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Title:
Decorative shaping hair accessory
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A hair accessory which allows a user to simultaneously shape and style the user's hair. The hair accessory includes a base, at least one shaping member, and at least one decorative feature. The hair accessory allows for the base, a functional portion of the hair accessory, to be hidden for view while the its decorative features are displayed. The shaping members may be used to shape and place the user's hair into one of a variety of styles, thus reducing the need for multiple hair accessories. The user may position the shaping members in the hair to achieve a desired hair style and the shaping members may include decorative features. The hair accessory may optionally include a band as a base for encircling a portion of the user's hair. Multiple decorative features of varying lengths may be used and the hair accessory may optionally be utilized to shape or contain a pony tail.


Inventors:
Lloyd, Lisa (Tucson, AZ, US)
Application Number:
11/655340
Publication Date:
07/24/2008
Filing Date:
01/19/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
132/280, 132/273
International Classes:
A45D8/12; A45D8/00; A45D8/06
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Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Lisa Lloyd, Suite 106 (3865 34th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A hair accessory, comprising: a base for attaching the hair accessory to a user's hair, a first shaping member for shaping the user's hair, said first shaping member being attached to the base; and a first decorative feature attached to the first shaping member.

2. The hair accessory of claim 1, wherein the base comprises an upper and lower clamp.

3. The hair accessory of claim 2, wherein the upper and lower clamp further comprise a releasable locking mechanism.

4. The hair accessory of claim 1, wherein the first shaping member comprises a semi-rigid material.

5. The hair accessory of claim 1, wherein the first decorative feature comprises a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

6. The hair accessory of claim 1, wherein the first shaping member may be shaped so that the hair accessory assumes one of a plurality of shapes.

7. A hair accessory, comprising: a base for banding, circling, or retaining a user's hair; and a first shaping member for shaping the user's hair, said first shaping member being attached to the base.

8. The hair accessory of claim 7, wherein the first shaping member comprises a first decorative member.

9. The hair accessory of claim 8, wherein the first decorative member further comprises a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

10. The hair accessory of claim 7, wherein the base comprises an elastic band.

11. The hair accessory of claim 10, wherein the elastic band comprises a fabric coating.

12. The hair accessory of claim 7, wherein the first shaping member comprises a semi-rigid material.

13. The hair accessory of claim 7, wherein the first shaping member comprises one of a plurality of lengths.

14. The hair accessory of claim 10, wherein the first shaping member comprises a first decorative member.

15. The hair accessory of claim 14, wherein the first decorative member may be a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

16. The hair accessory of claim 12, wherein the first shaping member comprises a first decorative member.

17. The hair accessory of claim 16, wherein the first decorative member may be a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

18. The hair accessory of claim 13, wherein the first shaping member comprises a first decorative member.

19. The hair accessory of claim 18, wherein the first decorative member may be a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.

20. The hair accessory of claim 7, wherein the first shaping member may be shaped so that the hair accessory assumes one of a plurality of shapes.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention is related in general to the field of hair shaping and decoration. In particular, this invention includes a hair clip including decorative features and semi-rigid connections to shape a person's hair while displaying the decorative features.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Persons with hair often wish to have their hair held or shaped in a particular way. They also may wish to decorate their hair, often with jewels or decorative features of a variety of colors and shapes. For convenience and comfort, those who desire to shape their hair while decorating their hair may wish to combine these features in a single, simple device. However, most persons who want to shape their hair often must use at least two hair products, one decorative and one functional, to get the desired results. One problem with using many hair products for hair shaping and decoration is an uncomfortable amount of hair accessories. Another problem is that decorative features often interfere with a person's ability to shape the person's hair.

One common approach to solving this dilemma is to use a decorative hair accessory to clip, clasp, hold, or retain the hair. However, this solution has traditionally required that the decorative feature be applied directly to the functional portion of the hair accessory. Therefore, it is desirable to separate the decorative feature from the functional hair accessory so that the functional portion may be hidden while the decorative feature is prominently displayed.

Accordingly, it is desirable to have an apparatus that allows a user to simultaneously shape the hair, decorate the hair, and allow the functional portion of the hair clip to remain unobserved. Additionally, it is desirable that the apparatus allow the user to shape the hair into a variety of styles. Another desirable feature is the placement of the decorative features on semi-rigid shaping members that are used to both shape the hair and decorate the hair while an associated hair clip remains unobtrusive.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The invention disclosed herein utilizes a base such as a clip, clasp, or bobbi pin that attaches to a person's hair, at least one shaping attachment member connected to the base, and at least one decorative feature connected to the shaping attachment member. The base is defined as an apparatus used for clipping, clasping, or retaining the hair. The shaping attachment member comprises a semi-rigid material for attaching the decorative feature to the base. The decorative feature may be a variety of shapes, sizes, or colors. The user may attach the base to the hair, shape the hair using the shaping attachment member, and then display the decorative feature on the hair.

In another embodiment of the invention, the invention disclosed herein utilizes a base such as a rubber band, elastic band, or fabric covered elastic band that attaches to a person's hair and at least one decorative shaping attachment member connected to the base. In this embodiment, the shaping attachment member is itself the decorative feature. The base is defined as an apparatus used for clipping, clasping, or retaining the hair. The shaping attachment member comprises a semi-rigid material. The decorative feature may be a variety of shapes, sizes, or colors. The user may contain the hair in a pony tail using the base and then style the pony tail using the decorative shaping attachment member.

