Lately, we’ve been really inspired (and slightly obsessed) with the way French women style and care for their hair. If we’re ever on the hunt for a natural-looking hairstyle, we’re taking a page from their book. Since we know we’re not the only ones with an affinity for French girl beauty, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite French hairstyles. Read on to get inspired by these easy, chic and super laid-back hairstyle ideas that the French have nailed so effortlessly.
French Hairstyles: 30 Parisian Hairstyles to Steal from the French
1. French Hair Ponytail
It’s safe to say that just about every culture has an updo hairstyle as their go-to look. However, when it comes to the French, besides the chignon, it’s all about the easy, breezy undone pony.
2. French Bangs
It’s very rare that you’ll find a French woman with perfectly styled bangs. It’s all about texture. Achieve a fringe like this by rough-drying your hair after washing.
3. Beret Accessory
These days you probably won’t spot many French women with a beret on their head. However, that doesn’t mean you can wear one to channel their style. For the colder seasons, skip the beanie and opt for a beret instead.
4. Blunt Bangs
If the French do opt for wearing perfectly cut bangs, please expect it to be really precise. We love the neat look of these blunt bangs.
The bouffant updo style is perfect for the office or for a special event. Keep it simple, like the French, and pair it up with a simple earring and a classic trench coat.
6. Curly Hair
If a French woman has naturally curly hair, best believe that she’s going to embrace her natural hair texture. Take cues from the French and get your best defined curls yet.
7. The French Crop
The French just know how to achieve the perfectly tousled French haircut. To recreate this look, ask your stylist to cut your crop with layers for lots of movement.
8. French Braid
A braid that we all love. The French braid is easy and perfect for any occasion as you can create endless amount of styles with it. French bun anyone?
9. The Lob
In true French style, the lob is anything but perfectly styled. To channel the French opt for wash, blow and go. It’s all about natural looking volume.
10. Undone Hair
When it comes to daily styling, the more lived-in the hair looks, the better. Maintain this look throughout the week by using a dry shampoo to soak up excess oils in-between hair washes.
11. The End-of-Day Low Do
Okay, this may not be the hairstyle French women do at the end of the day. However, the look feels as if it’s something that is created after your hairstyle has ran its course for the day — of course we mean this in a good way. In the morning, opt for a messy low ponytail style and skip the mirror because you won’t be needing it.
12. Mussed Up Bob
We mentioned a few images earlier that the French are advocates of embracing their hair texture. Recreate this mussed up bob on naturally curly or wavy hair by allowing your hair to air-dry after washing.
13. The Middle Part
To nail this look down to a science, the only thing that may be perfect and precise about your hairstyle is your part. Let everything else (your hair) go with the flow.
14. Natural Hair
A lot of women with thick natural hair, opt for wearing voluminous updos on their hair. To get the look, dry your hair with blowdryer in an upward direction.
15. The Off Center Part
We spoke about this being a trend recently and now that we know the French like this look, we love it even more.
16. Ombre Bob
Have you seen any other ombré job look this natural? The French women just get how to create natural looks from hair to toe. Next time you want a natural looking ombré, take this picture to your colorist.
17. Pinned Up
One thing the French tend to stay away from is trendy hairstyles, but if they must try one, the put their own unique spin on the look that it almost feels like a classic. You know that bobby pin hair trend we’ve been seeing a lot lately, well this looks like the how the French puts their spin on the look.
18. Platinum Bob
If the French are going to try out a colored hairstyle, they always find a way to keep it chic and understated even if it’s the boldest hair color out there like platinum blonde.
19. The French Shag
Get French hairstyles like this shag by styling layered hair with a blowdryer after washing. It’s all about achieving optimal volume and movement.
20. Shoulder-Length Styles
When it comes to French hairstyles, especially haircuts, it never looks overdone and feels extremely natural. After cutting your hair, ask your stylist to air-dry, then scrunch for a bit of texture.
21. Side Part Bob
Again, for the most part, perfectly styled bob cuts are not what you’ll find worn by French women. Texture is the key.
22. Self-Styled Hair
What do we mean by self-styled hair? It means, however you wake up is how your hair shall stay. We believe the French women are the originators of the #Iwokeuplikethis look. They almost never straighten their hair as they love bed head texture.
23. Side Swept Bangs
Finger comb your bangs to the side to recreate this mussed-up and texture-ful fringe style on any hair length.
24. Sleek Hair
It’s not everyone that’ll stick to the French beauty tradition day by day. Sometimes you may feel like creating a look that feels more sleek and there’s nothing wrong with that.
25. Blonde Hair
It has been said that the French rarely color their hair, but if one is going blonde, believe you’d think she’s a natural. Take a closer look, do you see any contrasting roots in sight? Not a strand!
26. Subtle Waves
Looking for the perfect subtle waves formula? Try washing hair with a volume shampoo and conditioner like Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Dove Oxygen Moisture Conditioner. After washing your hair, let your hair air-dry a bit for natural texture, then blow-dry the rest.
27. The Top Knot
Yes, the updo hairstyle we all love for busy morning and bad hair days. From the French, the top knot is great for any day.
28. Laid-Back Updo
Heading for a cup of coffee? The perfect French hairstyles are the one’s that are easy to do. Try a low do like above, it’s simple and chic.
29. Wavy Hairstyles
You won’t catch the French with a head full of overly done beach waves. A loose wave is the way to go. You can recreate this look by drying your hair in two to three chunky braids.
30. Mussed Up Bangs
Opt for textured bangs, instead of neat bangs, if you’re planning to do it French girl style.
Want to get inspired by hairstyles of more cultures? Here are our favorite Greek hairstyles.