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5 DIY haircuts to try today!

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Ever thought about cutting your own hair? Have you tried it? It is really fun and liberating but it can also be intimidating and a flat out mess. Enter, the Ponytail Cut. The beauty of the ponytail cut is that it brings all the hair to one place for you to cut, keeping it neat and straight forward. And, depending on where the ponytail is on the head, you can created many different shapes and effects with the cut.

For a beginner hair DIY-er, definitely start with a ponytail cut. For more on Ponytail Cutting and Coloring for the beginner DIY-er, check out this category.…..

On that note, Lovely people, I present to you 5 DIY haircuts to try today.

A practical yet creative hair solution for the brave and bold. 5 strategically placed ponytails cut off to create 5 different awesome haircuts.

I started with my fantastically brave and excited model, Meleah. Her hair was unbelievably long, and she had been cutting it herself using HTHG’s perfect layers DIY haircut. Her hair is thick and straight, but these haircuts can be used on any hair type.

*The amount of hair cut off the ends of the ponytail determines the length that the cut will be. We removed about 3 inches with each ponytail cut. If you want the same effect but with shorter length, remove more from the ponytail.

Cutting off a ponytail is not as easy as just a snip! you will need a sharp pair of shears like these affordable, quality ones.If you plan on becoming the full time master of your own

cut and color, it is also worth having a CreaClip, which is the genius tool  kit for perfect DIY bangs and layers for the whole family.


You will want to familiarize yourself with the point cutting technique to remove the hair a little bit at a time to soften and blend the ends of the hair.

Here is a map of the head to refer to, before you get started.

Are you ready? Let’s break it down!

DIY haircut #1. Long Layers!

For this one, you will put the hair in a  ponytail, centered at the middle of the top  of the head. Make sure it is smooth and tight.

Looking in a mirror, hold the ponytail straight up! Cut across the ends. Let hair down and check out your blended, even, pretty long layers.

  DIY haircut #2. Long layers with a little boost in the back.

Perfect for those who have a flat back of the head and want a little boost. This haircut is great for adding a little extra shape and body to long hair.

Put the hair in a ponytail in the middle of the crown of the head, and cut across the ends to whatever length you want. Let the hair down and shake it out!

DIY haircut #3. Long layers with pretty face framing.

This one is great for girls who like having a little something around the face. It creates perfectly uniform layers throughout the hair, but softens the face with shorter blended face framing layers.

Brush the hair straight forwards and put it in a ponytail right at the front of the top of the head, almost at the hairline.

Cut the ends off the ponytail. Let it down and marvel at your swinging layered haircut that accentuates your best features!

DIY haircut #4. Perfectly impractical asymmetrical layers.

This is the haircut for the hipster fashionista who wants to keep her length but still make a bold statement. May I suggest this haircut with some color faded dip dye and a deep side part?

Make a ponytail at the front of the top of the head, off center. Like 3 inches above the ear (Parietal ridge) on the side that you part on. Cut the ends off. Let your hair down and check out your awesome layer-y asymmetrical part, with heavy face framing, and a shy side. It almost looks undercut but it’s not.

Killer hair cut. My personal favorite from this series.

DIY haircut #5. Mid-length layered bob.

The Shlob, if you will. But a longer version of it. This haircut involves 2 ponytail cuts.

Make a ponytail right at the nape.

Cut it off to the length that the ends will barely rest on your neck.

Let it down, and cut the dropout off the bottom to straignten up the line.

Now put all the hair in a ponytail at the center of the crown. Cut the ends off. This will add layers and tons of texture an movement to the bob.

This haircut happens to look amazing with bangs too. If you are feeling inspired, try Zooey bangs or asymmetrical choppys.

I double doggy dare you to try one of these. You really can’t mess em up if you follow the directions, and they look totally salon-quality.

While we are on the subject of DIY hair…..

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 7.36.33 PMI use DIY haircut #3 regularly. I also use this DIY color technique to ombre my ends and this one to highlight around my face.

For more DIY hair cutting techniques and coloring techniques, check out the HTHG video shop.

For your everything guide to DIY hair coloring, check this post!

Have fun with your hair!

xo, HTHG

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  1. jesspants

    Love love LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. therufs

    I did #1 this morning to get rid of some dead ends … had to flip my head over to be able to reach the end of my ponytail! Ends are so much happier now 😀

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY! I love happy ends.

  3. christina

    You have helped my hair! I feel so proud and practical when I successfully snip away my locks. I am not all the way no-poo yet, but I love, love, love coconut oil. Thank you!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      That puts a grin on my face!

  4. Monica

    Wow this is so amazing, thank youu!! I’ve been searching online for a while for an easy and nice-looking way to cut my own hair (first time), and this is definitely the best! Thanks so much [:

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      so glad you found HTHG!

  5. Kat

    I have wavy/mildly curly hair, but am longing to try this. Should I straighten or leave it natural before trying a ponytail cut?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      leave it natural and point cut across the ponytail to cut a softer line:)
      Sorry it took me so long. I just saw this!

