Title:
Hair attachment and extension apparatus
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A hair extension apparatus is provided wherein the apparatus comprises: at least one comb; at least one bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb; and at least one length of hair attached to the second end of the bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.



Inventors:
Lee, John S. (San Marino, CA, US)
Lee, Su-jin (San Marino, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/264610
Publication Date:
03/16/2006
Filing Date:
11/02/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41G3/00; A41G5/00
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Primary Examiner:
DOAN, ROBYN KIEU
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Dan M. DeLaRosa, Esq. (New York, NY, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one comb; at least one bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said comb; and at least one length of hair attached to said second end of said bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and said comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and said bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

2. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual strands of hair sewn together to form the length of hair.

3. The apparatus of claim 2 wherein said plurality of individual strands of hair is curled prior to being secured on the bendable member.

4. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual stands of hair with different hair colors.

5. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said comb is constructed of a material selected from a group consisting of metal, plastic, bone, shell and mixtures thereof.

6. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said bendable member is constructed of a material selected from a group consisting of formable wire, formable rubber, formable plastic and mixture thereof.

7. The apparatus of claim 6 wherein said formable wire is coated with rubber.

8. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said hair is attached to the bendable member by wrapping the at least one portion of said length of hair around said bendable member.

9. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said comb is secured to said bendable member by one of the following selected from a group consisting of glue, thread, string, wire and mixtures thereof.

10. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said length of hair is selected from a group consisting of real human hair, real animal hair, synthetic hair and mixtures thereof.

11. The apparatus of claim 1 wherein said apparatus comprises a plurality of hair strands, each of said hair strands having different lengths.

12. The apparatus of claim 1 further comprises a second bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said comb; and at least one length of hair attached to said second end of said second bendable member.

13. The apparatus of claim 12 further comprises a connector for connecting said first and second bendable member.

14. The apparatus of claim 13 wherein said connectors is attached to said comb.

15. A hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one comb; at least two bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said comb; and at least one length of hair attached to said second end of each of said bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and said comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and each of said bendable members are bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

16. The apparatus of claim 15 wherein said length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual strands of hair sewn together to form the length of hair.

17. The apparatus of claim 16 wherein said plurality of individual strands of hair is curled prior to being secured on the bendable member.

18. The apparatus of claim 15 wherein said length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual stands of hair with different hair colors.

19. The apparatus of claim 15 further comprises a connector for connecting said first and second bendable member.

20. A hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one comb; at least two bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said comb; at least one length of hair attached to said second end of each of said bendable member; at least one connector for connecting said first and second bendable members; a third bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said comb and at least one length of hair attached to said second end of said bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and said comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and each of said bendable members are bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

Description:

RELATED APPLICATION

This application is a continuation of U.S. application Ser. No. 11/191,659, entitled “Hair Attachment and Extension Apparatus” which was filed on Jun. 29, 2005; which is a continuation-in-part application of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/438,133, entitled “Hair Extension Device” which was filed on May 14, 2003 which has now issued as U.S. Pat. No. 6,883,525 with a issue date of Apr. 26, 2005, which is a continuation-in-part application of U.S. application Ser. No. 10/976,220, entitled “Hair Extension Apparatus and Related Method” which was filed on Oct. 28, 2004 and has now issued as U.S. Pat. No. 6,962,157 with a issue date of Nov. 8, 2005.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

This invention generally relates to hair extension and attachment apparati and related methods of manufacture. More specifically, the present invention provides for a hair extension apparatus comprises: at least one comb; at least one bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb; and at least one length of hair attached to the second end of the bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

2. Description of the Related Art

Hairpieces and hair extensions are well known in the beauty industry. Hair pieces are commonly used by individuals with thin hair to provide a fuller and, often, a more appealing look. Hair extensions are also often used to provide a fuller looking heads of hair. However, hair extensions are also used cosmetically to allow the user to change their hair style quickly and without having to wait for their natural hair to grow to the required length in order to obtain the desired style.

