Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5 Minute DIY Easy Layered Haircut- A Review

In my entire 24 years of life, I've been to a hairdresser twice.
Every other time I got my hair cut and styled, it was by my mom or myself or a friend.
So I know that you don't need to spend a lot of money to have decent looking hair.
(Of course, it helps that my hair is pretty low maintenance.)

Most people who have been around the frugal/DIY bloggosphere long enough have probably heard about the "Easy, 5 minute, Do-it-yourself layered haircut" in which you just have to "make a high ponytail and chop it off to get a choppy, layered look".
I'd heard so many rave reviews about that haircut, that when I discovered that my kids had lice and I decided that I needed a haircut, because checking my own hair for lice was very difficult with long hair, I decided to try it out.

So, here's a video showing how to do it.

If you can't see the video, basically what you do is you put your hair in a very neat ponytail all the way at the top of your head, on your hairline, in the exact middle of your head. You then use another ponytail to mark off where you want to cut the ponytail, and then chop it off there.
It's supposed to give you beautiful lustrous locks, because the position that the hair is in makes it naturally be layered.

So I did that.
After hearing that my friend, Bobbie, loved her haircut, I was hoping I would too...

Well, first let me say that I contemplated cutting the ponytail pretty short, but then decided to cut the ponytail off 3-4 inches below the first ponytail holder...
Thank God for that....
If I hadn't, who knows what it would have been like...

I've had lots of layered haircuts in my life, and was expecting a standard layered cut, with layers framing my face.
Instead, I ended up with bangs for the first time since I was 3 years old.
I guess it's a good thing bangs are in style again.
I guess it's a good thing my husband thinks its cute.

Because I don't.

It looks like I have a mullet.
Short bangs that gradually get longer... but the shortest reaches the middle part of my forehead, a little too short than I'd do if I would decide to give myself bangs...
And the longest is still pretty long- longer than shoulder length.
I actually went and trimmed the back so my hair length wouldn't differ by at least a foot and a half...

So yea, semi mullet. Short, layered, bangy hair on top. Long straight hair in the back...
Definitely not the look I would have chosen!
At least hair grows out!

Another big issue with this haircut is if you actually want to put your hair up, it's near impossible! I used 3 ponytails, including one at the very top of my head, one towards the middle, and one at the nape of my neck to try to hold my hair away from my face, but it didn't work! Only 4 clips later (in addition to those 3 ponytaill holders) I am actually able to keep my hair out of my face...

I might have ruined the haircut because I didn't use the sharpest scissors, so the ponytail didn't cut straight across, but I am not sure that better scissors would have solved the issue...

A few pluses though- its very easy to take care of...
It gives my hair more body.
It was easy...
But I don't think I'll be doing it again.

If you want to cut your hair at home, and you're tempted to try this style, cut it much longer than you think you'll want. Because you can always cut hair shorter, but you can't cut it longer again. I think this haircut can work if you leave at least 8 inches of the ponytail before you cut it off...

But if you just want to cut your hair yourself, I recommend just giving yourself your own layered haircut by parting your hair in the back, bringing your hair to the sides, and cutting it layered. It's pretty forgiving when you cut layered hair- slight imperfections aren't obvious. Straight cut hair takes more expertise. Layered is pretty easy.

So, there you have it.

Sorry for the lack of pictures- my phone inadvertently got left at my mom's house the other day...

Have you heard of the ponytail DIY layered haircut? Did you ever do it for yourself or others? How did it come out? Mullet-like, or did I do something wrong?
Where do you usually cut your hair? At home? Barber/hairdresser? At home? What type of hairstyle do you usually sport?


  1. I don't want a V-shape back, so i'm not even going to try this. Better is to cut it straight at the bottom, then pulling vertical sections of hair out to the side and trim for layers. Finally you can cut face framing layers at a downward slope from where you want them to start.

  2. I actually loved the way your haircut looked. I have hair to my waist and was thinking about trying this cut. You looked so happy with it in the video. I suppose, I would like to see more pictures before I really cut my hair. : ) I might do a conservative version of this cut. Thanks for the cool idea!

  3. I did this type of cut this evening (and a couple of times before) and to get it to work properly you have to comb your hair from the nape of you neck into the ponytail at the front really diligently, so that it is completely smooth, and then yes don't take too much off:
    hope you have better luck next time.

  4. I just did this tonight and it worked very well. I want to cut my hair ALL off but this will work in the meantime until I figure out how to do a presentable short cut! Really, this was awesome! And it literally took 5 minutes.

  5. I have been cutting my hair this way for a little over a year. I have never cut as much off as you did since I was basically just trimming and restoring shape to my hair. Since I don't cut very much off, it doesn't actually trim the longest length of hair enough, so I definitely have to do additional trimming like you show by bringing the hair to the front; most videos I've seen of this cut don't include that part so I was not expecting to have to do that when I first tried it. I also do more trimming on the face framing hair sections. One thing I think makes it easier is to do it when your hair is wet.

  6. I never tried to cut my hair for my entire life. But I would like to try it now after watching your video, this can save me money going to the salon. Hoping it will work good for me for this going to be my first time.

  7. I tried it out… though the tutorial suggested a much lower ponytail… at the nape of the neck, so no mullet! It looked great and took like a minute. You can also do an asymetrical style by pulling it to one side. I want to try a little shorter now! This is the tutorial I used. Try it again once your hair grows out. I think if you keep the pony tail near the nape of your neck it should be pretty safe.

  8. I cut my hair like this 3 days ago, I had to trim the latest at the front as it was a bit uneven but I'm so happy with the cut I am going to trim it this way in 6 weeks instead of it costing me time and money to go to the hairdressers!!



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