French hairstyles: how to wear your hair like a Parisian girl

Mitch | 04 October 2017

Master the art of Parisian glam with our inspirational guide to French hairstyles!

Whatever the French women are doing—walking, sitting, eating a baguette—they do it with so much grace and style that the rest of the world is just swept off its feet. We here at All Things Hair are not immune to the splendor of Parisian glamour; and because we all have to start somewhere to achieve that elusive effortless style, we thought we’d first go to a familiar territory: the hair. Recreating French hairstyles is one of the easiest ways to channel your inner Coco Chanel, so get ready to look tres chic because we’ve got that part covered. Keep scrolling down for French-girl approved hairstyles.

Master the art of Parisian glamour with these French hairstyles

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Rock the i-woke-up-like-this look, French girl style. Credit:

Tousled bedhead

Remember: French hairstyles never look overdone. In fact, the key characteristic of most French hairstyles is the bedhead vibe. Go for relaxed, windswept waves—they will give you a messy I-woke-up-like-this look. Use your fingers to brush your hair, shaking the strands as you go along to add bounce and volume.

TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray
TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturising Spray

Editor’s tip: This look is all about volume and texture. To make sure you have enough, use TONI&GUY Sea Salt Texturizing Spray. This product works at defining and separating the hair fibers for natural, tousled movement.

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Go ultra chic with a stylish French bob. Credit: iStock

Bob haircut

There are two distinct ways you can wear your bob, French girl style: dark, straight, and blunt or side-swept and slightly wavy. Nobody nails the bob haircut like Parisian women and if you want the achieve the chic French vibe while sporting short hair (think Marion Cottilard), the French bob is the style for you.

Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner
Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner

Editor’s tip: If you’re going for a bob hairstyle that’s straight and blunt, you’d want to eliminate the frizz in your strands. Make your hair straighter, smoother, and frizz-free with Cream Silk Standout Straight Conditioner. It has Frizz Defense Complex that helps make hair up to four times straighter.

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Pretty Parisian plates. Credit: iStock

French braids

They’re chic and trendy and totally French! What we love about the French braid is how it will never ever get boring because you can always experiment with many different variations. You can incorporate it in an updo or in a half-up half-down style; or you can wear it messy or sleek, single or double, inverted. The choice is yours. But to keep it looking smooth throughout the day, we recommend a pump of TONI&GUY High Shine Serum Drops for a glossy finish.

Whatever your hair length or hair type, these French hairstyles are guaranteed to give you the sophisticated vibe of a French girl.

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