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Publication numberUS20020000238 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 09/492,587
Publication dateJan 3, 2002
Filing dateJan 27, 2000
Priority dateJan 29, 1999
Also published asCA2297386A1, US6386207
Publication number09492587, 492587, US 2002/0000238 A1, US 2002/000238 A1, US 20020000238 A1, US 20020000238A1, US 2002000238 A1, US 2002000238A1, US-A1-20020000238, US-A1-2002000238, US2002/0000238A1, US2002/000238A1, US20020000238 A1, US20020000238A1, US2002000238 A1, US2002000238A1
InventorsFrances Stewart
Original AssigneeStewart Frances Todd
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Hair device
US 20020000238 A1
Abstract
A hair device is used to decorate hair or to hold hair in a fixed position. The hair device includes a plastic coated wire strand for bending around the hair. The hair device can be a single plastic coated wire strand that can be wrapped around hair in various configurations, or the device can also be configured to form a representation of a character, including animals. When configured to represent a character with arms or legs, the arms or legs of the character are comprised of plastic coated wire strands. The arms or legs of the character are bendable to wrap around hair to secure the hair device in place for decorative purposes, or to hold the hair in a desired style. The hair device may be made of various lengths and weights so as to serve different purposes such as for use with thinner or thicker hair, or to hold different amounts of hair, such as a ponytail or smaller sections of hair.
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Claims(19)
What is claimed is:
1. A device for securing hair in a fixed position or arrangement comprising a wire encased in a non-foam plastic body, said device being capable of being bent around hair to capture and hold it in the fixed position or arrangement.
2. The device recited by claim 1 wherein said wire is about 1 mm. in diameter and the thickness of said body is at least about 5.5 mm.
3. The device recited by claim 1 wherein said device defines a preselected design.
4. The device recited by claim 3 wherein said device is straight.
5. The device recited by claim 4 wherein said device is at least about 5 inches in length, and said body extends at least about 5 mm. from each end of said wire.
6. The device recited by claim 3 wherein said device represents a character, a said body forming an appendage of said character.
7. The device recited by claim 6 wherein said character defines a central body to which said appendage is attached.
8. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said central body is at least about 1 ¼inches in length and about ½inch in width, and said appendage is about 2 inches in length and about {fraction (3/16)}inch in diameter.
9. The device recited by claim 8 wherein said device includes at least two appendages separated from each other on said central body by about {fraction (5/16)}inch.
10. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said device is at least about 4 ½inches in width.
11. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said character is an animal.
12. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said character is a cat.
13. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said character is a dog.
14. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said character is a puppy.
15. The device recited by claim 7 wherein said character is a teddy bear.
17. The device recited by claim 1 wherein said body is comprised of a plastic injection molded material.
18. The device recited by claim 1 wherein said device weighs less than about ½ounce.
19. The device recited by claim 1 wherein the surface of said device is textured.
20. The device recited by claim 1 wherein the surface of said device is smooth.
Description
    CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
  • [0001]
    This application claims the benefit of copending U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/117,897, filed Jan. 29, 1999, by the same inventor.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • [0002]
    The present invention relates to hair devices, and more particularly to a hair device either that can be secured in the hair or that secures hair in a fixed position.
  • [0003]
    It is oftentimes desirable to secure hair into a certain style using various devices, which may also be decorative and fashionable in appearance. It is well known in the art to use hair devices to secure hair into a fixed position, or as decoration in the hair, or as a combination of both function and decoration. Hair holding devices that are also decorative in nature are particularly attractive to children.
  • [0004]
    There are many different devices and articles that are used to hold the hair in a desired style. However, oftentimes hair holding devices are harsh and damaging to the hair of children which tends to be more fragile than the hair of adults. Oftentimes hair holding devices are made of some form of elastic material which is stretched and twisted securely around the hair to hold the hair into a fixed position. However, the elastic material often tends to tangle within the hair and may break-off strands of hair as the hair holding device is secured to or removed from the hair.
  • [0005]
    Additionally, metal or plastic “barrette” type devices are also used to secure hair into a desired position while also providing a decorative fashion accessory for the hair. However, metal “barrette” type devices tend to cause strands of hair to “break-off” in the area in which they are tightly secured, and are particularly harsh to fine hair strands. While plastic “barrette” type devices are not as harsh and damaging to individual hair strands, they oftentimes become tangled within the hair and damage hair strands when the “barrette” type devices are secured around an area of hair that is too thick for the “barrette” device. In this case, individual strands of hair are often pulled and broken-off when the plastic “barrette” type devices are “snapped” and secured into place, because the fastening ends of the “barrettes” inevitably fasten with unwanted strands of hair being secured directly between the two fastening ends of the “barrette” type device.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • [0006]
    The present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of known hair devices. No known hair device provides the benefits and attributes of the present invention. Additionally, conventional hair devices do not suggest the present inventive combination of component elements arranged and configured as disclosed and claimed herein.
