Title:
Spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application that straddles the shoulders of the user and is comprised of a main panel and extension members assembled to the lateral ends of the main panel. The main panel has a recess formed into its upper extent that provides for the placement of a cloth towel or a disposable paper towel, a cutaway is formed at the center between the lateral ends of the main panel for posturing around the neck, and an arch-shaped straddle frame is disposed on the bottom end of the main panel for placement on the shoulders of the user. Various types of extension members can be pivotably conjoined at the two sides of the cutaway as required by the particular situation of usage to construct a folding-type, a pull-type, a turning-type, or an alignment-type paper holder, with each type of paper holder remaining foldable to decrease storage space requirements. As such, the present invention effectively achieves convenient storage, reduced space occupancy and, furthermore, floor spillage protection.



Inventors:
Xing, Ji-fan (Chang-Hua Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
09/925332
Publication Date:
02/13/2003
Filing Date:
08/10/2001
Assignee:
XING JI-FAN
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A45D44/08; A45D19/00; (IPC1-7): B65D1/34
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Primary Examiner:
MEREK, JOSEPH C
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Dougherty & Troxell (FALLS CHURCH, VA, US)
Claims:
1. A spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application comprised of a main panel and extension members assembled to the lateral ends of the said main panel, of which: The said main panel has a recess formed into its upper extent that provides for the placement of a cloth towel or a disposable paper towel, a cutaway is contoured at the center between the lateral ends of the said main panel for posturing around the neck, and an arch-shaped straddle frame is disposed on the bottom end of the said main panel for placement on the shoulders of the user: The said main panel has an extension member pivotably conjoined at each of the two sides of the said cutaway and, furthermore, the said extension members are capable of folding against the said main panel to thereby achieve storage convenience and reduced space occupancy.

2. As mentioned in claim 1 of the spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application of the invention herein, the said cloth towel or paper towel covering the upper extent of the said main panel is shaped like a wide-bordered enclosure and, furthermore, the folding section has an opening, with an adhesive section next to the said opening that is attached to the opposite end to form a sealed arrangement which prevents the leakage of dyeing liquid.

3. As mentioned in claim 1 of the spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application of the invention herein, the said main panel has formed in each of its two sides a lengthy guide slot; each of the said extension members have a slide block projecting upward from their planar surfaces and, furthermore, the height of the said slide blocks is greater than the depth of the said guide slots such that the said slide blocks extend beyond the bottom end of the said main panel; moreover, fastening holes are formed on the said slide blocks for the installation of a washer and screws to the said fastening holes of each said slide block at the upper extent of the said main panel, the said washers serving as retaining components that prevent the dislodging of the said slide blocks and enable the reciprocal movement of the said slide blocks in the said guide slots, thereby providing for a pull-type paper holder.

4. As mentioned in claim 1 of the spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application of the invention herein, the said main panel has an insertion hole formed in each of the two sides of the said cutaway and the said extension members have through-holes, the positions of which correspond to that of the said main panel insertion holes, with a rivet placed into each said insertion hole and said through-hole to pivotably conjoin the said extension members to the bottom surface of the said main panel such that the riveted areas function as support points enabling the outward and inward rotation of the said extension members, thereby providing for a turning-type paper holder.

5. As mentioned in claim 1 of the spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application of the invention herein, the said main panel has a stepped surface extending from the bottom edge of the panel body along each of the two sides of the said cutaway and, furthermore, a plurality of locating tabs are sequentially arrayed across the said stepped surface; of a design that is the reverse of the said main panel, the said extension member has the said cutaway at the center and a stepped surface along the bottom end of its planar body and at the position of alignment by the said extension member with the extension member main panel stepped surface, there are a plurality of attachment holes that are sequentially arrayed to accommodate the aligned engagement of the said locating tabs; as such, this provides for the aligned entry of the said main panel locating tabs into the said extension member attachment holes to affix the said extension member to the said main panel, thereby providing for an alignment-type paper holder.

6. As mentioned in claim 1 of the spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application of the invention herein, the said extension member can be fabricated as a planar structure having a design that is the reverse of the said main panel.

