This piece was inspired by Victorian design, which was influenced by their love of the outdoors and nature, and ancient culture. Archaeological events of the time influenced design in interesting ways. In 1873, not even half way through the Victorian period, Heinrich Schliemann found the lost city of Troy, which caused a craze for all designs that were Ancient Greek. The Ancient Greeks associated the swallow in the Goddess Aphrodite (love and beauty). Also in this ancient culture, olive wreaths were worn by brides and of course they symbolize peace.
This comb really is meant to be more fun than functional. It's designed as a smaller version of the Spanish Mantilla comb or peintas, (which was a popular style for the Victorians c.1880) Here are some good informational guides if you are interested -
So, what I suggest is partially do up the hair, then insert the comb, then secure the hair around it to hold.