  • [0007]
    The present invention provides a hair device for securing hair in a fixed position or arrangement that includes a plastic coated wire strand for bending around hair. Additionally, the strands can be used as the arms or legs of a device that represents an animal or insect or some other character that may appeal to children. In this case, the arms or legs of the device are wrapped around the hair to secure the device in place or to hold the hair in a desired arrangement. Thus, the device provides a decoration or a decorative hair holder. The plastic surface of the plastic coated wire strand is less likely to become entangled within the hair because it simply bends around the hair to secure the hair into place, and does not contain any fastening devices. This eliminates the risk that unwanted hair may be caught between the fastening devices and broken-off. The strand or characters may be various colors to provide a decorative fashion accessory to the hair. The surface of the strand or characters may be smooth or may be adapted so that the surface of the plastic contains designs, or may contain indentures or raised areas to form designs and decorative surface areas on the plastic.
  • [0008]
    The dimensions and weight of the strand and both the body and the appendages of the character, as well as the total dimension and weight of the entire decorative hair device are important. The exact dimensions and weights of the decorative hair holding device depend in part on the type of hair that will be held. Use for this kind of product is novel to the market, however this product has been used, albeit in different weights and dimensions, as an action toy figure or for decorative detailing on packages. Both the action toy figures and the decorative detailing on packages are ineffective as a hair holding device as their dimensions and weights are not conducive for use in hair.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0009]
    The following detailed description of the preferred embodiments will be understood better if reference is made to the attached drawing, in which:
  • [0010]
    [0010]FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a single strand hair device provided by the present invention;
  • [0011]
    [0011]FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the strand shown in FIG. 1, taken along the line II-II;
  • [0012]
    [0012]FIG. 3 is a top plan view of a hair device provided by the present invention in the form of a representation of a cat;
  • [0013]
    [0013]FIG. 4 is a bottom view of the hair device shown in FIG. 3;
  • [0014]
    [0014]FIG. 5 is a side view of the hair device shown in FIG. 3 in which the front legs of the cat are positioned parallel to one another and the back legs of the cat are positioned parallel to one another;
  • [0015]
    [0015]FIG. 6 is a front view of the hair device shown in FIG. 3;
  • [0016]
    [0016]FIGS. 7A through 7E show a hair device provided by the present invention in the form of a representation of a dog shown secured in the hair of a person to form various hairstyles;
  • [0017]
    [0017]FIG. 8 is a top plan view of a hair device provided by the present invention in the form of a representation of a puppy;
  • [0018]
    [0018]FIG. 9 is a front view of the hair device shown in FIG. 8;
  • [0019]
    [0019]FIG. 10 is a bottom view of the hair device shown in FIG. 8;
  • [0020]
    [0020]FIG. 11 is a top plan view of a hair device provided by the present invention in the form of a representation of a teddy bear;
  • [0021]
    [0021]FIG. 12 is a side view of the hair device shown in FIG. 11 in which the front legs of the bear are positioned parallel to one another and the back legs of the bear are positioned parallel to one another; and
  • [0022]
    [0022]FIG. 13 is a bottom view of the hair device shown in FIG. 11.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0023]
    The present invention provides a hair device that can be used to decorate hair or hold hair in place. The present invention also provides a decorative device that holds hair in place. The device can be a single plastic coated strand that can be wrapped around hair in various configurations. The device can also be configured to form a representation of a character, including animals. When configured to represent a character with arms or legs, the arms or legs can be wrapped around hair to secure the device in place in the hair for decorative purposes, or to hold the hair in a desired style. The device can have surface ornamentation or contours that serve a decorative function.
  • [0024]
    [0024]FIGS. 1 and 2 show a hair styling strand, generally designated by numeral 8, that can be secured in the hair or that secures the hair in a fixed position or style. The hair device 8 includes a coating or body 10 and at least one wire 12 encased within body 10. FIGS. 1 and 2 show hair device 8 as a single strand, while FIGS. 3 through 13 show device 8 incorporated into a representation of a cat, a dog, a puppy and a teddy bear, strand 8 serving as the “arms” and “legs” of the various animals, in which case wire 12 may extend through the body of the character. However, the character may be constructed so that wire 12 is encased only in certain parts of the character.
  • [0025]
    Body 10 is formed of a flexible, malleable material, such as PVC plastic. Body 10 can be formed of a PVC plastic, or any other non-foam plastic, that has been injection molded. Body 10 encases at least one wire 12 of approximately 1 mm. in diameter. Body 10 has a thickness of approximately 5.5 mm. around wire 12. Body 10 may be formed of PVC plastic with a hardness of SORE A-70 and a density of 1.1840. The density and malleability of the material of which body 10 is formed facilitates the pliability of body 10, making it easier to wrap and secure hair device 8 around the hair. Body 10 must be thick enough so that wire 12 does not become exposed and protrude through body 10 after frequent use of hair device 8.