      1. Mommy of 5

        I have crazy wavy hair and did the one where the ponytail is up near your bangs. Omg, my hair doesn’t look like a huge mess anymore! Love it!

        1. roxie.hunt Author


  6. Breeze

    I’m going to do number 4 right now! That looks so good!

  7. Sarah

    Oh. My. Goodness. Thank you so much!

    I graduated from college last year and moved 900 miles away from home. The same hairdresser has cut my hair since I was 10, so I’ve just avoided getting my hair cut because I have no idea where to go and the thought of someone else doing it is a little scary. After not having it cut in over a year (I know…), I found your webpage and decided to try it on my own! Not gonna lie…I was a little afraid that I was going to have to crawl into a hair salon tomorrow morning…any hair salon…and beg them to fix my mistake. Ha! Not so. I shall never pay for a haircut again! 😀

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I am so glod!!!!yay. I would love to see a photo of your DIY haircut…

  8. Amu

    I absolutely love these and would definitely try one, except that I have curly hair and have run into the problem of getting a haircut that looks great on straight hair but ends not really working as well with curly hair.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Try doing one of these cuts on your hair while it is curly, and DON’T use any tension when you hold out the pony. Keep the curls intact as you cut. Does that make sense?

  9. Debbs

    I have always had a love hate realationship with my hair – mostly it hates me while I try to make it love me. My mid-twenties saw my pin straight hippie hair develop wavy curly weirdness and that relationship got worse, way worse. Added to that was the fact that I always felt at the mercy of a stylist hoping they would have a clue what to do with it. So I have to thank you for this site because after reading a lot here last night. I was empowered to accept my hair in all its weirdness and to try the number 4 cut myself – and it WORKED! I also converted to ShamPHree last night and couldn’t believe how easy it was and how much better it feels. So thanks for a truly awesome and inspiring site!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      you are SO WELCOME:) I am so glad that I could help.

  10. Kate

    Thank you so much for these! I did #3 and added some side swept bangs to disguise my post-partum wispies! My hair feels so much lighter and the whole thing took like 15 minutes! Exactly what this busy mama needed! Now I just have to be patient for a month or two while I work up the courage to do #4!

  11. Natalie

    Do you recommend doing the ponytail cut with wet or dry hair? Also, you mentioned the point cutting technique at the top of the post, but then in one of the pony variations you say to snip it straight across. I have medium length thick slightly wavy hair (with little curly fly-aways/break-aways by my face, that I love). I have never cut my own hair and am interested in trying the #3 above. Also, will these techniques work for easy kiddo haircuts? THANKSSSSS!!!!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      To answer your question….you should use the pointcutting technique to cut a SOFT straight line across your DRY ends. And yes, these are great for kids!! Good luck, and I’d love to see a photo of the results:)

      1. Natalie

        I did it! Would love to send you the pics, but not sure where to send them. Take care!

  12. hayley

    This was sooo helpful! My hair looks great! I was able to get rid of all my dead ends all by myself! Thx so much!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Awesome! so glad it worked for you:)

  13. Barbara Robinson

    Great tutorial!! Will be trying #3 soon. What kind of sissors do you use? I bought a pair supposedly for hair trimming from Sally’s, but they seem so dull. Thanks!!

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  15. Zora

    Hi, found your Tutorial via Pinterest yesterday and tried it out today. I did Nr. 5 and added Nr. 3 for face framing. I have no idea, if you should combine them, but I realy like the result! DIY rocks!
    I blogged about it and showed some after-pics – so if you’re curious:

    Best regards!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      awesome! thanks for blogging it:)

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  17. 2-Year Degree

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked
    submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all
    that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      sorry! thats frustrating. Thanks anyway, though!

  18. Iris

    Hi there. I love your blog and have used several of these hair-cutting methods with success, I think : ) I too love to say shlob- it sounds like it should be a cuss. I linked this article in a blog post, I hope that’s ok. Have a eat day, iris

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      thanks so much:) glad you found HTHG. Viva la Shlob!

  19. Iris

    Great day that is! Oops

  20. anne

    Wonderful!! I did #5, came out great. My head feels lighter. Thanks for blog. Found you on pinterest.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      yay! awesome. Glad you found me;)

  21. missmira

    I tried a combination of 1 & 3 tonight… Turned out great!

    1. roxie.hunt Author


  22. marie

    Am I the only one who ruined my hair trying this?

    Never again.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      So far, yes you are the only one. Hundreds of people have loved their DIY haircuts. I’m so sorry to hear that. Better luck next time!

      1. Aimee

        Hundreds of people are walking around looking like hot messes and not even knowing how bad it really looks.

        1. kittykittykkkkkkkittybluekkkk

          Aimee, are you a hairdresser (wouldn’t be surprised, since you are losing $)? I was never happy with what my hairdresser did with my hair. Since cutting it myself I am totally happy with it!!!!!

