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!
- One sweet note about the hair pin, in ancient China, a fiancee took a hair pin from her hair and gave it to her fiance as a pledge. After the wedding ceremony, the husband replaced the hair pin in his new wife’s hair. Who knew the hair pin has such a fascinating history and historical significance?!