  • [0026]
    Body 10 extends approximately 5 mm from each end 14 of wire 12. When hair device 8 is used as a single strand, as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, the recommended minimum length of body 10 is approximately 5 inches. When hair device 8 is incorporated into a representation of an animal, as shown in FIGS. 3 through 13, the minimum length of body 10 is approximately 4 ½inches. Body 10 must be long enough so that it can be wrapped around a child's ponytail and hold the hair in place. The minimum length of body 10 as shown as a single strand is approximately ½inch longer than the minimum length of body 10 as incorporated into a representation of an animal. This is because the animal representations have essentially two strands, i.e. the “arms” and “legs” of the various animals, which serve to hold the hair into place rather than just the single strand. Each end 14 of wire 12 is “folded back” on itself, and is not sharp or jagged, so there is no safety issue if wire 12 were to “poke” through body 10. If body 10 contains a center body area 11, (which represents the torso or body of a figure or animal), wire 12 can, but need not, extend through center body 11 into the appendages 16 of the character. Wire 12 may be comprised of wire material code number “19-lead wire” in which the surface of the wire is layered with zinc and the inside of the wire is a lower carbon. Wire which is of this weight, thickness and “stiffness” is preferred as it is light enough to remain in the hair and yet strong enough to hold the hair in a desired position while remaining flexible enough to be easily affixed around the hair.
  • [0027]
    The weight of hair device 8 may range from approximately ¼ounce to ½ounce. At greater than ½ounce, body 10 will be more apt not to stay in the hair, depending on hair type. A textured surface, however, tends to aid in the holding power of body 10. Therefore, if body 10 is smooth, at ½ounce it will tend to fall out of the hair, but if body 10 is textured, at ½ounce it is better able to stay in the hair. Therefore, the weight of hair device 8 may depend, at least in part on the surface type of body 10. The weight of hair device 8 will determine the weight of hair that can be effectively secured using only hair device 8. A person with hair that is thin may desire to use additional securing devices when wearing a heavier hair device 8.
  • [0028]
    Hair device 8 may be incorporated into a hair device that represents a character. For example, FIGS. 3 through 6 show a hair device 20 having a center body area 11 and four appendages 16. Hair device 20 forms a representation of a cat. Body area 11 may be approximately 1 ¼inches long and ½inch wide. Appendages 16 extend approximately 2 inches from the sides of center body area 11, so that the distance from the tip of one appendage 16 through and including center body area 11 to the tip of the opposite appendage 16 is approximately 4 ½inches. Appendages 16 are approximately {fraction (3/16)}of an inch in diameter. If device 20 includes more than one “set” of appendages 16, for example a set of front legs and a set of back legs, each set of appendages 16 is positioned approximately {fraction (5/16)}of an inch apart from one another along center body area 11. FIGS. 3 through 6 show wire 12 extending through the body area 11. Depending on preference, body 11 need not encase a section of wire 12, in which case wire 12 would be encased only by appendages 16.
  • [0029]
    [0029]FIGS. 7A through 7E show a hair device 25 that is formed in a representation of a dog shown secured in the hair of a person to form various hairstyles. As shown in FIGS. 7D and 7E, more than one hair device 25 may be used at one time in the hair of a person. Appendages 16 are bent around the hair to secure hair device 25 in any orientation in the hair of a person. The dimensions of the various components of device 25 can be generally the same as those for hair device 20.
  • [0030]
    [0030]FIGS. 8 through 10 show a hair device 30 that is formed in a representation of a puppy, and FIGS. 11 through 13 show a hair device 40 that is formed in a representation of a teddy bear. The dimensions of the various components of devices 30 and 40 can be generally the same as those for hair device 20. Like device 20, wire 12 can pass through the body areas of devices 30 and 40, can be limited to the arms and legs of devices 30 and 40, or can be limited to other sections or parts that will be bent when device 30 and 40 are placed in the hair.
  • [0031]
    Preferably, each of the devices shown in FIGS. 3 through 6 and 8 through 13 is approximately ½ounce in weight.
  • [0032]
    It should be understood that the present invention can be formed into a variety of types of characters, and that only those parts or sections of the characters that will be bent when the device is lodged in the hair need to encase wire.
Referenced by
Citing PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US7149586Mar 28, 2002Dec 12, 2006Second Sight Medical Products, Inc.Variable pitch electrode array
Classifications
U.S. Classification132/246, 132/275
International ClassificationA45D8/00, A45D8/34
Cooperative ClassificationA45D2008/004, A45D8/34
European ClassificationA45D8/34
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