The Pony Tail Method of Cutting Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Maintaining long hair can be a chore and an expense. Haircuts at the salon add up over time so learning how to trim your own hair can help alleviate the cost and give you control over your style. The ponytail method of cutting hair simplifies the process of trimming hair and adding layers. By using a ponytail, you're able to shorten your hair and add layers at the same time. This method works best for hair that is shoulder-length or longer.

Brush your hair to remove any knots. Your hair should be clean and dry.

Flip your head over and comb your hair forward toward your forehead.

Brush the hair along your scalp to smooth out any bumps or tangles. Gather the hair into a ponytail in the centre of your forehead.

Wrap an elastic band tightly around the base of the ponytail at the forehead. Flip your head back up.

Place the scissors about 1 inch from the tip of the ponytail. Start by cutting a small amount of hair. You can always cut more later if you want it shorter. Open the blades and insert the hair.

Squeeze down on the scissor blades to start cutting. Squeeze, then slide the blades across the entire ponytail, cutting in a straight line. Cut the entire end of the ponytail off in this manner.

Remove the elastic and allow the hair to fall down. You will see the soft layers created by using the ponytail. Decide if you like the length or not. If you'd like it shorter, simply pull the hair up into a ponytail again and trim more.


If you'd like less dramatic layers, gather your hair into a ponytail near the nape of your neck and cut in the same manner.

Things You'll Need

  • Brush
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair scissors
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