BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention generally relates to grooming devices. More specifically, the present invention is drawn to a hairbrush and a protective screen therefor.
2. Description of the Related Art
The hairbrush is an essential grooming device for both humans and animals (dogs, cats, horses, etc.). During the grooming process, it is normal that debris (loose hair, dirt, flaking skin, etc.) will be trapped within the bristles of the brush. At some time, the accumulation of debris will require that the brush be cleaned. Removing the amassed debris from the brush can be a relatively long and arduous task. Providing an efficient brush adjunct to remove such debris, which adjunct also contributes to the grooming process, would certainly be a welcome addition to the art.
The prior art is rife with devices for enhancing the cleaning process for hairbrushes. For example, U.S. Pat. Nos. 2,529,927 (Fisk), 4,517,703 (Koke), 5,519,912 (Kawamura) , 5,600,865 (Morrison) and British Patent numbered 794,594 disclose a cleaning device comprising a plate positioned on the undersurface of the brush head. The bristles of the brush extend through plural holes in the plate. The plate functions to slide along and clean the bristles. The plate is rigid and may prove uncomfortable to the groomee. The patentees do not contemplate providing a grooming agent to the plate.
U.S. Pat. No. 2,553,242 (Dombitsky) shows a cleaning attachment for a hairbrush, which attachment comprises a sock-like member fabricated from mesh material. The sock-like member is adapted to be pierced by the bristles of the hairbrush and encompass the hairbrush. No provision is made to provide a grooming agent to the sock-like member.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,021,542 (Norman) is drawn to a self-cleaning brush having plural cleaning sheets mounted to the brush. The sheets are apertured to receive the bristles of the brush. When it is desired to clean the brush, the uppermost sheet is grasped and pulled outwardly from the brush, thereby removing debris from the bristles. The patentee does not contemplates providing a grooming agent to the sheets.
U.S. Pat. No. 6,112,362 (Parko et al) discloses a brush combined with a flexible netting, which netting is pulled down to a position at the base of the brush bristles. The netting requires an elastic periphery to hold the netting to the brush. No grooming agent is applied to the netting.
None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singularly or in combination, is seen to disclose a combination hairbrush and brush cleaning adjunct as will subsequently be described and claimed in the instant invention.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The present invention is drawn to a hairbrush and cleaning adjunct therefor. The invention may be used for human hair (hair piece or wig) or animal hair grooming. The cleaning adjunct comprises a screen which functions to prevent grooming debris (loose hair, dirt, flaking skin) from being deposited on the undersurface of the hairbrush. The screen is fabricated from a soft, pliable, washable mesh material (preferably nylon or the like). The screen may consist of a single sheet or several sheets disposed on the undersurface of the brush. The use of nylon or like mesh material allows an electrostatic charge to build on the screen's surface whereby debris is attracted to and held on the surface. When debris accumulates, the screen is simply removed for disposal or for washing and recycling as desired. Botanical or medicinal agents are impregnated in the screen and are adapted to be slowly released during brushing, thereby enhancing the grooming process.
Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide a hairbrush having a cleaning adjunct therefor.
It is another object of the invention to provide a hairbrush having a cleaning adjunct which prevents the deposit of debris on the undersurface of the hair brush.
It is a further object of the invention to provide a hairbrush having a cleaning adjunct, which adjunct is removably attached to said hairbrush.
Still another object of the invention is to provide a hairbrush having a cleaning adjunct, which adjunct may be cleaned and recycled.
It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which are inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing their intended purposes.
These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.