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  24. christine

    This gives me some extra direction! I regularly “inpulse cut” since I don’t plan ahead for regularly scheduled cuts and then get desperate since I want what I want when I want it. 🙂 It’s great to know some of the tricks I’ve been doing are what you recommend. and it gets compliments. next step:DIY color…

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY! go for it! DIY hair is the best;)

  25. Sarah

    With #3, do you part your hair in the back down the middle? Or do you brush all your hair straight up to your hairline?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      brush it all:)

  26. Blacksparrow

    Thanks so much for these! My money is super tight (recent PhD graduate, looking for full-time work, disabled, etc. . .) so these are a real godsend. If I want some layers around the face, is there a way to achieve this? I am willing to pay for one of the videos, but want to see if there’s a simple tweak I can do. I already have blunt bangs, but I’m looking for a little more movement in the hair.


      1. Blacksparrow

        Oooooh, I think the front of the head/unicorn ponytail cut is exactly what I’m looking for. You are super-awesome! Thank you!

  27. Heather

    I’m gonna try the ponytail cutting for beginner’s.

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  29. Kristina

    Haha I know you wrote this a year ago, but thanks so much for this article! I did a modified #3 by doing several ponytails (with less hair each time) to preserve as much length in the back as I could and I love it! My hair went from pretty but kind of boring to gorgeous and sexy! I feel better about it than almost any professional cut I’ve ever gotten 😀

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I love to hear that! Feel free to send a photo:)

  30. Hilda

    These are so helpful! Thank you so much. I tried #3 today on my BFF and my own hair and it turned out freaking awesome! The secret is using really sharp scissors. I also added tiny little cuts at the ends turning the scissor on the other direction to add some texture, a texturizing shear will do that as well. After I cut the hair with the scissor held vertically as shown in the photo I turned it horizontally and cut very tiny bits for texture, since I don’t own texturizing shears. I can’t stop talking about my DIY layers. Hehe! Great info. Thanks.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      yay! that is so cool. Nice work:)

  31. Grace Villaflor

    This is a great tip on how we cut our hair on our own and at the same to save money going to a salon for a short trimming. I would like to try one of these now. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Sunny

    When you cut it, do you go in a straight line? For example, I was going to try #3 but wanted to make sure I was doing it right. Do you cut straight down?

  33. Sunny

    One more question:
    Do you know how to make a “v” or a “u” cut with a pony-tail? I am really excited to try this technique out!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      more of a U cut:)

      1. roxie.hunt Author

        yes, a straight line, but use the pointcutting technique link in the post to see how to cut a soft straight line:)

        1. Sunny

          Ok. Thanks for the clarification!

  34. Stella

    All the five styles are very impressive, but the fifth is more attractive and effective for me.

  35. Renita

    It is very easy steps you give for the hair cuts and i like all hair styles.

  36. Svenja

    I stumbled upon your website when I was in desperate need of a haircut and didn’t have the time to make an appointment with my hairdresser. Your ponytail haircuts seemed easy enough, so I dug out the haircutting scissors I had bought ages ago but never used, and gave myself #3 – AWESOME!! Almost hate to say so, but that’s probably the best haircut I ever had in my life – love my hairdresser to pieces, but he’ll not cut my hair again unless I want a complete crazy change…
    My hair is somewhere around shoulder length, blonde, curly spirals in the back, curly-wavy craziness in the front, somewhat straight-ish bits underneath, and it definitely has a mind of its own.
    Ever since giving myself the #3 ponytail cut, my hair looks kinda surfer-girl curly instead of being a weird frizzy-curly-tangly mane. Layers in all the right places, face framing that actually works, no mullet-y straight bits poking out, perfect. Love it!
    Thank you 🙂

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YES!!!!! love this. Id love to see a photo!

  37. Ravinder

    Hey thank you for the tips. I have been doing number 3 for the past two years and I want to try number 2 to give the back of my head a “boost”. However I want the hair to frame my face as well. Do you think I should do the no.3 cut first and then no.2? as in combine the two cuts?
    I would love to hear your opinion.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      totally do it. Combining 2 cuts is the next level of great DIY hair:)

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  40. Nishi

    I tried #3 and am basking in compliments for it! Thanks a ton!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      whooo! so glad to hear it:)

  41. Liz

    I just tried number 3 and cut a foot off of my super long, super fine hair. It looks fabulous! So excited!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YES!!!!!!!!!! I’d love to see before and after photos!

  42. Alexis

    So I want to try #4. My hair is curly near my face. wavy towards the middle and straight underneath. Should my hair be wet when I cut it or do I leave it natural because I’ve read somewhere that it cuts better when it’s wet. I also want to know if #4 would look alright with curly hair? I’ve gotten my hair cut multiple times and then come to realize it seems to only look good if your hair is straight. anyways I love your article! Thanks so much

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I think it would look amazing on curls! I would suggest positioning the ponytail a bit farther back on the side of the head to keep your front curly layers from being too short. I’d love before and after photos:)

  43. Loa

    Hi from Denmark 🙂 I just tried #3 and I LOVE IT. I have slightly curly hair and, until today, I haven’t met a hairdresser, who could cut my hair with a satisfied result. Well – now I can do it my self! My hair looks messy – like “I have been on the beach all day messy”, it’s PERFECT 😉 Thank you for a great tutorial 🙂

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      That is such awesome news! I’d love to see a pic:)

  44. Linzi

    Have you ever done this with a side braid? I was wondering if it would end up a sexy assymetric mess, or a oh shit what have i done mess.
    Very tempted to try it out, but i’m scared it’ll turn out horrific

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Love the idea, totally curious about how it would turn out. It could be amazing. make sure you use deep point cuts into the braid instead of straight across…..

