This Is Why French Women Always Have the Best Fringes

I've made no secret of my obsession with French-woman hair. There's just something effortlessly chic about the strands of our continental fashion friends that I can only ever hope to replicate with my own five-minute work hairstyles. However, I think there's one style in particular that French women lead the way in above all others: the fringe. A tricky thing to get right, fringes are notorious for being both high maintenance (in terms of regular trims and hair washing) and difficult to pull off. French women, however, seem to have discovered the perfect fringe formula, and trust me—it looks good every single time.


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Their secret to fringe success? A centre parting that separates their bangs into two sections. It works for all hair types, but the key to that effortless French vibe is allowing a bit of your forehead to shine through in the centre. Keep scrolling for some of the best French-women fringes around. 

1. Easy-Breezy


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This combination of effortless updo and perfectly parted fringe just oozes French-woman energy. 

2. Full and Thick


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Fuller fringes look equally cool in this subtly parted style. 


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We love this fuller fringe paired with longer lengths.

3. Grown-Out Lengths


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A slightly grown-out fringe looks so relaxed paired with a longer hair length.

4. Chop, Chop



If you've just had a fringe cut, then simply push your strands to each side for a more laid-back feel.

5. Ponytail Pairings


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Don't think that fringes should only be worn with your hair down. This fringe comes into its own when teamed with a chic ponytail.

6. Minimalist Fringe


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You don't have to opt for a full-on fringe, either. These barely-there bangs are so damn cute.

7. Side-Swept


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If in doubt, sweep your fringe to the side for instant French-fashion-person appeal.

8. Curtain Bangs


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The '90s curtain bangs are a modern take on the classic French fringe, and I'm very much here for it.


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This haircut looks so good paired with face-framing layers.

9. Visor Fringe


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Opt for a fuller visor fringe, which goes around to the sides of the temples. It looks amazing paired with shorter hair.

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This article was published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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