The French bob haircut is a chin-length bob paired with a fringe, which usually sits at brow level and has become a hit on TikTok with the search ‘French bob haircut’ amassing 267.2M views. It’s chic, playful and sexy all at the same time.
The style originated in the 1890s, with French actress and singer Polaire who wore her hair in a cropped bob, and later became more of a widespread trend during the 1920s flapper era.
The modern-day reincarnation features a heavy fringe with blunt ends and a wavy texture. Taking inspiration from the touseled hairstyles of French style icons like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, it epitomises effortless Parisian style. So, if you’re ready to add a little French flair to your hair, view 39 of the best Instagram and A-list looks, right here.
Taylor LaShae Haircut
If you’re looking for French bob inspiration, look no further than Instagram It-girl Taylor LaShae and her perfect cool girl bob and bangs combination.
Short French Bob
If you aren’t afraid to go shorter, this daring look is exactly what you need to make your hair feel brand new again.
Tousled French Bob
This beauty proves that the only styling product you should count on is a good hairspray like TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray. These beachy waves take this bob haircut to new levels.
Kaia Gerber Bob
Not sure bangs are right for you? Kaia Gerber’s relaxed wavy bob is proof that fringe or no fringe, you can still channel the French girl vibes.
Thick French Bob
You might think that naturally thick hair doesn’t lend itself to a style like the French bob, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! The shorter cut adds shape to the hair to stop it looking boxy, making it much more manageable.
This season’s hottest hairstyles have one key thing in common – texture. The aim is to give your hair that just-out-of-bed but still chic look, that never looks too try-hard.
Clémence Poésy Bob
As far as French hair goals go, Clémence Poésy consistently takes the crown. Her grungey blonde lob flatters her heart-shaped face and adds an element of toughness to her girly outfit. Achieve that messy look with the TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hairspray for a 10/10 long-lasting experience.
Dakota Johnson French Bob
Cute and classic, Dakota rocks the French bob effortlessly with a striped shirt to match –très chic!
Layered French Bob
Adding layers to your bob style will make your hair look effortless 24-7, which is perfect for those who don’t like spending ages styling their hair.
Chin-Length French Bob
There’s a reason why Instagram stars love this popular Parisian cut! It’s classic, sultry and the ideal cut for framing all face shapes. Keep your hair texture silky and smooth with Dove Daily Moisture 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, designed for all hair types.
Lucy Boynton Bob
With her icy blonde hue, blunt cut and barely-there waves, Lucy Boynton has fast become one of our go-to sources of red carpet hair inspiration.
Dare to go even shorter? Ask your stylist for a lip-length cut to make a real style statement this season.
Messy French Bob
Never managed to master the messy hair trend? Styling a messy French bob couldn’t be easier – simply use a curling wand to curl 2-3 inch sections of your hair, then use your fingers to break them up to give you loose, undone waves.
Long French Bob
If anyone’s going to convince you to give a long French bob a try, it’s this beauty and her perfectly tousled mane. With this cut in your mane life, you’re sure to get snapped by a street-style photographer.
Blunt French Bob
Here’s one style that never goes out of fashion: the blunt bob. If you’ve got straight hair, this glossy French cut is your best option.
Léa Seydoux Bob
Ever the hair chameleon, French actress Léa Seydoux rocks her bob in this season’s must-have honey-blonde hue.
Sleek French Bob
We love a wavy bob (in case you couldn’t tell!), but the beauty of this versatile cut is that it looks just as chic when worn straight and sleek.
Maisie Williams’ Choppy Bob
Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams keeps her cropped chin-length bob looking fresh and modern with the addition of short, choppy bangs.
Charli XCX’s Coloured Bob
Charli XCX is pretty in pink with these fluro pink ombre tips.
Editor’s tip: Feeling inspired to try out some coloured ends? To make sure your new colour lasts as long as possible, switch to a colour protection shampoo like the TRESemmé Revitalise Colour Shampoo to prevent any fading.
Like to stay one step ahead of the trends? The French bob and the runway wet-look hair trend combine to create this high fashion-inspired style.
Retro French Bob
Love all things retro? Nod to the flapper girl hair of the 1920s with this ultra-short rounded bob.
Grown Out Bob
Thinking about going short for the first time but scared to make the commitment? This in-between length is less intimidating and offers up a variety of styling opportunities.
French Bob on Fine Hair
Bobs are a fantastic option for those with fine hair, breathing life into flat locks and giving the illusion of more body and fullness.
Black French Bob
Got medium or long dark hair? This cute cut is your fast-track route to cool girl hair. Don’t forget the cat-eye sunglasses!
French Bob on Straight Hair
Choppy ends and a textured finish will give even the straightest strands a boost.
French Bob With Micro Bangs
Need some convincing to give the micro bangs trend a try? Look no further.
It’s impossible to mention the French bob without talking about iconic Audrey Tautou’s hair in Amélie. Audrey’s signature bob cut and tiny fringe in the film started the trend and is the reason why everyone still talks about it today.
Vanessa Hudgens French Bob
With chin-length loose waves and a piecey fringe, you’ll be channelling Vanessa Hudgens vibes in no time.
Blessed with natural curls? Well, you’re in luck, because the French bob looks incredible on curly tresses, creating an effortless, bedhead vibe. Honestly, have you ever seen such a stunning, nonchalant look?
Side French Bob
We love the way this Instagrammer is rocking her shiny French bob with a side parting.
Felicity Jones’ Shaggy Bob
Is Felicity Jones’ tousled shaggy bob enough to tempt you to go for the big chop?
For a vintage, glamorous twist on the trend, look to Marion Cotillard’s glossy curled bob for inspiration. This ‘40s hairstyle will make you feel like a silver-screen actress.
This tousled look is a must-try for blondes who want to switch up their look.
Pulp Fiction-Inspired French Bob
Channel your inner Mia Wallace with this striking French bob – pair it with dramatic winged eyeliner if you want to bring even more drama.
This playful bob and bangs hairstyle is all about effortless texture, making it the ideal haircut for those with naturally wavy hair.
Red French Bob
Red bob with red lips, we’re totally here for it!
Alexa Chung Bob
If Alexa Chung is your fashion icon, her trademark, undone French girl hair also deserves your attention. Who else is screenshotting this?
Cute French Bob Hairstyle
Yes, the French bob can be super cute, too!
Keira Knightley Bob
Go for a deep side part to channel Keira Knightley’s curly French girl hairstyle.