Title:
Grooming Kit
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A grooming kit is disclosed. The grooming kit includes a plurality of grooming tools and a transparent container adapted to receive the plurality of grooming tools therewithin. The plurality of grooming tools is capable of assisting a user to groom hands and feet thereof. The transparent container has a slit that enables the transparent container to receive the plurality of grooming tools therewithin.



Inventors:
Bakke, Jamie (US)
Application Number:
12/109135
Publication Date:
10/29/2009
Filing Date:
04/24/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
132/76.4, 206/581
International Classes:
A45D29/18; B65D69/00
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Primary Examiner:
KALACH, BRIANNE E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MICHAEL RIES (P. O. Box 42, Peshtigo, WI, 54157, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A grooming kit comprising: a plurality of grooming tools capable of assisting a person to groom hands and feet thereof; and a transparent container adapted to receive the plurality of grooming tools, the transparent container having a slit configured thereon, wherein the slit enables the transparent container to receive the plurality of grooming tools therewithin.

2. The grooming kit of claim 1, wherein the plurality of grooming tools comprises at least one nail file, at least one toe separator, at least one clipper, at least one nipper, at least one cuticle pusher, at least one rubbing tool, and at least one nail polisher.

3. The grooming kit of claim 1, wherein the transparent container is composed of a plastic material.

4. The grooming kit of claim 1, wherein the transparent container further comprises a fastening mechanism configured on the slit, the fastening mechanism adapted to openably close the slit.

5. The grooming kit of claim 4, wherein the fastening mechanism comprises a zipper mechanism.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to beauty care, and, more particularly, to a grooming kit capable of assisting a person to perform grooming of his/her hands and feet.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Beauty consciousness has motivated people all over the world to visit beauty salons very frequently. These beauty salons use a plurality of grooming tools while performing grooming operations such as pedicure or manicure treatments on the hands and feet of their customers. However, the beauty salons may not necessarily provide a clean and a sanitary environment for the customers. More specifically, the grooming tools used for the grooming operations may not be properly sanitized. Moreover, the grooming tools may be used to groom the hands and feet of various customers. For example, a nail technician in a beauty salon may repeatedly use a grooming tool such as a nail clipper on various customers. Further, the grooming tool may not be properly disinfected after repeated usage. Such a usage of the grooming tool leads to spreading of bacterial infections which may lead to irritation or itching in hands and feet of the customers.

Moreover, a plurality of customers may visit a beauty salon or a grooming technician and accordingly the beauty salon or the grooming technician may be required to maintain a large inventory of various grooming tools for serving their customers simultaneously. Maintaining a large inventory of the various grooming tools may be cumbersome and costly for an owner of the beauty salon or the grooming technician.

Accordingly, based on the foregoing, there is a need for a grooming kit that is capable of being used for grooming hand and feet of a person in a sanitized manner. Further there is a need for a grooming kit that is easy to use and cost effective for a salon owner or a grooming technician who grooms a plurality of customers.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the prior art, the general purpose of the present invention is to provide a grooming kit configured to include all the advantages of the prior art, and to overcome the drawbacks inherent therein.

Accordingly, an object of the present invention is to provide a grooming kit that is capable of being used for grooming hands and feet of a person in a sanitized manner.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a grooming kit that is easy to use and cost effective for a salon owner or a grooming technician who grooms a plurality of customers.

In light of the above objects, in an aspect of the present invention, a grooming kit is disclosed. The grooming kit includes a plurality of grooming tools and a transparent container. The plurality of grooming tools is capable of assisting a person to groom hands and feet thereof. The transparent container is adapted to receive the plurality of grooming tools therewithin. The transparent container has a slit configured thereon that enables the transparent container to receive the plurality of grooming tools therewithin.

In another aspect of the present invention, the grooming kit includes a fastening mechanism configured on the slit. The fastening mechanism is adapted to openably close the slit.

