Title:
HAIRPIECE FOR CREATING A HAIR PART
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A hairpiece for creating a hair part includes a base having an outer perimeter, which includes a front edge, a back edge opposite the front edge, a first side and a second side. The base also includes a slit extending from the front edge toward the back edge and terminating at an apex spaced inwardly from the back edge such that the apex is positioned between the front and back edges. The first side is located on one side of the slit, while the second side is located on an opposite side of the slit. The hairpiece also includes a plurality of hair wefts attached to the base, each of which has a plurality of hair strands extending therefrom. The hair wefts includes at least one hair weft attached to the base along a path extending around the slit from a first location positioned on the first side of the base adjacent the front edge and terminating at a second location positioned on the second side of the base adjacent the front edge



Inventors:
Kim, James K. (Manhasset, NY, US)
Application Number:
13/657040
Publication Date:
04/25/2013
Filing Date:
10/22/2012
Assignee:
KIM JAMES K.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41G5/00
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Primary Examiner:
KALACH, BRIANNE E
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GREENBERG TRAURIG (NJ) (FLORHAM PARK, NJ, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A hairpiece for creating a hair part, comprising: a base having an outer perimeter, which includes a front edge, a back edge opposite said front edge, a first side and a second side, said base having a slit extending from said front edge toward said back edge and terminating at an apex spaced inwardly from said back edge such that said apex is positioned between said front and back edges, said first side being located on one side of said slit, and said second side being located on an opposite side of said slit; and a plurality of hair wefts attached to said base, each of said hair wefts having a plurality of hair strands extending therefrom, said plurality of hair wefts including at least one first hair weft attached to said base along a path extending around said slit from a first location positioned on said first side of said base adjacent said front edge and terminating at a second location positioned on said second side of said base adjacent said front edge

2. The hairpiece of claim 1, wherein said at least one first hair weft passes through a third location positioned between said back edge and said apex.

3. The hairpiece of claim 2, wherein said base includes a first side edge on said first side and a second side edge on said second side, at least a portion of said at least one first hair weft extending substantially parallel to said back edge and said first and second side edges.

4. The hairpiece of claim 3, wherein said path is set off from said front edge, said back edge and said first and second side edges by at least a first distance.

5. The hairpiece of claim 3, wherein said plurality of hair wefts includes at least two second hair wefts attached to said base along second paths extending from fourth locations positioned on said first side of said base and terminating at fifth locations positioned on said second side of said base.

6. The hairpiece of claim 5, wherein each of said at least two second hair wefts passes through a six location positioned between said back edge and said apex.

7. The hairpiece of claim 6, wherein each of said at least two second hair wefts is substantially parallel to at least a portion of said first side edge, at least a portion of said second side edge and said back edge.

8. The hairpiece of claim 7, wherein each of said at least two second hair wefts is substantially parallel to at least a portion of said at least one first hair weft.

9. The hairpiece of claim 8, wherein said plurality of hair wefts includes at least two third hair wefts, at least one of which is attached to said first side of said base and at least another of which is attached to said second side of said base.

10. The hairpiece of claim 9, wherein each of said at least two third hair wefts is attached to said base along a substantially linear path.

11. The hairpiece of claim 1, further comprising a plurality of second hair strands hand-tied to said base.

12. The hairpiece of claim 11, wherein said base includes a first slit edge adjacent said first side and a second slit edge adjacent said second side, said first and second slit edges defining said slit, said plurality of second hair strands being arranged along said first and second slit edges.

13. The hairpiece of claim 12, wherein said at least one first hair weft is positioned around said plurality of second hair strands.

14. The hairpiece of claim 1, wherein said plurality of hair wefts includes at least two second hair wefts attached to said base along second paths extending from fourth locations positioned on said first side of said base and terminating at fifth locations positioned on said second side of said base.

15. The hairpiece of claim 14, wherein each of said at least two second hair wefts passes through a six location positioned between said back edge and said apex.

16. A hairpiece for creating a hair part, comprising: a base having an outer perimeter, which includes a front edge, a back edge opposite said front edge, a first side and a second side, said base having a slit extending from said front edge toward said back edge and terminating at an apex spaced inwardly from said back edge such that said apex is positioned between said front and back edges, said first side being located on one side of said slit, and said second side being located on an opposite side of said slit; at least ore first hair weft attached to said base and including a plurality of first hair strands extending therefrom, said at least one first hair weft being attached to said base along a first path extending around said slit from a first location positioned on said first side of said base adjacent said front edge and terminating at a second location positioned on said second side of said base adjacent said front edge; and at least one second hair weft attached to said base and including a plurality of second hair strands extending therefrom, said at least one second hair weft being attached to said base along a second path extending from a third location positioned on said first side of said base and terminating at a second location positioned on said second side of said base.

