US 3206760 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Sept, 21, 1965 D. w. SANTALA 3,206,760-
SPRAY PROTECTOR Filed Nov. 22, 1965 INVENTOR.
9902?? 1d Sazz/Zz/a United States Patent 3,206,760 SPRAY PROTECTOR Doris W. Santala, 385 Riviera, Pontiac, Mich. Filed Nov. 22, 1963, 'Ser. No. 325,638 2 Claims. (Cl. 2-9) This invention relates to spray protectors and more particularly to a device used to shield the face of a user during the application of hair sprays or the like.
In the manufacture and use of many cosmetic preparations, it is becoming more and more popular to atomize such preparations for dispensation from aerosol containers. Typical of such preparations are hair sprays, which are widely used to protect the hairdo or coiifure of the user. With the increasing use of such preparations, it is becoming apparent that many of the ingredients thereof may be irritating, harmful, or uncomfortable to the Skin, eyes, or respiratory system of the user. The atomized particles of the preparation float in the air adjacent the users skin and face and it is diflicult to prevent the particles from coming in contact with the skin or eyes, or from inhalation into the respiratory tract where they might cause harmful effects. This is particularly a problem in beauty parlors or the like where many different types of preparations are used and where the cosmetologist is unaware of the various harmful effects or irritating effects such preparations might have on any individual client. Many people have allergies which are affected by various ingredients of such preparations and the cosmetologist is certainly unaware of all of the allergies the client may have. To this end, it is desirable to provide some protection for the user from the sprayed cosmetic preparations to prevent the irritation, harm, or discomfort that might otherwise be caused.
There have been many devices available in the past for protecting the users face from such aerosol cosmetic preparations. However, these devices are seldom as simple and efficient as might be desired and are usually extremely expensive to manufacture, assemble, and use. Most commonly, such devices must be fitted to the face of the particular user, and a device which might fit one person could be wholly unsuitable for another. Furthermore, such devices seldom cover the affected areas in an efficient manner, and the floating particles of the atom ized preparation are inhaled by the user or come in contact with the users face in spite of the protecting device.
The device in which this invention is embodied corhprises, generally, a spray protector which adequately covers the face, eyes, nose, and mouth of the user in such a manner as to prevent contact between the floating atomized particles and the face, as well as to prevent inhalation of the floating particles into the respiratory tract. The device includes a flat sheet of a suitable transparent plastic material which may be rolled and fastened into the form of a cone. The cone is easily grasped by the user at the small end thereof and placed over the face in such a manner as to seal the open end of the protector around the face. Suitable cutouts are provided to fit over the forehead and chin of the user and indicia may be provided on the surface of the protector to properly show the position of the cutouts and thus properly permit positioning of the device on the users face.
Such a device is extremely simple and inexpensive to manufacture and assemble. When in the assembled form, the device is easily maintained in a clean and sterile condition, and after use is readily cleaned and sterilized for storage or further use. The device is so constructed as to positively cover the affected areas of the users face and prevent the atomized particles of the 3,206,760 Patented Sept. 21, 1965 cosmetic preparation from causing discomfort, irritation, or other harmful effects.
These and other advantages will become more apparent from the following description and drawing in which:
FIGURE 1 is a view of a person utilizing the spray protector to protect the face, eyes, and respiratory system from a hair spray preparation.
FIGURE 2 is a plan view of the spray protector manufactured form.
FIGURE 3 is a perspective View of the spray protector in its assembled form.
Referring more particularly to the drawings, the embodiment of the invention disclosed herein includes a thin flat sheet 10, as viewed in FIGURE 2, which may be formed .of a transparent, relatively stiff, imperforate, waterproof plastic material. Any suitable well known plastic may be used to form the spray protector, so long as it is impervious to the atomized cosmetic preparation with which the protector is utilized.
FIGURE 2 illustrates the form of the protector as it is manufactured, and the flat sheet 10 is shown to be of generally triangular outline having angular side edges 12 and 14 meeting at an apex 16. The opposite ends of side edges 12 and 14 are joined by a generally arcuate edge 18 to form the triangular shape. Edge 18 is provided with spaced cutouts 20 and 22, the purpose for which will become more apparent as the description proceeds. Formed along edges 12 and 14 are suitable perforations or apertures 24 which are of suitable shape and size to receive fastening means for securing the edges together when the protector is assembled.
