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 not only drawn to Insta-worthy backdrops and buttery croissants, but also the simplistic and laid-back allure of French girl hair. Now, after the success of a popular tv show set in the city of love, emulating French girl hair is in even higher demand—and one of the most iconic, on-trend Parisian hairstyles is the French bob.
If you’re looking to achieve the perfect French bob (without hopping on a flight), we have the tips, tricks, and styling ideas you need to make it happen. Grab your texturizing spray and get your stylist on the phone. The look can be yours with a few well-placed layers and three simple at-home steps. Read on for everything you need to know about the French bob plus 16 of our favorite ways to wear the look.
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What is a French girl 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.
Does a French bob have layers?
The key to nailing a French hair look is effortlessness, and when it comes to achieving that laidback Parisian texture, you’ll definitely need layers. Your stylist will create subtle layers throughout your mane to make your cut appear naturally effortless and textured.
What face shape suits a bob?
When it comes to bob haircuts, there’s a way to make them work for any face shape. If you have an oval face shape, you can make any bob haircut work for you—including a classic French bob. When you have a square-shaped face, chin-length cuts that accentuate your jawline work best. If you have a heart-shape face that’s longer, opt for a lob with layers to soften your chin and highlight your cheekbones.
Is a bob high maintenance?
While styling a French bob is typically easy, the cut itself can be high maintenance. You’ll need to visit your stylist for a touch-up every four to six weeks to ensure that your cut stays on point and free of split ends.
How do you style a short French bob?
Skip the hot tools.
First things first: If you want your bob to feel genuinely Parisian, take a break from your blow dryers, straighteners, and curling irons. 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 products work wonders when it comes to styling a French-girl bob. Be sure to apply an air-dry cream like 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 Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray. This aerosol dry texturizing spray provides hair with airy volume and beachy texture without crunch or build-up. 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 Matrix Total Results High Amplify Anti-Frizz 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 shine serum like Pureology Hydrate Shine Max Weightless Flyaway Serum. This formula instantly smooths flyaways and adds vibrant shine while the brand’s exclusive AntiFade Complex protects the vibrancy of color-treated hair.
With these tips and tricks in mind, you’re well on your way to achieving French girl hair in no time! If you’re looking for more styling inspiration, keep scrolling for 15 très chic French-girl bob looks we’re loving.
The Best French Bob Hairstyle Ideas To Try Now
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Now that you’ve got the signature French-girl chop, you need to really look the part. Pop on a flat cap or beret to really take your Parisian style to the next level.
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Who says you need to stick with dark brown hair? Ask your colorist for a warm blonde hue if you’re looking to switch things up.
If you’re committing to salon blonde, be sure to invest in a shampoo and conditioner system formulated to protect color-treated hair. We recommend L'Oréal Professionnel Vitamino A-OX Color Preserve Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner. This color radiance system provides hair with color and UV protection while detangling, smoothing, and enhancing shine.
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French Bob With Deep Side Part
If you want to give your look instant volume without using any products or hot tools, a deep side part is the way to go—not to mention, this easy switch is flattering for every face shape.
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Pop Of Color
While a neutral hue is the standard for French girl hair, we’re all about playing with a little color! Pair your new cut with a vibrant fantasy hair color if you’re feeling bold.
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Dreaming of waking up with effortless texture? Ask your stylist to add choppy layers to your French bob.
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Searching for a look that’s chic and sophisticated? Try wearing your French bob pin straight. If you’re heat styling to achieve straight hair, be sure to use a heat protectant like Redken Iron Shape 11 Thermal Holding Heat Protection Hairspray. This lightweight, thermal heat protection hairspray is perfect for use with flat irons and curling irons up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit to protect your hair, add shine, and reduce frizz.
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If you want to go short (but not chin-length short), opt for a collarbone-length bob. This cut allows you to try a shorter cut while still allowing you to throw your hair into a ponytail when you feel like it.
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It’s Pride Month, so why not celebrate with a rainbow hair color? Fantasy shades might not scream classic French girl hair, but it’s a great way to show off your personal style.
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Half-and-half hair color is trending and if you’re not into vivid hues, try it the French way with low-maintenance, neutral colors. We love this French bob with half blonde and half brunette hair.
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