French Hair Products Real French Women Can't Live Without

Updated 08/09/18
Actress Lou Doillon during a Portrait Session
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There's something completely enticing about the laid back beauty routines adopted by les femmes Françaises. Their take on hair care is notably chic yet totally fuss free—an "I literally just woke up like this" approach. While the perfectly tousled French girl mane is low maintenance when it comes to styling, there are a handful of French shampoos, scrubs, and other products made in France that help keep hair looking healthy, fresh, and all-around effortlessly stylish—without the use of any hot tools.

World-renowned French colorist and the man behind the eponymous haircare brand Christophe Robin tells us that French women "accept their natural texture, and they try to bring the best out of it." Embracing natural hair and shampooing less frequently is something we can 100% get behind. We spoke with local French women to find out what products they swear by. Below, find the top 10 French hair products they recommend.

Christophe Robin cleansing mask
Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask With Lemon $49
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Christophe Robin's lemon-scented, lather-free mask is a French staple and shampoo alternative that lets you go a few extra days without a wash. Robin says, "It takes a little effort, but it keeps the hair color intact, nourishing the hair and scalp."

Rene Furterer Illuminating Shine Shapoo
Rene Furterer LUMICIA Illuminating Shine Shampoo $26
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French native Rachel Jucaud tells us this shine-enhancing shampoo is her go-to. "The line is expensive, but they are very efficient products and natural," she explains.

Nectar Thermique Blow Dry Primer
Kérastase Nectar Thermique $37
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Jucaud is also a firm believer in nurturing her strands post-shower and never leaves them bare. When she's done washing, she likes to apply this lightweight hydrating product from Kérastase, a French company. She says, "It does not feel oily or heavy."

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Klorane Shampoo With Oat Milk $20
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French beauty Jeanne Damas tells Harper's Bazaar  that she uses this shampoo every morning, followed by a bit of leave-in conditioner on her tips.

Nourishing Shampoo
Leonor Greyl Crème Moelle de Bambou $51
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French actress and singer Isabelle Adjani swears by this shampoo. "I wash my hair every two days with the shampoo Crème Moelle de Bamboo from Leonor Greyl," Adjani says. "Then, once a week, I nourish my hair with their amazing Masque Quintessence ($145)." This mask is pricey, but your hair will thank you for it.

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Leonor Greyl Serum de Soie $46
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Leonor Greyl is loved by more than one star. Model and actress Aymeline Valade is a big fan of the brand's serum, saying that it "protects and hydrates [her] hair." Just two pumps help de-frizz and revitalize damaged strands. But, we're all about embracing frizz and volume, so feel free to skip this step.

Nuxe dry hair oil
Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse $54
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The formula, which is a favorite of Louise Follain, is 97.8% natural, making it safe to use on your face and body, as well as in your hair. It's basically a three-in-one nourishing treatment.

Douse your tips in your favorite hair oil in the summer for lasting protection and hydration.

gentle dry shampoo
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo $20
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Actress Léa Seydoux tells Into the Gloss that she'd rather have a pimple than greasy hair, so when her roots start to look slick, she immediately hits them with this natural dry shampoo to instantly cleanse.

Creme shampoo
Opalis Crème de Shampooing $32
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Similar to Damas, to maintain clean hair, Seydoux turns to this hydrating formula from Parisian brand Opalis. "It's amazing," she professes. "I love it." 

Mixture hair brush
Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Hair Brush $240
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Seydoux says this is the "best" brush, and we'd have to agree. The hand-assembled boar bristles are arranged in such a way that they massage the scalp and separate each strand of hair to distribute natural oils and minimize breakage.

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