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Title:
Bobby-pin hair fastener
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A bobby-pin hair fastening band for fastening and styling hair comprising an elastic band with bobby-pins attached to each end. The user places the first bobby-pin to the hair. The user then wraps the band around, over or under their hair and places the second bobby-pin in the hair to secure.


Inventors:
Silva, David Alan (Santa Clara, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/805411
Publication Date:
09/22/2005
Filing Date:
03/20/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45D8/06; A45D8/08; A45D8/24; A45D24/00; (IPC1-7): A45D24/00; A45D8/06
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
David, Alan Silva (2314 Lafayette St., Santa Clara, CA, 95050, US)
Claims:
1. A method of securing and styling hair comprising: selecting a bobby-pin hair fastening band comprising: a band with a first bobby-pin and a second bobby-pin attached to each end of a resilient band; securing said first bobby-pin to a section of hair; placing said band across, around, or under a section of hair; and securing said second bobby-pin to a section of hair to secure the finished style.

2. A hair fastening band for use in styling hair of a human being comprising in combination: a length of resilient fabric; a first bobby-pin and a second bobby-pin attached to each end of said resilient fabric; whereby, said first bobby-pin can be secured to a section of hair, said band may be secured around, over, or under said hair such that said resilient fabric holds said hair in place; and said second bobby-pin can be fastened to a section of hair to secure the finished style.

3. The embodiment of claim 2 wherein the length of resilient fabric is a looped hair band.

4. The embodiment of claim 2 wherein the resilient band is attached to the first bobby-pin end and the second bobby-pin end by tying each end of the resilient band to each bobby-pin end.

5. The embodiment of claim 4 wherein each tied portion of each said resilient band end is glued to the first bobby-pin end and the second bobby-pin end.

6. The embodiment of claim 2 wherein the resilient band is attached to the first bobby-pin end and the second bobby-pin end by feeding the resilient band through a loop that is formed to each said bobby-pin end and glued to form a looped band.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates to a hair fastening band and method, more particularly an elastic band with bobby-pins attached to each end.

2. Description of Prior Art

Many people like to secure their hair up and away from their face in various styles. One way to put the hair up is to use a hair band. A hair band, traditionally formed into a loop, is secured around a section of hair, which is effective in securing hair, however often becomes loose and less supportive over time. It also can't hold hair up in a variety of hairstyles other than a ponytail.

Another way to secure hair is to use a bungee type fastener with hooks at each end. These are effective for a hairstylist, however, they are difficult to use and extremely difficult to remove for the user.

SUMMARY OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

An object of the present invention is to provide an instrument, which is convenient, practical, and inexpensive for use in hair fastening.

A further object is to provide such an instrument wherein bobby-pins can be substantially hidden in sections of hair while giving extra hold and support to a hair band.

A further object is to provide such an instrument where each bobby-pin penetrates each hair sections and grasps them tightly while staying secured to a hair band.

A further object is to provide such an instrument where the elastic band, and both bobby-pins each grasp a separate section of hair enabling three sections of hair to be held with a single embodiment, while only the band is visible.

A further object is to provide such an instrument that can be used unassisted by the individual styling their hair, eliminating the expense of a professional stylist.

A further object is to be able pull up sections of hair and connect them to the bobby-pins and the hair band.

A further object is to clamp an end of the band to a section of hair using the attached bobby-pin, pulling up hair while wrapping the band around it, and securing the second bobby-pin to a section of hair to secure the upswept style.

A further object is to provide an instrument that will quickly hold the user's hair up in a multitude of neatly secured styles.

A further object is to provide a bobby-pin hair fastening band that doesn't become loose on the user's head.

A further object is to provide a bobby-pin hair fastening band that can be used for securing a ponytail.

According to one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a hair fastening band comprising an elastic, resilient band, and a bobby-pin attached to each end of the band.

According to the arrangement described above the band ends are secured to the bobby-pin in such a way that the bobby-pin's open ends can penetrate the user's hair to grasp it and secure the band to the hair. Further, because the band is elastic, the band is adjustable to different size hair sections.

Accordingly a preferred embodiment of the present invention the resilient band is a length of elastic fabric formed into a loop and are secured to the elbow section of the bobby-pins by tying them. The knots can be glued to keep the knotted portion from sliding off the bobby-pin.

The bobby-pin could also be attached to the band by feeding a length of fabric through a formed loop at the end of the bobby pin elbow section. This can be done by welding a loop to the bobby-pin ends or by crimping the ends of the bobby-pins. The crimped portion can be sealed by glue or by being welded at the crimp opening to keep the band from sliding off the bobby-pin.

Other objects, features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent from the following description of the preferred embodiments given with reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

In the accompanying drawings:

FIG. 1 is a plan view showing an elastic hair band with a bobby-pin attached to each end according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a side view showing the elastic hair band with the bobby-pin attached to each end according to the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a schematic view of the bobby-pin hair fastening band being secured to the user's hair.

FIG. 4 is a side view showing another embodiment of the current invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to FIGS. 1 and 2 of the accompanying drawings. There is illustrated a bobby-pin hair fastening band embodying the present invention. The bobby-pin hair fastening band, generally designated by reference numeral 1, comprises a first bobby-pin 10 and a second bobby-pin 11. The resilient band generally designated by reference numeral 12, comprises a first end 13 and a second end 14. In this embodiment the resilient band ends 13 and 14 are attached to the bobby-pin ends 15 and 16 by knots 17 and 18.

In use FIG. 3 of the bobby-pin hair band 1 described above, the first bobby-pin 10 is secured to a section of hair. The band 12 is wrapped around, over or under the hair and the second bobby-pin 11 is clamped to a section of hair to finish the style.

In another embodiment FIG. 4 the band 12′ is connected to each bobby-pin end 15′ and 16′ by a tiny loop 19 that is attached to each bobby-pin end 15′ and 16′.

The present invention being thus described, it is obvious that the same embodiment and uses may be varied in many ways. For instance, the bobby-pin portions can be of different shapes, sizes or configurations as long as they work as a bobby-pin; the bobby-pin ends can have attached ornaments; the band portion can be of different shapes, sizes, or materials, such as cotton; the band could be a straight band instead of a looped band; and anyway to secure the band ends to the bobby-pin ends should apply. Further, any way to style the hair with the present embodiment applies. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, and all such variations as would be obvious to those skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims,