Title:
Cylinder hair maintenance garment
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A cylinder head garment comprising an rectangular elongated body and a rectangular tuck band at top portion. The garment is formed by attaching tuck band to partially cut folded side. Full seam on opposite is sewn any remaining unconnected edges to partially cut fold are sewn after tuck band is attached Next rectangular head band and satin piece is attached to upper portion of body. Finally, the bottom is completed by threading a string or a means to gather same. Alternate formations include placing lattice holes on body to accommodate lacing with a string and a mechanism around the circumference to gather and release material to change the length prior to attaching the tuck band.



Inventors:
Adkins, Jennipher (Oakland, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/496060
Publication Date:
12/03/2009
Filing Date:
07/31/2006
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A42B1/04
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Primary Examiner:
HADEN, SALLY CLINE
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Celander Law Firm LTD. (Evanston, IL, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A head garment to be worn by a user, comprising; a sheet of fabric formed to a cylindrical tube, wherein the cylindrical tube of fabric has a first end and a second end, and wherein the first end is open; and a constraining draw allowing the diameter of the tube to be reduced, the constraining draw formed in the half of the tube formed closer to the second end; wherein the length of the tube from the constraining draw to the first end is long enough to extend from a forward portion of a head of a wearer of the head garment to a rearward portion of the head of the head garment.

2. The head garment of claim 1, wherein the constraining draw is formed from a plurality of holes in the fabric of the cylindrical tube an at least one draw cord, the draw cord threaded thought the plurality of holes in a manner to allow the diameter of the cylindrical tube to be reduced by pulling on at least one end of the at least one draw cord.

3. The head garment of claim 2, wherein the plurality of holes is arranged in pairs of holes along the long axis of the cylindrical tube.

4. The head garment of claim 2, wherein the plurality of holes is arranged in two rows which extend around the circumference of the cylindrical tube.

5. The head garment of claim 1, further comprising an elastic band attached at the first end of the cylindrical tube, the elastic band attached at the first end in such a manner as to restrain the head tube from sliding on the head of said wearer.

6. The head garment of claim 5, further comprising an elastic band attached at the second end of the cylindrical tube, the elastic band attached at the second end in such a manner as to restrain the head tube from sliding on the head of said wearer.

7. The head garment of claim 6, wherein the elastic bands are formed within a roll of the fabric of the tube ends.

8. The head garment of claim 1, wherein the constraining draw is formed from at least one elastic band securely attached to the cylindrical tube in a manner to reduce the diameter of the cylindrical tube.

9. The head garment of claim 8, further comprising an elastic band attached at the first end of the cylindrical tube, the elastic band attached at the first end in such a manner as to restrain the head tube from sliding on the head of said wearer.

10. The head garment of claim 9, further comprising an elastic band attached at the second end of the cylindrical tube, the elastic band attached at the second end in such a manner as to restrain the head tube from sliding on the head of said wearer.

11. The head garment of claim 10, wherein the elastic bands are formed within a roll of the fabric of the tube ends.

12. The head garment of claim 1, wherein the constraining draw is formed from at least two tie draws, wherein the at least two tie draws are formed from a section of fabric securely attached at one end to the cylindrical tube, and wherein the at least two tie draws are formed to allow the at least two tie draws to be tied together to reduce the diameter of the cylindrical tube.

13. A head garment in claim 1, wherein the cylindrical tube comprises of at least one vertical opening, whereby user is able access hair from opening while garment is worn.

14. A head garment in claim 13, wherein an attaching mechanism is used along vertical opening to close width of vertical opening, whereby user is able to close opening.

15. A head garment in claim 1, wherein the cylindrical tube, whose primary body comprises of solid piece of fabric that is constructed using a single seam, that further comprises of a series slot attachments, vertically arranged to allow user to thread hair through each slot to secure the hair while inside tube.

16. A head garment in claim 15, wherein the cylindrical tube, whose primary body comprises of multiple pieces of fabric that is constructed using one or more seams.

