A Definitive Guide to the Best French Haircare Brands
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If you’re a Francophile like we are, then you know that Bastille Day, or the French National Day, is this weekend. Because no one does French girl hair better than a Parisienne, it’s only right we take a closer look at the French haircare brands responsible for putting the ‘effort’ in ‘effortless locks’ of women in the City of Light. Click through the gallery ahead to discover the French haircare brands worthy of a spot on your vanity, including the history behind their founders and brand philosophies.
When it comes to French girl hair, we always turn to color expert Christophe Robin, who owns a salon in the City of Lights and sells his namesake haircare line across the world. For chic shine or the fight against flyaways, turn to his Intense Regenerating Balm With Rare Prickly Pear Oil. And no Sunday Scaries hair routine would be complete without the Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, a purifying and hydrating shampoo to remove buildup.
50 years ago in the southwest of France, a young, plant-obsessed pharmacist by the name of Pierre Fabre created the Klorane brand in his pharmacy. Today, the botanical-based brand carries skin and haircare cult favorites. A flaxen favorite includes the Klorane Conditioner with Chamomile which brightens and repairs blonde hair.
After meeting her future husband in 1968, Jean-Marie Greyl, who has an extensive knowledge of botanicals, Leonor Greyl created her brand. Her signature Wheat Germ Oil was the first oil developed that washes and purifies scalp deficiencies while foaming with water contact.
Second generation, Caroline Greyl carries the brand into the 21st century. Today, the brand is present in more than 450 salons, in 50 department stores, 60 Sephoras and in more than 20 countries.
Infused with jojoba oil and vitamins, the Éclat Naturel Nourishing and Protective Styling Cream is our go-to heat/sun protectant and frizz fighter on the go.
The French-based international luxury haircare brand targets every hair type and texture. We owe our beautiful, bouncy blowouts to the brand’s L’incroyable Blowdry Heat Styling Crème.
Aliza Jabès developed Nuxe as a way to reconnect women with their inner nature so they can express their own beauty. Today, the brand boasts all-natural products in every category, from anti-aging skincare to haircare to men’s grooming products.
Nuxe also goes the extra eco-friendly mile by creating jars that each year save the equivalent of 41 years of the average French person’s water consumption, and spare 1,404 trees.
Nuxe’s VIP (Very Important Product) has to be the Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, a nourishing oil made with Tsubaki oil that softens skin, hair, and body while shielding against pollution. With notes of Orange Blossom, Magnolia and Vanilla, the oil will take your senses on a journey.
When he was just four years old, David Mallet knew he wanted to be a hairstylist. Fast forward two decades later where he found himself in Paris ready to open a namesake salon. In addition to his trés chic space, Mallet created an eponymous haircare line, from which our favorites include the Hair Serum and Spray NO.2 Le Volume.
Influenced by his grandmother, René Furterer became fascinated with nature at a very young age in Provence, France. He turned to plants to develop a method of scalp treatments and massages that would revolutionize hair care, hence the brand’s philosophy: “Beautiful hair grows from a healthy scalp, like a plant in fertile soil.” Thinning hair types, try the Forticea Stimulating Shampoo, a rosemary and Pfaffia extract-infused daily cleanser to energize the scalp. For a comprehensive guide to the different stages of hair loss, read the brand’s helpful thinning hair guide.
Since 1973, French haircare brand Vichy has been pioneering research into hair growth and loss mechanisms. The brand was created in 1931 by Dr. Haller, medical director of the thermal treatment center in Vichy, France. Today, it offers a range of highly effective anti-aging skin and haircare products. If you’ve tried every hair growth product out there to no avail, count on Vichy Neogenic Daily Monodose Treatment to awaken dormant bulbs and increase hair fibers. It promises 1700 new hair in 90 days.
Believe it or not, celebrity hairstylist and the creator of the blowout, Patrick Alès, is also the man behind French haircare brand Phyto. The line includes an impressive range of products designed for all hair types—from coily to gray to relaxed.
Phyto’s Dietary Supplements specifically are a cult favorite for growing thick, healthy locks and nails alike.