Here are the secrets to French-girl hair! If you’ve always wanted to get that low-key yet chic hair, I’ve compiled the five steps to nailing effortless French girl hair, plus all the haircare products that French women are utterly devoted to.
As a French woman, when it comes to my hair, my philosophy remains the same: less is more. I wash my hair just twice a week and I prefer to sleep on wet hair to get that effortless chic hair instead of spending hours to blowdry my hair. But this doesn’t mean that I don’t have a proper hair care routine. On the contrary, like most French women I take great care of my hair and there are a lot of hair care products I can’t live without. Keep scrolling below to find out my secret to French-girl hair, plus how to style your hair like a true Parisian.
5 Steps To Nailing Effortless French Girl Hair
1. Wash Your Hair Less Often
French women wash their hair less often (once or twice a week) as excessive washing thins the hair and irritates the scalp. It’s not worth washing your hair every day, as it’s usually on the following day hair is the best kind of hair: clumpy, thick, and undone. However, even if French women wash their hair less often when they do, they spend a lot of time, doing shampoos, treatments, oils, and masks.
First, when my hair tends to be oily, I detox my scalp by using an exfoliating shampoo like the Christophe Robin Purifying scalp scrub with sea salt. For every day, I like to use a gentle shampoo in combination with a lightweight conditioner. My favorite French shampoos are the Klorane’s Oat Milk Shampoo, the Christophe Robin Hydrating Shampoo, and the Leonor Greyl Paris Shampooing Au Miel. Between two shampoos I use my favorite dry shampoo: the Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo Spray.
2. Use A Little Bit Of Conditioner
French women usually 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. I’ll recommend the Klorane Conditioner with Mango Butter, the Kérastase Resistance Conditioner, and the Leonor Greyl Crème de Soin à l’Amarante Conditioner.
3. 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, oils and specific treatments to achieve gorgeous texture. I like to use the Huile de Leonor Greyl Shampoo Treatment or the Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender as a pre-shampoo treatment that I apply and leave on my hair for 30 minutes up to 1 hour before washing out with my shampoo. If I’m in a hurry, I like to use the 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 your hair an intense shot of moisture.
In addition, French women usually incorporate moisturizing and hydrating masks into their hair care routine. I love to use the Klorane Mask with Mango Butter, the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil, or the Kérastase Nutritive Mask.
4. Style Your Hair Like A True Parisian
French women never flat iron their hair, and 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 in their faces. If they want to style their hair French girls use a few styling hair care products.
Between two shampoos I’ll use the Klorane Oatmilk Gentle Dry Shampoo Spray to clean my roots and I’ll spray on the lengths as well to add texture and volume to my hair. I love to use hair mists and hair spray as well, like the Christophe Robin Instant Volume Hair Mist and the Leonor Greyl Laque Souple Light Styling Spray.
Also, French girls simply wash their hair in the evening and sleep on wet hair as it usually gives naturally tousled texture and gorgeous body and shape when they wake up. I like to apply the Kérastase Densifique Bodifying Mousse on wet hair before going to sleep to create thick hair.
5. Blowdry Your Hair Less Often
First, make sure to use a high-quality hairbrush to avoid split ends and breakage. I love the Mason Pearson Hair Brush or the Christophe Robin Detangling Brush that stimulates blood flow to the hair roots. In addition, the density of the bristles allows conditioning sebum to be more evenly distributed from the roots to the ends of the hair.
If you 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. In addition, do not use any type of blow-dryer that can damage your hair. I’ll recommend investing in the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer that helps prevent extreme heat damage to protect natural shine while fast-drying the hair. The temperature is kept under control as there are four precise heat settings for fast drying and styling. The diffuser is amazing, perfect to get that tousled texture and effortless French girl hair!
Finally, French girls go to their favorite hairdressers quite often, up to once a month. Either to get a new haircut, to maintain their hair color, or to get a balayage. If you’re heading to Paris soon, check out my article on the best hair salons and hairdressers in Paris.
Et voila! You know everything about the French girl hair.
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