It will be readily apparent that the manufacturing process for the triangular sheet is quite simple. The sheets may be successively stamped from an elongate piece of in its the plastic material, the stamping dies forming the cutouts and perforations at the same time.
As illustrated in FIGURE 3, assembly of the spray protector 10 is made by rolling the flat sheet into a conical shape such that the edges 12 and 14 become adjacent and the apertures or perforations 24 overlie each other. Suitable fastening means 26 are then placed through the aperture 24 in order to secure the edges 12 and 14 together and lock the edges in position. Any suitable fastening means may be provided such as staples or brads, or a suitable adhesive may be applied between the overlapping edges 12 and 14.
With the spray protector so formed, the cutout portions 20 and 22 will be diametrically opposed in the open end of the cone. As such, the cutouts will fit over the chin and forehead of the user in a manner shown in FIG- URE 1. The edges of the open end of the cone between the cutouts 20 and 22 fit closely around the users face to form a seal and prevent the ingress of atomized particles in the atmosphere.
Suitable indicia, such as eyebrows 28 and lips 30, may be printed or otherwise formed on the sheet 10 to indicate the position of the cutouts 20 and 22 for proper positioning on the face of the user. Noting that cutout 20 adapted to fit the users chin is probably of smaller dimension than the cutout 22 which fits the users forehead, it is desirable to be sure that the protector is properly positioned on the face. To this end the indicia 28 and 30 serves as an indication to the user that the protector is properly positioned. One set of indicia, such as eyebrows 28, are positioned adjacent the forehead cutout 22 so that the user may readily see which way the protector fits over the face. Obviously, other types of indicia may be used to indicate the positions of the cutouts 20 and 22.
Referring now to FIGURE 1, it will be seen that the spray protector is utilized by the person using the cosmetic preparation by grasping the narrow end of the conical protector and placing the protector over the face. Thus, the eyes, nose, mouth, and the majority of the surface area of the face are covered to prevent contact by the atomized particles. A suitable spray preparation from a spray can, such as illustrated by the numeral 32 in FIG- URE 1 and which is shown to be of the hair spray type, is directed toward the users hair to provide the necessary coilfure protection. As such, the spray particles 34 are free to float in the atmosphere after the pressure is released from the spray can 32. The particles fall by gravity to the floor after the pressure is released in a short period of time. During this time the user may retain the spray protector 10 over the face, the volume of air within the conical protector being sufficient to permit normal breathing for the short period necessary.
Should it be desirable to maintain the protector over the face for a longer period of time, an opening may be provided in the protector out of the range of the spray particles in any suitable manner. Such, for example, might be accomplished by opening or cutting off the pointed end of the protector 10 such that air is free to enter the protector. Of course, it would be necessary to make the spray protector of sulficient length to keep the open end out of the range of floating atomized particles.
Thus, a spray protecting device is provided to protect the face, eyes, and respiratory tract of the user from irritating, uncomfortable, or harmful effects of atomized cosmetic preparations dispensed thtrough aerosol containers. The device is easily manufactured and assembled and may easily be maintained in a clean and sterile condition. The device is positive in its engagement over the face of the user so as to prevent any atomized particles from passing between the device and the face and thus into the eyes, nose, or mouth.
1. A spray protector for shielding the face from atomized cosmetic preparations and comprising:
a cone formed from a flat member of generally triangular shape having angularly disposed edges meeting at an apex and a generally arcuate edge joining the opposite ends of said angularly disposed edges, said member being formed into conical shape by placing said angularly disposed edges in adjacent relation, said member being receivable over and engageable with the face of the user to cover the eyes, nose and mouth of the user, and said cone being elongated to provide a volume of breathable air when said cone is in engagement with the face of the user;
said arcuate edge having spaced cutout portions, one of said portions being receivable around the forehead of the user and the other of said portions being receivable around the chin of the user;
and means for securing together said angularly disposed edges when in adjacent relation to maintain said member in conical shape.
2. The spray protector of claim 1 wherein said member is provided with indicia showing the position of said cutout portions whereby said cone may be properly positioned over the face of the user.
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