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How to Cut Your Own Hair Using the Ponytail Method

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Want to cut your hair but not sure how? Consider the ponytail method, which is a popular technique.

Want to cut your hair but not sure how? Consider the ponytail method, which is a popular technique.

Cutting Hair While Saving Costs

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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Katt on July 26, 2020:

I tried this and did it a little different. Putting the ponytail on the forehead gave me a really long layers in the back and shorter in the front. While it looked good I didn't want my hair so long. So I put the ponytail on top of my head and cut again. It turned out looking better, but still too long. So I made a ponytail at the nape of my neck and cut around 4 inches off using the same method and it looked excellent! Pretty much the same after the salon.

Den from United Kingdom on February 28, 2020:

This is known as "The Gypsey" hair cut :)

Lisa on May 08, 2019:

Been cutting my long hair like this for yrs’ after all I am 50

giwa on January 18, 2019:

This didn't work. It layered my bangs but not the back. left the back thin and straight across the bottom. Like some ugly version of a mullet. Thanks....

natty on January 16, 2019:

so pretty!!!

Brenda Bethke on December 02, 2018:

I used to cut my hair like this all the time!! In the 60s it was called "The Gypsy" ...

Patricia Labbee on March 02, 2018:

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.

yemen on July 25, 2017:

Awesome and my cousin tried it..great

Carrie on August 13, 2016:

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

Tiffany on July 29, 2016:

Can you cut it while wet?

bets on June 08, 2016:

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.

Lynne on May 18, 2016:

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.

sarah on April 26, 2016:

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?

Cassie on January 06, 2016:

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

bree on January 05, 2016:


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

Dianna on January 01, 2016:

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

Mary Alice on October 25, 2015:

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

amy on September 12, 2015:

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

lisa on June 17, 2015:

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

Stefanie on April 02, 2015:

Thanks! This worked out great.

Pana K on October 20, 2014:

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

Givenshl on September 08, 2013:

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.

monique on January 04, 2013:

what if you don't want layers?