Welcome to The Hair Enquiry, our deep dive into the hair rituals, routines and habits behind some of the most enviable hair to ever grace Instagram. We see it as our public duty to ask the questions others are too shy to, so we’ve set ourselves on the mission to probe our exceptionally haired subjects and uncover exactly what they do that makes their great hair so great, right down to the very last product. This week, we caught up with Paris-based Fanny Bourdette-Donon, who does PR for Dior Beauty. She told us about how discovering the world of weaves changed her life.
I follow Fanny Bourdette-Donon for many reasons—her ridiculous style, the inside scoop on the inner workings of the Dior Beauty head office, snapshots of her enviable friendship with Bella Hadid… I could go on. But the main reason I'm constantly bookmarking her pictures is because she has mega hair that's always changing. Below, she tells me all about her ever-evolving relationship with her hair and how she persuaded Hadid to try a weave too.
On Her Hair Journey
"I've had a bit of a rollercoaster of a relationship with my hair. It's been a love/hate relationship since I was little. When I was little, it was a nightmare. I had really, really curly, long hair and just so much of it. And it was always so knotty. I never wanted to have my hair done. But in the summer, when I would go to the beach every day, my mum would always want me to go to a hair salon to sort my hair out. But no one would take me—they would say, Oh my god she has so much hair, it's going to take too long.
It's been really hard.
"When I was 14 or 15, my mum agreed for me to get my hair relaxed because I just couldn’t deal with it, you know? So that helped a lot. I haven't had my natural hair for a long time. It's not that I don't like curly hair; it's the complete opposite. I wish that I could go back to my natural hair, but because I'm so tiny, big hair doesn't really suit me."
On Finding Weaves
"This year, I've been having so much fun with my hair because I just started to switch up with different hairstyles. I discovered weaves three years ago. I had never had a weave before, and I discovered them in L.A. My friend introduced me to them and I was like, Oh my god, this is life-changing. I could have long hair, short hair, full hair, curly hair, straight hair, whatever style I wanted. This is what I like about beauty: It allows you to be versatile and to do whatever you want on that day.
For example, last summer, I was playing around with my mum, and she had short hair at the time, so I tried it and I just loved it, so I decided it would be my look for a minute. My weave gods are Rio Sreedharan in Europe, and Rico in LA."
"Also, I was traveling with my best friend Bella for an event, and she was telling me how people had been putting all sorts on her hair like glue for work. And so she asked me, 'Do you think I should try a weave?' and I was like, 'Yes! We need to get you in a weave.' She tried it and loved it so much. And in the past couple of months, I've also got another of my friends into weaves and both of them are now living their best lives."
On Experimenting With Braids
"I found this amazing woman in Paris called Fatou, at Daniele Beauté who does braids that don't even hurt. That's the thing—I've always been scared to do braids because it hurts. The first day, you can't sleep; you can't even close your eyes without it hurting. I had such bad experiences when I was little that I always thought I wouldn't go back to that. But since I found this lady, it doesn't hurt at all. It's so convenient because I travel a lot and with braids. I don't have to think about my hair.
They always look good. When your hair isn't always easy to maintain, or you don't know how to do your hair (which is my case—I'm really basic when it comes to styling; I can’t do anything too complicated besides doing a bun), braids are perfect.
"It's really important that when you find your people, you stay with them. And you can just have fun and brainstorm together—like my braiding lady, we are currently trying to think about what my next style will be."
On Her Low-Maintenance Routine
"The only downside to weaves is the maintenance. I have to put oil on my hair. My weave guy texts me every week to remind me. He knows I forget these things. I usually use natural argan oil from Morocco, but I also use a lot of Leonor Greyl products. I love the oil. It's the only thing I use during the summer. Sometimes when I have a long weave, I like to braid my hair at night, and I use this oil. When I wake up, I have a nice wave through my hair."
"When I travel, I usually have a friend or co-worker with me, and I always have to ask them to come and help me put oil on my scalp at night. Anyone who travels with me knows that's the deal now. They're like, Let me know if you need any help with the oil, Fanny.
"I get a wash every week or two weeks when I have a weave. I can't do anything myself so I always go to my hair guy. I don't know what would happen if I did it myself. I can't blow-dry it myself either, and so I get him to style it for me."
Follow Fanny on Instagram at @fannybourdettedonon.
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