“I don’t know what day it is!” says Selena Gomez—understandably so. The 23-year-old pop star is calling amid a whirlwind week that saw her grace the Met Gala red carpet on Monday and then zip back to Las Vegas where her second solo tour kicks off today. Between sound check and final rehearsals, Gomez has a few minutes to chat before diving back into her five-act set. “We’re running the show back to back,” she says. “It’ll be good.”
It’s been a banner year for Gomez, who lately became the most followed person on Instagram, overtaking best friend Taylor Swift. There was her initiation into Nicolas Ghesquière’s girl gang, which saw her style take a turn toward leather Louis Vuitton crop tops and Vetements denim. She appeared at Sundance and, thanks to her supernaturally thick head of hair, became a face of Pantene, which is sponsoring the tour, while maturing as an artist, and taking a larger role in writing her sophomore album. “The past two years have been such a transition period for me,” Gomez says.
And with Revival set to take her around the world for six months, crisscrossing from Copenhagen to Kuala Lumpur, there’s certainly more to come. Here, she reveals how she gets world tour–ready, the secret to her bombshell blowout, and her ultimate juice recipe.
On kickstarting her fitness:
“I’ve never really had a personal trainer, but I started working with Amy [Rosoff Davis] last year. She’s incredible, I met her at Ballet Bodies in L.A., and we have a really fun friendship. About a month and a half ago is when I really buckled down, and at the moment, I’m training every day to build my stamina up for the tour. But don’t get me wrong—it was not like this before the tour [laughs].”
On learning to breathe (literally):
“Once we started rehearsing, I was doing Pilates, SoulCycle, every form of yoga. Basically, I wanted to mix things up because I get bored easily. I just try to keep it fresh. I love how Pilates makes me feel, like it opens me up. I have the hardest time breathing, weirdly enough. Even when I have conversations, I need to work on my breathing, so it’s something I enjoy because it’s peaceful and it helps me relax. And I’m doing two shows back to back [today], and that’s cardio in itself.”
On game-changing stage hair:
“Marissa [Marino], my hairstylist, is coming on the road with me. We wanted to create a unique touch for each look in the show—you see glimpses of the different sides of who I am. It’s exciting. We’re going to do a lot with the hair. I love being able to let it flow and be wavy because that’s my go-to look, but we’re going to try some fun things—incorporating braids and updos. I like to be adventurous. I’ll see along the way what inspires us, if we want to add some cool materials thrown in the hair with a braid. We’ll see.”
On maintaining a healthy mane:
“One of the most important things for me is my hair. I’ve always been about my hair, and I love that my mom and my nana taught me how to take care of it myself. It goes through a lot every day, but I try to keep it healthy. I have to admit, it can get a little dead on the ends. I like to leave conditioner on overnight sometimes—I’ll wrap it up and let it sit. I’m going to be able to do that on the road a lot, on the bus. I’m addicted to the Pantene Air Spray. There’s no alcohol in it, so I literally just coat my hair in it before I go on stage. I do my dramatic hair flip, and I just coat it. It doesn’t feel like it’s damaging my hair, I can tell.”
On staying hydrated, wherever you are:
“I always have water, tons of water. It’s even in my bathroom because I used to be so bad at drinking water and I want to stay hydrated. I have a juicer I’m staring at right now, so I always have my vegetables and my fruit for the juicer. I do two carrots, ginger, I do one piece of celery—I know, that’s lame, but one—and then half of a beet. Those are the things I always keep around.”
On curating the ideal dressing room:
“I love having the same aroma in every room because it makes you feel like you’re at home, no matter where you are. I have two humidifiers, and I mix eucalyptus and lavender oil for every room I come into—even my bus. I’m also about lighting, so everything has to feel very cozy and warm. I love to set the mood; that‘s kind of my thing.”