self trimming/cutting?

i was wondering if there are any 3b or c self cutters out there? im thinking about giving myself a trim, but ive never done it before and am a little scared. do yous cut it curl by curl? my hair is just going to should blade length and is a bit bushier and wilder.
have you ladies any tips? and is it better when your hair is dry or after washing?

my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
I follow the tips in Curly Girl: The Handbook. Between the instructions, the illustrations in the book, and the video tutorial, it's pretty easy to do.

Just: make sure you get a decent pair of hair shears. They don't have to be fancy ones. You just need a step up from the bottom of the line ones they sell in drugstores. I paid $25 for a pair I found at half price at Sally's. They more than paid for themselves the first time I trimmed my hair myself. (Deva cuts run $85 in this area.)

Make sure you have two mirrors you can use: a hand mirror, and one on a wall. It's possible to do it all yourself, but it doesn't hurt to have someone previously indoctrinated in the method on hand just in case you can't reach every section well enough to cut it as instructed.

The next requirement is patience. Take your time getting the lower perimeter cut well. I do this as a single step. If I take my time and do it right, it sets the stage for every other part of the cut. I give myself a while to get used to what that did before I start making any other cuts, maybe a day or two (nobody else seems to notice). Then I lightly (and I do mean lightly) cut some layers in the canopy. Sometimes I take a couple of days to do this, as I want to see what those snips do for the cut, and where my hair may need a few more. Only when I'm sure do I cut again. I works well.

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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