7. As mentioned in claim 1 of the spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application of the invention herein, the present herein can also be fabricated as a two-part paper holder of one-piece injection molded construction such that after injection molding, the said main panel is contiguous with the said extension members, a folding section is formed between the said main panel and the said extension members and, furthermore, the said cutaway is formed in the center and equally divided on both sides of the said folding section; to utilize, it is only necessary to tear apart the two members and position a cloth towel or a paper towel.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] 1) Field Of The Invention

[0002] The invention herein relates to a spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application in which a cutaway is contoured at the center between the lateral ends of the main panel for posturing around the neck and, furthermore, various types of extension members can be pivotably conjoined at the two sides of the cutaway as required by the particular situation of usage to construct a folding-type, a pull-type, a turning-type, or an alignment-type paper holder; as such, the present invention effectively achieves convenient storage, reduced space occupancy and, furthermore, floor spillage protection.

[0003] 2) Description Of The Prior Art

[0004] When hair is dyed, a viscous dyeing agent is applied to the head of the person being groomed and typically a towel is draped around the neck to prevent the splattering of hair dyeing agent, with the towel covering the said person from the neck down to keep dye off the body; however, although fabric structure of the towel prevents contact with the person whose hair is being dyed, the curved profile of the body wrapped by the towel allows excess dye to drip directly onto the floor and makes it dingy, moreover, hair dyeing agent is a fluid having powerful permeation characteristics and will permanently stain floors if not cleaned immediately after spilling, causing user difficulty; in view of this, the inventor of the invention herein conducted extensive research and design while culminated in the successful development of the invention herein.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0005] The primary objective of the invention herein is to provide a spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application that is comprised of a main panel and extension members assembled to the lateral ends of the main panel; the main panel has a recess formed into its upper extent that provides for the placement of a cloth towel or a disposable paper towel, a cutaway is contoured at the center between the lateral ends of the main panel for posturing around the neck, and an arch-shaped straddle frame is disposed on the bottom end of the main panel for placement on the shoulders of the user; furthermore, various types of extension members can be pivotably conjoined at the two sides of the cutaway as required by the particular situation of usage to construct a folding-type, a pull-type, a turning-type, or an alignment-type paper holder such that the present invention effectively achieves convenient storage and reduced space occupancy.

[0006] Another objective of the invention herein is to provide a spill preventing paper holder for use during hair dye application, wherein when the said paper holder is utilized for hair dyeing, it can be lifted towards the hair of the person being groomed so that the dye being applied to the hair does not spill onto the floor, thereby preventing dirty floors and the associated difficulties.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0007] FIG. 1 is an exploded drawing of the invention herein.

[0008] FIG. 2 is an isometric drawing of the invention herein.

[0009] FIG. 3 is a cross-sectional drawing that illustrates the operation of the invention herein.

[0010] FIG. 4 is an exploded drawing of the pull-type paper holder embodiment of the invention herein.

[0011] FIG. 5 is an exploded drawing of the turning-type paper holder embodiment of the invention herein.

[0012] FIG. 6 is an exploded drawing of the alignment-type paper holder embodiment of the invention herein.

[0013] FIG. 7 is an isometric drawing of the one-piece paper holder of the invention herein.

[0014] FIG. 8 is an isometric drawing of the invention herein during utilization.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0015] Referring to FIG. 1, FIG. 2, and FIG. 3, the drawings of the structural arrangement of the present invention, the invention herein is comprised of a main panel 1 and extension members 2 assembled to the lateral ends of the main panel 1, of which:

[0016] The said main panel 1 is a flat rectangular structure; a shallow recess 11 is formed into the upper extent of the main panel 1 and, furthermore, the recess 11 provides for the placement of a cloth towel or a disposable paper towel 3 of the same size that, furthermore, has an appropriately situated opening end 31; a cutaway 12 is contoured at the center between the lateral ends of the main panel 1 and, furthermore, disposed on the bottom end of the panel body is an arch-shaped straddle frame 13 for placement on the shoulders of the user such that when the main panel 1 rests on the shoulders of the user during utilization, the cutaway 12 is postured around the neck and does not cause user discomfort; a dimpled end pivot shaft 14 is situated at each of the two sides of the main panel 1 cutaway 12 to provide for the hinging of the two extension members 2.

