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French women are known for the effortless beauty—they often sport glowing skin, no makeup, makeup, and beautiful beachy waves. The latest French beauty trend? That would be bangs. And of course, French women pull off bangs flawlessly, with hair that looks just right with minimal styling. Want to learn how to cut and style French-girl bangs yourself? You don’t have to book a trip to Paris. Just follow our guide below, then make an appointment with your stylist!
You might be wondering right about now how French-girl bangs differ from any other type of fringe. Well, allow us to explain. French-girl bangs are thick, full, and long (grazing your eyebrows or even slightly longer, depending on your preferences), and they lay across your forehead perfectly. You’ve likely seen these bangs on your favorite celebs on the red carpet and models on the runway (in addition to stylish women walking the streets of Paris)—they’re just about everywhere these days.
Step one: Book an appointment with your stylist! Cutting bangs on your own is usually not the best idea, as a professional has the skills to expertly cut bangs that flatter your face. It’s a good idea to bring inspiration photos with you so that your stylist will know how you want your French-girl bangs to look. Their bang-cutting technique may differ depending on your hair type and texture. The good news is, you can totally rock bangs no matter your hair type, even if you have curly hair. (In fact, here are The Best Curly Haircuts with Bangs.)
Once you’re in your stylist’s chair, they’ll get to work. Cutting your bangs while your hair is dry will allow your stylist to best see how they look. To create that effortless French vibe, your stylist should leave the ends of your bangs feathery as opposed to blunt. With any kind of bang, you’re looking at regular trims in order to keep their shape, so keep that in mind.
Once you have your very own French-girl bangs, it’s time to style them. While French women tend to be pretty low maintenance when it comes to their hair, sometimes bangs need a little extra work. If you want to wear your bangs wavy, there’s not much you have to do. First, shampoo and condition with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner. Then, gently towel-dry your hair and spritz it with the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray. Let your hair air dry to create those beachy waves that.
Want to wear your French-girl bangs smooth and sleek? Start in the shower by using the L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner. After you’re done showering, apply a smoothing hair cream that also offers heat protection, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Thermal Smoother Cream. Blow-dry your hair—and your bangs—with a round brush to create movement. To up the volume on your bangs, use a roller. Finish with a quick spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Precious Oil Satin Hairspray and you’re good to go.
If you want to refresh your bangs without washing your entire head of hair, you can wet just your bangs and blow-dry them—or, you can spray them with a little dry shampoo, like the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, to absorb excess oil.
Now you have everything you need to know about French-girl bangs, from how to get them at the salon to different ways to style them. We have plenty of other French-inspired beauty tips to offer you. Next up, head on over to our article, 7 French Girl Beauty Rules to Follow, for advice on cleansing your complexion like a Parisienne and rocking a red lip like a chic French woman.