17. The hairpiece of claim 16, wherein said second path is substantially parallel to at least a portion of said first path.

18. The hair piece of claim 17, wherein at least a portion of said first path is arcuate; and wherein at least a portion of said second path is arcuate.

19. The hairpiece of claim 16, wherein said at least one first hair weft passes through a fifth location positioned between said back edge and said apex; and wherein said at least one second hair weft passes through a sixth location positioned between said fifth location and said apex.

20. The hairpiece of claim 16, further comprising a plurality of third hair strands hand-tied to said base, said base including a first slit edge adjacent said first side and a second slit edge adjacent said second side, said first and second slit edges defining said slit, said third hair strands being arranged along said first and second slit edges, said at least one first hair weft and said at least one second hair weft being positioned around said third hair strands.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This is a non-provisional application claiming priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/550,076 filed Oct. 21, 2011, the disclosure of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

FIELD OF INVENTION

The invention relates to hairpieces and, more particularly, to hairpieces that are used to create the appearance of parted hair.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Many people, particularly women, who are unhappy with their hairstyle utilize hair extensions, wigs and weaves to provide themselves with new and exciting hairstyles. However, the process of weaving hair extensions or a hair weave into a persons hair is arduous, time consuming, expensive, and often requires the service of a hair-weaving professional. Furthermore, if a portion of the person's hair weave ever becomes damaged, replacing that portion of the weave typically requires a complete reworking or replacement of the person's entire hair weave.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

A hairpiece for creating a hair part comprises a flexible base that is sized and shaped to coincide with the top-central region of a person's head of hair. The base has, relative to its practical placement on a person's head, a front edge and a back edge. The base also has a V-shaped slit that extends from the front end to an apex proximate to the back end, thereby creating slit edges that can be used to create a hair part on the user's head. The base also has a bottomsurface, on which a textile pad is attached, and a top surface through which hair flows outwardly to facilitate the look of a hair part when the hairpiece is in use.

In accordance with an embodiment of the present invention, a hairpiece for creating a hair part includes a base having an outer perimeter, which includes a front edge, a back opposite the front edge, a first side and a second side. The base also includes a slit extending from the front edge toward the back edge and terminating at an apex spaced inwardly from the back edge such that the apex is positioned between the front and back edges. The first side is located on one side of the slit, while the second side is located on an opposite side of the slit. The hairpiece also includes a plurality of hair wefts attached to the base, each of which, has a plurality of hair strands extending therefrom. The hair wefts includes at least one hair weft attached to the base along a path extending around the slit from a first location positioned on the first side of the base adjacent the front edge and terminating at a second location positioned on the second side of the base adjacent the front edge.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

For a more complete understanding of the present invention, reference is made to the following detailed description of the invention considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a schematic of a bottom plan view of an exemplary hairpiece according to an embodiment of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of the hairpiece of FIG. 1;

FIG. 3 is a schematic representation of a bottom plan view of the hairpiece of FIG. 1 with hair seams shown in phantom and a textile pad thereof show variously in white and in a stippled pattern;

FIG. 4 is a schematic representation of a cross-section A-A of the hairpiece of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is a schematic view of a preparation of a user's natural hair before applying the hairpiece of FIG. 1, according to a method of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a schematic view of an intermediate step of applying the hairpiece of FIG. 1 to a users head, according to the method of FIG. 5;

FIG. 7 is a schematic view of the hairpiece of FIG. 1 in place on a user's head, according to the method of FIG. 5;

FIG. 8 is a schematic view of a preparation of a user's natural hair before applying the hairpiece of FIG. 1, according to another method of the present invention;

FIG. 9 is a schematic view of an intermediate step of applying the hairpiece of FIG. 1 to a users head, according to the method of FIG. 8; and

FIG. 10 is a schematic view of the hairpiece of FIG. 1 in place on a user's head, according to the method of FIG. 8.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

