Selena Gomez's Hairstylist Shared The Secret Behind Making Her Blonde, So Listen Up

by Laura Rizzo
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Selena Gomez has just joined the ranks of celebs like Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, and Jennifer Lawrence who have taken walks on the blonde side. The singer made her debut on the red carpet of the American Music Awards and easily became the biggest topic of conversation. I low-key thought for sure it was a wig. No way did Selena change her signature chestnut locks — did she? Yes, the "Wolves" singer fully committed to her persona, and it wasn't easy. How did Selena Gomez go blonde? Nine hours, two stylists, and a whole lot of care.

Gomez has been in the spotlight most of her life, and this is the first time fans have ever seen her change her look so drastically. Her breakup with The Weeknd (real name: Abel Tesfaye) happened about a month ago on Oct. 30. People broke the news when reportedly multiple sources came forward and said the couple ended their 10 month relationship. One insider claims,

She [Selena] and Abel have been going back and forth for a few months about their relationship. It’s been hard with him being on tour and her shooting in New York. That wasn’t easy on them.

Since her split from The Weeknd, Gomez has been in a backslide to her ex, Justin Bieber. There's just all sorts of changes happening in the starlet's life. New chapter, new hair — AMIRIGHT? If Gomez wanted a change, blonde was about as radical as she could go.

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Gomez's stylist, Nikki Lee, explained to Us Weekly that since it was Gomez's first major change to her hair, the process took even longer to keep the hair's integrity. As reported by Teen Vogue, Lee said,

Being that this was the first major color change Selena’s ever done, it was important to us that her hair remained healthy and the tone was right for her skin.

With such a big change, you better believe Gomez had to trademark her new look. Lee continued,

The vibe is 90’s chic and she named the color #NirvanaBlonde.

Gomez's hair color change was such a big undertaking, it required two stylists. The second stylist who was working at the same time as Lee, Riawna Capri, gave more details about the nine hour long process on her Instagram. She captioned a black-and-white photo of Gomez singing during her AMA performance and said,

Dear Hairstylist, (for all of you who were asking) when your client brings in a picture of #NirvanaBlonde, you pull up this informational insta ... and let them know it took 9 hours, about 300 foils, and 8 bowls of bleach, all with 2 stylist working together simultaneously, (@nikkilee901 and myself). It was a nice long patient process of baby fine slices, then going back and opening each foil and reapplying, but done in one sitting. Anything is possible in one day, it just takes time, no other clients ha, and patience to maintain the integrity of the hair ... And to all you clients that want this, hopefully this explains the process a bit better so you can now be VERY patient with your stylist.

Honestly, for that much work, I would be posting a photo of Gomez in full color. LOOK AT THAT MASTERPIECE, PEOPLE.

Obviously, that is a lot of processing for anyone's hair to go through — no matter how painstakingly careful the course of action was.

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Lee credits Pantene’s Radiant Color Shine 3 Minute Miracle Daily Conditioner as the product Gomez will use for upkeep through the rest of 2017. Gomez is one of the spokespeople for Pantene, and the product is literally $5 at Target — definitely worth a try. Lee said,

Now that Selena is blonde, it’s so important to keep her hair moisturized, strong, and healthy. This keeps her rooted creamy blonde healthy and Selena can rock this new fresh look just in time for the New Year!

I'm sure Gomez's hair transformation is inspiring people all over the place to try something different with their locks. If you have nine hours and two stylists — you're definitely on your way to Nirvana Blonde.

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