Various other purposes and advantages of the invention will become clear from its description in the specification that follows and from the novel features particularly pointed out in the appended claims. Therefore, to the accomplishment of the objectives described above, this invention comprises the features hereinafter illustrated in the drawings, fully described in the detailed description of the preferred embodiments, and particularly pointed out in the claims. However, such drawings and description disclose just a few of the various ways in which the invention may be practiced and are not limiting.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an illustration of a decorative shaping hair accessory according to the invention including a base, at least one shaping attachment member, and at least one decorative feature.

FIG. 2 is an illustration of the decorative shaping hair accessory of FIG. 1 at used to shape and decorate a user's hair.

FIG. 3 is an illustration of a decorative shaping hair accessory according to the invention including a base and at least one decorative shaping attachment member.

FIG. 4 is an illustration of the decorative shaping hair accessory of FIG. 3 at used to shape and decorate a user's hair.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

This invention is based on the idea of using a hair clip or similar base connected to at least one shaping member to shape a person's hair in a variety of styles while simultaneously decorating the hair with at least one decorative feature. Referring to figures, wherein like parts are designated with the same reference numerals and symbols, FIG. 1 is an illustration of a decorative shaping hair accessory 100 including a base 102, at least one shaping attachment member 104, and at least one decorative feature 106. The base 102 comprises a hair clip, a hair clasp, a bobbi pin or the like thereof The base 102 is placed in the hair of a user to attach the decorative shaping hair accessory 100 to the hair.

The invention, as herein embodied, may not only be used to shape the user's hair, but may, itself, be shaped and reshaped into one or more of a variety of different shapes. In one embodiment of the invention, the base 102 may comprise an upper clamp and a lower clamp to secure the base 102 to the hair. The upper clamp and the lower clamp may comprise a releasable locking mechanism. As previously indicated, the shaping attachment member 104 is used to shape and fashion the hair in a variety of styles. The shaping attachment member 104 comprises a semi-rigid material that will bend with ease upon force from the user but will retain the shape the user desires. After a user shapes and fashions the hair, the decorative feature 106 is attached to the hair to provide decoration. In this embodiment of the invention, the base 102 is hidden from view while the decorative feature 106 is visible and displayed.

FIG. 2 is an illustration of the decorative shaping hair accessory 100 placed in the hair of a user. The base 102 is clipped, clasped, or pinned in the person's hair in a first desired location by placing a first clump of the user's hair between the upper clamp and the lower clamp of the base 102. If the base 102 includes a releasable locking mechanism, the user may lock the clump of hair between the upper clamp and lower clamp to secure the hair style. The semi-rigid material of the shaping attachment member 104 may be bent or shaped by the user to a variety of positions to assist in shaping and styling the hair. The at least one shaping attachment member 104 is designed to stay in the desired position of the user due to the properties of its semi-rigid material. The decorative feature 106 is attached to the shaping attachment member 104.

FIG. 3 is an illustration of a decorative shaping hair accessory 200 including a base 202 and at least one decorative shaping attachment member 204. If more than one decorative shaping attachment member 204 is used, the decorative shaping members 204 may comprise a variety of lengths. The decorative shaping attachment members 204 may be integrated with at least one decorative feature to decorate a person's hair. In this embodiment of the invention, the shaping attachment member includes the decorative feature. The base 202 comprises a rubber band, an elastic band, a fabric covered elastic band or the like thereof The decorative shaping attachment member 204 comprises a semi-rigid material, such as a wire or similar material, that will easily bend with little force from the user but will retain the shape the user desires.

Here, the base 202 is used to hold the hair in a pony tail. The base 202 may be hidden by one or more of the decorative shaping attachment members 204 to make the base 202 unobtrusive while still allowing other decorative shaping members 204 to be displayed. If the decorative multiple decorative shaping attachment members 204 are used, some of the decorative shaping attachment members 204 may be of disparate lengths and may also descend from the base 202. The remaining decorative shaping attachment members 204 may be wrapped around the pony tail to contain or shape the hair.

FIG. 4 is an illustration of the decorative shaping hair accessory 200 placed in the user's hair. The base 202 is wrapped around the hair to form a first pony tail. If the user desires to hide the base 202 of the decorative shaping hair accessory 200, the decorative shaping attachment member 204 may be wrapped around the base 202 to allow the decorative features to be shown while hiding the base 202. If the decorative shaping hair accessory 200 includes more than one decorative shaping attachment member 204, the semi-rigid material of the decorative shaping attachment members 204 allows the decorative shaping attachment members 204 to be bent by the user with a minimal force in a variety of positions. In one application of this embodiment of the invention, the user may weave the decorative shaping attachment members 204 around the user's pony tail in a variety of styles by bending and forming the semi-rigid decorative shaping attachment members 204. Some of the decorative shaping attachment members 204 may also be shaped to form additional pony tails. The decorative features integrated into the at least one decorative shaping attachment members 204 may be visible on the additional pony tails, while the base remains unobserved.

Those skilled in the art of making hair accessories may develop other embodiments of the present invention. However, the terms and expressions which have been employed in the foregoing specification are used therein as terms of description and not of limitation, and there is no intention in the use of such terms and expressions of excluding equivalents of the features shown and described or portions thereof, it being recognized that the scope of the invention is defined and limited only by the claims which follow.