The Sleek-Haired French Siren Look

The Sleek-Haired French Siren Look

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There are straight-haired women in France and there are
curly-haired women in France, as there are in any country. But why then
is it that when I think of some of my favorite French sirens, I usually
come up with women who have straight hair? Think of Juliette Binoche,
Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuel Béart, Carole Bouquet or Vanessa Paradis.
Especially that Carole Bouquet — remember her as Melina from the James
Bond movie For Your Eyes Only? Her hair was black and waist length,
giving her a sexy, sophisticated air that lingered somewhere between
Pocahontas, Park Avenue and Paris.

Come to
think of it, that could be where my dream of what I call “Navajo Hair”
began. I have always thought long and straight hair was lovely —
partly, no doubt, due to the fact that my own hair naturally grows in
loose spiral-y curls that render me more Melina Kanakaredes (from the
series Providence on American television) than Melina à la 007.

am not complaining, for the sleek look was mine as long as I was
prepared to work for it a little, with a huge round brush and a blow
dryer (and the Phytodéfrisant botanical hair balm I buy in bulk at
French pharmacies on every trip). When summer hits, though, I am quite
loath to spend more minutes than necessary underneath the heat of a
dryer, especially when the pool and ocean are beckoning.
“curly heads,” take heart, for now there is hope for women who enjoy
changing their look; for women with curls who despite deft skill with
blowouts, never imagined they could achieve the pin-straight look of
the naturally straight. You may have already heard the buzz, which has
finally reached the most fashionable salons on the East coast of
America (and no doubt was preceded by the fashion forward in France,
but it’s costly, so was probably mostly reserved for runway models).

call the technique Thermal Reconditioning, and it is all the rage in
the States, after having been developed in Japan and throughout Asia
and slowly making its way into the country via Los Angeles about six
years ago.

In France, as in America, progressive and
in-the-know salons are turning curly tops into converts and giving them
the hair they dreamed of without the telltale brittleness and damage
that certain other chemical hair processes can leave women to contend
with, trading one “problem” for another. The difference is a diluted or
weaker formulation of traditional “thio” chemicals that allow the hair
to remain in better condition and, with proper care, in less danger of
breakage or other post-chemical process damage.

FYI- approximate cost is anywhere from $300-800+ depending on length of person’s hair and salon doing it.

A Parisian salon that offers hair smoothing for curly hair — what they term “defrissage” in France:

Today’s Look Salon in Paris
7, avenue Carnot — 75017 PARIS
tel: Phone : (033) 1 44 09 77 44
(Make sure to see the before and after shots – whoa!)

In the USA see:

The Yuko Salon / Beverly Hills, CA

Bio Ionic – a Japanese-inspired system from CA, now in salons nationwide

Okyo Salon / Washington, DC

Anderson French Salon / New York City
18 E 53rd St., Second Floor
New York, NY
212-838-1820 / stylist: Tim Lau

Toshi Union Square Salon / San Francisco
166 Geary St. San Francisco, CA

VINCENTJ Salon / South Florida
3301 NE 33 St
Fort Lauderdale, FL

I am still searching for salons in Paris that are confirmed to offer
the specific version of straightening curls that uses the weakened
chemicals and straight ironing process that characterize “Japanese Hair
Straightening” or “Thermal Reconditioning” – and will post that list as
soon as more information comes my way. If you know of one, make sure to
post it in the Comments section…merci!

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