Mikey, my advice is to get the length on the top (don't get the top cut for a couple or few months) and keep the sides shorter. Once you get the top the way you want, you could experiment with the length on the sides. Why not start looking into different hair products? Wax will give you more texture. Personally, I prefer (Paul Mitchell) sculpting foam over wax, gel, pomade, glue, etc., but am probably in the minority here. Other products don't work well with my very thick, wavy hair and it gets out of control pretty quickly. Wax works well for fine and/or straight hair, though, and d:fi wax is often considered one of the best waxes out there and better than Paul Mitchell's waxes. (Yes, I am a Paul Mitchell slut, ok.) The best advice I can give you is to buy the best products your salon carries rather than cheaping out with the shit sold in grocery/pharmacy stores.