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 Priority Claimed Based on Ser. No. 60-202,674 filed May 8, 2000
 1. Field of the Invention
 The present invention relates to the field of artificial or replacement hair decorations, and more particularly to a hair extension employing real and synthetic hair that is readily attachable to the user's hair and wherein the construction is thinner and more secured than conventional hair extensions and which can be more readily attached or removed from the hair of the user in a convenient and comfortable manner.
 2. Brief Description of the Prior Art
 Hair extensions have been widely used among women. The main reason for using a hair extension varies in each individual case such as a simple decoration for fashion on the user's own hair or to making a partial or full hair supplement to compensate for thinning hair or the like. A great percentage of hair used for extensions is either from a natural source or artificially produced and the supply is usually obtainable from an import source from mostly Asian countries.
 Problems and difficulties have been encountered in the method of making a weft hair extension. Currently, all weft extensions have been made with a sewing technique. Such a technique involves sorting, spreading and aligning strands of bulk hair followed by sewing the top side of the gathered hair with a sewing machine so that the strands of hair are sewn in a row. Due to the sewing technique, the strands of hair are not firmly caught by the stitches so that the strands either fall or are easily pulled away or apart from the stitches. This has the effect of thinning the hair when user's are engaged in combing or brushing procedures. Also, the sewing technique results in relatively thick double layers of stitching in order to make tight stitches which makes the hair extension heavy and this is a serious shortcoming of utilizing the sewing machine method of construction.
 Therefore, a long-standing need has existed to provide a hair extension product which eliminates the shortcomings inherent in a hair extension made with a sewing method so that the attachment or securement of the hair to the user's hair is as thin as possible and which retains the strands of hair in a secure manner to the hair of the user.
 Accordingly, the above problems and difficulties are avoided by the present invention which provides a hair gathering construction including a base strip of thin fabric which is flexible and has a back side and a front side. A plurality of hair strands are spread out and gathered to form a wide array of hair strands and wherein the top end of the array is secured to the front of the base strip by an adhesive securement means. Initially, the adhesive is applied to the front of the base strip so that the hair strands can be laid directly on the adhesive for securement. If desired, a peel-off strip may be added to the exposed top end or portion of the array of hair so that the adhesive at the top of the hair strands is covered preparatory for use while the hair extension is positioned for placement on the user's hair. Once assembled or constructed, the plurality of hair strands forming the array are secured at the gathered top end to a selected area of hair of the user in any position desired by the user. Preferably, the gathered top portion or end is composed of a lightweight adhesive which aids in the handling of the hair extension during application or usage.
 Therefore, it is among the primary objects of the present invention to provide a hair extension wherein an array of hair is carried on an adhesively coated gathering of hair flexible and readily attachable to the user's hair.
 Another object of the present invention is to provide a novel attachable hair extension employing the positive characteristics of glue or adhesive for not only attaching a plurality of hair strands together on one side of a fabric strip but which also includes employing the glue or adhesive securing the hair extension or array of hair to the natural hair of the user.
 Another object resides in providing a hair extension which does not rely on sewing techniques and which totally eliminates the double stitch connection of gathered strands of hair.
 The features of the present invention which are believed to be novel are set forth with particularity in the appended claims. The present invention, both as to its organization and manner of operation, together with further objects and advantages thereof, may best be understood with reference to the following description, taken in connection with the accompanying drawings in which:
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 In all instances, the color of the strip or band should match the natural or synthetic hair. The adhesive must be strong in its bonding strength, flexible after drying, water resistant, chemical resistant and heat resistant. The adhesive must be nontoxic and non-hypoallergenic on skin contact. Bee-waxed paper may serve as the peel-off strip.
 For a manual production process, a melted adhesive is applied to the fabric strip. Bulk hair strands are spread thinly onto the adhesive fabric band and allowed to dry to make a dry surface hair extension. For a pressure sensitive application, another coat of adhesive is placed over the hair on the band. Nest, the bee-waxed paper or strip is placed over the glued band before it is dry.
 In view of the foregoing, it can be seen that the inventive hair extension eliminates all shortcomings of the conventional prior art product. The invention's major benefits include the fact that there is no thinning problem and that thickness or density of the hair can be completely controllable. Furthermore, when the hair extension is cut, there are no open ends and cutting can occur at any hair length desired. The resultant construction provides a more natural look and it is more versatile in that a variety of different glues or adhesives can be used as well as a fabric base strip and/or a protective peelable strip. Manufacturing cost is lowered since there is less labor intensive utilization.
 While particular embodiments of the present invention have been shown and described, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that changes and modifications may be made without departing from this invention in its broader aspects and, therefore, the aim in the appended claims is to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the true spirit and scope of this invention.