One thing that I always envy French girls for whenever I visit Paris, is their ability to have that effortless ‘just rolled out of bed’ hair look. Somehow they always manage to look like they’ve pretty much put zero effort into doing their hair, while still looking chic and put-together. But since my bedhead looks more troll than French girl chic, I need a bit of help to achieve the look. Effortless French girl hair to me is all about easy undone waves with tons of texture. Here’s how I (try) to achieve the look.
AN EASY GUIDE TO EFFORTLESS FRENCH GIRL HAIR
STEP 1 | PREP
Adding a lot of messy texture to your hair can easily make it look dry and frizzy, so you want to make sure to give it plenty of moisture beforehand. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is a pre-shampooing treatment that was initially developed for none other than Audrey Hepburn. It smooths and intensively moisturizes your hair, while adding a bit of bounce and shine. I find that my hair is so much more manageable after this, and the styling tends to last longer too.
While you may want your hair to look texturized and wavy, you definitely don’t want the ends to look like you’re way overdue a trim. My favourite way to tame the frizz, and smoothen the ends of my hair, is hair oil. The Nuxe dry oil sinks in within seconds and leaves no greasy residue. It’s packed full of plant oils and Vitamin E to nourish the hair, while giving it a boost of gloss.
This one is really a matter of preference, but personally I like doing my waves with a straightener. I find that it’s easier to get that undone, uneven texture. Make sure to alternate the directions of your curls, leave some pieces uncurled and finish by brushing the curls out.
STEP 2 | STYLE
The secret to effortless French girl hair is definitely texture. You don’t want your hair looking too smooth and done, but rather like you just rolled out of bed, zhuzhed up your hair and walked out the door. So you need texturizing spray. Depending on the day (and the state of my hair) I’ll spray one of these into my hair, scrunch it up and call it a day.
Balmain Texturizing Salt Spray
I find that salt spray works best to give my hair some grit and texture when it’s freshly washed and silky. The Balmain is my favourite because it feels incredibly light on my hair, and won’t leave it feeling crunchy or dirty.
When my hair is truly flat and looks like nothing can save it, I tend to reach for this bottle. Like dry shampoo and hairspray had a baby, this spray gives my hair some serious volume and texture. Not to mention the fact that everything about the brand is specifically made for that cool French girl hair.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
When my hair is starting to look a bit too worse for wear, I’ll reach for a dry shampoo. The Klorane dry shampoo gives my hair lovely volume without making it powdery or gritty. It also actually makes my hair feel freshly washed, and I just adore the soft feminine scent.
Finally, if all else fails, you can always just throw your hair into a messy bun. Très chic, in an instant.