The Francophile’s Guide to Looking Like You Don’t Care About Your Hair



The Francophile’s Guide to Looking Like You Don’t Care About Your Hair

Rachel Krause
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The Francophile’s Guide to Looking Like You Don’t Care About Your Hair
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The stereotype of the Parisian persona—aloof, impenetrable, inherentlycool—has long captivated American women; and likewise, we’ve become obsessed with French women’s hair. Just the right amount of disheveled and frequently long with tousled bangs, it’s pretty much the antidote to looking like you just spent an hour slaving over the blow-dryer. In short, it is jealousy-inducing, and we want it. Always have, always will.

Unfortunately, one cannot literally removeJane Birkin’s bangs and transpose them onto one’s own head, but wecanlust after plenty of inspirational fodder in pursuit of the quintessentially French hairstyle and its accompanying je ne sais quoi. Print the pics out, bring ’em to your hairstylist, agonize in the mirror every day until those aspirational yet ill-advised bangs finally grow out—it’s par for the course.

She may have been born in England, butJane Birkinis now considered one of the most iconic Parisiennes of all time—and her long, straight hair and tousled bangs have launched a thousand imitators.

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Like mother, like daughter: Actress and singerCharlotte Gainsbourghas a messy mane that pretty much embodies that elusive je ne sais quoi.

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Lou DoillonisJane Birkin’s daughter andCharlotte Gainsbourg’s half-sister, so it's safe to assume that a masterful approach to perfectly imperfect hair is in the bloodline.

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Françoise Hardy’s disheveled fringe is forever #goals.

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Mélanie Laurent’s hair always looks as if it just happened to air-dry that way. What a life that must be.

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Quintessential bombshell hair has its official mascot inBrigitte Bardot.

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Audrey Tautou’s boyish pixie was the impetus that led countless girls to chop off their long locks in a post-"Amelie" universe.

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Léa Seydoux looks like she doesn't even own a blow-dryer, in the very best way possible.

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Former Vogue ParisEIC Carine Roitfeld’s swath of hair hanging in her eyes is unmistakable.

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Caroline de Maigretis so French, she wrote a tongue-in-cheek book called How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. Getting eye-grazing bangs really, really helps.

Clémence Poésyknows how to make frizz; flyaways; and dark, grown-out rootsworkfor her. Only in France.

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Vanessa Paradisbamboozled us into thinking that we, too, could look chic with third-day hair and a center part. It just isn't that easy.

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Catherine Deneuve’s aloof ice-queen look is far removed from the modern, messy-on-purpose vibe of today, but man, does it still hold up.

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New Wave Fellini favorite Anouk Aiméehad the blunt bob down to a science.

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Current Vogue Pariseditor-in-chief Emmanuelle Altis everything one could ever want out of a French style icon, complete with windswept bangs.

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Model and muse Inès de La Fressangeis thebest example of how to make a chin-length cut cool and sexy.

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Model and It-girl (no, really, that's the only way to describe her)Jeanne Damasperfectly channels her bangs-having forebears.

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Marion Cotillardis the contemporary French actress we deserve, with the hair to match—tousled and shiny with that slightly undone edge.

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Josephine Bakeris an eccentric hero, and her sleek, shellacked curls were divine. Also, she had a pet cheetah named Chiquita.

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Juliette Binochekiiiiind of gives us the itch to go short. She makes it look so easy.

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Laetitia Casta’s glossy, thick layers are clearly the result of very good, very careful styling—and equally good genes.

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Okay, soJean Sebergwas technically an Iowa native, but her role in Jean-Luc Godard's À bout de souffle—and that iconic gamine pixie—made her an honorary Parisian.






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