Here I’m revealing my French hair care routine and all the haircare products I can’t live without. If you’ve always wondered how to get that effortless French girl hair, here are my best French beauty tips.
5 Tips to Get That Effortless French Girl Hair
#1 Wash your hair less often
French women try to wash their hair twice a week as excessive washing thins the hair and irritates the scalp. However, I think the frequency of shampoos depends on the climate and the environment where you live (pollution). Personally, since I’ve moved to London I wash my hair every two days. Between 2 shampoos the French usually use a dry shampoo like the Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo Spray (9£).
If your hair tends to be too oily, it’s a good habit to detox your scalp once a week. To do so, you can use an exfoliating shampoo like the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo (36£). For every day, French women like to use a gentle shampoo in combination with a lightweight conditioner. Try to avoid all silicone-based hair products which weigh down the hair fiber and leave residues. My favorite silicone-free shampoos are the Klorane’s Oat Milk Shampoo (8£), the Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo (28£), and the Mauli Rituals Grow Strong Shampoo (34£).
#2 Use a tiny bit of conditioner
The French usually follow their shampoo with a tiny bit of conditioner on the length but never on the roots. Using less conditioner will make a huge difference in texture and movement. I love to use the Klorane Oatmilk Ultra-Gentle Conditioner (10£), the Leonor Greyl Paris Creme Regeneratrice Conditioner (21£) or the Rahua Hydrating Conditioner (29£).
#3 Treat you hair once a week
French women know how important it is to take care of their hair. Once a week the French treat their hair by using masks and specific treatments to acheive gorgeous texture. French wonen use the Huile de Leonor Greyl (30£) or the Huile Prodigieuse from Nuxe (29.50£) as a pre-shampoo treatment. Dry oil is particularly recommended to dry and frizz-prone hair as it gives your hair an intense shot of moisture.
In addition, to get healthy hair, the French like to use moisturizing and hydrating masks. I like to use the Rene Furterer Absolute Keratine Ultimate Renewal Mask (40£) or the Hydra Hydrating Shine Mask (36£).
#4 Get that French girl bedhead
To get that French girl bedhead look, the French are usually using few styling haircare products. According to Christophe Robin, volumizing haircare products generally contain alcohol that dries the hair and intoxicates the scalp in the long term. That is why I’m avoiding most of the sea salt texturizing spray on the market, except the Rahua’s Enchanted Island Salt Spray (32£). Instead, I’m using the Sanoflore Certified Organic Rose Floral Water (16£) which give natural and long-lasting volume. When my hair is getting oily, I’m using Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo Spray (9£) on my roots, to texturize my hair.
#5 Avoid blow drying your hair
French women usually avoid blow drying their hair as it can cause damage as split ends, breakage and shorter hair on the roots. Simply wash your hair before bed and sleep on damp hair. You’ll get that naturally tousled texture and gorgeous body and shape when you wake up. Use a dry shampoo to wash your hair less often, and each day your hair will get more and more “undone”.
If you do blow dry your hair, do not use a brush. Use your hands to rake through the lengths and massage the roots with your fingers tips to get the lift. This provides texture and volume, which give effortless French girl hair.
Et voila! Now you’ve mastered the art of getting the French girl hair 🙂