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Hair and There; The Underpinnings of a Vintage Hairstyle

The All Vintage Lady has long been admired for her expertly coiffed hair. Thick, perfectly placed locks that bob and weave around a beautiful face. Think Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo and, of course, Bette Davis.


And all of these iconic, quirky and sleek hair styles had humble beginnings.

Stage Right! Enter the humble hair pin. We’ve come a long way, baby, since ancient times when hair pins were made of wood, ivory and bronze. In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, hair pins were considered luxury objects and the ornateness of the hair pin coincided with a female’s status in society. In 1901, the hair pin, as we know it today, was invented by a New Zealand man. It is designed to be virtually invisible when inserted into a hairstyle to hold it in place.

In the 1920’s the Bobby Pin became popular as all the flappers needed something to hold in place their new bobbed hairstyles. They weren’t called the Roaring 20s for the heck of it!

The All Vintage Lady is just full of surprises. Find more of her vintage hair accessories by taking a stroll through All Vintage Lady on Etsy.