17. A head garment that comprises of primary body, wherein a ribbon is attached, whereby user is able to wrap ribbon around length of hair while head garment is worn.

18. A head garment in claim 1, wherein an exterior elastic band attached each side of cylindrical tube, elevates hair while hair is surrounded within cylindrical tube in such a manner as to restrict elevated hair from moving while garment is worn.

19. A head garment in claim 1, wherein an exterior elastic loop is attached within head band seam and cylindrical tube.

20. A head garment in claim 18, wherein an opening is placed on one side of cylindrical tube; an interior tuck band that is attached to cylindrical tube is partially visible from opening, whereby tuck band can be pulled through opening to provide a restraining mechanism for elevated hair with cylindrical tube. Interior tuck band is level with sides of cylindrical tube while not in use.

Description:

FIELD OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to the ability to protect long hair styles starting from the hairline to the ends of the hair while the hair hangs or remains extended from the scalp while user is sleeping or lounging during the day.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

The present invention relates to a hair protection garment made with pliable material that provides full coverage and styling options for long hair (i.e. braided hair, hair with artificial extensions, which may consist of acrylic, human hair or a blend).

Individuals, who have long hairstyles, have special needs relative to covering their hair while lounging or during sleep. One of the prime concerns for long hair wearers is covering each strand of hair, from the hairline to the ends, while in its natural resting state (i.e. hanging at length without folding or bending).

Offering the long hair wearer a break from constantly having to handle and arrange the long hair is another concern. Long hair wearers have a desire to wear their hair off their shoulders in an orderly way. In doing so, they want to accomplish this in a quick, easy manner which does not involve metal objects, rubber bands or pony tail holders. These manners of holding hair are not reliable or healthy for the hair relative to breakage. Nor do they hold the hair while simultaneously covering and protecting the hair starting from the hairline to the ends.

Long hairstyles are also heavy. The present invention will provide the ability to securely elevate covered hair by tucking it under a top band located on upper portion of same, while the hair is enveloped in the body of the garment. The position of the enveloped hair would then be resting on the top of the user's head secured by being tucked under top tuck band.

Braided styles have been popular for decades in the United States and throughout the world. One of the ways braid wearers maintain their hair is by tightly tying a scarf or bandanna onto hairline portion of head. The remaining portions of the head remain exposed. This is especially damaging to the overall style and health of the hair. The damage results in the wearer having frazzled braids. When braids are frazzled, eventually the wearer will feel the need to have their hairstyle redone. Repeated trips to the braider is stressful to the scalp, as the braider must tightly add artificial extension hair by pulling natural hair. When this process is done too often, permanent hair loss will occur, especially on the hairline. Additionally, the cost of this type of hairstyle can often exceed three hundred dollars depending on the quantity and size of braids, the design of braids and the quality of artificial hair purchased. Therefore, wearing a head garment that protects the natural hairline down to the ends will create longer lasting braided styles. Thus, over a period of time, the present invention will provide a healthier, natural hairline and scalp attributable to fewer incidences of pulling and tight weaving of artificial hair extensions with natural hair (from hairline and scalp) when braids are redone.

DESCRIPTION OF RELATED ART

The most common method of protecting long, braided styles requires the wearer to tie down the top and natural hair line with a scarf, leaving the remaining portion of the hair (braids) uncovered. Thus, braided styles have diminished wear cycles due to lack of coverage and protection of the hairline and the braids.

Another method of covering and protecting long and braided styles requires wearer to bundle hair under a hair bonnet. This requires user to bundle and force hair into a confined space, which, as aforementioned, reshapes and distorts hairstyle.

Prior art was researched for present invention, none was found.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

The present invention is desperately needed for individuals with long and or braided hair. One objective of current invention is to offer individuals with long hair much needed head garment for daily and nightly use, a garment that begins from the hairline and continues symmetrically to the ends of hair, and a versatile head garment that covers and protects hair simultaneously keeping long hair hanging in its natural position. Long hair (natural and artificial) is often heavy, likewise, another object of present invention allows the enveloped hair to be positioned off the shoulders and back requiring one bend as hair is placed under tuck a band, as not to distort the style.

