come a long way in the past decade. HairDo extensions by Ken Paves and Jessica Simpson are easy and affordable. Slightly more expensive (because they're real human hair) are the Hair U Wear by Raquel Welch extensions. And Gibson sells his own 3 Piece Clip In Extensions, which we've seen in action and can vouch are amazing!

What do you think about Kate G. in long hair? Leave a comment below!