Can understand your reticence about going to get a professional cut after having a bad experience (have been there too, many times). I think either way is a gamble if you really want a STYLISH cut, rather than just a trim.

Sounds like you want a cut that will change your look. If so, you might wanna resist writing off all professional salons because of that one bad stylist. I'd locate a salon in your area with a good reputation for cutting curly hair. You can do some online research on who gets the best reviews. You can also set up a consultation with one or more stylist prior to committing to a cut to get a feel for the person. If you do go, I recommend bring pics of your desired style. Whatever you choose to do, good luck!

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