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This Is Why French Girls Always Have the Best Fringes

I’ve made no secret of my obsession with French-girl hair. There’s just something effortlessly chic about the strands of our continental fashion friends that I can only ever hope to replicate with my own five-minute work hairstyles. However, I think there’s one style in particular that French girls lead the way in above all others: the fringe. A tricky thing to get right, fringes are notorious for being both high maintenance (in terms of regular trims and hair washing) and difficult to pull off. French women, however, seem to have discovered the perfect fringe formula, and trust me—it looks good every single time.

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Their secret to fringe success? A centre parting that separates their bangs into two sections. It works for all hair types, but the key to that effortless French vibe is allowing a bit of your forehead to shine through in the centre. Keep scrolling for TK of the best French-girl fringes around. 

Easy-Breezy

French-Girl Fringe: Sabina Socol

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This combination of effortless updo perfectly-parted fringe just oozes French-girl energy. 

Full and Thick

French-girl fringe: Zoe Hotuqui

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Fuller fringes look equally cool in this subtly parted style. 

Grown-Out Lengths

French-girl fringe: Leia

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A slightly grown-out fringe looks so relaxed paired with a longer hair length.

Chop, Chop

French-girl fringe: Camille Charriere

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If you’ve just had a fringe cut in then simply push your strands to each side for a more laid-back feel.

Ponytail Pairings

French-Girl Fringe: Syana Laniyan

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@ASOS_SYANA

Don’t think that fringes should only be worn with your hair down, the French-girl fringe comes into its own when teamed with a chic ponytail.

Minimalist Fringe

French-Girl Fringe: Jeanne Damas

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@JEANNEDAMAS

You don’t have to opt for a full-on fringe either—these barely-there bangs are so damn cute.

Side Swept

French-Girl Fringe: Franny

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@FRANNFYNE

If in doubt, sweep your fringe to the side for instant French-girl appeal.

Curtain Bangs

French girl fringe: Adenorah

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@ANNELAUREMAIS

The ’90s curtain bangs are a modern take on the classic French fringe, and I’m very much here for it.

Get the look:

Sisley Hair Rituel Hairbrush
Sisley
Hair Rituel Hairbrush
£55
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Fringes can require a little maintenance to look their best. Thankfully, this brush is suitable for all hair types—it’s particularly good for thick and curly strands—and is great for using for blow-drying your fringe into place.

Larry King Hair Velvet Texture Clay
Larry King Hair
Velvet Texture Clay
£22
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Warm a little of this matte-finish hair clay between your fingertips then smooth through the ends of your fringe for that cool, piece-y finish. 

Hair by Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mis
Hair by Sam McKnight
Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mis
£25
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This is French-girl hair in a bottle—just a couple of spritzes will deliver effortlessly chic vibes to even the most basic fringe.

Klorane Daily Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for All Hair Types
Klorane
Daily Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for All Hair Types
£10
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A greasy fringe is never a good look, but bangs are prone to oiliness due to their constant contact with our forehead. This French pharmacy dry shampoo soaks up excess oil when you’re in-between washes.

Ouai Finishing Crème
Ouai
Finishing Crème
£20
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This nourishing cream adds shine and moisture to hair while imparting that ‘lived-in’ look that we all seek. 

Up next, 3 French haircuts that L.A girls are asking for right now.

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