These days, Khloé Kardashian has an enviable blonde mane, which she achieved the right way by slowly transitioning from her natural brown hue to much, much lighter locks. In a new post on her app, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 32, revealed that her hair hasn’t always been so healthy. In fact, she once had so much damage that she actually needed to wear a weave to regrow it.

Kardashian explained that as a 15-year-old, she lost a good chunk of her hair after her dad, Robert Kardashian, passed away. She credits Maisha Oliver with helping to bring her locks back to life. “After my dad died and I lost the majority of my hair, Maisha made me these great weaves to conserve the hair I still had and help it get healthy again,” she shared.

Now, the Good American co-founder still uses Oliver’s help to keep her strands looking their best. “It’s not easy maintaining healthy hair when you’re constantly subjecting it to heat, styling products, and dye like I do!” she wrote. So, from time to time, she relies on the pro. “I’ve known her forever,” Kardashian shared. “Just last week, she hooked me up again. You heard me right: This is a weave, people! My natural long hair is protected underneath it all.”

The weave she’s referring to is the much-shorter, chic lob she posted to her Instagram page earlier this month. As Olivier added, not only does Kardashian’s weave allow her to keep her real hair at peak health, but it also allows her a fun change-up from time to time. “She wanted to achieve a short haircut without actually cutting her hair, since she wants to keep growing it out,” the hair expert said. “She really likes her hair in a short bob. So basically, I just sectioned and left out the first few layers of hair on top and around the face, braided everything else underneath, and sewed the extensions on. The hair I left out just covers the [weave] weft, so that you don’t see the extensions.”

Honestly, we’d have been none the wiser, assuming instead that the long hair was faux! Who would’ve thought!?

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(h/t Refinery 29; photos via Dia Dipasupil/Getty)