I'm an American Living in Paris, and I Love These 6 French Hairstyles

Not a day goes by without us being bombarded with headlines claiming to have cracked the French-style code, from the effortless wardrobes to minimalist makeup. The covetable cool-without-trying aesthetic made famous by the French is so coveted that here at Who What Wear we spend tons of time researching it. And one specific area that keeps popping up as the ultimate mood board inspiration is French hairstyles.
For many, the quintessential French shag haircut that you can spot all over Instagram may be the first style that comes to mind, but it's much more than that. Parisians have a very specific philosophy when it comes to hair that is very different from the philosophy that is widely accepted in the United States. "The biggest difference [between French and American hair rituals] is that French women don't go to the salon as often as Americans," says Paris-based hairdresser Ciara Costenoble. "They definitely have their hair person, but salon visits typically happen 1 to 4 times a year."
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Costenoble was born in America but has adopted the Parisian lifestyle for the past nine years. She is perfectly equipped to break the art of creating Parisian-inspired hair by taking up exactly what makes French hairstyles so perfect. So I tapped them to spill the tea on the top hairstyles French women ask about the most, along with all of the products and tips needed to get them done.
Before you go, check out the six French hairstyles that Costenoble combines with that certain look the French are famous for.
"I call this the curtain fringe. French women are still loyal to a good fringe moment, but that adult 90s fringe takes over and I love it! I see it split in the middle or painted over and worn lightly layered."
Get the look:
Amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo ($ 25)
"We all know how oily bangs can get during the day and week, so this dry shampoo, which uses rice starch as its main ingredient, is natural, but doesn't leave a film on the hair and is also effective on deep brunettes."
Amika Silken Up Dry Conditioner ($ 25)
"The dry conditioner is really a standout product as there is nothing like it. Now your roots may tend to be oily, but the center shaft and ends are often dry. (Especially as we approach colder temperatures.) This spray powder conditioner is refreshing and cares for the hair immediately. "
"Le Chignon is a French classic. It's timeless, yet so transcendent, which is probably still the perfect hairstyle for special occasions! If the French want to be chic for your event, get yourself a chignon and voilà."
Get the look:
Babylisspro Nano Titanium Spring Curling Iron ($ 60)
Costenoble recommends this medium-sized curling iron to create a base of soft curls in your hair before twisting it into the intricate updo.
Aveda Air Control Hairspray ($ 31)
"French women don't dress up as often as films and the media have us believe," says Costenoble. "However, there is this new generation of French women who appreciate trying out new styles and changing their hairstyles once or twice a month." She says this soft hold hairspray is a must have to keep more polished styles in place.
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