Hi Koukla -- yes, this sounds very much like what MaryAnn did to create lift for me the first time I went to her. I've yet to be able to duplicate this method at home unfortunately. Between my arthritis and my basic styling ineptitude, I have less trouble just clipping close to the root. I'll be making my next appointment with her in the next couple weeks, so hopefully she can give me "clipping for dummies" lessons then.
And TwistedChick, if indeed you are who PMed MaryAnn's info to Koukla, thank you too! I'm in San Marcos, so her salon is very convenient for me!