France is home to some of the most beloved food and scenery in the entire world. If you’re as beauty obsessed as we are, however, chances are good you’re drawn to the simplistic and laid-back allure of French-girl hair. We’re not just obsessed with their natural dark brown hair or perfectly styled pixie haircuts, but the signature French-girl bob that women across the world long to achieve.
If you’re looking to try an easy, breezy, French-girl bob, we have the tips and tricks you need to make it happen. The good news? The look can be yours in just three steps.
What is a French bob?
French bobs are the no-makeup makeup look of the hair world. The chin-length haircut paired with full bangs is chic and elegant, yet still looks like your entire styling routine takes five minutes or less.
How do you style a French bob?
Skip the hot tools.
First thing's first: If you want your bob to feel genuinely Parisian, you need to put your hot tools on the back burner. That means no blow dryers, straighteners, or curling irons of any kind. French bobs look best when worn messy and tousled, so air-drying your mane and embracing your natural texture works best for achieving the look.
You might not be able to use your favorite hot tools, but air-dry stylers work wonders when it comes to styling a French-girl bob. Be sure to apply an air-dry cream like the Pureology Hydrate Air Dry Cream throughout your hair. This heat and hassle-free styler controls, enhances body, and perfects texture while leaving hair soft and hydrated.
Begin with second-day hair—or fake it.
The real secret to achieving a French bob? Texture, texture, and more texture! Freshly shampooed hair is usually on the softer side, so styling a French bob typically works best on second-day hair. If you’re reading this fresh out of the shower with a towel on your head, don’t worry! Rough up your ‘do with a few spritzes of texturizing spray like the Biolage R.A.W Texturizing Styling Spray. Formulated with matcha green tea, the spray gives separation and definition for touchable texture. Once you’ve applied the spray, gently tousle your mane with your fingertips to create even more texture.
If you’re blessed with naturally wavy hair that air dries to perfection, simply apply a bit of anti-frizz hairspray to lock in your look with a frizz-free finish. We love the Kérastase Laque Couture Hairspray.
If you skip wash day, you might notice oily roots starting to appear. Luckily, that’s nothing a few sprays of dry shampoo can’t fix. If you’re looking for a dry shampoo to add to your hair care routine, we recommend the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Two Day Extender Dry Shampoo. The style-extending dry shampoo instantly refreshes hair and absorbs oil to extend the life of your blow-dry by two days.
Don’t forget to add shine.
If we’re envious of our favorite French muses for anything, it’s how noticeably glossy their hair is. Complete your look with a few spritzes of shine spray like the Biolage Sugar Shine Illuminating Mist. This shine illuminating spray helps smooth hair, tame flyaways, and provides heat damage protection from styling tools for a brilliant, glossy finish.
With these tips and tricks in mind, you’re on your way to achieving French girl hair in no time! If you’re looking for more styling inspiration, keep scrolling for seven très chic French-girl bob looks we’re loving.
French Bob Hairstyle Ideas
Blunt Bob With Bangs
If you truly want to do as the French do, ask your stylist for a blunt bob with bangs. This one-length haircut is the OG French-girl bob and it can instantly make your strands appear thicker and fuller!
In true French girl fashion, this chic, layered cut requires little styling effort—especially if you’re working with naturally wavy hair. Simply apply a few spritzes of texturizing spray and you’re ready to go!
Curly French Bob
You don’t need to have straight hair to slay a French bob—the cut also looks gorgeous on curly girls! Use a bit of hair gel like the Mizani True Textures Perfect Coil Oil Gel to define and shape your curls while helping to keep them moisturized.
Braid It Back
Looking to amp up your hairstyle but still keep it simple? Craft a simple three-strand accent braid and pin it back for an easy-breezy look that’ll take you five minutes or less to achieve.
Short, choppy layers are great if you’re working with thick, plentiful hair. If your strands are fine, however, short layers can easily make your strands look even more sparse. Instead, ask your stylist to add long layers to your French bob to make your cut look thicker and more voluminous.
French Bob With Curtain Bangs
If you’re not feeling straight-across bangs, why not pair your French bob with curtain bangs? This feathered, ‘70s-inspired fringe adds a simple touch of elegance to your ‘do and softly frames your face.
Now that you’ve got the signature French-girl chop, you need to really look the part. Pop on a flat cap or a beret to really take your Parisian style to the next level.
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