Snood (headgear)

A snood (/snd/) is historically[1] a type of female headgear designed to hold the hair in a cloth or yarn bag. In the most common form, the headgear resembles a close-fitting hood worn over the back of the head. It is similar to a hairnet,[1] but snoods typically have a looser fit, a much coarser mesh, and noticeably thicker yarn. A tighter-mesh band may cover the forehead or crown, then run behind the ears, and under the nape of the neck. A sack of sorts dangles from this band, covering and containing the fall of long hair gathered at the back. A snood sometimes was made of solid fabric, but more often of loosely knitted yarn or other net-like material. Historically (and in some cultures still in use today) a small bag of fine threadnetted, tatted, knitted, crocheted, or knotted (see macramé) enclosed a bob of long hair on the back of the head or held it close to the nape.[2]

Beard snood

Another similar garment which is also referred to as a snood is used to cover facial hair such as beards and moustaches when working in environments such as food production.[3] Although it appears that "hairnet" has replaced "snood" as the common term for hair containment on the head, the term "beard snood" (essentially a "ringed scarf") is still familiar in many food production facilities.

Dog snood

A Dog snood is meant to keep a dog clean when it eats.[4]


Though popular for many years with European footballers like Gianluigi Buffon—in the 2010–11 Premier League season, a number of high-profile players, including Carlos Tevez and Samir Nasri, wore snoods. The fashion was derided by commentators, prompting one journalist to state that "snoods are the new gloves" in professional football.[5]

Whereas former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he would no longer allow his players to wear snoods,[6] Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger defended their use, suggesting they serve a medical purpose when players have neck problems in the cold weather.[7]

The International Football Association Board feels that snood scarves may pose a risk to a player's neck if jerked from behind.[8] Players in the UK have been banned from wearing them during matches since 1 July 2011. IFAB had a meeting where the issue was brought up, and they were immediately and completely banned on 5 March, 2011, due to not being part of the kit.[9]

Religious use

Women's snoods are often worn by married Orthodox Jewish women,[10] according to the religious requirement of hair covering. Since these snoods are designed to cover the hair more than hold it,[11] they are often lined to prevent them from being see-through. Contemporary hair snoods for Jewish women come in a wide range of colors and designs.[12]


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  5. Pink, Stuart (2010-12-10). "Sir Alex Ferguson in ban on Man United players wearing beard snoods". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  6. Laura Williamson (2010-12-11). "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: My boys in the snoods suffer from bad necks". London: Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  7. "Wenger - Snoods are a medical aid for us". Arsenal F.C. 2010-12-10. Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  8. "Snoods may be banned in football". BBC Sport. 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  9. Agencies (2011-03-05). "Snoods banned but Fifa to continue goalline technology testing". London: Guardian. Archived from the original on 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  10. "Rabbis' Rules and Indian Wigs Stir Crisis in Orthodox Brooklyn". May 14, 2004.
  11. "Me and My Covered Hair, Part Two: Tichels, Hats and More".
  12. "Topic: Snoods VS. Sheitels".
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