When it comes to French-girl hair, the philosophy remains consistent: The less you do, the better. French girls have a knack for making their hair work around their lifestyle (Another day of dry shampoo? Pas de problème! Overslept? Embrace the bedhead!) and exuding an effortless, undone aesthetic that never looks like they’ve tried too hard.
In order to pull off this low-key yet chic hair, there are certain signature haircuts (and products) that French women are utterly devoted to. Roman Sys, stylist at Trevor Sorbie Covent Garden explains, “French hair is all about softness and carefree sophistication.”
To figure out exactly what it is about French haircuts that have that certain je ne sais quoi, we reached out to the experts to get the full rundown on what types of haircuts we should be asking our stylists for. From short bobs to blunt fringes, scroll below to channel your inner French girl.
The shag has had a major revival over the past year, and it’s French women who have led the way. This timeless French cut is in between long and short hair lengths and features soft, textured layers, exuding a nonchalant French-girl look. “The key is to never overload the hair,” says Tiziana Di Marcelli, international education director at Trevor Sorbie.
Di Marcelli adds, “You want the hair to feel light and airy. Spray leave-in conditioner through lengths while the hair is damp, and let it dry naturally to help define the natural wave or curl.”
This leave-in conditioner is great for all hair types, leaving strands feeling silky-soft and curls and waves defined.
If it’s not washday, refresh your shag with a little bit of dry shampoo in the roots to add texture and volume.
Hair experts are already saying that the French bob will be the biggest haircut of 2022, and we can totally see why. “A French bob is cut like a classic one-length bob but doubles up on movement and avoids the sharper edges of the classic bob,” says Di Marcelli. Perfect for straight, wavy, curly and coily styles alike, the French bob is one of the chicest hairstyles around.
“The cut should do the majority of the work for you, but a fun way of styling this look is to tuck the hair behind the ears and flick up the ends using a tong or your straighteners,” adds Di Marcelli.
Use before blow-drying to help protect strands from heat and keep things looking sleek and defined.
Apply to damp hair before air-drying to smooth, condition and eliminate flyaways.
Use straighteners to flick up the ends of your bob for the ultimate French finish.
Along with the bob, a super-short or pixie crop is another classic French style. “For a short, cropped cut on straight hair, you want to create texture with different styling products. For curly hair, hydration is key to keep the curls defined. Leave-in conditioner and curl-defining creams are a good shout,” says Sys.
Spray on curls and coils to give them a quick spritz of hydration and an instant refresh.
This hydrating curl cream can be applied straight after washing to help define curls and keep them nourished.
This long-hold texturizing paste is the perfect way to add movement and structure to straighter styles.
“Think Jane Birkin hair,” says Sys. Fringed styles are the epitome of French-girl hair, especially when teamed with super-long lengths. “It can be fun to style the hair and fringe in waves, too. This style always looks good when the roots are quite flat and the mid-lengths and ends have some texture. It’s that less-is-more approach loved by French women who wish to look sophisticated and effortless,” he adds.
Run this air-dry cream through hair after washing, and let it dry naturally. Not only does it smell great, but it will also leave hair looking smooth and free of flyaways.
If you can’t stand the idea of leaving your hair to air-dry, this hot brush helps to give hair some natural movement and helps dry wet hair at the same time.
While not the most low-maintenance of French haircuts around, the bowl cut is impossibly chic. “Very similar to the bob style, this can be worn slick or messy. Either use dry shampoo to create more volume or a shine spray to get a smooth glaze,” says Sys. “Alternatively, it can also be worn curly or wavy for a more undone look,” he adds.
This expert-favorite spray helps to keep flyaways in check and also boosts shine for a super-sleek finish.
For some undone volume, blast this super-fresh dry shampoo into roots and work in with your fingers.
The key to long French styles, says Di Marcelli, is that you don’t want your hair to look as though it has been cut. “Cutting the hair dry, in its natural state, can achieve this—working with a feather razor to create those soft edges helps, too. The less product, the better,” she says.
No need to worry about flat-hair days—plump up the volume with this dry finishing spray to create voluminous, bombshell hair.
Keep long lengths healthy, nourished and strong by applying this healing oil onto the ends.
Up next, 15 pictures that prove the French bob is the chicest haircut to have right now.