Known forms of hair extensions include hair attached to clips, combs and elastic bands. These hair extensions may be arranged in and around the natural hair. However, many of these devices require a great deal of skill to properly arrange on the head in an unobtrusive manner. In addition, some devices are hard to keep secured on the head during times of physical exertion such as, for example, during exercise routines, running and dancing the jitterbug. Furthermore, other hair extensions are not diverse in that they are limited in terms of the hairstyles that they provide.

One example of a known hair extension device, often referred to as a scrunchy, attaches hair to an elastic band. The band is then wound around a ponytail formed on the users head from the natural hair. The elastic of the scrunchy acts like a rubber band and secures the user's ponytail. The hair attached to the elastic may then be left to hang loose or gathered to form a bun or a ponytail. The scrunchy device, though, tends to slip during physical activity causing the users hair to become tangled. In addition, the elastic tends to lose its elasticity over time, making the device ineffective for its intended use.

It would be desirable, therefore, to provide a hair extension device that overcomes these and other disadvantages. It would also be desirable to have a hair extension device that would provide for a plurality of different hairstyles.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

In one embodiment of the present invention, the hair extension apparatus comprises: at least one comb; at least one bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb; and at least one length of hair attached to the second end of the bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In another embodiment, the present invention provides for a hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one comb; at least two bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb; and at least one length of hair attached to the second end of each of the bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and each of the bendable members are bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In a further embodiment, the hair extension apparatus of the present invention also provides for an apparatus comprising: at least one comb; at least two bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb; at least one length of hair attached to the second end of each of the bendable member; at least one connector for connecting the first and second bendable members; a third bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb and at least one length of hair attached to the second end of said bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and each of the bendable members are bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In one embodiment, the present invention provides for a hair extension apparatus comprises: at least one hair attachment device; at least one bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the hair attachment device; and at least one length of hair attached to second end of the bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the hair attachment device is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In another embodiment, the length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual strands of hair sewn together to form the length of hair. In yet another embodiment, the plurality of individual strands of hair is curled prior to being secured on the bendable member. In still another embodiment, the plurality of strands of hair is braided. In still yet another embodiment, the length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual stands of hair with different hair colors. In yet another embodiment, the bendable member may be adhered to the hair attachment device using adhesives, glues, etc. In still yet another embodiment, the bendable member may be secured to the hair attachment device via wire, string, thread, etc.

In a further embodiment, the hair attachment device is selected from a group consisting of clips, barrettes, combs, ponytail holders and mixtures thereof. In still a further embodiment, the bendable member is constructed of a material selected from a group consisting of formable wire, formable rubber, formable plastic and mixture thereof. In yet another embodiment, at least a portion of said bendable member is coated with rubber. In still yet a further embodiment, the hair is attached to the bendable member by wrapping the at least one portion of said length of hair around said bendable member. In another further embodiment, the hair attachment device is secured to said bendable member by one of the following selected from a group consisting of glue, thread, string, wire and mixtures thereof. In a further embodiment, the color of hair on the bendable member can be any color, can be dyed or highlighted; and the bendable member with the hair can be of any length.

In another embodiment, the length of hair is selected from a group consisting of real human hair, real animal hair, synthetic hair and mixtures thereof. In yet another embodiment, the apparatus comprises a plurality of hair strands, each of the hair strands having different lengths. In still another embodiment, the hair attachment device comprises a second aperture and said apparatus comprises a second bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said hair attachment device at said aperture and said second end being attached to at least one length of hair.

In still yet another embodiment, the present invention relates to a hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one hair attachment device having at least two spaced apart apertures; at least one elongated bendable member having opposing ends and a central section, at least two portions of the member being inserted into the apertures and secured to the hair attachment device; and at least one length of hair attached to each of the opposing ends of the bendable member, at least a portion of the central section being attached to the comb, the central section being free of any hair, and the opposing ends of the bendable member designed to be bent and shaped by the user to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In a further embodiment, the length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual strands of hair sewn together to form the length of hair. In still a further embodiment, the plurality of individual strands of hair is curled prior to being secured on the bendable member. In still yet a further embodiment, the length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual stands of hair with different hair colors. In a further embodiment, the hair attachment device is selected from a group consisting of clips, barrettes, combs, ponytail holders and mixtures thereof.