[0017] Each of the said extension members 2 has a pair of insertive pivot shafts 21 at the lateral edge adjacent to the main panel 1 and, furthermore, the insertive pivot shafts 21 fit onto the dimpled end pivot shafts 14 at the two sides of the main panel 1, thereby hinging the extension members 2 to the lateral edges of the main panel 1 such that the extension members 2 are capable of folding upward and positioned flush against the main panel 1 (as shown in FIG. 3), thereby providing for a foldable paper holder.

[0018] The cloth towel or paper towel 3 (disposable-type) covering the upper extent of the main panel 1 is shaped like a wide-bordered enclosure and, furthermore, the folding section has an opening 31, with an adhesive section 32 next to the opening 31 that is attached to the opposite end to form a sealed arrangement which prevents the leakage of dyeing liquid.

[0019] The three additional embodiments of the invention herein are further elaborated below with reference FIG. 4, FIG. 5, and FIG. 6.

[0020] FIG. 4 is a pull-type paper holder, wherein the said main panel 1A has formed in each of its two sides a lengthy guide slot 15; each of the said extension members 2A have a slide block 22 projecting upward from their planar surfaces and, furthermore, the height of the slide blocks 22 is greater than the depth of the guide slots 15 such that the slide blocks 22 extend beyond the bottom end of the main panel 1; moreover, fastening holes 221 are formed on the slide blocks 22 for the installation of a washer S and screws P1 to the fastening holes 221 of each slide block 22 at the upper extent of the main panel 1A, the washers S serving as retaining components that prevent the dislodging of the slide blocks 22 and enable the reciprocal movement of the slide blocks 22 in the guide slots 15, thereby providing for a pull-type paper holder.

[0021] FIG. 5 is a turning-type paper holder, wherein the said main panel 1B has an insertion hole 16 formed in each of the two sides of the cutaway 12 and the said extension members 2B have through-holes 23, the positions of which correspond to that of the main panel 1B insertion holes 16, with a rivet P2 placed into each insertion hole 16 and through-hole 23 to pivotably conjoin the extension members 2B to the bottom surface of the main panel 1B such that the riveted areas function as support points enabling the outward and inward rotation of the extension members 2B, thereby providing for a turning-type paper holder.

[0022] FIG. 6 is an alignment-type paper holder, wherein the said main panel 1C has a stepped surface 17 extending from the bottom edge of the panel body along each of the two sides of the cutaway 12 and, furthermore, a plurality of locating tabs 171 are sequentially arrayed across the stepped surface 17; of a design that is the reverse of the main panel 1C, the said extension member 2C has a cutaway 12′ at the center and a stepped surface 25 along the bottom end of its planar body and at the position of extension member 2C alignment with the main panel 1C stepped surface 17, there are a plurality of attachment holes 24 that are sequentially arrayed to accommodate the aligned engagement of the locating tabs 17; as such, this provides for the aligned entry of the main panel 1C locating tabs 17 into the extension member 2C attachment holes 24 to affix the extension member 2C to the main panel 1C, thereby providing for an alignment-type paper holder.

[0023] As such, various types of extension members can be pivotably conjoined to the lateral ends of the said main panel as required by the particular situation of usage to construct a folding-type, a pull-type, a turning-type, or an alignment-type paper holder, with each type of paper holder remaining foldable to decrease storage space occupancy; furthermore, when the said types of paper holder are utilized for hair dyeing, they can be lifted towards the hair of person being groomed so that the dye being applied to the hair does not spill onto the floor, thereby preventing dirty floors and the associated difficulties; therefore, the present invention effectively achieves convenient storage, reduced space occupancy and, furthermore, floor spillage protection.

[0024] As indicated in FIG. 7, the invention herein can also be fabricated as a one-piece injection molded paper holder such that after injection molding, the main panel 1D is contiguous with the extension members 2D, a folding section 26 is formed between the main panel 1D and the extension members 2D and, furthermore, a cutaway 27 is formed in the center and equally divided on both sides of the folding section 26; to utilize, it is only necessary to tear apart the two members and position a cloth towel or a paper towel.