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How To Style A French Bob In 3 Easy Steps

06 February 2019
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Jessie Amato

Junior Beauty Editor

France is home to some of the most beloved foods, artifacts, and sceneries in the entire world. When you think about Paris, delicious baguettes, brie cheese, and aesthetically pleasing photos beside the Eiffel Tower come to mind. 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 bob that women across the world long to achieve.

If you’re looking to try an easy, breezy, French-inspired 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.

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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 things first: If you want your bob to feel genuinely Parisian, you need to put your hot tools on the backburner. 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 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 Hair Spray.

If you do 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 a très chic French bob in no time!

Looking for more tips on how to style a French bob? Use our salon locator to book an appointment at a salon near you.

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