A few strategic, forward-facing snips is all it takes to completely transform any haircut. Case in point: Basically, all of our favorite French too-cool-for-school girls wear fringe and little else on their face. Before making the change, consider that “they’re for someone who is committed to styling their hair everyday,” warns L’Oreal Professionnel artist Anh Co Tran. That said, actual time required is minimal: Spritz wet hair with a volumizing spray (Tran suggests L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.Art Densite Thickening Spray) before blow-drying with a round brush.

True to their laissez-faire approach to beauty, many of the current Parisian darlings confess to skipping salon trims in favor of a quick D.I.Y. job. Serge Normant stylist Matt Fugate doesn’t recommend this, but if you do decide to take matters into your own hands, he has some advice. “Make sure they are dry and you chip up into them by holding the scissors vertically.