Not a day goes by that we’re not bombarded with headlines claiming to have cracked the code to French style, from the effortless wardrobes to the minimalist makeup. The covetable cool-without-trying aesthetic made famous by the French is something so sought after that we dedicate tons of time to researching it here at Who What Wear. And one specific area that’s always bubbling up as the ultimate mood-board inspiration is French hairstyles.
For many, the quintessential French shag haircut you can spot all over Instagram might be the first style that comes to mind, but it’s so much more than that. Parisians have a very specific philosophy when it comes to hair that greatly differs from that of the philosophy more commonly accepted stateside. “The biggest difference [between French and American hair rituals] is French women do not visit the salon as often as Americans,” says Paris-based celebrity hairstylist Ciara Costenoble. “They definitely have their hair person, yet salon visits are usually one to four times a year.”