These Tricks Help Nina Dobrev Keep Her Hair Looking Fabulous

When Nina Dobrev burst onto our screens as the adorable Elena Gilbert on "The Vampire Diaries," we were captivated by her long, straight hair — so much so, we even got ourselves a flat iron to recreate her look. Then, we met her doppelgänger, Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), with her luscious waves, and she looked equally gorgeous with this style. It's rare to look good with both straight and wavy hair, so it didn't take long for Dobrev to become our collective hair icon. The Canadian actress has equally enviable hair off-screen, making us want to empty our bank accounts to capture her shiny brown tresses for ourselves (via Style Caster). 

Her signature hair sparked major goals since we first laid eyes on her, so we were shocked when she chopped those long locks into a short bob in 2017. The Bulgaria-born actress told PeopleStyle at the time, "I had been wanting to cut my hair for over six years, but I wasn't contractually allowed to." She cut her beautiful tresses to start a new chapter in her life, and to signify her maturity, as she associated her long hair with being a kid. First, we were envious of her ability to look gorgeous with straight and curly hair. Now we know she can rock every hair length, probably because she takes good care of it. 

Thankfully, you can use all of Dobrev's most trusted hair tricks to emulate any of her gorgeous looks.

Nina Dobrev's best-kept hair secrets

Nina Dobrev looks beautiful regardless of the length of her hair. Lately she's been rocking shorter tresses, but that doesn't mean she takes care of it any less.

Dobrev has thick, brunette hair that always looks super shiny and smooth. She gets her hair styled so much at work that she prefers to avoid flat irons and heat when she's not working, and often likes to keep it in braids to keep her locks healthy (per Teen Vogue). The "Vampire Diaries" actress told InStyle, "Sometimes I put the hair mask on and a shower cap on top and drive like that to work," when her hair needs added moisture. She's a big believer in deep conditioning, which is why she loves using these hair masks. They're especially helpful for people who frequently heat style their hair, like she has to do before she's called to set. Dobrev is a fan of the Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask in particular. 

The natural beauty also loves The Magic Myst Universal Elixir from In Common Beauty because it helps her hair dry into perfect, beachy waves. She told Women's Health, "My friend and hairstylist Riawna Capri created this line of hair products called In Common, and I'm obsessed with the Magic Myst." This mist is infused with silk proteins, avocados, and vitamin B3 to repair damaged hair and keep the scalp healthy. We wonder what Dobrev will do next with her hair — blond, perhaps? We know she'll look amazing either way!