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How To Style Your Hair Like A French Girl

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    When it comes to style, French women can seriously do no wrong. From the way they cuff their denim just right to the deceptively effortless way they pair gold chains and faux fur with basic black, their outfits are just always on point. Unsurprisingly, that same sentiment goes for their tresses — blown out, tousled just so, and styled to undone perfection. And, we got the secrets.

    We called in hair magician Marc Mena to break down three classic, effortless blowouts inspired by Parisian femmes that don't require an entire beauty crew to do: sleek and straight strands, a swooped and textured bob, and tousled waves. With clever styling tricks and products from the Frédéric Fekkai Blowout collection, his step-by-step DIY tutorial is a French lesson we'll gladly pay attention to. Now, click on through, and pick up a blowdryer — your inner Francophile is waiting. Advertisement



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    The Straight Blowout
    Taking cues from Carine Roitfeld and Caroline de Maigret, Mena created a straight hairstyle that stays put for days thanks to some masterful blowout tricks and products, ahead.

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    Start off with damp hair. But, instead of rubbing your strands with a towel, try squeezing out the water with an old cotton T-shirt instead. This'll cut down on potential frizz and flyaways.

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    Section away the back of your hair starting from the crown. Then, part the front of your hair into three sections: right, middle, left. When clipping them down, make sure to tuck in the ends with a few bobby pins lest they dry in awkward crimps. If you have bangs, leave them out of the sections — we're going to dry them first, ahead.

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    Now, the blowdrying fun begins. Since bangs dry the fastest, tackle them first — you don't want them to air-dry with weird bends. Spritz your strands with a heat-protectant spray, and then direct the dryer at the roots while brushing them with a flat brush from one direction to the other for movement.

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    Once your bangs are set, unpin the back section of hair, grab a round brush (try one with a large barrel if you've got long hair), and start drying. "If you start from the front, you could get tired and lazy by the time you get to the back of the hair, so I like to start there," says Mena. "Make sure that the root and shaft of the hair are dry first before going to the ends. Otherwise, the ends will be overly dry, and the hair won't have movement."

    When you're done with the back, dry the rest of your hair section by section in the same way. Finally, take the topmost layer and aim heat at the underside, right at the roots, for added height at the crown.