These together with other aspects of the present invention, along with the various features of novelty that characterize the present invention, are pointed out with particularity in the claims annexed hereto and form a part of this present invention. For a better understanding of the present invention, its operating advantages, and the specific objects attained by its uses, reference should be made to the accompanying drawing and descriptive matter in which there are illustrated exemplary embodiments of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING

The advantages and features of the present invention will become better understood with reference to the following detailed description and claims taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawing, in which:

FIG. 1 illustrates a grooming kit used for performing grooming operations on hands and feet of a person, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

The exemplary embodiments described herein detail for illustrative purposes are subject to many variations in structure and design. It should be emphasized, however, that the present invention is not limited to a particular closure, as shown and described. It is understood that various omissions and substitutions of equivalents are contemplated as circumstances may suggest or render expedient, but these are intended to cover the application or implementation without departing from the spirit or scope of the claims of the present invention.

The terms “a” and “an” herein do not denote a limitation of quantity, but rather denote the presence of at least one of the referenced item.

The present invention provides a grooming kit. The grooming kit is adapted to be used by a person for grooming hands and feet thereof in a sanitized manner. The grooming kit may be carried by the person while visiting a beauty salon or a grooming technician for grooming his/her hands and feet.

Referring to FIG. 1, a grooming kit 100, in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention is illustrated. The grooming kit 100 (hereinafter referred to as ‘kit 100’) includes a plurality of grooming tools 102 and a container 104. The plurality of grooming tools 102 (hereinafter referred to as ‘grooming tools 102’) is capable of assisting a person to perform grooming of his/her hands and feet. The grooming may include a manicure treatment, a pedicure treatment and any artificial nail applications performed on the hands and the feet of the person for cleaning them.

In an embodiment of the present invention, the grooming tools 102 may include at least one file such as files 106, at least one toe separator such as a toe separator 108, at least one clipper such as a clipper 110, at least one nipper such as a nipper 112, at least one cuticle pusher such as a cuticle pusher 114, at least one rubbing tool such as a rubbing tool 116, and at least one nail polisher such as a polisher 118. In an embodiment of the present invention, the file 106 may include a nail file 106a and a feet file 106b for filing toe nails and soles of feet respectively of the person. The nail file 106a may be configured to have a filing surface of variety of grades. For example, the nail file 106a may have a filing surface having a grade of about 80 grit on one side and a filing surface having a grade of about 100 grit on another side thereof. The toe separator 108 may be used to separate toe fingers of the person while performing the grooming thereof. The clipper 110 may include a nail clipper used for clipping nails of the person. The nipper 112 may include a cuticle nipper used for nipping cuticles in the fingers of the person. The cuticle pusher 114 may include an orangewood stick or any other type of cuticle pushers for pushing back the cuticles of the fingers of the person. The rubbing tool 116 may be a pumice stone used for cleaning the feet of the person. The polisher 118 may include a sanding band and a buffer block used for polishing the nails of the person.

Further, it will be apparent to a person skilled in the art that the grooming tools 102 may include any other grooming tools known in the art used for grooming the hands and feet of a person. Moreover, the combination of the grooming tools 102 as set forth herein is for the purpose of illustration and description only. It will be evident to a person skilled in the art that any combination of grooming tools 102 may be utilized in the kit 100.

The grooming tools 102 are received in the container 104 for storage thereof. In an embodiment of the present invention, the container 104 may be configured as a cuboidal structure as shown in FIG. 1. Accordingly, the container 104 may have a rectangular top surface such as a top surface 120 and a rectangular bottom surface (not shown), and four peripheral walls (hereinafter referred to as “peripheral walls”). The peripheral walls such as a peripheral wall 122a and a peripheral wall 122b extend between the top surface 120 and the bottom surface. The container 104 further includes a cavity (not shown) therewithin enclosed between the peripheral walls, the top surface 120 and the bottom surface. The cavity is adapted to receive the grooming tools 102 for storage thereof.

It will be evident to a person skilled in the art that apart from the cuboidal shape, the container 104 may be configured to have other shapes also such as a spherical shape, a cylindrical shape, a polygonal shape, and the like.

Moreover, the container 104 includes a slit 124 configured on the container 104. In an embodiment of the present invention, the slit 124 may be configured on any one peripheral wall of the peripheral walls of the container 104. For example, as shown in FIG. 1, the slit 124 is configured on the peripheral wall 122a. However, it will be apparent to a person skilled in the art that the slit 124 may be also configured on any one of the top surface 120 or the bottom surface of the container 104. The slit 124 enables the container 104 to receive the grooming tools 102 therewithin. More specifically, the grooming tools 102 may be received within the cavity of the container 104 through the slit 124. In an embodiment of the present invention, a plurality of slits, similar to the slit 124, may be configured on the container 104.

