I have a great stylist in Chicago to recommend. Her name is Kennedy, and she co-owns the "B Spoiled Salon" at 2631 N Halsted. Their number is 773-750-7883. (Before opening this salon she worked at Mario Tricoci).
My hair type is 2B/3A. I got tired of constantly straightening it, and wanted to go curly but disliked my huge pyramid-shaped hair that was also flat on top and curly underneath. Kennedy cut it wet using a method called "texturizing" to take out the extra weight and allow the curls to lay better. She then blow dried it straight and cut it some more while dry so that I could have a style that works either curly or straight. Volia - fabulous hair!
I've had the same cut now for the past few years and really like it. I moved to DC but go back to Kennedy whenever I'm in Chicago. Recently, I went to a Deva-trained stylist in DC to get my hair cut and she said that Kennedy's cut was really superb and that I only needed a trim.
The only drawback is that Kennedy doesn't have any specialized curly hair products in her salon, so I always have her blow dry my hair straight and then apply my own products and air dry after my next shampoo to see whether I'm happy with the cut. To date, I've never been disappointed. I'll have to take a picture of my hair and post it so you can see for yourself...
BTW, in terms of products, I use either Ouidad botanical boost+climate control or Giovanni leave-in+Innersense QCCC and then air-dry.