How to Cut Your Own Hair Using the Ponytail Method

Updated on April 5, 2016

Nowadays, it's important to save every penny you can. Cutting your own hair is an easy way to save yourself a load of money. With the basic ponytail technique, it's not hard at all to give yourself a good haircut.

DIY Shoulder Length Haircut: The Ponytail Method

If you have long hair and want it shoulder-length, just cut a little at a time to be sure you don't cut it too short. To begin, follow these simple steps:

  1. Gather hair into a high ponytail. How high depends on the layers you want (which i will discuss below). Always make sure your ponytail is center. Always!
  2. Make sure all the hair is flat against your skull and there are no bumps.
  3. Flip your head over and grab the end of the ponytail.
  4. Cut off the desired amount and remember to cut straight across.

Cutting Layers

Where you position the ponytail on your head determines what kind of layers you'll get. The closer the ponytail is to your forehead, the shorter the layers will be. If your ponytail is directly on top of your head, your layers will stay long.

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        Patricia Labbee 2 months ago

        This cut was in Glamor magazine back in the 60s. My hair has always been long and found this way of cutting it Awsome! Never had any problems. Easy to do and always looks great. At 68 I must say my hair is in great condition. Funny to see this cut show up again after all these years.

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        yemen 10 months ago

        Awesome and my cousin tried it..great

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        Carrie 21 months ago

        Will this work for shoulder length hair? I need some short layers for more body

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        Tiffany 22 months ago

        Can you cut it while wet?

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        bets 23 months ago

        California Concept in Tennessee. Called this a Christmas Tree in the 80's. I've cut my on hair using this method ever since then.

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        Lynne 2 years ago

        This is how a hair dresser cut my hair way back in the 70's when layered hair first came into vogue. For years, I cut my own air like this and it always looked great.

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        sarah 2 years ago

        why do i feel like it would be the opposite? if the ponytail is right at your forehead, wouldnt you be left with longer layers? bc longer layers means the distance between the layers, so more dramatic?

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        Cassie 2 years ago

        Cool!!! Now, to learn how to cut my son's hair!

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        bree 2 years ago


        It says "cut off the desired amount and remember to cut straight across".....

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        Dianna 2 years ago

        This sounds interesting and easy I will try it on my daughter and see how it goes . HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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        Mary Alice 2 years ago

        I just tried this and it WORKED!!! Thanks so much!!

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        amy 2 years ago

        Did you cut the pony tail straight across or at an angle?

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        lisa 2 years ago

        i just tried this and it actually worked. I must say that I am impressed'

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        Stefanie 3 years ago

        Thanks! This worked out great.

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        Pana K 3 years ago

        Thanks! I'll remember this one for a long time!!

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        Givenshl 4 years ago

        This info was just what I needed. This was the best technique for the cut I wanted to give myself. I chose to put a ponytail at the crown of my head to give the back long layers and and a pony tail closer to the front to give my bangs some layers and it all turned out beautiful. Thanks for posting this technique.

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        monique 5 years ago

        what if you don't want layers?


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