Snood (headgear)

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19th Century painting of a woman wearing a snood (by Adolph Menzel)
Two women working at a Texas Naval Air Base in 1942, wearing hairnets (snoods)

A snood (/snd/) is historically 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. 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 thread—netted, tatted, knitted, crocheted, or knotted (see macrame)— enclosed a bob of long hair on the back of the head or held it close to the nape.

Beard snood[edit]

Another similar garment which is also referred to as a snood is used to cover facial hair when working in environments such as food production.[1] 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.


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.[2]

Whereas former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said he would no longer allow his players to wear snoods,[3] Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger defended their use, suggesting they serve a medical purpose when players have neck problems in the cold weather.[4]

The International Football Association Board feels that snood scarves may pose a risk to a player's neck if jerked from behind.[5] 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 uniform.[6]


  1. ^ "SmartGuard Beard Snood | | Food Industry Workwear | Disposable Workwear | Protective Workwear | Personal Protective PPE". Protec Direct. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  2. ^ Pink, Stuart (2010-12-10). "Sir Alex Ferguson in ban on Man United players wearing beard snoods". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  3. ^ Laura Williamson (2010-12-11). "Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: My boys in the snoods suffer from bad necks". London: Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Wenger - Snoods are a medical aid for us". Arsenal F.C. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Snoods may be banned in football". BBC Sport. 2011-02-04. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 
  6. ^ Agencies (2011-03-05). "Snoods banned but Fifa to continue goalline technology testing". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-09-23. 

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