I love this interview on Vogue.com with French model Caroline de Maigret about how to get French girl hair like her perfectly tousled tresses.
The appeal is in its imperfection, which is great news for me, since I can’t even create a ponytail that isn’t slightly askew. So what’s the trick? Well, besides not washing your hair everyday or even every other day (check, check), not brushing it (check) and not spending a lot of time on it (check!), here’s what de Maigret told Vogue:
Rule #1: “The more supermarket the shampoo, the better the hair looks,” says de Maigret, who uses Pantene or L’Oréal Elsève. “I don’t know why, it just does. Wash it once in the morning, not twice, like they do at the hair salon.”
Rule #2: “French women never put conditioner in the hair. It makes it straight and flat.”
Rule #3: “After you get out of the shower, don’t touch it. No hair dryer, nothing. You just let the air do it naturally.”
Rule #4: “Don’t brush. Also, you know, Parisian girls walk a lot, which makes the hair a little messy from the wind. If you’re going to go outside and have it get messy anyway, it’s better to just not brush it from the beginning.”
Rule #5: “Sometimes if you put some dry shampoo, it gives a cool texture—instead of washing it every day. I wash my hair every two days. I know. It’s really too much.”
So there you have it: Don’t. Do. Anything. Now this is one beauty regimen I can do!