The container 104 further includes a fastening mechanism 126 configured on the slit 124. The fastening mechanism 126 is configured over the slit 124 such that the fastening mechanism 126 is capable of openably closing the slit 124 for enabling accessibility to the cavity of the container 104 through the slit 124. More particularly, the slit 124 attains an opened position and a closed position with the help of the fastening mechanism 126 for enabling access and restricting access, respectively, to the cavity. Accordingly, the slit 124, the fastening mechanism 126 and the cavity enable a person to securely store the grooming tools 102 within the container 104.

In an embodiment of the present invention, the fastening mechanism 126 may include a zipper mechanism. However, the fastening mechanism 126 may include any other suitable fastening arrangement, such a hook and a loop fastener arrangement made from Velcro material, for openably closing the slit 124.

The container 104 may further include a holding member 128 configured thereon. More specifically, the holding member 128 is configured on any one peripheral wall of the four peripheral walls. The holding member 128 enables a person to conveniently hold the container 104 for easy portability of the container 104. It will be apparent to a person skilled in the art that the holding member 128 may have a variety of configurations that enables a person to hold the container 104 by placing the holding member 128 circumscribing his/her shoulder portion, waist portion, and the like.

Moreover, the container 104 may further include a supporting member 130 configured thereon. More particularly, the supporting member 130 may be configured on a peripheral wall, such as the peripheral wall 122b. The supporting member 130 enables a person for conveniently open and close the slit 124. More specifically, the person may hold the supporting member 130 while opening and closing the slit 124 using the fastening mechanism 126.

Further, without limiting the scope of the present invention, the container 104 may be a transparent container preferably composed of a plastic material. More specifically, the container 104 is composed of a clear vinyl plastic material that renders the container 104 transparent. However, it will be apparent to a person skilled in the art that the container 104 may be composed of any other materials known in the art such as a leather material, a rubber material, and so on. It should be obvious to a person skilled in the art that the configuration of the container 104 as set forth herein is for the purpose of illustration and description only and should not be considered a limitation of the grooming kit 100.

In use, the kit 100 having the grooming tools 102 contained within the container 104 may be carried by a person while visiting a beauty salon or a grooming technician for grooming operations such as manicure treatment, pedicure treatment and any artificial nail application. The grooming technician or a beauty salon technician may use the grooming tools 102 of the kit 100 for performing the grooming operations on the hands and feet of the person. The usage of the grooming tools 102 may be hygienic for the person as the grooming tools 102 are exclusively used on the person only. The exclusive usage of the grooming tools 102 reduces spreading of bacterial infections and irritation in hands and feet of the person.

In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the container 104 of the grooming kit 100 may be about 5 inches in width and about 7 inches in length. Moreover, the grooming tools 102 included in the grooming kit 100 may be of professional grade that are preferably used by beauty salon technicians and grooming technicians.

The grooming kit explained in conjunction with FIG. 1 may be advantageously used for performing grooming operations on hands and feet of a person in a sanitized manner. Moreover, the grooming kit may be carried by a person while visiting a beauty salon technician or a grooming technician for grooming his/her hands. Accordingly, a probability of spreading of bacterial infections and irritations in hands and feet of the user may be reduced since each person carries his/her personal grooming kit. Further, usage of personal grooming kits, such as the grooming kit 100, by people obviates a need for a beauty salon or the grooming technicians to maintain their own inventory of the various grooming tools. As a result, the expenditure for a salon owner or a grooming technician to maintain the inventory of the various grooming tools is reduced.

The foregoing descriptions of specific embodiments of the present invention have been presented for purposes of illustration and description. They are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the present invention to the precise forms disclosed, and obviously many modifications and variations are possible in light of the above teaching. The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the present invention and its practical application, and to thereby enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the present invention and various embodiments with various modifications as are suited to the particular use contemplated. It is understood that various omissions and substitutions of equivalents are contemplated as circumstances may suggest or render expedient, but such omissions and substitutions are intended to cover the application or implementation without departing from the spirit or scope of the claims of the present invention.