How to Wear A Vintage Hair Snood

So I’m definitely not one to start giving vintage hair tutorials but I do know how to do a few simple things. As I slowly gain my confidence in front of the camera, I thought I’d share a very simple hair tutorial that anyone can do. Styling a vintage hair snood; so simple, so quick, pretty cheap and it adds some casual glamour to your day. Snoods became popular in the 1940s to help prevent women’s hair being caught in machinery and to stop hair falling on the face and slowing down production for the war effort. They have remained popular and are still worn by vintage lovers today.

Snoods can be made from thin netting, ribbon or wool (generally crocheted). I generally wear the ones made out of cording which is crocheted and has elastic around the edge to help it stay on my head. A snood can be worn in a few different ways but today, I just wanted to share a very common and easy way to style it. Below I added a few vintage examples for snood styling before we proceed onto the tutorial.

 

 

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What you need to style a snood:
-hairbrush
-a snood
-bobby pins
-flowers or ribbons to decorate
If you have very straight or fine hair, you may need a thin hair net to stop your hair sticking out the little rochet holes.

How to style a snood:
1. I always start by styling the front of my hair in either a victory roll or a bumper bang. I personally like a little volume on my head and it just makes the styling a little nicer and a bit more vintage.
2. Brush the rest of your hair to smooth it out. It doesn’t need to be super curly; this style can be done with either straight, curly or wavy hair.
2.a if you find it easier, you can loosely roll your hair into a simple Gibson roll using a few bobby pins. It doesn’t need to be perfect as its just there to make putting your hair in the snood easier. I personally don’t bother and just stuff my hair into the snood.
2.b if you have very thin or straight hair, you may find that a hair net is really needed. As one of the biggest issues with snoods is that hair pokes out, by putting a hairnet on first, you add an extra layer of hold and protection which in turn stops your hair poking out of the holes.
3. To put your snood on (if it’s elasticated), run the elastic on top of your head behind the roll or bumper bang. Stretch the back of the snood using your head as an anchor and pull it to the back of your head.
4. Using your other hand, grab and tuck your hair inside the snood. You don’t have to be perfect or even as when you’re done, you can smooth and even it out.
5. Using your fingers, poke and push your hair around to make it as even as possible. Use a small mirror to see the back of your head.
6. Add some bobby pins to the top and back of your head to adhere the snood to your hair. Most elastic snoods stay on pretty well but just in case it’s extra windy, this is a great way of stopping your snood from flying off.
7. If you want, you are welcome to add clip-on flowers or ribbons to make your snood a little bit snazzy. This is optional.

And you’re done!

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Where to shop:
Snoods can be found in several physical vintage/retro store and they often retail for around $5-$15 depending on the size and style.
If you are shopping online for a snood, look up ‘hair snood’ on eBay for some decently priced styles.
As always, if you are looking for a true vintage snood, Etsy is a great stomping ground. I do not own any true vintage crochet snoods so unfortunately, I can’t comment too much on what to look out for.

If you are keen on making your own snood, I found this blog here with some wonderful free patterns.

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Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions and thoughts expressed are solely my own and not influenced in any way.

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