French hairstyles are trending: Get the 411 on the cosmopolitan hair craze & how to work it

Beth | 17 August 2017

Add a little je ne sais quoi to your look this season with these fabulously French hairstyles!


In case you missed the memo, let us make one thing clear: this season we are all about the French girl glamour. Initially spurred on by our passion for Alexa Chung-style split fringes and super short cheek-length bobs, our love affair with all things Parisian has only gone from strength to strength.

And now, with Brigitte Bardot bouffants, berets and even delicious macaroon-inspired styles joining the mix, it’s safe to say this trend is only set to get bigger as the year goes on!

So, whether you’re a self-confessed Francophile looking to get your fix or you just want to find out what all of the fuss is about, step right this way…

5 swoon-worthy French girl hairstyles to try


blonde woman with medium length hair and bardot bangs
Parted bangs are the key to effortless French girl style. Credit:

1. Split bangs

Whether you’ve got short, long or in between-length hair, parted bangs are a super easy way to nod to the French girl hair trend, without doing anything too drastic to your look.

Inspired by ’60s French actress Brigitte Bardot, who was often photographed wearing sweeping split bangs, stars like Alexa and Chloë Grace Moretz have also started following suit – so it’s about time the rest of us caught on, too. Find out how to work this effortlessly chic fringe style yourself, hereCredit: @jennivaltee

back shot of a woman with blonde hair in a half up bouffant hairstyle
Bump it like Bardot! Credit:

2. Bardot inspired styles

It’s not just Brigitte Bardot’s fringe that has got us shaking up our style this year, as many of her most famous hairstyles are also making a comeback for 2017.

Whether it’s her trademark half-up bouffant or effortlessly-chic head scarves, the only rule when it comes to recreating her iconic styles is the messier the better – bedhead hair is the aim of the game!

We’ve also charted some of Bardot’s best looks from over the years, here – which is your favourite? Credit: @jill901

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Editor’s tip: The key to emulating Brigitte’s timeless styles is volume, volume, volume! If you’re naturally lacking in that department though, don’t worry.

Simply spritz a dry shampoo or texturising spray, such as the TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive! Dry Shampoo into your roots before backcombing and bam – instant beehive!

streetstyle shot of a blogger wearing a red beret
Keep it classic with a bold beret. Credit:

3. Berets

Spotted on the Dior catwalk, as well as on the heads of fashionistas like Winnie Harlow and Sofia Richie, the traditional French beret is this season’s must-have accessory.

Best worn in bold, primary colours to mix and match with your outfits, it’s not only painfully on-trend but also the ideal way to conceal out of control hair – bonus!

If you’re not sure whether you could pull off the look, head over and discover 5 ways to rock the beret hair trend, now. Credit: @dentellefleurs

brunette woman with a french bob haircut looking over her shoulder
This isn’t your average bob. Credit:

4. French bob

In terms of cuts, last season’s lob has been officially been cast aside in favour of shorter, statement-making cheek-length styles (think Audrey Tautou in Amélie!).

Bold but ultra easy to style, this low-maintenance look pairs perfectly with a choppy fringe or why not be a real trendsetter and tick off 2 trends in one with a pair of Bardot bangs?

You too could rock a French bob, so head over to with our edit of Instagram’s finest, here. Credit: @taylorlashae

blogger fashion influx with macaroon bun hair
This look is sweet enough to eat! Credit:

5. Macaron buns

Who doesn’t love a macaron? The pastel-coloured tasty treats are an Instagrammer’s dream but guess what? Now you can wear them too! More wearable than space buns, low macaron buns are essentially the fashion bloggers’ alternative to a messy bun.

Easy to do and versatile enough to take you from a festival to a family day out, we can see this quickly becoming one of our favourite go-to styles.

Fancy giving this sugary-sweet style a try? Find out more about this Ladurée-inspired trend, here. Credit: @fashioninflux


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