From tousled bedhead hair to sensual just-bitten lips, there are numerous beauty tricks and trends we have picked up from the masters of chic: French girls. The latest trend that’s making a comeback? The French girl fringe.
As a result of lockdowns in other areas of the world, people have been taking a lower-maintenance approach to hair, with plenty of them taking the scissors into their own hands. The result is a stylish change that’s easy to manage, which is why this sweeping, effortless fringe trend is having a moment right now.
The modern French girl fringe
Super versatile, the French girl fringe can be tailored to flatter various face shapes and hair textures, so it’s ideal for reinventing your hairstyle this year.
You can wear it slightly cropped, with the point cut in just above or sitting on the eyebrow, or you can have them skimming your lashes for a touch of je ne sais quoi. The trick is to make sure it doesn’t look too neat – it’s all about the effortlessness.
We’ve spotted the French girl fringe on a range of It girls and celebs, who are the perfect examples of how to rock the trend. Keep scrolling for some inspo!
Estée Lauder’s global beauty director, Violette Serrat, takes a low-key approach. She pairs centre-parted sections with soft waves or a top-knot (as seen above), allowing a splash of graphic blue eyeshadow to do the talking.
Jeanne Damas, a model and founder of clothing brand Rouje, is practically synonymous with a layered fringe. You’ll always catch her pairing her wispy bangs with a bright red lip for a timeless French girl look.
With her high cheekbones, fluttery lashes, and full chestnut brown fringe, it’s no wonder model Louise Follain‘s beauty draws comparisons to Jane Birkin. Tapping into the breezy spirit of the ’70s icon, Louise says she starts trimming them herself once they start grazing past her lashes.
Actress Ana de Armas kicked off the new year with a drastic change to her look, chopping her formerly long, wavy brunette hair into a jawline-skimming bob with blunt baby bangs. The slightly ruffled texture is key to this French girl haircut. Combining it with a short bob is also on-trend at the moment!
How to get the French girl fringe
While plenty of French girls trim their bangs themselves, we wouldn’t recommend you do it on your own. Instead, find a good hairdresser who will take your face shape into consideration for a fringe line that’s most flattering on you. It can range in length from the centre of your forehead, above the eyebrows, or skimming and sitting right above your eyes.
If you have finer, straighter hair, it would be best to opt for a fuller fringe that is layered with a deep point cutting technique. That way, your fringe will have enough weight to sit well without requiring too much styling.
For those who have thicker hair, ask for a layered fringe that’s directed to the centre or where your hair parts naturally. This will give you shorter, more textured hair in the centre of the fringe that naturally gains length towards the cheekbones.
Although this style is low-maintenance, regular trims will keep it looking at its best. Most hair salons offer a fringe for much less in Singapore, so you can head over every few weeks or once a month to keep it in tip-top shape.