French Friday #6: Coiffure / Coif


This week's French words
by:  Mademoiselle Love
coiffure / coif


Today, I'm hanging out with my mother in law at bluebird café, and just because she ordered an espresso macchiato, so did I. Well, they sure look pretty, but, to be honest, I can't even force it down- too bitter!  The truth is, yes, I'm a bit of a coffee snob, but in my own strange way. I can't do straight up espresso, or even a macchiato. Word to the wise: don't try to impress your mother in law by being a bad ass like her. If I could do it over, I'd probably get a latte. But I'll be back because this place is ca-yute!

From the lovely Bluebird Café, I'm talking about sexier, Frenchier ways to talk about hair! You may have heard someone use the word
  
coif                          pronounced [ kwahf ]

before, but hopefully you're not as in the dark as poor Amy Lynn is...


Amy Lynn: guess what Simone! I have a date tonight!

Simone: You? No way! Well, you'd better go get coiffed...

Amy Lynn: Oh my, Simone! You're scandalous! Don't you know I'm not like that!

Simone: Omg, you really need to read La tasse de café!

"To get coiffed", while it might sound rather suggestive, only means"to get your hair done". 
We've taken it from the French word "coiffure" or "coiffeur".

Coiffure
| kwah-fyoor | = hair-do, hair-style

Coiffeur | kwah-fer | = male hair-stylist

Coiffeuse | kwah-feuz | = female hair-stylist

Coiffer | kwah-fay | = to do someone's hair or to get your hair done

The word seems to originate from the Latin "cofia" meaning "helmet",
and in Old English, the word "coif"  | kwahf | was used for sexy close-fitting caps such as these.

Eventually, the word came to be used for hair in French.

In English, go ahead and tell your friends...
I got coiffed today!  OR
How do you like my coiffure (or "coif" for short)?  OR
I love my coiffeur/ coiffeuse! He/ She is the best!


Bonne journée mes amis, Mademoiselle Love
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jenée here: Once my coiffeur, Sean, told me something very important, "Why would a person not spend the money to get a good haircut? It's something you are going to wear everyday." It makes complete sense. Below is the ultimate, latest coif by Japanese braid artist, Nishimura Hidenori who will be in NYC this September featured at a 2NonBlondes event.
Coif by Nishimura Hidenori
My favorite Coiffeur of all time, Sean James Decuers photo by Kelly Bryce






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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
Is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and my friend, the author, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. But to make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.