In another further embodiment, the bendable member is constructed of a material selected from a group consisting of formable wire, formable rubber, formable plastic and mixture thereof. In yet another embodiment, at least a portion of said bendable member is coated with rubber. In still yet a further embodiment, the hair is attached to the bendable member by wrapping the at least one portion of said length of hair around said bendable member. In another further embodiment, the hair attachment device is secured to said bendable member by one of the following selected from a group consisting of glue, thread, string, wire and mixtures thereof.

In another embodiment, the length of hair is selected from a group consisting of real human hair, real animal hair, synthetic hair and mixtures thereof. In yet another embodiment, the apparatus comprises a plurality of hair strands, each of the hair strands having different lengths. In still another embodiment, the hair attachment device comprises a second aperture and said apparatus comprises a second bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to said hair attachment device at said aperture and said second end being attached to at least one length of hair.

In another embodiment, the present invention also relates to a hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one hair attachment device having at least two apertures; at least two bendable members having two ends, a first end of each of the bendable members being attached to the hair attachment device at each of the apertures and a second end of each of the bendable members being attached to at least one length of hair; and a connector situated between the first ends of the first and second bendable members wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In one embodiment, the present invention relates to a hair extension apparatus comprising: at least one comb; at least one bendable member having opposing ends, a first end being attached to the comb; and at least one length of hair attached to the second end of the bendable member wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles. In a further embodiment, the connector also has hair attached or wound around it.

In another embodiment, the length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual strands of hair sewn together to form the length of hair. In still another embodiment, the plurality of individual strands of hair is curled prior to being secured on the bendable member. In yet another embodiment, the length of hair is comprised of a plurality of individual stands of hair with different hair colors.

In still yet another embodiment, the comb is constructed of a material selected from a group consisting of metal, plastic, bone, shell and mixtures thereof. In a further embodiment, the bendable member is constructed of a material selected from a group consisting of formable wire, formable rubber, formable plastic and mixture thereof. In another further embodiment, the formable wire is coated with rubber.

In still another further embodiment, the hair is attached to the bendable member by wrapping the at least one portion of the length of hair around the bendable member. In yet another further embodiment, the comb is secured to the bendable member by one of the following selected from a group consisting of glue, thread, string, wire and mixtures thereof.

In still yet another further embodiment, the length of hair is selected from a group consisting of real human hair, real animal hair, synthetic hair and mixtures thereof. In another further embodiment, the apparatus comprises a plurality of hair strands, each of the hair strands having different lengths. In another embodiment, the apparatus further comprises a second bendable member with at least one length of hair. In still another embodiment, the apparatus further comprises a plurality of bendable members, each bendable member having at least one length of hair.

In yet another embodiment, the present invention provides for a hair extension device comprising: a comb; at least one elongated bendable member having opposing ends and a central section; and at least one length of hair attached to each of the opposing ends of the bendable member, at least a portion of the central section being attached to the comb, wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the opposing ends of the bendable member with attached hair is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles. In a further embodiment, the central section has hair attached to or wound around it.

In still yet another embodiment, the present invention relates to a hair extension device comprising: a comb; at least two bendable members having two ends, a first end of each of the bendable members being attached to the comb and a second end of each of the bendable members being attached to at least one length of hair; and a connector situated between the first ends of the first and second bendable members wherein the end user forms a ponytail and the comb is attached onto the end user's existing hair adjacent to the ponytail and the bendable member is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide for a plurality of hairstyles. In another embodiment, at least a portion of the connector is attached to the comb.

