Cutting own hair into layers with the ponytail method

Does anyone cut their curly hair using the ponytail method? I saw a method of cutting your own hair by putting it in a ponytail at the top of your head and then cutting the end off the ponytail. If so, some pictures of the results would be good along with a guide where you placed the ponytail?
I go to a salon. Honestly, I don't think I would trust that method.

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I agree with Love. That method would probably not work as well with 3B or curlier hair. The hair should be down and dry so that you can see how all of the curls behave together. It's possible to cut your own hair, but I would not do it in while hair is in a ponytail.
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I understand how the pony tail method works and can honestly say it probably would work, but i would not recommend it for someone with no experience. I cut my own hair and put layers in but I do it by seperating my hair into sections. It takes a very long time to do. If you dont have expierence then I would definately recommend going to a salon.
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If you dont have expierence then I would definately recommend going to a salon.
Originally Posted by wmvbug
How can you get experience if you don't ever try, though?

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Hairdave, try it. If you don't like it, get it fixed up at a salon. Hair will grow back.
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Hey Love,
I have tried this method and I am a combo of 3a/b and even some c's. For this method to truly "work" you would ideally need to straighten/flat iron the hair so you get a true idea of what you are cutting. Problems with this is: being a curly girl you probably would not usually straighten your hair, and also you need to be extremely conservative with the amount you cut because when you wear it curly, it will be much shorter.

What I do is after I straighten the hair I put a non silicone based herbal oil in it to further lay the hair down. I bring the hair into a pony tail at the top of the back of the head. Exact placement is not necessary. Comb the hair straight UP and keep combing until all the hairs are aligned. Then I snip about 1/4 off of the length. I am not done after that. That is just STEP ONE.

Step two: take pony tail down and comb. Section the top of your hairs and clip. Leave the sides and the back of your hairs down as you will not cut those portions. Next you will section the hair in the very front in 1/2 inch increments and comb forward and straight ahead. Snip 1/4, let loose and move back another 1/2 inch. Snip 1/4 and keep going until you reach the crown. Stop.
Comb the entire top section forward and twist , yes twist. make sure it is a smooth twist and then snip 1/4 of the ends.

After you are done you should see a flattering array of layers that will sort of be released from the rest of the hair. This cut works well once you wet and wear curly.

I will try to find a youtube video for you that demonstrates this. Again, be conservative with what you cut initially. It is always better to cut less and fix later than to cut more and have to spend a year growing out.

-Shani

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If you dont have expierence then I would definately recommend going to a salon.
Originally Posted by wmvbug
How can you get experience if you don't ever try, though?

Peace.
Originally Posted by Love
Haha, I thought about that after I posted it. But there are plenty of ways! Try it on a doll, watch a experienced friend do it, practice on anything but your real hair. Be creative!
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I used to do that, it looked fine when I straightened my hair but it doesn't work if you want to wear it curly. Curly hair needs to be cut very carefully and each curl needs to be cut separately, just go to the salon
Each curl doesn't need to be cut differently. I've cut my hair using this method and I have a wonderful array of curls that complement each other.

Cutting each curl separately will probably need to be done by someone who has experience shaping curly hair using this method.
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Hair routine:
Search and Destroy missions every two weeks to a month.
Co wash majority of the time with Tresemme Naturals & Suave coconut conditioner
Cold water rinse
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Inches of growth 2010
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21(May)

23 (August)
23.5 (September-beginning of month)
24
25(October-end of month)

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I gave it a go and I did it with the ponytail fastened at the hairline on my forward and in the middle. I didn't want the front to be any shorter than my chin so i pulled the ponytail down to my chin to gauge the length. I cut off about 4 inches which wasn't enough to cut any of the length at the back which was good.

I did make one mistake though. As I measured it to my chin, I didn't allow for the curl to spring back up so the very front layer was about 2 to 3 inches shorter than I expected although I am still very happy with the result. Saved a lot of money and you cant tell that I did it myself.
I gave it a go and I did it with the ponytail fastened at the hairline on my forward and in the middle. I didn't want the front to be any shorter than my chin so i pulled the ponytail down to my chin to gauge the length. I cut off about 4 inches which wasn't enough to cut any of the length at the back which was good.

