So what exactly is a Snood?
The term “Snood” causes quite a bit of confusion, and rightly so. For years, different people have used the term “snood” to mean different things. So lets try clearing up some of the confusion, and perhaps give a drop of background information on what a Hair Snood really is.
The term “snood’ is used to refer to 3 separate thing.
1) Snood scarfs are used to describe tubular scarfs, these snood scarfs were especially popular with English Soccer (football) players until they were banned in 2001 by the sports governing body for being a danger to the players.
2) The term “snood” also refers to a 1 inch silk ribbon that was worn in Scotland in the late 19th century worn by unmarried girls and typically braided into the hair.
3) The Hair Snood is the form of snood that we are most interested in and as you guessed is actually a Hair Covering. A Hair Snood is basically a bag-like or sock like garment designed and sewn to wear on ones hair.
Now, most snoods you see now-a-days are crocheted. However, it did not start out like that . When it first started out snood head coverings were made from cloth or net fabric. And many of them were elaborately decorated with bows and ribbons. Gradually, they went out of style until WW2 when once agin women turned to them as headcoverings since the material used to make them was not rationed as the material used to make hats was. In fact, Snoods became a patriotic symbol! Now Snoods have remained as a popular headcovering for women looking to cover their hair for modesty reasons as well as for women looking for a hairnet to wear when working with food, canteen or hospital. A major difference between women wearing hair snoods for religious purposes and women wearing them as Hair Nets is whether or not they have a lining. Women who choose Hair Snoods as a religious headcover will often ensure they are lined in order to be certain no hair will show through. Such is not the case in women wearing snoods as hairnets. Lately, the Chenille snood has come into style as a it is extremely soft to the touch and available in a wide variety of colors.
( Sources include Scottish Weading Dreams, Wikipedia, and Wise Geek)
By: B. Levi