In another further embodiment, the present invention also relates to a hair extension device comprising: a comb; at least one bendable member comprising first and second hair attachment portions and a comb attachment portion disposed between the first and second hair attachment portions; and at least one length of hair attached to the first and second hair attachment portions of the bendable member, a part of the comb attachment portion being attached to the comb, and wherein the first and second hair attachment portions of the bendable member can be bended and shaped by the user to provide for a plurality of hairstyles.

In a further embodiment, the invention provides for a hair extension device comprising a comb, a bendable member attached to the comb and at least one length of hair attached to the bendable member.

In still a further embodiment, the invention further provides a method for manufacturing a hair extension device. The method comprises forming at least one length of hair from a plurality of individual strands of hair; securing an end of a first length of hair to a first end of a bendable member; wrapping the first length of hair around the bendable member a first distance extending from the first end; securing an end of a second length of hair to a second end of the bendable member; wrapping the second length of hair around the bendable member a second distance extending from the second end; and securing a comb to the bendable member between the first length of hair and the second length of hair.

The foregoing and other features and advantages of the invention will become further apparent from the following detailed description of the presently preferred embodiments, read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. The detailed description and drawings are merely illustrative of the invention rather than limiting, the scope of the invention being defined by the appended claims and equivalents thereof.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings are included to provide a further understanding of the present invention. These drawings are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate one or more embodiments of the present invention, and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the present invention.

FIG. 1 illustrates one embodiment of a hair extension device in accordance with the invention;

FIG. 2 illustrates a detail of the comb of the hair extension device illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 illustrates another embodiment of the comb of the hair extension device according to the present invention;

FIG. 4 illustrates a detail of the bendable member and stands of hair of the hair extension device illustrated in FIG. 1;

FIG. 5a-c shows a user with a ponytail and the hair extension apparatus of the present invention;

FIG. 6 shows another embodiment of the present invention where the hair attachment device is a clip and the two bendable members are attached to the clip;

FIG. 7 illustrates still another embodiment of the invention where the hair attachment device is a comb with an aperture and the bendable member is attached to the comb through the aperture;

FIG. 8 shows still another embodiment where the hair attachment device is a ponytail holder with teeth and an aperture and the bendable member is attached to the holder through the aperture;

FIG. 9 illustrates a further embodiment of the ponytail holder with an extended portion and the bendable member is attached to the extended portion;

FIG. 10 shows another further embodiment where the hair attachment device is a barrettes with an extended portion and the bendable member is attached to the extended portion; and

FIG. 11 illustrates still yet another further embodiment of the hair extension apparatus where the hair attachment device is another embodiment of a clip.

Among those benefits and improvements that have been disclosed, other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from the following description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings. The drawings constitute a part of this specification and include exemplary embodiments of the present invention and illustrate various objects and features thereof.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

As required, detailed embodiments of the present invention are disclosed herein; however, it is to be understood that the disclosed embodiments are merely exemplary of the invention that may be embodied in various forms. The figures are not necessary to scale, some features may be exaggerated to show details of particular components. Therefore, specific structural and functional details disclosed herein are not to be interpreted as limiting, but merely as a basis for the claims and as a representative basis for teaching one skilled in the art to variously employ the present invention.

Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2, one embodiment of a hair extension device in accordance with the present is shown generally at 100. Hair extension 100 includes a hair assembly 10 and a comb 30. Hair assembly 10 includes bendable member 12 and hair 20. In one embodiment, hair 20 is synthetic hair. In another embodiment, hair 20 is real hair. Hair 20 may be dyed various colors to approximate natural hair colors or, alternatively, may be dyed bright unnatural colors that are well known in the art. Hair 20 is attached to bendable member 12 by an exemplary method described below.

In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1, bendable member 12 is divided into three portions, hair attachment portions 26, 28 and comb attachment portion 18. Comb attachment portion 18 is positioned between hair attachment portions 26 and 28. Hair attachment portions 26, 28 may be of various lengths, the length depending on the style of hair extension desired. In one embodiment, bendable member 12 is a formable metal wire. In another embodiment, bendable member 12 may be, for example, formable plastic. In another embodiment, bendable member 12 may comprise a formable metal wire having a coating. The coating may be, for example, a plastic or a rubber coating.

