Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The French Haircut

Today was my appointment for the highlights I have applied to my hair about every three months. I really like the way this stylist does my color, and she does what I ask, not as she wants, as others I’ve visited have been prone to do.

A trim is all I need in the way of a haircut, as I wear my hair in a longish bob with bangs, and have worn it in this style for years. On hot days, or when I’m working in the garden, I can pull it back and secure it with a band so it stays away from my face.

On the trip home, I stopped in an Aveda salon to purchase the shampoo and conditioner I like that is specially formulated for colored hair. As I was entering the salon, I noticed a large banner in the window advertising “French Hair Cuts.” As the saleslady was ringing up my purchase, I asked her what exactly is a French Hair Cut, as I had never heard the term.

She explained the hair is cut on an angle, so that it falls more attractively around the face. Her medium-length hairstyle was very pretty and I asked if that was the cut she had. She said it was. When I returned home, I wanted to know more, so with a Google search I found out a bit more than I was told in the shop. Here’s what I found:

“French haircutting is a revolutionary technique that uses the hair to frame a face taking into account the shape of the head. French haircutting uses the hair to accentuate features rather than cover them up. The results are a soft, feminine and commercial looks, much like celebrities on the cover of magazines. The French trained stylist stands the client up during the haircut in order to look directly at that which he or she cuts, just as a painter would look directly at a canvas. The style is built from the top down and is made to fall perfectly into place like shingles on a roof. Our French haircuts result in wash and wear hair containing several different looks in each style.”

Below are two photos I found of a French Hair Cut. 

Now perhaps this is just some new advertising trick, that the results won't look much different than an ordinary cut. I did not ask if the price for a French Hair Cut is more than the usual. Maybe it's just the cynic in me that thinks advertisers are always trying to take advantage of a woman's desire for products that make her look good, that this is just another "trick."

Have you ever heard of the French Hair Cut?

Maybe the next time I need a haircut I will try it out at the Aveda salon. Sometimes I think a different twist on my old style would be good for me.

Here are two view of my new color and trim. The color appears a bit more golden in the photos than it really is. 


  1. Hello Sanda

    Your hair looks fabulous. Leave it alone!! You cannot improve on perfect!!!!
    Sorry to be so bossy.
    I have not heard of the French cut. The examples you have shown are quite stunning

    Helen xx

    1. Hello Helen,
      Thank you for your that compliment about my hair! I don't consider that "bossy." Sometimes I'm tempted when I hear about new things and this is one of them. Maybe I'll try it one day. After all, if it's not good for me hair always grows back.
      Have a good day!

  2. Neither have I heard of the French haircut. And agreeing with Helen, stick to your hairstyle, you like it, it looks You!

    1. Hello Mette,
      I have been wearing this style, sometimes with a slight variation, since I was in my early 30s, and that was a long time ago! Yes, this style does seems to be "me."

  3. I had never heard of the french haircut but I like the top photo in particular...even the second one...I have the worst hair every, and like you I use is great. Thanks for this info. I am going to ask my hairdresser. : )

    1. It would be interesting to know about where this term, and this style of cutting originated from. France? I do like Aveda products, although they are a bit pricey. Let me know what you find out from your hairdresser, please. And if you get the cut, if you like it.

  4. Neither have I heard of it....your colour looks very natural.

    Always admired women with fringes (bangs)have not the sort of hair that could have one,have a slight wave which frizzes in damp weather...your hair looks super straight,lucky you.Ida

    1. Hello Ida,
      My hair is straight, although I have a "cow-lick" at the nape of my neck, which makes it difficult for it to turn perfectly under as I like it. Don't know if the above term is familiar to you, and I have no idea what relation it has to a cow, but what it means is the hair "turns" in all directions instead of lying flat. I do have to put gel on my bangs to get them to be flat.
      I always thought people with naturally curly hair were the lucky ones. As the saying goes, the grass is always greener on the other side!

  5. Hmmm...I live in France, so they don't call it "French" here but that certainly seems to be how many cuts are done here. I cut my own hair so I don't dare take too many risks but I do see how kind these cuts are to our faces. :)

    1. Hello Heather
      How lucky you are to be able to cut your own hair. I have been known to take the scissors and snip away when my bangs get too long, but that's the extent of my hair-cutting capabilities.
      I have been reading your great blog, as I get e-mail notifications when you post. I usually read it on my phone and have tried to comment but my phone doesn't cooperate! I saw that great food on today's post and it made me hungry. Hope your heat wave will let up soon. Oddly enough, here in the Deep South we are now having wonderful, cooler weather; unusual for August. We had our heatwave in June and July. Stay cool!

  6. I have heard of the french haircut as I have seen the sign at the Dan Tera salon in Athens. When I had my hair cut last time, I asked the girl who does my hair what that was. She said the stylists at Dan Tera had been to a "training session" and learned this new technique. A few years ago the same salon had been trained in "helix" cut (may be misspelled)
    Your hair looks absolutely great!!! as it always does and please don't ever fret about not having any natural curls!!!

  7. Hello! I wanted to comment on your post. There is such a thing as French haircuts. I am a haircutter and was trained the French method. This is not hype or any such thing. It's just a different technique. We do not cut "palm to palm" and we do use angles to cut which does soften the hair and make for a more rounded shape. We also cut to accentuate the beauty areas on a woman such as eye area, chin, throat, etc. This method was pioneered by Jacque Desange in Paris. Google his name. No, the price certainly shouldn't be more because of that. Perhaps that salon had some training in it. Where I went to school in Seattle, that's all we learned, much as Vidal Sassoon uses the "British" method which is palm to palm. Hopes this can help clear up the "mystery". Good luck!


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