It's hard to put my finger on exactly what it is about French girls that we Brits find so damn alluring. Perhaps it's their ability to build a timeless capsule wardrobe that always looks stylish or their penchant for a basic makeup product that will stand the test of time. There's definitely something about their fondness for "boring" basics that's appealing to those of us who are maximalists at heart.
Between classic trench coats and pharmacy moisturisers, there's something else I always look to French girls for: hairstyle inspiration. Whether they're stepping out with long locks or short strands, French women always lead the way when it comes to chic, simple hairstyles that look like they haven't taken any time at all. In fact, a few of these styles only take 30 seconds to create.
From messy buns topped with elegant hair scarves to side-swept down 'dos and dishevelled waves, here are 18 French girls I always come back to for chic hair inspiration.
Léna is the Parisienne queen of the head scarf and it always looks so chic on her. It's a playful way to add print and colour to a simple outfit and also protects hair from the elements.
I'm all kinds of obsessed with Franny's curly bob and fringe combo which looks effortlessly chic.
The key to re-creating a French-girl hairstyle at home is to remember the one key rule: Don't try too hard. Camille's gorgeous updo can be twisted up quickly at the back of your hair and secured with a tortoiseshell clip. The more flyaways and escaped strands, the better.
When French girls aren't opting for dishevelled waves and tiny tendrils, they're stepping out in elegant updos like Claire's chic, scraped-back low bun.
Jeanne Damas has that effortlessly tousled "I woke up like this" hair vibe down to a fine art. I'm totally obsessed with her wonderfully feathered fringe too.
Our resident Brit girl in Paris, Marissa Cox, embraces a French-girl staple hairstyle: breezy beach waves.
Syana has worked out the formula for French-girl hairstyle perfection. Beret + braids = a match made in style heaven.
French girls embrace one of two parting styles: the classic centre part or the relaxed side-sweep, as demonstrated by Clémentine.
Let's face it—a topknot is a hairstyle that looks good all over the world. A-J's is super high, super slicked-back and utterly chic.
Cool girl Anne-Laure always delivers on hair inspiration and I can't get enough of this '90s-inspired ponytail complete with micro plaits.
Parisian Ellie reveals the key to rocking a short, pixie cut like a French girl is to add in some hair accessories. Her hair-clip duo on the side adds instant cool points.
If you remember one thing about the best French hairstyles, make sure it's to embrace your natural hair texture. Chloé leaves the natural kink in her hair to reign supreme in this simple, centre-parted style.