The embodiment illustrated in FIG. 1 shows a bendable member 12 having an end 16 that is blunt. In one embodiment illustrated in FIG. 4, the blunt end is fashioned in a hook-like manner 38. Those skilled in the art will recognize other configurations to provide a blunt end for bendable member 12. For example, the end may be capped using a small plastic cap that is inconspicuous to the user.

Comb 30 includes body portion 32 and a plurality of teeth 34 extending from the body portion 32 in a manner that is well known in the art. The comb 30 may be formed from plastic, metal, bone, shell or any other suitable material known in the art.

Hair extension device 100 may be fashioned in the following manner. First, strands of hair 20 are sewn together, in a manner that is well known in the art, to form a length of hair 40. In one embodiment, the hair is curled once it is formed into the length of hair. Those skilled in the art will recognize that various types of hair may be used to form the length of hair. For example, the hair may be straight, curly, or wavy. The hair may also be of various lengths depending on the desired style.

Second, one end of the length of hair 40 is securely attached to end 16a of bendable member 12. The hair 40 may be secured to end 16a by any means known in the art, such as, for example, glue. Once the end of hair 40 is attached, the length of hair is wrapped around the first hair attachment portion 26 of bendable member 12. The length of hair 40 is wrapped around bendable member 12 until it reaches comb attachment portion 18 of bendable member 12. Comb attachment portion 18 of bendable member 12 is not covered by hair 40. This process is repeated for the second hair attachment portion 28 beginning at end 16b. Those skilled in the art will recognize that there are other methods known in the art suitable for attaching the hair to device 100.

Once both of the hair attachment portions 26, 28 are covered with hair 40, comb attachment portion 18 of bendable member 12 is bent to form two spaced apart angles 22, 24. Comb 30 is then disposed on comb attachment portion 18 of bendable member 12. The comb 30 may then be secured to the bendable member 12. FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate that the comb 30 is secured to bendable member 12 using thread 36. Those skilled in the art will recognize that there are other methods of securing the comb 30 to the bendable member 12 such as, for example, by gluing or thin gauge wire.

Those skilled in the art will recognize that hair extension device 100 may be fashioned in other manners. For example, the comb attachment portion of bendable member 12 may be an integral part of the comb as illustrated in FIG. 3. Other embodiments may attach the bendable member to a barrette-type device instead of a comb.

In practice and referring now to FIGS. 5a-c, the user of the hair extension device may, first, form their natural hair into a ponytail 201. In FIG. 5a, the user then secures the hair extension device 200 on the head by inserting the comb 205 of the hair extension device 200 into the hair adjacent to the ponytail 201. Once secured and as shown in FIG. 5b, the user then bends and forms one of the two bendable members 208 of the hair extension device 200 in and around the ponytail 201. In FIG. 5c, the second bendable member 208 of the hair extension device 200 is then bent and formed in and around the ponytail 201. Finally, the bendable members 208 and the hair 210 of the hair extension device 200 may then be styled and shaped according to the desired hairstyle of the user.

In another embodiment, the present invention may use another hair attaching means instead of a comb such as a clips, hooks, snap-on elements, barrettes, pins, etc. In such an embodiment, at least a portion of the bendable member will then be attached and secured to the hair attaching means. In another embodiment, the bendable member will have two opposing ends and a central section, and the hair is attached to the opposing ends of the bendable member and at least a portion of the central section is attached to the hair attaching means. In still another embodiment, the hair extension device comprises two ends and a connector, whereby the hair is attached to the two ends and a portion of the two ends are attached to the connector and at least a portion of the connector is attached to the hair attaching means.

