We look to Parisian beauties for inspiration when it comes to almost everything, including our wardrobes and makeup, so it should come as no surprise that we turn to French girls for hairstyle ideas, too. Why wouldn’t we? Everyone wants hair that looks effortless—even if it isn’t. And that’s exactly the philosophy behind French-girl hairstyles. We’re sharing three such hairstyles, each one equally fit for a trip to France. So, ready your hair spray and give one of these stylish (and heat-free!) French girl hairstyles a try.
FRENCH-GIRL HAIRSTYLE #1: TOUSLED HAIR
Loose wavy hair that looks as if you’ve just rolled out of bed, are the ultimate French girl hairstyle—hence why everyone wants to emulate them. And thankfully, it’s easier than you’d think—even without heat tools to help.
Step 1: Use wave spray
Start by spritzing damp hair with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray, scrunching to give your hair extra body and shape.
Step 2: Braid and air dry
Hold off on breaking out your blow-dryer. French girls prefer to skip blasting their hair with heat. (But if you must, be sure to use a heat protectant!) Instead, allow your hair to air dry and enhance your waves by placing your hair into 2-3 braids before bed.
Step 3: Unravel in the morning
When you wake up, take out your braids and finger comb through your hair. Ta-da, waves!
Step 4: Finish with hair spray
To make sure your new ‘do holds all day, spray your locks with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle LOCK IT Fine Control Hairspray.
FRENCH GIRL HAIRSTYLE #2: CHIC CHIGNON
A messy mane may be the hallmark look of a French girl, but don’t worry, there’s a style suitable for every occasion. Whether you have a fancy dinner coming up, or need to look pulled together for a last-minute meeting, this simple updo is the way to go.
Step 1: Use a hair cream
For this look, you’ll want to begin with smooth strands. Apply a small amount of a hair cream, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Frizz Vanisher Cream, before getting to work on the updo.
Step 2: Split hair into two ponytails
Create two low ponytails on either side of your head, securing each with an elastic.
Step 3: Knot the ponytails together
Behind your head, tie the two ponytails together.
Step 4: Tuck the ends
Hide the ends of the ponytails, discretely tucking them under the knot.
Step 5: Secure with pins
Strategically place bobby pins around the edges of your chignon to hold it together. Don’t be stingy, since you won’t want the chignon to come apart as the day (or night) goes on.
Step 6: Finish with hair spray
Give your feminine updo an extra dose of hold and shine with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Precious Oil Satin Hairspray.
FRENCH GIRL HAIRSTYLE #3: LOW PONYTAIL
A ponytail is practically universal, and for good reason. The classic hairstyle is fashionable and perfect for getting your hair off your face. What more could you want? To give it a French twist, keep it low and add a bow!
Step 1: Gather hair
Collect all of your hair at the nape of your neck, not paying too much attention to getting rid of every bump or lump. A little bit of imperfection will actually work in your favor!
Step 2: Secure with an elastic
Use an elastic of any color—you’re about to cover it up—to secure the ponytail.
Step 3: Add a ribbon
Intricate hair accessories haven’t quite caught on in France, but a subtle ribbon is a classic way to complete your look. Tie a ribbon—black, of course—around the base of your ponytail to take it to the next level.
Step 4: Finish with hair spray
You know the drill! Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold and spray.
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