It’s a known fact that hair accessories were fairly widely used in ancient times. What is not known is the extent to which they may have been used in prehistoric times, although there’s no reason to suppose that they were not. We do know that they were used, either as adornments or for more practical purposes, in both ancient Egypt and ancient Rome. While it was primarily women who used these accessories, men did as well a time, although in both Egypt and Rome the hair tended to be kept short and any accessory was most likely to be a cap or a headband. There was of course the laurel wreath, favored by Greek and Roman men, and by their gods as well.
Nothing Too Exciting Until the Renaissance
Since women tended to wear their hair longer they at least needed something on occasion to tie off their braids. Anything fancier appears to have been used primarily by those of great wealth. It appears that it was sometime during the Renaissance Period that hair accessories truly began to become fashion items. While women are known to have worn hair nets for both practical and fashionable purposes in ancient times, the use of clips, pins, ribbons, and various ornaments began to make their appearance during this period, at least in Europe.