For those who wanted to know my method for hair - it's basically THIS METHOD.
I'm reading a lot of forums where people say to not do this method and only go to a hairdresser. I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained. I had long hair when I started and didn't cut too much off, so I was safe. I think some people go too far with this hair cut and then they have way short layers on top - never fun.
I made my pony tail by hanging my head straight down (crown of my head facing the ground) and combed and combed and combed my hair until I was absolutely sure that everything was hanging in the right place. Then I made the pony tail right on top of my head and went from there.
Whatever you do, be careful. Cut in small amounts and take out the pony tail and check your progress before going shorter.
Oh, and I take no part in the blame if this doesn't work for you. It's a gamble... I like how mine turned out.