Nina Dobrev: actress, fitness obsessive, owner of a new pup named Maverick and, adding to the list, a total Coachella pro. The former "Vampire Diaries" star made an appearance at the Reebok Classics crib in La Quinta, Calif., to wrap up the athletic brand's three-day experience celebrating the Classic Leather sneaker's influences on fashion, style and fitness. Showing up bright and early on a Sunday, the final day of the major music festival's weekend-long jaunt, Dobrev shared her own personal tips and anecdotes on how to survive an event like Coachella in style.
"The great thing about music festivals is that you can be a little bit more comfortable and cute because you have to be," says the actress, who has clocked in nine years of attending of the Indio-based festival. With all of the walking, dancing and hot weather — last weekend experienced nearly 100-degree heat — Dobrev insists on sunscreen, arriving to Coachella on the later side and lots of hydration.
Dobrev's approach to dressing up for Coachella has evolved, too. She admits making a few newbie blunders in the past: "I think we've all made that mistake our first festival experience, we’ll wear booties or strappy heels. You learn quickly that blisters are no fun, and so I opt for either commando boots or sneakers."
As the actress was just coming off promoting her latest films, "XXX: Return of Xander Cage" and "The Promise," she turned to longtime stylist Ilaria Urbinati to come up with her most recent festival outfit, which included a vintage army jacket and fisherman's hat. "It’s funny because it just keeps evolving. I remember the first year I went in sneakers and a T-shirt and short shorts," says Dobrev. "I'm guessing I'm trying to go a little edgier; I don’t want to conform as much. I want to change my vibe and [Ilaria] is helping me do that."
Another new change that Dobrev is getting used to is her brand new blunt bob — the official haircut of 2017 — which made its debut back in January while in London. Ever since her hairstylist Riawna Capri chopped off her signature long hair, the actress has been enjoying the easiness of her fresh 'do.
To style Dobrev's short haircut, she first applies a conditioning spray on wet hair. (She suggests brands like Bumble and Bumble or Unite.) After that, she puts the front pieces of her hair in a hair roller for volume. "While I do my makeup, it sets," tips Dobrev. Finally, she'll apply beach spray and mousse and let her naturally curly hair air-dry. Simple as that.
"I'm notoriously bad at doing my own stuff," admits Dobrev. "I'm very low-maintenance when I'm not doing an event. I don't really wear makeup that much, I don't really style my hair. Especially because it was long, it was a lot of work to blow-dry — it was a whole thing. Now that it's short, [Riawna] taught me how to do it and because it's easier and quicker, I think as it grows I'll be able to maintain it."
Disclosure: Reebok paid for my travel and accommodations to attend and cover the Reebok Classics Leather Experience.