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Photos: Kate Gosselin’s beauty transformation

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  1. 1989

    Kate Gosselin is as famous for her hair as she is for her tabloid-fodder divorce. Take a look at how the "Jon and Kate Plus 8" star gradually changed her ‘do over the years, ranging from poufy bobs to sleek hair extensions.

    Left: With her oversize glasses, turtleneck and feathered shag, 8th-grader Katie Kreider was ready to study.

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  2. 1993

    In her senior portrait, the Mt. Calvary Christian School student sported a fashion-forward bob — and poufy '90s bangs.



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  3. 2009

    In its four seasons on the air, viewers of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" watched as Gosselin's children got older and her hair got shorter.

    When Kate Gosselin debuted her signature short and spiky crop, the mother of twins and sextuplets became a beauty trendsetter. Achieved at a two-chair salon in her hometown of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, the look both drew criticism and sparked countless imitators.

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  4. 2010

    For an appearance on "The View," Gosselin sported a softer, wavier version of her short crop.

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  5. 2010

    Rebranding herself as "clean-slate Kate" following her 2009 divorce, she got long, straight extensions from stylist Ted Gibson.

    "She had the most iconic haircut since the Rachel and I am glad to have made her over," says Gibson. "Like most women, she loves longer hair ... Since she has had short hair for so long it just made sense that we would keep her hair more shoulder length.

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  6. 2010

    For her "Dancing with the Stars" debut, Gosselin wore her hair in loose, layered spirals. "I cut the extensions shoulder length and curled with a medium sized curling iron," says Gibson. "Side-swept bangs look great on women who want a new look but not a commitment to a full bang."

    According to Gosselin, there are even more changes to come. "Good enough is never good enough for me," she told People. "There are moments where I say, 'I do look good for having eight kids.' I want to drop the 'for having eight kids' part!"

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