7 Things French Women Never Do to Their Hair
No-makeup makeup is still majorly trending in the beauty world—and who better embodies this effortless vibe than the quintessential French woman, with her undone hair and beautifully bare face? The special thing about French beauty, however, is that it really is effortless—you’d be hard pressed to find a French woman spending hours in front of the mirror perfecting her technique.
Speaking of quintessential French women, we got ahold of Caroline de Maigret’s charming book, How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are ($19), which she penned with Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, and Sophie Mas. Ahead is a sneak peek at one of our favourite sections about how to style (or rather, un-style) your hair like a true Parisienne—starting with the seven things French women never do to their artfully tousled strands.
Keep scrolling to find out the secret to French-girl hair, according to a French woman.
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“Do not dye your hair, or if you do, only in your original colour to highlight it, or to hide any grey.”
De Maigret swears this rule is more or less followed by every woman in France—respect Mother Nature, and stick to the colour chosen for you. (Here's a low-maintenance hair colour that lasts at least six months, for you dye fiends.)
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“Do not dry your hair with a hair dryer (in fact, you might as well throw your hair dryer away), but instead use two much more environmentally friendly resources: fresh air in summer and a towel in the winter.”
Need some help? Here’s how to air-dry your hair like a pro.
“It’s not worth washing your hair every day, as it’s usually on the following day … that your hair gains a certain weight that in turn gives it the right volume when tied up in a bun.”
French women know that second-day hair is the best kind of hair. And that when all else fails, a messy bun is always the answer.
“Whenever possible, wash your hair in the evening rather in the morning, so as not to leave the house with wet hair.”
Because hello, is there anything less chic? Instead, de Maigret promises that falling asleep with damp hair will give it a more interesting shape when you wake up (and we all know that if you’re a true Parisienne, interesting wins over pretty every time). Here’s a guide to sleeping on wet hair without hating your life.
“A touch of perfume on your hair, behind your ear, or on the nape of your neck, never did anyone any harm…”
We imagine the particular perfume would be Chanel No. 5 ($164), no less. Speaking of fragrance, here are five cult French fragrances that are perfect for spring.
“Bless that magical time in the summer when your hair, with some sea water and sunshine, becomes simply perfect: a little bit rough, a little bit lighter, and a little bit salty.”
No further words necessary. (Plus, embracing the frizz is totally on-trend now. More proof French women are way ahead of the curve.)
What do you think of these hair no-nos? Click here to see the one hairstyle all French women love.
This story was originally published on April 24, 2014.