History and Evolution of Hair Accessories
Posted on 08 January 2019
Accessories are an important part of a woman's life. And, when it comes to hair accessories, they have always been in existence. From the earlier times of human race to till date, hair accessories have come a long way in terms of comfort and style. Be it bobby pins, hair combs or ribbons, hairpieces can surely update one's look while keeping a hairdo in place. Here's a look at six vintage pieces and how they have been updated:
The invention of elastic and rubber bands have now made wearing scrunchie easier. However, in the ancient days, they had rings and bands which were made of gold, clay, and metals. The heavy circular band may not be easy to carry, but it did help in the invention of a circular band aka scrunchie to hold our hair.
Bows and ribbons:
The invention of bows and ribbons go back to 18th and 19th century. Interestingly, the ribbons were used by women and men both. While women decorated their hair with ribbons and bows, men used it to secure their ponytails.
Hairpins have a long history too! From being used as jewels or a weapon, this accessory has been there in many historical contexts. It was also an essential tool for Victorian women, from whom having loose hair was improper! They were also used as a status symbol, while they kept hair in place. The big and long pins got updated to what we call 'bobby pins' now.
A very popular hair accessory in the 80s and 90s were the barrettes. They were more easy to place and stylish than the ordinary bobby pins. It had a clasp, which made it easier to stay. Now they come in a lot of variety, offering a stylish look with a practical use!
Having long hair can cause discomfort and that's why the use of headbands goes back to the ancient times. Back in the days, women have used headbands made of metal to their keep hair in check. This is one of the most timeless accessories and now comes in lightweight materials, which won't make your head feel heavy at all!