French-girl un­done hair

Tousled, twisty and ca­su­ally ro­man­tic, ‘French’ hair – made fa­mous by Brigitte Bar­dot and Jane Birkin – just hap­pens to rule A/W 17. And there’s not a hairdryer in sight


Tousled, teased and twisted rules this sea­son – and all with­out a hairdryer


Noth­ing beats throw­ing on a gold bar­rette or be­jew­elled comb to add an easy-yet-op­u­lent feel to this sea­son’s rum­pled charm. Just re­mem­ber to wear your hair ac­ces­sories a lit­tle lower than usual for a more grown-up look – or try just be­low the top of the head, like French stylist Teddy Charles did for La Perla.


The mes­sage for au­tumn: put a rib­bon on it. Whether that’s wrap­ping it round a pony­tail or ty­ing it around the neck to hold down the hair in a shin­ing sheet at the back, it’s the chicest ac­ces­sory of the sea­son – and fuss free. “Don’t worry about mak­ing it per­fect,” says back­stage leg­end Guido Palau. “If it’s a lit­tle un­done, floppy or asym­met­ri­cal, it just adds to the charm.” In other words, keep it DIY.


At Dior, stylists turned the eas­i­est up-do of all – a low-slung pony­tail – into a fully-fledged look, by sprin­kling tex­tur­is­ing pow­der on the top of the head and gen­tly loos­en­ing along the hair­line (dry sham­poo works well, but might not have as much hold). Add flat­ter­ing height by gen­tly lift­ing at the crown (use the long, pointed han­dle of a tail comb), and as non­cha­lance is key, coax out a few fly­aways around the perime­ter.


Noth­ing says ‘French’ as ef­fort­lessly as crum­pled waves, as seen at Tanya Tay­lor. At Os­man, John Frieda’s UK cre­ative direc­tor Luke Her­sh­e­son twisted hair into tiny sec­tions with his fin­gers, then sprayed each with John Frieda’s Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray. “This look re­quires se­ri­ous tex­ture, so play around with your fin­gers, pulling and twist­ing in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions while you spray, to cre­ate all sorts of bends and kinks through­out the length.” Sim­ple, yet sex­ily ef­fec­tive.

John Frieda Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray, £6.99 Her­sh­esons Curl­ing Tour­ma­line Wav­ing Tong, £98 ES­SEN­TIAL PROD­UCTS Ouai Hair­care Dry Sham­poo Foam, £24 For more A/W 17 hair trends, head to REDONLINE.CO.UK Hair­clip, £18, But­ler & Wil­son e

Vel­vet rib­bon, from £5.25, John Lewis GHD Tail Comb, £7.50

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