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How To Achieve Effortless French Girl Hair 

How To Achieve Effortless French Girl Hair 

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Here is your ultimate guide to getting French girl hair! If you’ve always wanted to get that low-key yet chic hair, I’ve got you covered. Being French, in today’s post, I’ve compiled a list of the best tips for getting effortless French girl hair, plus all the haircare products French women are utterly devoted to. Keep scrolling below to find out the secret to French-girl hair.

1. Wash your hair twice a week

First, the French avoid washing their hair every day as excessive washing thins the hair and irritates the scalp. Also, it’s not worth doing so as it’s usually on the following day hair is the best kind of hair: clumpy, thick, and undone.

Instead, wash your hair up to twice a week. If your hair tends to be oily very quickly, I recommend using a dry shampoo between two shampoos —I love Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk. Also, instead of using your usual shampoo, opt for an exfoliating shampoo like Christophe Robin’s cleaning purifying scrub to detox your scalp once a week.

There are a few French shampoos that work wonder and that I highly recommend:

For more details, see my previous post on the cult-favorite French hair care products the French adore.

2. Avoid silicones in hair products

Silicones are commonly used in shampoos, conditioners, and styling hair products. They create a conditioning effect by forming a film around the hair to make it artificially soft and shiny without providing any real treatment.

Over time, silicones can build up on your hair, resulting in a dry feel and dull appearance. The occlusive effect of silicones also tends to prevent the scalp from “breathing”, meaning it quickly becomes oily while hair becomes lifeless.

That is why French women tend to choose gentler, natural-based products free of silicones to treat their hair. I highly recommend the two French haircare brands Leonor Greyl and Christophe Robin that keep silicones away from their formulas.

3. Use a little bit of conditioner

French women generally follow their shampoo with a little bit of conditioner on the length but never on the roots. Using less conditioner will make a huge difference in texture and movement.

There are two conditioners that I highly recommend, depending on your hair type:

4. Treat your hair once a week

French women know how important it is to take care of their hair. Once a week, they treat their hair by using masks and hair oils to achieve gorgeous texture.

There are a few hair treatments that I highly recommend:

You can choose from different types of hair oils for different uses. For example, you can use the L’Huile de Leonor Greyl as a pre-shampoo treatment. Just apply and leave on the hair for 30 minutes up to 1 hour before washing out with your usual shampoo.

On the other hand, if you’re in a hurry, use a dry oil like Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum just before blow-drying for frizz-free, super-shiny, and hydrated hair. Dry oil is particularly recommended for dry and frizz-prone hair as it gives the hair an intense shot of moisture.

5. Add volume to your hair with rose water

French women generally don’t flat iron their hair. Instead, they are much more into movement and volume than other countries in the world. They love messy hair, and they’re okay with it falling on their faces. To achieve that effortless French girl hair, simply wash your hair in the evening and sleep on wet hair as it usually gives naturally tousled texture and gorgeous body and shape when you wake up.

Also, if you have thin air like mine, use rose water on wet hair before going to sleep to create thick hair. I’m in love with Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing mist which protects color, nourishes the hair, and provides body and volume without drying out the hair —the alcohol-free formula is composed of 96% rose water. It doesn’t make the hair feel sticky or greasy. It works like a salt spray, but without the drying effect and the rose’s smell is absolutely fabulous.

6. Tap into scents

Hair perfumes are perfect to provide an instant refresh! Unlike the traditional formulas, hair mists are made with lower alcohol content, so they don’t irritate the scalp or dry out strands. Some of my favorite hair mists are from Diptyque:

  • Ilio Hair Mista tribute to the Mediterranean land bathed in light and fragrance with prickly pear, bergamot, jasmine, and iris.
  • Don Son Hair Mistin this fragrance, the sea breeze carries the heady and spicy scent of tuberoses.
  • Eau des Sens Hair Mista very fresh scent that brings together all the dimensions of bitter orange, from the roots to the top of the tree, including branches, leaves, and fruit.

Just spray the mist directly onto the hair, or coat your brush in the scent before styling. For more, see my previous article on the top 10 Diptyque perfumes that will captivate your senses.

7. Blow dry your hair less often

First, make sure to use a high-quality hairbrush to avoid split ends and breakage. The Mason Pearson Hair Brush is one of the best investments I made for my hair! It stimulates blood flow to the hair roots and the density of the bristles allows conditioning sebum to be more evenly distributed from the roots to the ends.

Also, if you can, avoid blow drying your hair. Indeed, applying heat to your hair when it is already dry can cause brittleness, breakage, dullness, and dryness. And, if you do blow-dry your hair, do not use a brush. Do it à la françsaise by using 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. Another option is to use a diffuser, it’s the perfect tool to get that tousled texture and effortless French-girl hair!

8. Visit your hair salon regularly

French women go to their favorite hair salon quite often, either to maintain their hair color or to get a new haircut —I usually go to my hairdresser up to once a month. When choosing a hair color, they prefer a low-maintenance shade; a natural-looking color that suits their complexion and eye color. And if they go lighter, they will opt for a balayage, an ombré, or tortoiseshell hair rather than a full head of highlights distributed uniformly through the hair.

In terms of haircuts, French women avoid anything that is blunt cut or razor sharp. Instead, whatever the haircut they opt for they want softness, natural movement, and texture on the ends. The same goes for fringes and bangs: the ends and edges need to be frayed. French-girl hair is all about ensuring hair looks perfectly imperfect.

By the way, if you’re heading soon to Paris, here are the best hair salons and hairdressers in Paris. And if you’re looking for inspiration, see the 10 chic French haircuts to ask your stylist.

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  • Hi Leonce. Great article … I am looking forward to … and I look forward to the next great French Councils. Beautiful day Sylvia

    • Hello Anna 🙂
      I prefer to sleep with loose hair (it’s much more comfortable). I simply wash my hair before bed and sleep on damp hair to get that naturally tousled texture and shape when I wake up. xoxo Leonce

  • Hello Leonce

    I really enjoyed reading this about what to do with your hair – I have learned so much.

    Thank you.

  • Thank you for these tips. Could you please re-share the link to the hair brush you mentioned…when I click the link it says the item is no longer available. Thank you!

      • Thank you for providing another link in where to purchase the brush/brand. Could you advise the exact name of the style of brush you recommend? Since there are a variety of options provided on this link I’m curious which one you prefer best!! Thank you for your time, really loved this article and found it extremely helpful.

  • Do you have any recommendations for someone whose hair has practically zero texture? Even air dried, mine is nearly stick straight, and so flat!

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