Present invention may also provide a lattice positioned on the outer portion of the body of the garment. This lattice will provide for the tightening or shrinking of the circumference of the body of material that encloses or surrounds hair. In doing so, tightening the lattice will allow user to bundle long hair while it is covered and while it hangs down in a natural resting state.

Another object of present invention provides a gathering mechanism for extreme lower portion or bottom of garment. Whereby user can to push lower portion of invention up the hair allowing for various lengths of the hair to be exposed. Bottom portion of present invention may also comprise of drawstring whereby user may completely close the bottom of garment, thereby enclosing the hair.

Present invention may also provide a hidden, additional elongating section of material, whereby the release or disclosure of this material (i.e. unzipping, unbuttoning etc. . . . ) will further elongate garment. Thus, user will have the ability to adjust length of garment to match the length of their hair with ease.

Yet another advantage of present invention is the ability to allow the user to attractively cover long hair styles in new and innovative ways. For example the present invention comprises of various designs that combine panels of similar and differing materials, stretch bands, lattice strings and ornamentations for the purpose of holding hair.

For a more complete understanding of the present invention, including features and advantages, reference is now made to the following detailed description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and diagrams.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and form a part of the specification illustrate the embodiments of present invention and, together with the description serve to explain the principles of the invention.

In the drawings:

FIG. 1 shows frontal perspective view cylinder version of present invention;

FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of cylinder version that further shows a draw string in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 3 shows a perspective view of cylinder version that further shows a zipper in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 4 shows a perspective view of a cylinder version that further shows an un-zipped zipper in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 5 shows an unsewn panel comprising of straight edges and lattice holes; and

FIG. 6 shows an unsewn head band; and

FIG. 7 shows a tuck band; and

FIG. 8 shows a drawstring; and

FIG. 9 shows an elastic band; and

FIG. 10 shows a lining piece; and

FIG. 11 shows a back view of present invention; and

FIG. 12 shows a perspective view of a partially sewn cylinder in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 13 shows an unattached head band in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 14 shows an unsewn, straight edge panel that further comprises of connector areas; and

FIG. 15 shows a perspective view of an open design version that further comprises of decorative ribbons; and

FIG. 16 shows a perspective view of an open design without the decorative ribbons; and

FIG. 17 shows decorative ribbons; and

FIG. 18 shows an extra long decorative ribbon

FIG. 19 shows an open design version of present invention with a detached body; and

FIG. 20 shows a triple band version of present invention; and

FIG. 21 shows an unsewn triple band version of present invention; and

FIG. 22 shows three bands unattached in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 23 shows a triple band version of current invention, that further shows how upper portion is attached; and

FIG. 24 shows a triple band version of present invention that further comprises of multiple upper portion attachments; and

FIG. 25 shows a triple band version with a detached upper portion; and

FIG. 26 shows a flat upper portion; and

FIG. 27 shows a folded upper portion; and

FIG. 28. shows a partially sewn triple band version of present invention, comprising of attached triple bands and an upper portion; and

FIG. 29 shows a v-shaped head covering version of present invention, with extra long strap attachment; and

FIG. 30 shows a flat v-shaped head covering; and

FIG. 31 shows a detached extra long strap; and

FIG. 32 shows a top view of v-shaped head covering in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 33 shows cylinder version that further comprises a top loop in accordance with present invention; and

FIG. 34 shows a cylinder version that further comprises a partially concealed tuck band.

DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention is achieved by attaching tucking band 18 edge 20a to body 6 middle cut 14. Body 6 is folded in half. Seams 8a, 8b and tuck band edge 20b are attached. The width of tucking band 18 will approximately match the length of middle cut 14. Tucking band 18 length shall be shorter that the width of area between seam 12a and opposite seam 12b. Any excess unconnected material to middle cut 14 after tuck band 18 has been attached, should then also be connected to create middle cut seam 12b.

