The bobby pin came into being in the 1920s, when women needed a way to hold back the short, bobbed haircuts that were all the rage. Almost a century later, the bobby pin is still one of the most versatile accessories for short hair. If you're desperate to get those pesky bangs out of your eyes, chances are you'll reach for a bobby pin -- it is the jack-of-all-trades of the hair accessory world. The trusty, unadorned bobby pin isn't the most attractive or flashy, but it will always get the job done -- and quietly. It's perfect for when you want to look natural but still put a few hairs in place for some shape. Of course, you can also dress a bobby pin up in almost any way imaginable, or try layering two bobby pins in a crisscross for a subtle styling twist.