I've been cutting my hair for 35+ years. I've only had 3 salon cuts in my whole adult life (all were disasters) and never plan on having another. I use cheap dollar store scissors.
I used to wet my hair, put it up in a ponytail on top of my head, bend over, and cut off the ends. This made very subtle layers and worked quite well. But after I read the Curly Girl book I learned to cut it dry, curl by curl. Takes longer but it gives nice layers and seems to give bouncier curls. I never wear my hair straight so even if it's not perfectly even, it's not really noticeable.
The 2nd Curly Girl book has a dvd that shows how to cut hair this way.
--I'm located in Western PA.
--I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
--My hair is 3B with some 3A, texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
--My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
--My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...-progress.html