Hi! To those of you loyal readers, you are now very familiar with EIC Jennifer Wright‘s preferred way of buying new wardrobe items… crowdsourcing. Fellow editors Amanda Chatel and Jamie Peck have also asked for your opinions on various subjects–Jen Dziura even asked for your opinions on her wedding dress (drawing quite the heated comment thread). Up till now, I’ve avoided the format, not because I don’t trust and respect our regular readers, but because I’m afraid of being vulnerable.

Anyway, today I guess I’m not. I’m getting a haircut this afternoon and, at Jen’s behest, I’m asking for some feedback from you.

Oh, backstory: The Gloss is launching a YouTube channel (you can subscribe here) and, in a few short weeks, you’ll be able to see Jennifer and I bicker out our editors debates in real time (our show will be called Wed Bed Dead and you can guess the theme). Since it seems like a risk to get a haircut right before shooting any more episodes, I figured I’d get one now and let it settle in over Christmas break*. That way, I won’t be caught on camera amid those initial awkward first days of haircut.

You may be wondering why there’s a beautiful Rashida Jones up there instead of an iPhone selfie of the person who needs a haircut. The reasons for this are twofold: Rashida Jones has a similiar haircut to what I want and I think selfies are ignoble. Sorry.

So, yes. I’d like a shoulder length cut with bangs. Maybe shaggy layers. Not sure if bangs should be blunt or in kind of an arch.

After a while googling pictures of Marianne Faithful, Lou Doillon, and Freja Beha, I’m still not sold enough on a single look to print it out and bring it to the hair salon. This is close:

…But I think I want a thicker bang, which is a ridiculous phrase.

Even though it sounds like I have a pretty specific idea of what I want and crowdsourcing is probably pointless, I’m actually pretty open to all suggestions! I’m even trying to be an adult this time and not do what I usually do (bring in a picture of Keith Richards‘ mugshot).

Further, I’m somewhat worried that I want this haircut because I just started watching Parks and Rec like three weeks ago (nobody told me it’s perfect!) and it’s possible I just want this haircut because Ann Perkins is lit-ralee my favorite person (she’s not even! Threeway tie between Ron, Andy and Leslie).

*I’m also going to Portugal for said Christmas vacation. I booked the flight kind of randomly and know absolutely nothing about Portugal beyond watching the No Reservations Lisbon episode on YouTube. If anyone has any cool Lisbon recommendations (especially for food) I’ll also be crowdsourcing those, too, I guess.

Thanks for any and all help, guys.

(Main photo via Wenn, Freja via BeautyBanter)