We’ve been keeping up with the Duggars since before some of Jim Bob and Michelle’s youngest kids were born, and it’s hard to believe how fast they’ve all grown. While Josh Duggar, the oldest of the kids, is now 31, the other older Duggars, like Jessa, Jinger, and Jana, are also well into their 20s. And we’re loving seeing them all make it as adults on Counting On.
There is one Duggar family member we rarely see on TV, however, and that’s Jill. Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, are often talked about amongst fans, but they’re no longer associated with TLC. Instead, they have a hefty following on social media. And Jill just revealed a shocking new look no one expected.
Not only did Jill debut her new look, but she also mentioned in an Instagram comment that she discussed it ahead of time with Dillard. Here’s what she said.
Jill Duggar chopped off her long locks
It’s a big day in Duggar world when one of Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids cuts their hair. In the book Growing Up Duggar, Jill, Jana, Jessa, and Jinger explained, “Our hairstyle is our choice and we choose longer hair based on our understanding of 1 Corinthians 11:14-15 … while it is a shame for a man to have long hair, a woman’s hair is her glory.” For this reason, Jill allowed her hair to grow all the way past her behind.
While fans have been begging Jill to cut her hair a significant amount for ages, she finally took the plunge.
“I wanted to get a little more cut off than I did last time and wanted to get it done soon because it was getting to be hard to manage, the boys were getting tangled in it, I was sitting on it and the weight was contributing to headaches!” Jill wrote on the Dillard Family blog. “I got to thinking about it and got excited thinking that if I got a little bit more taken off then I’d have enough to donate to an organization that makes free wigs for people who have lost their hair.”
Derick Dillard, Jill’s husband, approves of the look
The Duggars grew up in an ultra-religious household. And one of the reasons Michelle kept her hair long is because that’s what Jim Bob approved of. On one episode of 19 Kids and Counting from 2013, Michelle had a makeover that involved a significant hair cut, and she was visibly uncomfortable with the change. While Jim Bob was nice about it, he also didn’t seem too thrilled.
As for Jill’s new look, it looks like Dillard adores it. “Lookin’ good baby!” Dillard commented on the Instagram photo of Jill’s chopped hair. And Jill posted a video of Dillard’s reaction to her hair cut.
“I love your hair cut!” Dillard exclaimed in the video as Jill approaches him at his desk.
Jill said she discussed the hair cut with Dillard ahead of time
Dillard’s comment on Jill’s photo garnered a ton of fan attention. And fans commented on what Dillard wrote to question whether or not he and Jill discussed the hair chopping beforehand. According to Jill, she had long discussions with Dillard before she went to the salon.
“Oh my hubby and discussed it for awhile!!” Jill commented on her Instagram. “In the video I just wanted to capture him seeing it for the first time…he knew and even suggested I get enough taken off to donate!”
Others on Jill’s Instagram encouraged the Duggar to make her own decisions without Dillard’s approval.
One fan wrote, “she’s her own person with her own mind. This isn’t the Stone Age. She doesn’t have to answer to him.”
Another added, “her husband doesn’t own her, he’s the head of the house and family not her owner! She obviously wanted to tell him she was cutting it, cause we want our men to be happy with how we look and their opinions matter, but I’m sure he wants her to be happy. It’s a haircut.”
Despite whether Jill wanted her husband’s approval for the look or not, it seems both she and Dillard are happy with the outcome.
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