Referring now to FIGS. 6-11, the present invention provides for a plurality of embodiment of the hair extension device of the present invention. FIG. 6 shows an embodiment of the hair extension apparatus 300 of the present invention including a hair attachment device, which is a clip 302. The clip 302 has two apertures, 303a and 303b respectively and two bendable members, 304a and 304b respectively. One end of each of the bendable members 304a and 304b is attached to clip 302 via the apertures, 303a and 303b. The clip 302 is attached on or adjacent to the user's ponytail and the two bendable members, 304a and 304b with hair (not shown) are bent around the ponytail and shaped by the user to create a plurality of hairstyles.

FIG. 7 depicts another embodiment of the hair extension apparatus 310 of the present invention including a hair attachment device, which is a comb 312. The comb 312 has at least one aperture 313, a plurality of teeth 316 and at least one bendable member 314. One end of the bendable member 314 is attached to the comb 312 via the aperture 313. The comb 312 is attached adjacent to the user's ponytail and the bendable member 314 with the hair (not shown) is bent around the ponytail and shaped to provide different hairstyles.

FIG. 8 illustrates yet another embodiment of the hair extension device 320 of the present invention including a hair attachment device, which is a ponytail holder 322. The ponytail holder 322 comprises opposing arc-shaped components, 321a and 321b respectively. The components 321a and 321b are connected and hinged at one end and have interlocking closing pieces 325a and 325b. The components 321a and 321b also have a plurality of teeth 326. The ponytail holder 322 also comprises two apertures 323a and 323b and two extendable members 324a and 324 b. One end of each of the bendable members 324a and 324b is attached to the ponytail holder 322 via apertures 323a and 323b. The ponytail holder 322 is designed to fit around the user's ponytail and the bendable members 324a and 324b are bent around the user's ponytail and shaped to provide unique hairstyles.

FIG. 9 shows still another embodiment of the hair extension device 330 of the present invention including a hair attachment device, which is a ponytail holder 332 (a different variation from the ponytail holder shown in FIG. 8). The ponytail holder 332 comprises opposing arc-shaped components, 331a and 331b respectively. The components 321a and 321b are connected and hinged at one end and form an opening designed to fit around a user's ponytail. The components 331a and 331b also have a plurality of teeth 336. The ponytail holder 332 also comprises two apertures 333a and 333b and two extendable members 334a and 334 b. One end of each of the bendable members 334a and 334b is attached to the ponytail holder 332 via apertures 333a and 333b. In this embodiment, each of the components 331a and 331b has an extended portion where the apertures 333a and 333b are situated. The ponytail holder 332 is designed to fit around the user's ponytail and the bendable members 334a and 334b are bent around the user's ponytail and shaped to provide unique hairstyles.

FIG. 10 shows a further embodiment of the hair extension apparatus 340 of the present invention including a hair attachment device, which is a clip 342. The clip 342 has two apertures, 343a and 343b respectively and two bendable members, 344a and 344b respectively. One end of each of the bendable members 344a and 344b is attached to clip 342 via the apertures, 343a and 343b. In this embodiment, the clip 342 has a plurality of teeth 346 and two extended portions where the apertures 343a and 343b are situated. The clip 342 is attached on or adjacent to the user's ponytail and the two bendable members, 344a and 344b with hair (not shown) are bent around the ponytail and shaped by the user to create a plurality of hairstyles.

FIG. 11 depicts still yet another embodiment of the hair extension apparatus 350 of the present invention including a hair attachment device, which is a different variety of clip 352 in contrast to the clips shown in FIGS. 6 and 10. The clip 352 has two apertures, 353a and 353b respectively and two bendable members, 354a and 354b respectively. One end of each of the bendable members 354a and 354b is attached to clip 352 via the apertures, 353a and 353b. The clip 352 is attached on or adjacent to the user's ponytail and the two bendable members, 354a and 354b with hair (not shown) are bent around the ponytail and shaped by the user to create a plurality of hairstyles.

Therefore, while the embodiments of the present invention disclosed herein are presently considered to be preferred, various changes and modifications can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. The scope of the invention is indicated in the appended claims, and all changes that come within the meaning and range of equivalents are intended to be embraced therein.