A short, layered haircut is easy to do for a beginner. Creating a short, layered haircut for a woman involves making two ponytails, one at the nape of the neck and the other at the crown's center. Cutting each ponytail makes the different layers of hair vary in length.
Make a short, layered hairstyle for a man by first cutting the hairline so it's even all the way around the back of the head. Use a comb to make sure the individual hairs line up. Trim the sideburns by angling a comb towards the lips and trimming down from the top.