9 Women Who Define French Girl Hair

Cue the sound of French music pouring over speakers as we sip espresso at a cafe in couture. Today marks the first day of Paris Fashion Week and if, like us, you won't be in Paris IRL to experience the aforementioned afternoon delight, you can still snag an imperfectly perfect très chic look after one of your favorite French girl muses. The common denominators? Bedhead and bangs. Or, a blunt bob à la Jen Atkin. Keep scrolling for French girl hair inspiration from our favorite French muses–past and present.

1. Francois Hardy

A pioneer on the French music front, Francois' vocals fell perfectly in place when she crooned, just like the thick set of bangs she's known for. Fake the full-looking French fringe with this clip-in bangs tutorial.

Francois Hardy French girl hair bedhead bangs

Courtesy of CR Fashion Book 

2. Jane Birkin

For inventing the shiny ombré and perfectly messy, feathered bangs combo, we're eternally grateful to British-born babe Jane Birkin—who, NBD, was the inspiration behind that bag, and all things French-chic.

Jane Birkin French girl hair


3. Brigitte Bardot

The French actress is our ultimate party hairstyle icon, and we'd be lying if we said we don't attempt to achieve her signature volume at least once a week. With a little help from OUAI Volume Spray and Texturizing Hair Spray, we're close to nailing the bouffant. 

Brigitte Bardot French girl hair

Courtesy of Vogue


4. Carla Bruni

The singer-songwriter paved the way for It models today with a cat walking career that started when she was 20 years old. Whether it was a blunt lob, straight bangs, or a perfectly coiffed Parisian updo, Carla's looks over the years serve as our go-to French girl inspiration. 

Carla Bruni French girl hair bangs

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5. Caroline de Maigret

Model and music producer Caroline de Maigret's bedhead waves and long bangs are the epitome of undone hair done right.

Caroline de Maigret French girl hair

Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar


6. Léa Seydoux

If bangs aren't your cup of tea, look to French actress Léa' Seydoux's one-length tousled lob. All you need is a dab of OUAI Matte Pomade to achieve her effortless piecey texture.

Lea Seydoux bob French girl hair

Courtesy of Closer Mag 

7. Louise Follain

The lazy girl way to channel your inner Parisienne? French model Louise Follain's turtleneck-tucked tresses.

Louise Follain French girl hair bangs turtleneck hair


8. Lily-Rose Depp

Take this picture of It girl Lily's chin-grazing bob to your stylist and you're guaranteed a French girl-approved haircut.

Lily Rose Depp French girl hair blunt bob

Courtesy of BuzzFeed

9. Lou Doillon

When your mom is Jane Birkin, French girl waves and bangs run through your blood like Lou Dillon's. Get the singer-songwriter's level of shine by running 1-2 pumps of OUAI Hair Oil through mid-shaft to ends.

Lou Doillon French girl hair bedhead

Courtesy of Byrdie

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