  45. Yashmeen

    I desperately needed to have my hair cut, and I stumbled upon your site.. and I must say I absolutely love style #5 .. turned out awesome! Thank you so much for the step by step pic and description 😀

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Whoohoo! love it:) Glad you found HTHG.

  46. Luna

    Thanks so much for this. I’ve cut my own hair before but wanted to try something different and quick. My last haircut was by a stylist who got too creative on one side of my head towards the front. I’m only at the mid-way point of growing that out, but had split ends. So your #3 helped me blend that in a little, and then I used the second step of #5.

    For anyone else who tries this combination… if your hair is much shorter than the model’s, it might be hard to see the ends after the first stage. After #3 I couldn’t get them up front where I could see them well. In the end I went ahead with #5 anyways, and afterwards improvised point-cutting with some pigtails. That worked for me, but I would have been nervous if I’d never self-snipped before.

    Anyways, now my hair is happy, so I just wanted to thank you for your awesome guide!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Thanks so much for this!

  47. jen


    I have wavy longish hair and thick Zooey bangs (thank you for the help with the bangs!). How do you think that would look/work with number four? I had a short asymmetrical cut years ago that was my all time fave, but now want to keep some length. Think it will look to heavy?
    I just paid for a haircut that is fine but boring. Your ideas are much better!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I think it would look GREAT!!! go for it.

  48. Cait

    I tried haircut #2 today and I have really long/thick hair- it absolutely worked!!! Thanks for posting these!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY!!!! love it:)

  49. J

    I wanted to try #4, but I’m not clear on if it should be in the front or not.. It says front, but in the picture it seems more in the middle than the front.

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      more towards the front:)

  50. Rebecca

    Oh my goodness, this has changed my life!! I haven’t had my haircut for a year, I have a slight salon phobia after a ‘Rachel cut’ gone bad when I was 15! I searched ‘how to cut your own hair’ on pinterest and found you! I popped my littest down for his nap and on an impulse tried out #3 – I love it!! I only took about 1 1/2 inches off, might get braver next time, but the results are great – I am a convert 🙂 Thanks so much! xx

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      SO glad you found me!!! Keep up the DIY:)xo

  51. Ashley Turner

    I have cut my hair twice in the past 8 years. I hate going to the salon because of a few things…I don’t want to pay for a hair cut. My hair is so thick and long that it takes 1.5 to 2 hours to get my hair washed, brushed, cut, and styled. I also can’t ever find a style that I like. I had my youngest child just two months ago, and since my hair was down past my waist I had to keep it up in a bun all the time. Plus, my split ends were getting out of control! This evening I finally got fed up with my hair, so I decided to do a bit of Googling and found this helpful site! I tried #3, and I absolutely LOVE it! I pulled all of my hair into a ponytail at the top front of my head, and cut off about four inches. After that, I trimmed my bangs a bit to better contour my face, then took the hair at the top of my head in a pony tail at the top front, and cut a bit more off of that section. After playing with my hair for a while, I decided I didn’t like the long bit in the back of my hair, so I put all of my hair in a pony tail at the nape of my neck, slid it down until there was about three inches left, and trimmed that off. On all the cuts, I used the point cutting technique. After I style my hair tomorrow, I’ll send you a picture! Thank you so much for the helpful advice! I’ll never pay for a hair cut again 🙂

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Yes!! please do send a photo. I’d love to share it:)

  52. Laurel

    I cut my hair using #5 and love it!! I already had a longer bob but wanted some movement. I only snipped maybe an inch and it came out incredible with much more body. I’m thinking I might need some slight movement in the front peices. If I now use the #3 technique will that remove and mess up what I’ve done with #5? Thanks in advance!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      yep. you got it!

  53. Bobbi

    I have been using this technique for a while now, and love how easy, fast and cost efficient it is! I have curly curly hair which tends to weigh down if I don’t keep it trimmed up. I find that if I pull the pony tail holder towards the end of the pony, and trim across that, I keep the lines much straighter. Works like a charm every time!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      whoo hoo!!!!! love it! DIY curly cuts:)

  54. Elizabeth

    Hi I love the look of #4! I’m just a lil
    Concerned on how short that side pony looks.
    My hair is at the bottom of my buttcheeks
    & I don’t want it much shorter lengthwise.
    I have alot of fine wavy/curly/frizzy hair.
    How do I know how long my hair will be?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You sort of have to guestimate. My advice is to do it a little wee bit at a time until it is just how you want it:)

  55. Karen

    I really want to try #4, but I have a couple questions first.

