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Definition: Snood

A snood is a netted or solid cloth hairpiece that's gone in and out of fashion over the years. This hairnet-like cap, which is placed onto the back of a hairstyle, like a chignon or braid, is often knitted, crocheted, or made from silk or lace. The odd-sounding word was first recorded in Old English around the year 725. During the Middle Ages, women wore versions of the snood, and these hair "sacks" have also been used throughout history for hair-covering purposes for religious reasons, and even to indicate married status.
During World War II, snoods regained popularity once again. While we don't see too many women wearing these types of netted hair accessories these days, for modern options, you might find snoods that are closer in appearance to closed scarves, resembling neck protectors. Or, you might also recall Amy Adams's hairstyle at the 2009 Oscars, for which her hairstylist used this super old-timey hairnet for the inspiration behind the actress's tousled chignon.

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lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
I never knew that's what those were called - I wear them all the time! People call them "old-fashioned;" but I don't think that's a bad thing - they are so elegant, retro, sophisticated, and pretty. My favorite is a deep navy blue one with silk flowers and a lace netting. I loved Amy's hair like that; but I can't see any netting at all...
isahrangme isahrangme 7 years
i've always wanted a pretty snood! i don't like the crocheted look though...
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