This is exactly the kind of thread I was looking for. I'm planning to get a "real" haircut for the first time in my life. (Up till now I just trimmed the ends. Never had layers or bangs.)
I wonder if it's realistic to ask for a haircut with layers that will still go into a ponytail, along with maybe one or two clips. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask.
3A, medium fine. Currently avoiding shampoos, 'cones, 'xanes and sulfates. Hair length - a bit beyond BSL. Mostly CG since July 2, 2008.