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How we're styling our French balayage this summer: Parisian chic

Wherever you are in the world, this summer's must-have hair color is the French Balayage, a super-subtle series of sunkissed ripples through the hair that look as if you've spent the weekend sunning yourself on the French Riviera. However, if your summer weekends are mostly spent in a more urban setting, you can still

French balayage in the city

When in doubt how to style your hair (or make-up, or outfit...), look to the effortless Parisienne. She knows that less is definitely more, and that the best balayage is a discreet one that looks perfectly at home even on the most chic of boulevards.

Try a smooth long bob

Most often associated with long waves, the French balayage is actually far more versatile. Think of trying a long bob with your subtle highlights, for example, for the perfect sleek city look when the temperature goes up. To ensure the humidity doesn't leave you fighting frizz and flyaways, apply a serum like Liss Control + by Tecni.ART before blowdrying and, once you've styled your perfect long bob, finish with a spritz of Fizz Anti-Frizz hairspray (now available in an arty limited edition Stuart Semple version!)

How to get the perfect inward curl

The secret to this French balayage urban version is all about the subtle inward curl that brings the hair to lie exactly at the point of the collar. To achieve this, all you need is a barrel brush and a blowdryer.

When hair is 80% dry, curl the lower section of the hair (roughly 5 inches) around the barrel, inwards towards the neck, and point the blowdryer nozzle in a downwards position at the hair as you wrap it around the brush and then release. Repeat all the way around the head. Don't worry about the curls looking too defined, they'll drop and set as the heat leaves them. Finish with your hairspray, and you're ready to be the talk of the town!

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