How to Layer Hair Using the Pony Tail Technique

Updated February 21, 2017

Adding layers to your hair can make you look edgier, give your hair texture and make styling easier. If you are more of a "do-it-yourself" kind of girl, you probably want to try this at home but might be a bit intimidated. Although there are many different techniques to layering, one of the easiest ways to do it at home is the ponytail method. With just a few snips, you can choose how choppy or long you want your layers without ever having to leave your own bathroom.

Comb through wet hair to remove any knots and tangles.

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

Gather your hair together with one hand and determine where the ponytail will sit. The closer to your forehead the ponytail is, the choppier the layers will be. The closer to the nape, the longer the layers will be.

Move your hair to the desired location - anywhere between three inches from the nape of your neck to your forehead - and secure it into a ponytail with a hair elastic. Make sure the ponytail is centred in between your ears.

Slide the hair elastic down the gathered hair until the hair below the elastic is the amount you want to cut off.

Cut through the hair below the elastic, making a straight, blunt cut. The gathered hair will be thick, so you may have to saw through the hair slowly to get through.

Remove the hair elastic and comb your hair straight down to see your new layers.


If the layers are too long once you are finished, repeat the process again. If you are not sure about how edgy you want your layers, start with a ponytail further from your forehead and work your way up until you get the desired look.

Things You'll Need

  • Comb
  • Hair elastic
  • Hair scissors
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