An attaching mechanisms 21a, 21b, part one and part two (i.e. zipper, buttons, etc) may be attached to circumference of body 6 starting from the left edge 8b and ending at the right edge 8a. Attaching mechanism part one 21a and part two 21b is attached onto body 6. When top attaching mechanism 21a and bottom 21b are connected, the inside portion 25 between 21a and 21b will not be visible from the exterior. When top attaching mechanisms 21a and bottom 21b are disconnected, the inside portion 25 will be visible from the exterior, additionally, the body (see FIG. 4) will be physically longer. The body will be shorter (see FIG. 3) when top attaching mechanism 21a and bottom 21b are connected.

Lattice holes 9 (see FIG. 2) may also be placed onto body 6 whereby a string 22 may be laced thereby allowing circumference of body 7 to shrink when a string is laced through lattice holes 16 then pulled and tied.

Edges 4a,4b to head band 2 are attached. Bottom edge 5 of finished head band 3 is attached to the top edge 10a of sewn body 7, while head band 5 is stretched.

Top edge 28 of satin lining 26 is attached to inner seam 10a of body 7.

A gathering mechanism 24 (i.e. elastic band, drawstring) is applied to lower edge 10b of present invention. The gathering mechanism 24 at the bottom of the garment provides more versatility for hair coverage and style.

Referring now to FIG. 15, is an open design version of present invention. This version comprises of a decorative panel 32, decorative ribbons 42a,42b,42c and a head band 2. The decorative panel 32 can be cut in various shapes. The upper portion 32a and the decorative panel 32 can be cut as one or more pieces. The upper portion is connected with a seam 33 when folded.

FIG. 16 shows a decorative panel 32 without the threaded decorative ribbons 42a,42b,42c within holes 35.

FIG. 17 shows a series of decorative bands. This illustration further shows the length of each band relative to each other.

FIG. 18 shows and extra long band that provides yet another lattice option for the holes 35.

FIG. 19 shows unsewn, cut pieces of a detached decorative panel 32 and upper portion.

FIG. 20 shows yet another version of current invention. This versions allows user to thread hair through mini bands 36a,36b,36c. The head band 2 adds security while in use.

FIG. 21 shows a flat, unsewn material, fold lines 36 are shown in the upper portion 34.

FIG. 22 shows a series of mini bands 37a,37b,37c. The ends 38a of these bands are attached to the edges of the base 38b of the bottom portion.

FIG. 23 shows a partially sewn head garment, that further shows a folded upper portion and seam 39.

FIG. 24 shows yet another version of present invention, whereby the upper portion is connect using two seams instead of one seam.

Looking now to FIG. 25, a lower portion is shown. The upper area comprises of two angular edges 42b,42c. These angular edges offer additional design and fabric options when worn and made.

FIG. 26 is a flat upper portion that also comprises of angular edges 42a,42b. When folded along lines 40a,40b, its angular edges 42a, 42b are connected to 42c, 42d of the lower portion.

FIG. 27 shows a folder upper portion prior to attaching to lower portion. The continuous head band 2 is attached to top edge 42e of upper portion and 42f, the top edge of the lower portion.

FIG. 28 shows an attached upper portion and lower portion with a detached head band.

Moving now to FIG. 29, yet another version (rear view) of invention is shown. The upper portion 43 comprises of a pointed edge and a head band edge.

FIG. 30 shows a flat upper portion, that illustrates fold lines 44 and seam edges 45a, 45b, that comprise seam 45. Also shown is attaching area 46, whereby a ribbon 48 is connected.

FIG. 31 illustrates an extra long ribbon 48, which serves as a lower portion to head garment for purposes of holding extended hair. The attaching area 47 of ribbon indicates where it is attached to upper portion.

FIG. 32 shows a top view of current version of present invention.

FIG. 33 shows a cylinder version of current invention that further comprises a loop 50 attachment for holding elevated hair when garment is worn.

FIG. 34 shows a cylinder version of present invention that further comprises a opening 52, whereby the tuck band 18 can be released and used at varying amounts or not at all.





 
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