ask them to clean the sides and the back and leave some length (about 1.5 inches) on the top and lightly texturize it.
i like to have a bit of length to play with put either a leave on conditioner or curl activating product or wax/pomade works really nicely too. stay away from the gel, unless you want your hair to turn out crunchy.
(if your hair is naturally curly like mine) Get a shape up from any good barber shop (not a hair dresser, or anything fancy like that). Get your hair cut to about 1in. Shape up's make the man!!! Shape ups follow the hairline and gives you that young SEXY look. Come on, you are in Philly also, you know what to do!
This is my Hair "GOD"... it works for oily, dry, coarse, fine, WHATEVER HAIR... Whatever hair hype you have, it will KEEP it that way for the say without getting stiff like GEL. I use it and i LOVE it. Plus it isnt greasy!