    Just how asymmetrical does the #4 haircut turn out to be? There’s only one picture on this page, and it looks very similar a #3 haircut that wasn’t parted evenly. Do you have any other pictures of this haircut?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Good question! I don’t have any other photos, but you can control the amount of asymmetry by how far over the ponytail is. I recommend that if you have a deep side part and you want a bit of asymmetry, make your ponytail where the part line would be.

  56. Steph

    So … I hate going to the hairdressers (in the minority I know). I’m bored stupid, it usually averages around 4 hours each time & its so expensive for a haircut that frankly most times I couldn’t care less about & never have the time for either!

    Tonight I happened to be husbandless (off to a football game), house-bound (with 3 sleeping moochos) & feeling frumpy so I did what any sane bored housewife does … googled DIY haircuts & came across your website.

    Thought it would be fun to document the process with photos (or would save time explaining what happened to my hair lol). It was alot of fun actually & I’m really happy with the result. I posted a link to those photos so hopefully you can see them 🙂 Thanks very much for sharing!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I’d love to see them!!!!!! I don’t see a link?

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  58. Katie

    I love this. I want to do #4 but my hair isn’t long enough to all fit in the ponytail. ANy suggestions? I have wavy hair that when wet of course is much longer! SHould I just put what will fit in the side ponytail?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Yep. Just put in everything that will fit. That will totally still work:)

  59. jen

    Thank you so much! I love all things cheap and free and googled how to cut face framing layers myself. I came across your site and used #5. I am so happy with the results! So glas to know I’ll be able to cut my hair at home whenever I need to 🙂

  60. Michelle

    Hi Roxie

    Thanks so much, #2 did the trick beautifully. I didn’t want to lose length as I’ve been growing my hair out for nearly a year, after a too short DIY do. Every 2-3 months I take the razor to it again…sigh. Just last night I had been feeling despondent, thinking I was going to have to explain myself to a hairdresser, but #2 blended the layers again, and with less hair removed than would fill a tablespoon. Cheers!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY!!! So glad it did the trick for you:) I love that cut.

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  62. Carleigh

    I just did #3 on my hair, slightly modified because I’m trying to grow out some short top layers to blend better with the rest of my hair! You are a lifesaver! This is the best, easiest DIY cutting method I’ve found so far! Next time, once I build up some courage, I wanna try #4!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You are most welcome:) glad you found it helpfull!

  63. Wendybird

    I’ve been using Faye’s Self Trim method for a couple of years, which is of course a decent method, but it tends to make cuts that are all one length, or just tapered along the bottom. Which is fine, but lackluster when mixed with very fine hair. I’m so glad I found your instructions.

    I did a #3, though I did tone down the longest layers by re-trimming them off a low Faye’s style pony. I’m so happy with my hair now. It has movement and style, not just function! Thank you! 🙂

  64. Sophia

    Hi Roxie!

    So let me start saying how much I love your blog. I have been shamphree for a year and a half and when I discovered you, I flipped! So many great tips and sources for inspiration! Anywho, I have been cutting my own hair for years (starting back as a teen when I would clip it and looked much like that chick from The Cranberries (or that other chick from Empire Records, depending on the setting and the guard). My hair is long now, about to where a bra clasp would be. And I continue to trim it into layers with the ponytail method. However, I’m growing tired of the long tresses and was wondering if you could post an easy DIY do much like the one Winona Ryder sports in Reality Bites? Seriously, is there a shortish, choppy style more perfect than that… Doubtful!
    Thank you so much for your undying dedication to natural beauty!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      goddamn that is a great cut. That is a total grab-and-hack spur of the moment cut. Many of the best ones are;)

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY!! cool. I’m checking it out now.

  65. Suzanne

    I did the #4 but more layers it came out awesome and I love it with my slightly wavy hair! Thanks so much!

    1. roxie.hunt Author


  66. Shawndra

    My hair is a little past my shoulders, super thin, and baby fine. I did #3 this morning and it turned out great! I only cut about 1 1/2″ so it wasn’t a dramatic change. I’m very pleased. Thanks!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      I’m so glad you like your results! Such a great trick;)

  67. Shannon

    I’ve been using a technique like #3 for about a year now, finally I get my haircut just like I want it 🙂 !!!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY!!!! love that #3 cut;)

  68. Nitya Chandra

    I wanna go for #3 ! My hair is thin, straight ( so straight !!!. Will this style work for me ?? I dont use any kind of hair straightener or any other extra things on my hair as its thin. I’m afraid 🙁

  69. Nitya Chandra

    And do we need styling hair for #4 ? I am lazy at styling :/

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      No, it shouldn’t need styling. You can always start by just cutting a little bit.

