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It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what it is about French girls that we Brits find so damn alluring. Perhaps it’s their ability to build a timeless capsule wardrobe that always looks stylish or their penchant for a basic makeup product that will stand the test of time. There’s definitely something about their fondness for “boring” basics that are appealing to those of us who are maximalists at heart.

Between classic trench coats and pharmacy moisturizers, there’s something else I always look to French girls for: hairstyle inspiration. Whether they’re stepping out with long locks or short strands, French women always lead the way when it comes to chic, simple hairstyles that look like they haven’t taken any time at all. In fact, a few of these styles only take 30 seconds to create.

From messy buns topped with elegant hair scarves to side-swept down ‘dos and disheveled waves, here are 18 French girls I always come back to for chic hair inspiration.

Bangs are back with a bang for 2021 but it doesn’t mean they have to be high-maintenance. Andrea’s choppy fringe looks so laidback and pairs perfectly with another of summer’s most popular hairstyles—the humble ponytail. 

I think that Aria’s messy bun would make the perfect wedding-guest hairstyle.

Léna is the Parisienne queen of the headscarf and it always looks so chic on her. It’s a playful way to add print and color to a simple outfit and also protects hair from the elements.

I’m all kinds of obsessed with Franny’s curly bob and fringe combo which looks effortlessly chic.

When it comes to bringing their bangs A-game, French girls like Leia know where it’s at. Her center-parted bangs look great with her long lengths.

Proving that balayage isn’t going anywhere, Hanna’s blonde-tinged curls look so good.

The key to re-creating a French-girl hairstyle at home is to remember the one key rule: Don’t try too hard. Camille’s gorgeous updo can be twisted up quickly at the back of your hair and secured with a tortoiseshell clip. The more flyaways and escaped strands, the better.

When French girls aren’t opting for disheveled waves and tiny tendrils, they’re stepping out in elegant updos like Claire’s chic, scraped-back low bun.

Jeanne Damas has that effortlessly tousled “I woke up like this” hair vibe down to a fine art. I’m totally obsessed with her wonderfully feathered bangs too.

Our resident Brit girl in Paris, Marissa Cox, embraces a French-girl staple hairstyle: breezy beach waves.

Marta’s short, wavy bob is making me want to cut all of my hair off right now.

Syana has worked out the formula for French-girl hairstyle perfection. Beret + braids = a match made in style heaven.

Getting the hair accessories right is half the battle when it comes to re-creating French-girl hair at home. Xiayan’s hair scarf looks simply stylish tied around a simple low ponytail.

French girls embrace one of two parting styles: the classic center part or the relaxed side-sweep, as demonstrated by Clémentine. 

Let’s face it—a topknot is a hairstyle that looks good all over the world. A-J’s is super high, super slicked-back and utterly chic.

Cool girl Anne-Laure always delivers on hair inspiration and I can’t get enough of this ’90s-inspired ponytail complete with micro plaits.

A ponytail takes seconds to do but always looks good. Sabina’s scrunchie looks so cute with her minidress.

Parisian Ellie reveals the key to rocking a short, pixie cut like a French girl is to add in some hair accessories. Her hair-clip duo on the side adds instant cool points.

If you remember one thing about the best French hairstyles, make sure it’s to embrace your natural hair texture. Chloé leaves the natural kink in her hair to reign supreme in this simple, center-parted style.

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

Next up: 3 French Haircuts L.A. Girls Are Asking for in 2021.

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