I did make one mistake though. As I measured it to my chin, I didn't allow for the curl to spring back up so the very front layer was about 2 to 3 inches shorter than I expected although I am still very happy with the result. Saved a lot of money and you cant tell that I did it myself.
Originally Posted by hairdave
Show is in pictures!

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I did it today, with wet hair. i just plopped everything on the top of my head and cut where i wanted it to be. it worked great, took about 20 min. as for where i put the band, it was pretty close to the ends of my hair. I didn't want that much cut. I've been cutting my own hair for a while but this was the first time I cut layers or bangs. i've attached before and after pics. I'm wearing a different shirt because i washed my hair in the shower.
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I did it today, with wet hair. i just plopped everything on the top of my head and cut where i wanted it to be. it worked great, took about 20 min. as for where i put the band, it was pretty close to the ends of my hair. I didn't want that much cut. I've been cutting my own hair for a while but this was the first time I cut layers or bangs. i've attached before and after pics. I'm wearing a different shirt because i washed my hair in the shower.
Originally Posted by gemaquaries
Gemaquaries, the layers look great!
I did it today, with wet hair. i just plopped everything on the top of my head and cut where i wanted it to be. it worked great, took about 20 min. as for where i put the band, it was pretty close to the ends of my hair. I didn't want that much cut. I've been cutting my own hair for a while but this was the first time I cut layers or bangs. i've attached before and after pics. I'm wearing a different shirt because i washed my hair in the shower.
Originally Posted by gemaquaries
Gemaquaries, the layers look great!
Originally Posted by hairdave
Thanks, now that I've had some sleep I realize what a risk I took cutting my hair with 4 weeks until my wedding. I'm glad I did though, my hair looks a lot healthier.
Your hair looks great!

I've been cutting my own hair for about 30 years and have done both 'the ponytail' and 'cut each curl separately' methods. I like the control of cutting each curl separately but it does take some time. The ponytail method takes almost no time at all.
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I did it today, with wet hair. i just plopped everything on the top of my head and cut where i wanted it to be. it worked great, took about 20 min. as for where i put the band, it was pretty close to the ends of my hair. I didn't want that much cut. I've been cutting my own hair for a while but this was the first time I cut layers or bangs. i've attached before and after pics. I'm wearing a different shirt because i washed my hair in the shower.
Originally Posted by gemaquaries
WOW!!! That looks great!

I had my hair EXACTLY like yours in the "before" pic! My stylist got it looking like your "after", but he has ALWAYS has a little trouble getting that rounded shape like your cut.

So I have two blunt areas on the sides like the attached pic...I hope you can see them. They're right at eye level/slightly below eye level. (peep my oh-so-helpful yellow lines, hee)

It's like the entire head is layered pretty nicely, except for those areas. I'd like to re-do it myself but don't know how. They bother me.

Is it possible that I could just put that part up into a mini-ponytail and tweak it a little bit? That blunt area gets triangle-y and it's really annoying.

P.S. My hair's really frizzy b/c I brushed it out
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Sinistral55, I cant see any reason it would no work for you. Just use the one ponytail on top of your head. Just cut a little at a time though.

Last edited by hairdave; 09-06-2010 at 10:18 AM. Reason: edit
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I gave it a go and I did it with the ponytail fastened at the hairline on my forward and in the middle. I didn't want the front to be any shorter than my chin so i pulled the ponytail down to my chin to gauge the length. I cut off about 4 inches which wasn't enough to cut any of the length at the back which was good.

I did make one mistake though. As I measured it to my chin, I didn't allow for the curl to spring back up so the very front layer was about 2 to 3 inches shorter than I expected although I am still very happy with the result. Saved a lot of money and you cant tell that I did it myself.
Originally Posted by hairdave
What if you only want to cut the top layer? Would you pull the front ponytail out to where you want the layers to fall? And what about getting layers to match in the back?

Did that make sense?

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