  70. Chrys Albarado

    My daughter is 8. Until about 20 minutes ago, she had waist length curly hair. We have never cut more than 2 inches from it every 6 months or so. And we’ve always cut straight across the back. Her hair is absolutely gorgeous. (If she wasn’t my own blood, I would strongly consider killing for it, ya know. ) she has Shirley temple curls, between 3a and 3b. The problem is , the weight of her super thick hair causes it to be straighter where visible but underneath is constantly a kind mess of knots. (Every morning, we have tears undoing the mess the “knotty fairies” put there by playing in her hair at night.) We have wanted to take some weight off her hair for a while, lose a little length, but not too much, and allowing her curls at the front to be more curly and at the back to be more springy. After much research (I don’t trust my daughters hair to anyone but myself) I decided that a layered cut would probably be best. This is what I did first:
    I went underneath her hair and snip a small chunk off at the nape of her neck. This is not a problem at all because she has a wispy fringe hairline all the way around her head. I washed the chunk and let it dry naturally. Then, I examined it to see where the damage started. I held the hair straight, and measured from the start of the damage to the end. About 1 inch. I got a peice of cardboard and taped the top of the chunk to it. I marked the full length stretched out, marked the damage and then let the curl loss and marked where the first curl started to bend at the top. The reason I did all of this is because when you start cutting off peices, the hair weighs less, so the curls are going to move as it gets shorter. I wanted to make sure that we didn’t cut too much off.
    So, next I cut off the damaged portion. Then, I rewet the hair, scrunched it and let it dry again.
    Next, I marked where the hair ended without stretching it. Then I marked where that first curl started again, which was indeed higher up. I looked carefully at the hair, noting the difference in the appearance with the damaged hair removed. I marked how short I thought I would want to go for my next cut. Holding that spot, I stretched the hair out and measured from that spot to the end. 2 inches. I marked that and cut it off. Then I wet the hair again and let it dry. I repeated the process until I liked the way the hair looked when dried naturally and the length.
    It’s important to remember that this hair is only measuring from the nape of the neck to the ends. I only cut about a half inch off each time after that. I finally determined that 4 inches of stretched out length would be safe and more than six inches would be too much. AND I KNEW I DIDNT WANT HER HAIR IN THE FRONT TO BE SHORTER THAN CHIN LENGHTH.
    So how was I going to accomplish this?!?!? More research.
    Then, I came across your site. Voila!!

    So, we washed her hair and put nothing in it and let it dry naturally. I checked her hair in the front and using a peice of chalk I lightly marked where the shortest I could cut it and still have the proper length would be. Then, I put a pillow on our kitchen stool and had her get on her knees and basically face plant into the pillow. She thought that and the added idea of getting a unicorn horn ponytail was hilarious. (I always always tell her very plainly what I am doing to her hair. Why? BECUASE IT IS HERS!!! And because I want her to know that when someone is messing with her hair, they SHOULD explain before they do. And I explain, everything, from why a curl lays the way it does, to how to brush, to how and why to use certain products. (And did mention, I MAKE all of her hair care products? Which consists of shampoo and one other thing that can be used for everything from hot oil treatments to leave in conditioner to detangler? Yep, one day I might market the stuff. :). ) anyway, I think it’s important to tell her now that way if she goes to a salon and some hack just puts scissors to her head without discussing it or hands her a line of bs – she will question it and if need be, walk out.)
    Moving on – I gently combed her hair into a unicorn horn ponytail which was pretty easy with her laying on the pillow. I don’t think she could have stood upside down for long. I got the ponytail nice and smooth but I combed through the length as little as possible. I wanted to still see the curls while cutting.
    Once the ponytail was in, I put her up on a chair and finger combed the tail. I found the peice of hair with the chalk on it, which was now on the underside of the tail. I took my chalk , and I marked the topside of the tail. This pink line, marked te absolute shortest it could be cut.
    The I got my ruler, I measured the hair gently stretched out. Sure enough, 6 inches fell about two and half inches longer than my pink mark. I marked 6 inches with blue chalk. Then I marked four inches with white. Letting the curls spring back, I asked her if she wanted it shorter or longer. She said shorter. So I took another ponytail holder and smoothed the hair out without pulling tight and made she it was straight out from her head and I pony tailed it at the six inch chalk mark. I took a deep breath and started snipping little bits at a time right above the ponytail. When the whole pony tail came off, I instantly saw an improvement. Now, it didn’t spring into curls here. Don’t worry, it’s not going to. But, I could tell right away that I had gotten ALL of the bad ends off. So healthy. She was running her fingera over it and saying she had Pantene hair. Lol.
    Then, I smoothed out then still ponytailed hair and trimmed it to make the ends nice and even. Finally, I shhook the ponytail a little while holding the ends. This let the shorter hairs from the front fall from te underside of the tail. I grabbed those and pulled them straight and carefully snipped ONLY the bad ends off (about a 1/4 inch).

    We took her hair down and went to the bathroom and rewet it really well. I use a little bit of our homemade product and detangler it ( which was like omg brushing butter!!!! No tears!!!), scrunched it and let her run off. I’ve been letting it dry on its own while typing this post. This comment is kind of long. I mean, her hair takes a while to dry. Or maybe I’m just terrified to go look at it…..

