Snoods were a popular hair accessory in the 1940s for both daytime and work. The were a rayon or cotton crocheted net fitted with a headband. A headscarf could also be tied like a snood. The band was worn around the top of the head and all of the hair would be encased in the snood. The band would have to be pinned in place. This hairstyle was especially useful for women working in factories because their hair had to be kept back.
Most snoods of the 1940s were knit or crocheted, making them popular for a number of reasons. 1 Crochet itself was common hobby, with many women learning or already able to do so. 2. Yarn was relatively cheap 3. Yard could re-purposed from an old garment. The selection of colors available was also wide and varied, making it possible to have a matching snood for every outfit.
Snoods were often attached to a ribbon tied in a bow at the top of the crown or to a hat, either matching crochet or felt.
Here are some fabulous 1940s snoods:
For this style, take the snood and fill it with hair from the bottom. Place the band of the snood where you would a headband and pin in place with two bobby pins crossed in an X. You may also want to pin the side above your ears if you have slippery hair. You can also use a hairnet first to help keep you hair from sticking through the knit.
Snoods can be very difficult to find online. Luckily my friend at the makes snoods and other hair accessories is every color you could want.
If you can knit or crochet you can also make your own snood:
– a “Perky Snood” for both knit and crochet. No photo : (
– Has an original crochet pattern for a snood and matching purse for $3. Pictured above.
l – You can sew a snood (not authentic to the 40’s but looks vintage non-the-less.)