French Hair Products Real French Women Can't Live Without

Updated 08/09/18

There's something completely enticing about les femmes Françaises. Their regimens are the antitheses to effortful beauty routines (think fewer drawn-on lips and more fresh-out-of-bed looks). In fact, the French approach to beauté is more of an afterthought—an "I literally just woke up like this" stance. French women have made minimal-effort beauty chic, which is something we can totally get behind and fully appreciate (especially on mornings when dry shampoo is our last hope).

Speaking of dry shampoo, we can't get over the understated, no-frills, perfectly mussed coifs of the French. This means very infrequent hair washing and a complete lack of styling tools. Exhibit A: Christophe Robin told us that French women "accept their natural texture, and they try to bring the best out of it," so straighteners, curling irons, and blowouts are pretty much taboo. We're all about jumping on the healthy, untouched, messy-hair bandwagon, so to that, we say vive la France! Below, we rounded up the top French hair products that local women swear by.


Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask With Lemon $49

While no-poo shampoos are gaining a lot of traction as of late, Christophe Robin's been selling a much-loved formula for over 20 years. His lemon-scented, lather-free mask is a French staple, Robin explains. "It takes a little effort, but it keeps the hair color intact, nourishing the hair and scalp."

Rene Furterer Fioravanti Clarify and Shine Rinse $28

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.

Kérastase Nectar Thermique $32

Jucaud is also a firm believer in nurturing her strands post-shower, being sure to never leave them bare. When she's done washing, she likes to apply this lightweight hydrating offering from Kérastase, telling us it "does not feel oily or heavy."

Klorane Shampoo With Oat Milk $15

French beauty Jeanne Damas tells Harper's Bazaar that she uses this shampoo every morning, followed by a bit of Opalis La Crème ($85) on her tips.

Leonor Greyl Crème Moelle de Bambou $51

Leonor Greyl tells us that 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. Then, once a week, I nourish my hair with their amazing Masque Quintessence ($145)," she says. Curious as to why the latter is so pricey? We've got the answer.

Leonor Greyl Serum de Soie $46

Also, model and actress Aymeline Valade loves the brand's serum, saying that it "protects and hydrates [her] hair." Just two pumps help de-frizz and revitalize damaged strands (but if, like most French women, you're digging the frizz appreciation movement, you can skip this step).

Nuxe Huile Prodigeuse $29

Louise Follain told us in an exclusive interview that she's a big fan of dousing the ends of her hair in this protective oil come summertime.

The formula is 97.8% natural making it safe to use on your face and body, as well as your hair, for a three-in-one nourishing treatment.

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo $20

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.

Opalis Crème de Shampooing $39

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." 

Mason Pearson Popular Mixture Hair Brush $205

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.

Want more French-girl haircare tips? Check out how to French-ify your routine.

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

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