Why do French Women Have Such Fabulous Hair?

I have done much reading on the subject of French women and their hair and I have discovered that less is definitely more.  The cut is far more important than colour and sans brushing is as much a part of their secret as is long layers and celebrating grey hair.
To my delight, I realise that I have been following this relaxed approach to hair care for some years now without even knowing it.  Perhaps my French great-grandfather’s blood runs through my veins more than I realised?  
Audrey Tautou’s pixie cut is a definitive look for her.  It suits her so well, much like Audrey Hepburn’s pixie in Roman Holiday and also in Sabrina.  A hair-cut can literally change your life!
Audrey Tautou


Juliette Binoche 


Marion Cotillard


Anna Mouglalis


Vanessa Paradis


Brigitte Bardot


Francoise Hardy


Èlodie Bouchez


Charlotte Gainsbourg


Astrid Bergès-Frisbey


Mèlanie Laurent


Carole Bouquet


Laetitia Casta


Clèmence Posèy
I may be lax in self care from time to time, but hair care is the one thing that means more to me than shoes, (shocking, I know) because your hair is your mane and in the words of Vicki Archer on her blog French Essence:
“For the French hair is about the individual woman not about her age and the care and maintenance of hair is routine – not a cure to be taken once or twice a year. I have learned this from French women – look after the hair and the rest will follow.”

I think that says it all, don’t you?


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6 thoughts on “Why do French Women Have Such Fabulous Hair?

  1. What is the French method for washing and condoning of hair.
    I heard from a friend who has visited France that they don’t use shampoo and conditioner, they use something like a conditioning or cleansing milk to wash the hair, but I haven’t found any research on the subject. Do you know anything about this.

    • I’ve read much on this subject and I think that it mostly depends on whether your hair is curly, wavy or straight as to how you wash it and if you use a brush or a comb and almost all use dry shampoo – as do I. I cannot live without dry shampoo, it’s a lifesaver! 🙂

  2. The best natural French hair cuts besides the ones I cut are in Paris.They have a soft free flowing wash&wear classic no nonsense hair cut and are not afraid of greying hair. New York is also a city that has that look, must be that the best hairdressers all do French cutting.

    Dario Chicco

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