Beyond Moustache… 15 Words For Facial Hair in French & Video 👨🏻

Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Let’s explore the facial hair vocabulary in French, as well as hair styles for men with a fun video featuring “Les Sims”.

So let’s talk about facial hair in French!

Scroll to the end to see the video.

1 – Hairs in French = Les Poils

Hairs on the face or body are called “les poils”.

  • Un poil, des poils”. The L is pronounced.

2 – Hair Versus Hairs in French

The hair on the top of your head has a specific name in French: “les cheveux”.

In English, you use it in the singular.

  • His hair is short and red.

but this type of hair is usually used in the plural in French. So you have to be careful to do a plural agreement with your French verbs, French adjectives and French articles.

  • Ses cheveux sont courts et roux.

I invite you to view my other videos to learn French with the Sims about hairstyles and hair colors in French for more info about “les cheveux”.

3 – Learn Facial Hair Vocabulary in French

Now, let’s look at facial hair (les poils du visage).

First, we have

  • Un sourcil, des sourcils.
    Eyebrows
    It’s spelled with an L which is silent.

Then, over “les yeux” (the eyes), we have “des cils”.

  • “Un cil, des cils”.
    Eyelashes.
    This time, the L is pronounced. Go figure….
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4 – Beard French Vocabulary

In the video below, my Sim is wearing:

  • “Une barbe”. Une grosse barbe.
    A beard. A large beard.

He could have

  1. “Une barbe légère, une barbe d’un jour”.
    A light beard, one day beard
  2. “Il est mal rasé”
    He is badly shaved if this is not intentional.
  3. Une barbe de trois jours : une barbe courte.
    A three day beard: a short beard – a stubble
  4. Une barbe fine, bien sculptée.
    A thin beard, well sculpted.
  5. Une barbichette , un bouc” and it’s very fashionable to use the English words “un goatee”.
  6. Un timbre, une mouche – just a bit of hair under the lips – a soul patch.

5 – Moustache French Vocabulary

He could also only have une moustache.

  1. Une petite moustache.
    A small moustache.
  2. Une grosse moustache.
    A large moustache.

And who wears “des favoris” nowadays, except Wolverine ?

They are also called in French “une rouflaquette, des rouflaquettes”.
Sideburns, mutton chops.

The part which is close to the hair, is called “une patte”, des pattes”. (sideburns)

And of course, he could be

  • “très bien rasé” – clean shaved.

6 – Video of French Facial Hair Vocabulary Using the Sims

And now, let’s see a video featuring the French vocabulary about facial hair, and using The Sims 4.

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Author: Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Camille Chevalier-Karfis

Born and raised in Paris, I have been teaching today's French to adults for 23+ years in the US and France. Based on my students' goals and needs, I've created unique downloadable French audiobooks focussing on French like it's spoken today, for all levels. Most of my audiobooks are recorded at several speeds to help you conquer the modern French language. Good luck with your studies and remember, repetition is the key!

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