Before you decide to chop off your locks, consider your face shape. If it's round, and you have particularly thick, coarse curls, you might want to sit this trend out. If you do decide to go for it, here are the things you need to know when describing your desired cut.
Maldonado says the key words are "de-bulking" and "notching," which is exactly what it sounds like: removing chunks of hair to allow your curls to fall more gracefully. "I'll finish a haircut and then go through the hair from bottom to top (just like a blowout) and cut out pieces of the hair, one inch after another," he says. Ask your stylist to avoid using a razor, which can damage the curl pattern, cause extra frizz, and leave you with stringy ends. "Ask him or her to 'point cut' the ends," Maldonado says, "to leave them clean and separated."
If you really want to frame your eyes, go ahead and add a choppy fringe, too. For a slightly fuller face, Maldonado recommends longer, side-swept pieces that are easy to pull off your face instead of a blunt traditional bang.
As for product, you'll want to use a leave-in conditioner, like Rahua's Voluminous Conditioner($34), to keep your curls extra moisturized--there's no hiding damaged ends when you have short hair--and a mousse, like Tresemme Naturals Lightweight Mousse ($5), to add volume at the crown. Maldonado suggests investing in a sock diffuser (which pulls over the hair dryer and is gentler than a bowl diffuser), like Hot Sock Diffuser ($5), to add shape to your new cut.
Of course, you'll want to talk to a stylist about the best shape for your hair--and don't forget to bring a picture!
Photos courtesy of: Lizzy Caplan, Roxane Mesquida, and Katy Perry, Startraks; Milla Jovovich, Arizona Muse, Shala Monroque, Billy Farell Agency; Valentina Di Pinto, Getty Images.