The Ultimate Guide to Achieving Your Perfect BHC (Big Hair Change) this Summer
May 26, 2023 at 05:48
It’s that time of year again – the season of the BHC (Big Hair Change). With the promise of summer holidays on the horizon, many of us are dreaming about finally taking the plunge and chopping off our locks.
One thing we can always count on when it comes to beauty trends is that celebrities will lead the way. And this year is no exception, with the likes of Hailey Bieber and Emily Ratajkowski sporting dramatic new hairstyles. Bieber, in particular, has been making waves with her new short, blunt bob, created by celebrity stylist Irinel de León.
But it’s not just about following the latest trends – a BHC can also be a liberating and low-maintenance way to update your look for the summer. Whether you opt for a classic bob or something more daring, it’s a great way to refresh your style and feel like a new person.
I recently found myself in New York for the US launch of the Dyson AirStrait – their new wet-to-dry straightening tool for all hair types. While there, I had the opportunity to meet with Dublin-based hairstylist and Dyson global ambassador Dylan Bradshaw. Known for his ability to create stylish looks that are also easy to maintain, Bradshaw is the go-to guy for anyone looking to change up their hair.
After working up the courage to ask Bradshaw to chop off my hair during my trip, he showed up at my hotel room the next morning with a pair of scissors and a crisp gown bearing the logo of his eponymous South William Street salon. Before starting on the cut, he asked me a lot of questions about what I wanted, which was reassuring, to say the least.
So if you’re considering a BHC, here are some tips from Dylan Bradshaw to help you make the most of the experience:
Know your ‘why’
Before you take the plunge, take some time to think about why you want to cut off your hair. Is it because you’re feeling bored with your current look, or is there something deeper going on? Bradshaw cautions against making such a big change as a knee-jerk reaction to a major life event. Instead, he advises doing it because it reflects who you are now and how you want to present yourself to the world.
Research your stylist carefully
Thanks to social media, it’s easier than ever to research potential stylists and find one who works in a style that aligns with yours. Look for someone whose prices are within your budget and whom you feel comfortable with during the consultation process.
Expect an in-depth consultation and listen to your stylist
A good stylist will take into account your face shape, bone structure, and hair texture before recommending a specific hairstyle. During the consultation process, they should ask you questions about what you want and listen to your answers carefully. If you’re unsure about the change, Bradshaw recommends scheduling a separate consultation to discuss your options before committing to a cut.
It’s tempting to want to go for a super-short style like Hailey Bieber’s pixie cut, but keep in mind that maintaining such a look requires frequent cut and color appointments. If you’re only able to visit the salon every few months, be honest with your stylist about your lifestyle and preferences. They can help you find a look that’s both stylish and practical.
So if you’re feeling the urge to make a big hair change this summer, don’t hesitate to take the plunge. Just remember to take your time, do your research, and listen to the advice of a trusted stylist like Dylan Bradshaw. With the right approach, a BHC can be a liberating and transformative experience that leaves you feeling refreshed and renewed.