Pearl-trimmed hair accessories include hair combs, headbands, bobby pins, hair pins, hair clips and hair wraps. Because brides often like to wear pearls in their hair at weddings, pearl-trimmed tiaras are also available.
Pearl-trimmed hair accessories can be purchased from websites including Claire's, Hair Comes the Bride and Charming Charlie. Many of the less expensive options on these sites feature artificial pearls rather than real ones.
Often pearl-trimmed hair accessories also feature other jewels in their designs, especially rhinestones and crystals. Fancier pearl-trimmed accessories sometimes also incorporate feathers, beading and ribbons into their designs. Headbands trimmed with pearls come in two versions: one in which pearls are attached to a metal frame that rests behind the ears and one in which the pearls are sewn or glued onto stretchable fabric.
While the history of hair accessories dates back to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, pearls came into their own as hair decoration during the 1700s. Madame de Pompadour, the court mistress of Louis XV of France, famously wore her hair in elaborate hairstyles that were adorned with strings of pearls; the so-called pompadour hair style is named after her. Women continued to wear pearls in their hair, often on hair combs, throughout the 1800s and into the early 1900s.