I will be delighted the day the only “core” I know of is the one in the center of an apple, but that’s wishful thinking given how the internet labels trends these days. So you have to understand that it’s not my fault my brain has been wired to see a something-core in nearly everything, including Selena Gomez‘s latest braided hairstyle. The moment I saw the entire ensemble, in fact, the first thing that came to mind was cottagecore. 

On August 21, Gomez shared a picture of her braided updo on her Instagram Stories, but unfortunately, the hairstyle isn’t the star of the show in the photo. You can see Gomez dressed in a blue floral dress smiling while looking away from the camera, so you can only see a side view of this updo. 

Thankfully, Los Angeles-based hairstylist Marissa Marino, who styled the look, shared the same picture on her own Instagram Stories and wrote, “A little braid today to switch it up,” confirming it’s a braided hairstyle. Marino slicked Gomez’s hair back before braiding it into the updo we can’t fully appreciate from this photo angle. Though this isn’t a close-up shot, I’m willing to bet that not one piece of hair or flyaway was present in this hairstyle. It looks neat but not super polished as if she was at a red carpet event.

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