How to Use Decorative Hair Nets

Written by louise harding
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Decorative hairnets, also known as snoods, have been documented as early as the 700s. Snoods are hairnets that encase the hair. These hairnets are normally woven or crocheted, and many are embellished with pearls or, as in the Middle Ages, with jewels. Today, snoods have their places containing dreadlocks, decorating hair at Renaissance faires, and adding unique decorative touches to long or short hair. Snoods have drawstrings, elastic bands or, more often, are worn with hairpins to attach to the hair of the wearer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Snood
  • Hair pins

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    Form the hair into a bun or a braid for the easiest snood application. However, the hair may be left loose if desired. Bring the snood hair net up under your hair, so that the "bag" of the netting is beneath your hair with your hair inside. Pull the snood netting around the bulk of your hair, braid or bun, arranging the netting so that it encases the hair.

  2. 2

    Pull the snood onto the crown of the head, and hold it there with your palm.

  3. 3

    Pull the drawstrings, or adjustable cord, to tighten it, if you have a drawstring snood, around and beneath the bun or hair and tie in a bow. Most snoods are held in place with hair pins. Some modern snoods have elastic bands that don't require any further additions to hold it into place. If you have a traditional snood requiring hair pins, proceed to the next step.

  4. 4

    Hold the snood in place with one hand while using the other hand to push a hair pin around the edge of the netting, hooking a few strands of hair, and into the bulk of your hair.

  5. 5

    Continue pushing the hair pins around the edge of the snood on the crown of your head until the snood feels secure. If you have very long hair, the snood will require many hair pins to hold the weight of your hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Snoods may be washed by hand and allowed to hang dry. Some snoods with elastic will have the elastic wear out over time. The elastic cording can be removed and replaced by threading new elastic through the casing and tying in a knot or sewing the ends together. Drawstrings that become frayed can also by replaced by threading new cord through the casings.
  • Snoods should not be washed in the wash machine as the agitator can snag, damage and stretch out the netting of the snood. Drying most snoods in the clothes dryer will make the snoods shrink.

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