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How to Achieve the Effortless French-Girl Hair of Your Dreams

July 8, 2019

1 Min read

The French girl style for wavy hair can only be described as perfectly imperfect. So, what’s the secret? We did some homework to discover what French women always do to get their covetable style. Here, seven hair rules French women live by.

Don’t fight your natural texture

Flat irons and blow dryers are so not French. Instead of being a slave to their hot tools, French women with wavy hair embrace their natural texture and mostly air dry. Out of the shower, gently blot your hair with a microfiber towel or t-shirt to help prevent frizz. Follow up with a leave-in conditioner and comb through. Then apply your styling cream, serum, or texturizing spray. Finish by gently scrunching your hair with your hands or create several sections of twists. Now hands off. Once it’s dry, fluff your hair with your fingers to create volume.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

The French are big on conditioning treatments, a major key for healthy hair. Masks and leave-ins are part of their regular regimen. The Prose pre-shampoo mask, formulated by chemists in Paris, gives hair a hefty dose of hydration plus any added benefits your specific hair needs require.

Invest in the right tools

They may not be big on hot tools, but the French definitely know the value of a good brush. “You’ll find flat, boar bristle, paddle, and round brushes on their vanities,” says Devin Toth, a stylist at Salon SCK in New York City. These natural bristles rev up scalp circulation, which is essential for healthy hair growth, and help distribute oils from root to tip, promoting shinier looking strands.

Rock second (or third or fourth) day hair

If French women look like they just woke up with that rumpled texture, it’s because they probably did. They wash their hair way less than American women—and their hair and scalps are healthier as a result. When you over-wash, you strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Your scalp can get dry and flaky, or even more oily as it works harder to produce more oils to replace what’s been lost. If you’re an everyday washer, aim for every other day and refresh roots with dry shampoo in between.

Don’t fear bangs

Long, eyebrow grazing bangs are almost always on trend in France. When styled not so perfectly, they’re incredibly fun and flirty.


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Skip the severe part

To achieve that effortless vibe, don’t go for a precise part. “Your part doesn’t have to go straight back to your crown,” says Toth, “An off-center, natural, or zig-zag part looks more natural.”

Stick to natural, believable hair color

French women don’t go to extremes when it comes to hair dye. “Natural-looking color is the way to go,” Toth explains. Think buttery blondes, rich brunettes, and vibrant, but real-looking reds.


Prose products are formulated by chemists in Paris and can help you achieve your French girl hair goals. Start by taking our consultation here.



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