I don’t know about you, but I truly can’t remember how I styled my hair and makeup on my birthday last year—I’m guessing it involved a few extra coats of mascara, and maybe my biannual attempt at using a curling iron. But that’s probably because I’m not a world-renowned singer or actress (perhaps one day), like Selena Gomez, who just used her 25th birthday as an excuse to totally change up her hair not once, but twice.
Yup, on the day of her birthday, Gomez traded out her choppy lob for chest-length, wavy extensions for a total throwback to her long-haired, Disney Channel days. But in a classic hair chameleon move, the 25-year-old stepped out two days later with the prettiest, side-swept bangs. Marissa Marino, the Nine Zero One stylist who also works with Emma Roberts, Instagrammed a picture of Gomez’s new look, captioning it, “Guess who wanted bangs again and is looking smokin’ hot tonight 🔥🔥🔥.”
And, honestly, I can’t say I disagree, because Gomez’s long, swoopy bangs are ridiculously cool, and 100 percent warm-weather friendly. It’s no secret that bangs have been popping up on the heads of some of our favorite celebrities this summer (lookin’ at you Kaia Gerber and Sofia Vergara), but thick, forehead-covering fringe isn’t exactly a sweat-proof look. But, Gomez’s airy, breathable fringe is long enough to style against the side of her face, or even clip back, on hot-ass days.
Even though we’re now sure that Gomez’s new, long hair isn’t a wig, we’ll have to wait and see how the singer decides to style her bangs while they grow out. Obviously, we’ll be playing close attention for some serious summer-hair inspo.