What is a Snood?

Women have been sporting snoods for decades. The shape of the snood hat resembles a pouch and sits loosely on the head. It either features a form fitting base or can be pinned into the hair, depending on how the snood is designed.

The snood style that features a fitted band at the base is perfect for women with hair loss because the loose, slouchy area in the back creates volume and gives the illusion of hair underneath the hat.  Additionally, snoods add a layer of protection to the head and can keep the head warm, depending on the material they are made from.

A sweater knit snood is a good option to keep the head warm in winter.

A sweater knit snood like this one is a good option to keep the head warm in winter.

Slouchy Sweater Knit Snood Cap - $19.99

With their loose, relaxed style, snoods are as fashionable as they are functional. Some members of the fashion community also refer to tube scarves or infinity scarves as snoods since they can be pulled up and draped over the head.

Our version of a snood hat is a fashionable accessory that is used as a head covering by women with hair loss.

Cotton snoods are good for all season wear.

Cotton snoods are good for all-season wear.

100% Cotton Slouchy Snood Cap  -  $16.99

Those aren't the only uses for snoods, though. Historically, they have been worn for many different reasons. Late 19th century women used snoods to protect their hair from the elements and from getting knotted or matted when tending to outdoor chores. In those days, snoods were often made of thick yarn or knit with coarse mesh.

Mesh and coarse wool? Sounds uncomfortable. They would have been much more happy in this bamboo snood.

Coarse mesh and thick yarn? Sounds uncomfortable. They would have been much happier in this bamboo snood.

Cardani Mod Slouchy Snood Hat in Luxury Bamboo - $19.99

The snood's shape made it a functional piece in the post WWII era as American women began to enter the workforce. They used snoods made from various materials as hairnets to keep their hair out of their face while they worked. With so many American women wearing snoods, it was only a matter of time before they developed into fashion pieces.

But a snood isn't always a snood... at least not in the way we've described. Why? Because people in different parts of the world refer to define the snood headcovering differently. For instance, in Scotland and northern England, the term refers to a headband worn by young, unmarried women.

Religious head coverings can also be referred to as snoods. The Catholic nun habit and Muslim hijab that are used to cover the hair for religious reasons can also be called snoods. Some Orthodox Jewish women use snood shaped headwear as a tichel, or a head covering for modesty.

No matter how you use it, it's safe to say a snood is an ideal headcovering for women with and without hair.


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