HOW TO GET EFFORTLESS FRENCH GIRL HAIR (WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT)
words by LUCY BULLING • Beauty • Originally posted March 4, 2019
HERE'S WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT EFFORTLESS FRENCH-GIRL HAIR, AND HOW TO GET IT IN 6 EASY STEPS, AS TOLD BY JULIEN FAREL SALON STYLIST, JACKSON SIMMONDS.
Lucy Bulling: Explain your vision of the ‘effortless hair look’ and why you think it is such a trend these days?
Jackson Simmonds: Effortless hair has a certain lived-in quality, a languid movement. It’s sexy and confident without being overdone
L.B: What is the difference between the ‘effortless hair look’ and no effort hair (literally)?
J.S: It speaks for itself. Being a mess, and sporting a “messy” look, are not the same thing. The difference is: effort!
L.B: Can you walk us through the process you take to achieving this look? You mentioned five key products, how do each play a role in the final look?
J.S: Absolutely. Prep is essential.
I love the Julien Farel Restore for in the shower because it imparts essential oils and vitamins back into the hair while nourishing the scalp at the same time.
After the shower, squeeze and blot the hair gently with a towel and layer in R +Co Tinsel and Ouai Wave Spray - one after the other - and massage with hands to emulsify lengths. Rough dry with a hairdryer on low and warm, to minimize frizz and static and tousle with hands and fingertips to de-tangle and enhance movement.
When it’s 90% dry you can pick up a big round brush and sort of smooth out the rest - or not! If not, make sure to go back in with some additional R + Co Tinsel spray, to smooth fly-aways. I then like to spray Living Proof Dry Shampoo near the roots, as well as some L’Oreal Elnett Satine Hairspray all over - to help keep it in order.
Then, gently shake the hair by rolling the neck from side to side to allow for a natural looking fall.
*OPTIONAL* Pick up a tapered curling wand and add some random wave throughout!
Also, guys - you don’t have to use SO much product. I know you’re thinking, omg FIVE?! But it’s a little of each, you know? Like making your Nona’s sauce...little of this, and little of that! It does make a difference.
L.B: What are the biggest mistakes you see people make when trying to achieve the ‘effortless’ hair look?
J.S: Overworking the hair. If you’re round brushing, let the brush do the work. Don’t pull and stretch so much. The end result will be limp and without style.
L.B: A key part of this Parisian-inspired style is letting your hair air-dry. What are your recommendations for ensuring the hair remains healthy and moisturized, especially when the weather is cool and dry?
J.S: Again, prep is key. The Julien Farel Restore is a great foundation because it rehydrates the scalp and hair at the same time, making air-drying faster and the end result more attractive. The hair is left plump with moisture, instead of porous and scratchy. The more you use it, the better it gets. Like going to the gym!
L.B: Can you use accessories (pins, ties, combs) when trying this look? Or does that defeat the ‘effortless’ purpose?
J.S: I mean, I’m all about an accessory. God knows...LOL! But, it’s really knowing when to hold back...this is one of those cases. A simple thin ribbon, a stunning antique silver barrette, or a gorgeous tortoiseshell headband. But even that can be too much! Sometimes I’ll pull long hair behind one ear and secure with three to five bobby pins (stacked and visible), and that becomes the accessory. And it looks so cool. ‘Less is more’ is definitely the key here.
GET THE LOOK
1. Julien Farel Vitmamin Restore: Genius 3-in-1 cleanse, treat, condition in the shower. Leaves hair clean, plump and shiny. Anti-aging for hair.
2. Ouai Wave Spray: Accentuates hair’s natural waves, with a wee bit of texture and shine.
3. R +Co Tinsel: A true smoothing oil. Weightless and non-greasy; for taming frizz and fly-aways, and gives a little shine. Also helps to give the day-old look (essential for Parisian-girl chic!).
4. Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast (dry shampoo): For texture, movement, and hold. Freshens scalp and hair. A good layering product.
5. L’Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray (with the red square, always!!): For the big finish. It’s the only hairspray I use. Not tacky or sticky, and brushes out easily afterwards. But holds! Pro tip: spray from the bottom for lift and support.
Image by Fiona Tsz Yuen Tan