The French way always has that certain something. From effortless, off duty hair to Parisian street chic fashion, there’s something powerful about Parisians’ easy elegance. As the home of hair highlighting technique balayage, it’s no surprise France is also home to many hairdressers who are experts in L.A. French hair color and styling. David Mallet—who is commonly known as one of the best hairdressers in Paris—has a gorgeous salon, a vast 17th Century apartment that offers the perfect environment for exceptional consultation, and styling in the second arrondissement.
“French style is all about nonchalance, it’s all about pretending not to care which is really anything but the truth,” David Mallett tells Mane Addicts. “The biggest French secret of all is to not underdo and not overdo your hair. Allow your hair to express itself, allow it to curl, allow it to remain soft and undone like you don’t give a damn.” Below, David Mallett shares his five hairstyling tricks for achieving that perfect French girl hair.
1. When in doubt, do a high pony.
When you have a doubt about what to do, a high ponytail is always the French response. A little braid around the head also works.
2. Never keep the hair too clean.
Never keep the hair too clean. And always allow the hair to be soft and undone.
3. Opt for olumizing powder over dry shampoo.
To revive volume in hair the David Mallett Volume Powder is the secret of French girls. Tip your head upside down and lightly spray your hair with the volume powder to revive it and to allow the hair to express itself, styling lightly with your hands.
4. Don’t brush your hair in the morning.
Do not brush your hair in the morning and use your fingers so it doesn’t separate the curls and makes the hair look less flyaway. Add a touch of serum to the ends and instead of over washing the hair which leads to color fading, wet the hair and use conditioner in the ends.
5. Opt for air dry.
The hair will express itself better and the color will fade less. When traveling, always use the David Mallett Fresh spray and use it throughout the hair to revitalize it. Even after a haircut and blow dry in the salon, skip the blowout unless it’s necessary for the day. Our clients tie the hair into a low bun to have a nonchalant look. Release it later before going out in Paris.
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