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      wow! way to go mom! You are lucky to have a curly haired daughter:) I hope she grows up loving her curls!

  71. kendall

    This is the first time I’ve ever commented on a blog. I am so excited about this, haha…I just gave myself cut 3 & its AMAZING! I’m a stay-at-home mom without the extra cash for a pro cut…thank you SO much, i feel so pretty & my hair feels so healthy again!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Whoo Hooooo!! I am SO glad to hear this!

  72. Chantal

    Thanks so much for these brilliant instructions. 🙂
    Did a #1 on my 8 year old this morning. She is super fussy about hair cuts but loves it & it looks great.
    Then I did a #4 followed by a #1 on my own hair with a bit of help from my other half. I’m so happy. I’ve been trimming my own hair for a while to save money & because I’ve had some awful experiences at the hairdressers!! This looks like a proper hair cut though instead of just a boring trim.
    You rock.

  73. Clair

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!!! I have been wanting a long bob for a while but couldn’t get myself to spend the money. I can’t believe I just got this AMAZING cute awesome haircut for free!!!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!!!

  74. Alexandra Phillips

    I did the asymmetrical cut and I love the layers it put in my hair, but it’s a little too asymmetrical for me, haha! If I put the ponytail on the other side of my head will it fix that?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Yep, it should fix it:)

  75. Amanda B.

    I just did haircut #3, & wow!!! LOVE it!!! I’m NOT handy with hairdos AT ALL (no curling, flattening, or other electrical gadgets – or even curlers- for this gal..) I had pretty, super-long wavy hair (past my waist), & have done diy cuts off youtube before, and liked the results. But THIS is awesome and wayyyy easy! I saw the pics, decided on #3, got the scissors from the kitchen drawer ( I know I was supposed to get some real shears, & I will now!)…with literally 3 snips & about 12″ off, I feel transformed. Thanks so much! I also enjoyed your “ponytail facelift” video! This stuff is vital for the hair impaired amongst us! Lolz…:-D

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      Whoooooo! so awesome:) Thanks for sharing!

  76. AyalaAyala

    I used #3 today! I was really nervous but it was so easy and quick and came out great…really happy:)

  77. silvia rivera

    Hello. I was just wondering what would be best when the hair is dry or wet?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      if your hair is straight, wet. If your hair is curly or wavy, dry:)

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  79. lynne

    hi roxy,
    long time reader and thanks for this great site btw. – have used these ponytails for years to cut my hair and now my youngest daughter does to. her hair is almost waist length – i had mine cut short three years ago to get henna out and silver in! have been in a vicious cycle of trying to grow since. grew out the pixie through the winter (did the mullet myself) and went for a trim last week. crazy mistake. got scissor hands and left with a textured, layered nightmare. fixed the line in the back w/a mini ponytail and made a ponytail of the rest all in front near hairline – bangs are super short but i can live with them i razored the ends a bit – and cut it off about a quarter/half inch. wow. even layers, perfect short bob shape!will this grow out well or are there tricks i should know as it grows?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      This sounds so perfect! I would love to see a picture:) I’m thinking that it should grow out really well. You may need to do another little ponytail cut in the back at some point, but a layered bob is a great cut that generally grows out beautifully:)

  80. lynne

    hi and thanks so much for responding
    it’s short but my hair grows fast – i’ll try to get a pic in the next 2 weeks – i’m going to let it go for 2 months but if the back looks like it needs it, i’ll do the pony again – i’ll check back as it grows and thanks for your great site. you rock!

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  83. marielle

    Can i make the #2 using a simple scissors?

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      You can, the sharper the better!

  84. Beatrice

    What is the difference between #3 and #1? is it just that # 3 will add layers the front? Will#1 add layers in the front too? Will both give the same kind of layer look in the back? I can’t decide. I’d love your opinion. Thank you!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      #3 will add heavier layering in the front, around the face. #1 will add a bit of layering around the face, but more so in the crown, adding more heighth to the hair:)

      1. Beatrice

        Thank You! Would you recommend cutting both techniques in the hair? Or would that be too much?

  85. Zelda

    Hi there!

    I really like the look of the tapered cut that comes to a point at your back, they call it ‘triangle cut’. Do you have any ideas about how I could position the pony tail to achieve this?

    Thank you!!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      The classic ponytail cut, where the ponytail is situated on top of the back of the head, will give you the V shaped layers:)

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  87. Valerie

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! I was desperate for a cut. I did #5 today, and LOVE the results! I don’t plan on ever paying for a haircut again!

    1. roxie.hunt Author

      YAY!!!! so glad to hear that it worked well for you:)

  88. Luisa

    Hey! I’ve just started in this DIY world and my last attemp on haircut was kind of crazy.. lol. But thankfully, hair grows! I’m definetely going to try one of these next, thank you very much for the tips =]

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  91. Michal

    I’m a bit confused. Are we supposed to point cut across the pony tail or just cut straight across? Also should hair be wet or dry?

