Kate Gosselin wasn't afraid to mix up her trademark look, says hair stylist Lavette Slater, who is responsible for the reality star's new wavy look.

"Kate is a beautiful woman and I wanted to expand on her already famous locks and try something new, fun and whimsical," Slater tells "Kate was excited and gave me carte blanche to experiment and create a new look."

Adds Slater (who also styles Sherri Shepherd's hair), "As a mother of 8 children, you don't always have time to style your hair  and this was the perfect opportunity to show a different look for Kate."

Kate, 34, agrees. During Tuesday's "Hot Topics" panel - where she first debuted the look - she gushed, "Isn't it cute?"