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14 French Girl Hair Icons That We Are Obsessed With This Bastille Day

There’s just something so irresistible about French-girl style. Honestly, how do they do it? They manage to always be super stylish, but never overtly trendy. Their look is somehow both polished and casual — all at the same time. This Bastille Day, inject some Parisian flair into your tresses by learning a few lessons from the greats. That’s right: We’re talkin’ French-girl hair icons. Whether you’re all about that ’60s glam or looking to master beachy waves, scroll on and find inspo from our fave iconic French babes.


1. Vanessa Paradis: Johnny Depp, eat your heart out! Actress/model Vanessa Paradis perfects that “I woke up like this” appeal with her lazy-gal waves. Unlike the standard beachy style, Vanessa adds a French twist (of course) to the look with soft, face-framing ridges. (Photo via Ian Gavan/Getty)

American-born dancer and entertainer Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975). (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

2. Josephine Baker: Thinking of moving to France? Take your cue from Josephine Baker and turn Paris upside down with some killer style. While many ladies of her generation were all about those razor sharp blunt cuts and bobs, Baker pioneered the head-hugging curl for the original #shorthairgoals. (Photo via General Photographic Agency/Getty)

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 17: Jeanne Damas attends the John Galliano Menswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 17, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

3. Jeanne Damas: Leave it to the ultimate French It-girl, Jeanne Damas, to have us coveting her effortless hair. Damas’ beautiful ‘do proves that all you need to rock a stunning hairstyle is a great cut (check out those wispy bangs) and *tons* of attitude. (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: French actress Audrey Tautou attends "The Da Vinci Code" World Premiere & Opening Gala at the Palais during the 59th International Cannes Film Festival May 17, 2006 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

4. Audrey Tautou: In case you haven’t heard, Audrey Tautou is pretty much the modern-day equivalent of Audrey Hepburn. With her big doe eyes and baby bangs, Audrey gives off that It-girl-next-door appeal. (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

French actress Francoise Hardy at Brands Hatch to film John Frankenheimer's racing drama 'Grand Prix'. (Photo by Victor Blackman/Getty Images)

5. Francoise Hardy: Before there was Jeanne Damas, there was Francoise Hardy. This adorable snap of the ’60s French icon, with her messy bangs and slightly feathered hair, proves this sweet cut has been a go-to French gal look for decades. (Photo via Victor Blackman/Getty)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Clemence Poesy wearing Burberry at the Burberry Womenswear February 2016 Show at Kensington Gardens on February 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)

6. Clemence Poesy: Leave it to French girls to *always* be cutting edge. It looks like the desert rose hairstyle might not have originated stateside, after all. Clemence Poesy was seen rocking this warm red shade all the way back in February. (Photo via Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Burberry)

French film star Catherine Deneuve in London for the premiere of her new film 'Repulsion', a thriller directed by Roman Polanski, 10th June 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

7. Catherine Deneuve: Did Ariana Grande get her hair inspo from this French fashion and beauty icon? Catherine flaunted some gorgeous volume back in the day with her high, half updo that is giving us all the retro vibes. (Photo via Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty)

PARIS - NOVEMBER 22: Actress Melanie Laurent attends the Christmas Illumination 2010 launch on Champs-Elysees on November 22, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

8. Melanie Laurent: The less is more mantra is key when it comes to sporting some covetable French style. Melanie Laurent stuns on the red carpet with her classic updo. Just remember to leave some face-framing strands free and flowing for that soft romantic look. (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

Gabrielle Chanel (1883 - 1971) known as Coco, the French couturier. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

9. Coco Chanel: Is it just us, or did Coco pretty much invent the concept of personal style? The queen of fashion was seen here wearing a beautifully adorned hat to top off her too-cute matching skirt suit. (Photo via Evening Standard/Getty)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 24: Marion Cotillard attends "The Immigrant" Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Grand Theatre Lumiere on May 24, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

10. Marion Cotillard: Marion Cotillard is the epitome of French sophistication. The Oscar-winning star wore a ’20s-inspired hairstyle to show us that French style never fades ;) (Photo via Pascal Le Segretain/Getty)

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Eva Green speaks on stage as Italian drinks brand Campari, launches exclusive 2015 Campari Calendar. This year's iconic Calendar is the 16th edition, entitled 'Mythology Mixology', starring Hollywood actress Eva Green and shot by acclaimed art photographer Julia Fullerton Batten at Shoreditch Studios on November 5, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Campari)

11. Eva Green: Old Hollywood glamor is alive and well when it comes to this sultry starlet. Eva Green took this classic curl to the next level by sweeping her lush locks off to one side. (Photo via Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Campari)

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Lea Seydoux attends the "It's Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)" Photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

12. Lea Seydoux: Take a simple yet Insta-worthy approach to beauty with a messy ‘do paired with a bright red lip. Lea’s laid-back hairstyle is essential for giving off those light and bohemian vibes. (Photo via Luca Teuchmann/Getty)

1960: Sultry French actress Brigitte Bardot in bed. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

13. Brigitte Bardot: We’d be remiss not to include the one and only Brigitte Bardot. The ’60s style icon exudes French mystique with her on-point cat eye and larger than life coif. To this day, she’s still got us swooning over her flawlessly beehived ‘do. (Photo via Keystone/Getty)

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Sonia Rykiel attends the Sonia Rykiel Ready to Wear Spring / Summer 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week at Halle Freyssinet on October 1, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

14. Sonia Rykiel: What more can we expect from the woman who brought the rainbow stripe to high fashion, than a fabulously quirky hairstyle that is the epitome of eclectic chic? Rykiel is a perfect example of how, sometimes, #frenchhairdontcare. (Photo via Pascal Le Segratain/Getty)

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Wendelle Co
Wendelle is a Brit + Co contributor and a notorious pop culture and film junkie (with a passion for everything '90s). When she’s not writing, you can find this San Francisco native brunching with her bestie or working at a wedding or two. You can follow her latest escapades on her Instagram @WheresWendelle

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*