So This Was Scary: I Let My Boss, Best Friend, and Hairstylist Choose My Haircut

Erin Jahns

I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to the cut of my hair, I have lots of conflicting feelings. What's interesting is that in terms of color, I always know exactly what I want—and what I don't. However, for some reason whenever I find myself sitting in the salon chair pre-chop, I lose my voice and can't seem to articulate what I'm looking for. (And for the record, I've had my fair share of hair looks to prove it.)

So suffice to say finding the perfect cut and style seem to be a perpetual uphill battle for me. I'm pretty noncommittal when it comes to styling (in other words I don't want to do it unless I absolutely have to), and since I have a super-fine and feathery texture, plus some damage from my consistent highlighting habit, I crave a haircut that will feign the look of some thickness, texture, and volume.

For some background, a little over a year ago, I had a full head of keratin-bonded extensions removed and, taking the advice of my stylist at the time, I consented to a shoulder-length cut. Spoiler: I kind of hated it. Since then, I've been on a steadfast mission to grow it out. Yet, funny as it may seem, about a month ago, I got a strange itch for a change, and in a complete out-of-body experience (seriously, I should have looked around for the Stranger Things cast) I told my boss, my boss's boss, oh, and the entire Byrdie editorial team that I would let three completely unrelated people in my life choose a new haircut for me: my boss; senior editor Hallie Gould; my best friend, Jess Fitzgerald; and my go-to hairstylist since moving to L.A., Cervando Maldonado, who also happens to own one of the best (and coziest) salons in West Hollywood, 454 North.

While I'd be lying if I said I didn't experience a minor bout of terror following my outburst, the fear quickly abated as I reminded myself that one of the best hairstylists in the business (Maldonado counts such women as Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst, Felicity Jones, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as clients) would be in charge of the final chop. So, knowing that he and my other two trusted confidantes know a thing or two when it comes to fabulous hair, I did my best to relax and take comfort in the fact that for once I wouldn't have to stress about my cut. Because officially, I no longer had any say in the matter.

So, alas, I relinquished all control and asked my boss, my best friend, and my hairstylist the same question: If I had no say and you had complete and total control over my head, what haircut would you choose for me?

Keep scrolling for their picks, explanations, and the final look.

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