  92. Cindy

    Love this!!! I pull this up on the regular to redo my daughter’s hair. It looks so awesome! So easy to do. I pulled it up tonight to do my own. I always play it safe and cut a little at a time till we get it where she wants it. Thanks!

  93. ivonne

    tip.. remember to use a hair cutting scissor, if you use any scissor it can give you split ends 😉

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  95. AJ

    I never thought i could my own hair and still look decent until this! I love it! Thanks so much! 🙂

  96. Jeana

    Here’s my dance move, oh yay, oh yay, oh yay, I just tried number 3 cut and I have curly hair. AMAZING, I did go ahead and cut off at least 3 to 4 inches. Much needed and even after I washed and put my curl enhancer and Argan oil in it and scrunched it it lays very nice. I will have to invest in hair scissors. 🙂

  97. Crash

    I was very hesitant to cut my hair, as I have shorter-than-shoulder-length-but-not-a-bob, and if I botched it, my mom said I would probably have to get it boyshort. I plunged ahead and did cut 5, then cut 3 to get some face framing. It turned out super cute and I love it!!! I’ll probably never get my hair cut by a hairdresser again!!! One tiny question though… I have tons of layers on my left side, but hardly any on my right. Do you know why and how I could fix it? Thanks and I love your site!!

  98. Melissa

    Thank you for sharing this technique – I don’t think I’ll be going back to the hairdresser.

    One question: how can I achieve more of a U-cut in the back? I read that you suggested point-cutting to someone in a previous comment, but I did point-cut and it’s still a bit too straight across for me.

  99. Tamtam

    This is pretty awesome, though… lol… a tad bit nerve-wracking. I just cut my own hair like #4 and it was kind of tricky. I like the results, but I think that with the overall thickness of my hair, trimming the ends with a buzzer would be easier than using scissors.

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  101. Jennifer

    I have long fine but thick hair and I tried method #2. This did not work for me! Sorry, but it’s essentially the worst haircut I’ve ever had. For years I cut my own bangs and I cut my husband’s hair so I’m not totally inept. It looks like someone indiscriminately took a pair of scissors and chopped off random sections of hair. I spent almost 30 minutes fixing it. I will probably have to go to a salon to get this fixed or find another DIY tutorial. Luckily I still have enough length to work with.

  102. Anna

    I’ve had the worst haircuts (most weren’t straight or even) and finally settled on a stylist who I didn’t love, but wasn’t totally awful. Never mind he was $120 a trim, and always booked for weeks in advance. Then I trimmed my own ends for a year+ using Faye’s method. Until I had a hot weather panic attack last summer and had my hair cut by said stylist in the shortest bob possible. I had been doing #2 to add top layers while it grew out, but just now finally had enough hair in back to do a combo of #3 and #5. It looks amazing! My individual hairs are fine, but overall my hair is huge (half lose curls and half large corkscrews). I prefer my hair wet to damp when I cut it, I find my curls are too loose/soft to cut dry. Anyway, thank you! This is invaluable. 3 years ago I never would’ve cut my own hair, now I can’t imagine not. Seriously, try it! Just take your time and don’t have a cocktail beforehand! 🙂

    1. Anna

      Sorry, I had been doing #1 previously to add top layers to my short bob, not #2.

  103. Deb EDDccc

    I’ve been chopping my own hair for years. I used to have really long straight hair but since it’s gone grey it is very thick and tends to curl. I usually hang my head upside down and brush the hair then put a band or a big clipslide on, then standing upright hold the hair straight up then snip straight across. I get a pretty good result but tend to need to trim the front sides, I snip the v bit that sticks outward off, if you understand what I mean! It is a good rock chic layered cut. Mum persuaded me to go to the hairdressers recently and I wanted a long bob, just the longer layers off and they have done a right hack job. He razored it and I can do nothing with it except get the straighteners out, and that is really going to split my ends. Cant wait for it to grow so I can DIY again! Don’t be afraid. Chop it, this website is great, if you are scared, do it one inch at a time.

  104. Kristin S

    Cut a #5 today and it looks FABULOUS! Followed your instructions to every point, including the extra step of layering. I have very thick, straight hair and it was exhilarating just chopping it off 🙂 I used my (non-professional) textile scissors as they are very sharp.

    I straightened the ends afterwards and the ends come diagonally down towards my face a little, which is sooo cool. Like so many other commenters said I just can’t see myself ever going to a hairdresser again! THANK YOU!!

  105. Dave

    The most organic ways to do this is to use a sword fish.

  106. Patricia Evans

    Hi, Thanks for your awesome article. I have a pro tip for you. You can add this tip and that is to avoid any miscommunications and bad haircuts become much easier if you bring inspiration and pictures of top-notch hairstyles with you. Showing your hair stylist a picture of the haircut you want will provide your hairstylist with an idea of what you’re looking for – both in terms of cut and even color. Your stylist will also be able to tell you if that particular cut and style works for you – so be prepared to get feedback and maybe only partially the haircut you want.

  107. Zbigniew

    Thank you for those tips. I can’t believe that you wrote this article 7 years ago and it’s such useful for me right now. Thanks so much!

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