FIGS. 1-4 illustrate a hairpiece 10 constructed in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 1, which is a schematic representation of a bottom plan view of the hairpiece 10, the hairpiece 10 includes a flexible base 12 which includes a sheet of flexible mesh material or stocking base that permits ventilation therethrough and allows for hair to be sewn, woven or hand-tied therein or thereto. The base 12 has a generally oblong shape and is adapted to fit over a portion of the hair on a top, central region of a user's head (see FIG. 5). The base 12 has an outer front edge 14, an outer back edge 16, and a pair of outer side edges 18, 20 extending from the front edge 14 to the back edge 16 (see FIG. 3). In an exemplary embodiment of the present invention, the base has a length L of about 12.5 cm from the front edge 14 to the back edge 16, and a width W of about 8 cm from the side edge 18 to the side edge 20. The base 12 also has a V or U-shaped slit 22 that extends from the front end 14 to an apex 24 proximate to the back end 16; creating an opposed pair of slit edges 26, 28 (see FIG. 2). The slit edges 26, 28 are used to create the appearance of a hair part on the user's head, as described in further detail below. The slit 22 is generally aligned with an imaginary line B-B that substantially bisects the width W of the base 12.

The base 12 also has a bottom surface 30 (see FIGS. 1 and 2), which is adapted to face the user's hair when the hairpiece 10 is being worn, and a top surface 32 (visible in FIG. 2, but not in FIG. 1), which is adapted to face away from the user's hair when the hairpiece 10 is being worn. A textile pad 34 is attached (e.g., sewn, adhered, etc.) to the bottom surface 30 of the base 12, so as to be interposed between the base 12 and the user's hair when the hairpiece 10 is being worn. The textile pad 34 is adapted to be open along slit 22. Hair strands 36 are attached to the base 12 such that they extend outwardly from the top surface 32 of the base 12.

FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of the hairpiece 10 of FIG. 1, in which hair strands 36 can be seen extending outwardly from the top surface 32 of the base 12. FIG. 2 also shows the relationships of the front edge 14, slit 22, slit apex 24 and slit edges 26, 28 in relationship to the hair strands 36, as they might be seen in a frontal top perspective view of the hairpiece 10.

Now referring jointly to FIGS. 3 and 4, the hair strands 36 include a plurality of hair wefts 38a-38e that are attached to the top surface 32 of the base 12 along various paths 40a-40e, 42, 44, 46 and 48. The hair wefts 38a-38e, with the associated paths 40a-40e, 42, 44, 46 and 48, are exemplary, as the hairpiece 10 may include numerous additional hair wefts attached to the base 12 at numerous additional locations. The paths 40a-40e. 42, 44, 46 and 48 are shown most clearly in FIG. 3, where they are presented as hidden features beneath the textile pad 34. So that the paths 40a-40e, 42, 44, 46 and 48 may be seen clearly, the textile pad 34 is shown in white and stippled portions, and the portion of the base 12 that would be attached to the textile pad 34 is not shown. The hair wefts 38a-38e are most clearly shown in FIG. 4.

Continuing to refer jointly to FIGS. 3 and 4, hair weft 38a is attached to the top surface 32 of the base 12 along an arcuate path 40a, which is set off from the front edge 14, back edge 16 and side edge 18, 20 by at least a distance D1. The arcuate path 40a extends from a point 50a that et off from the slit seam 26 by a distance D2 to a point 50b that is set off from the slit seam 28 by a distance D3, which may be equal to the distance D2. In the present exemplary embodiment, distance D1 may be about 1 cm, distance D2 may be about 0.5 cm, and distance D3 may be about 0.5 cm,

Hair wefts 38b-e are attached to the top surface 32 of the base 12 along side paths 40b-e, respectively, which may extend along lines that are substantially parallel to the nearest respective one of slit edges 26, 28, Further, each of the paths 40b-e extends from one of points 24a-d to a corresponding one of points 50a-d. Points 24a-d are located on, or proximate to, an imaginary line C-C that is substantially perpendicular to the imaginary line B-B and proximate to the slit apex 24. Two side paths (e.g., side paths 40b, 40c) are set off from the slit edges 26, 28 by distances D2 and D3 respectively. The other two side paths (e.g., side paths 40d, 40e) are set off from the slit edges 26, 28 by distances D4 and D5, respectively, In the present exemplaryy embodiment, distance 04 may be about 1.5 cm, and distance D5 may be about 1.5 cm. In the present exemplary embodiment, side paths 40b-40e are substantially parallel to the respective ones of slit edges 26, 28, so that distances D2, D3, D4 and D5 are substantially constant along the lengths of side paths 40b-40e. In other embodiments, side paths 40b, 40c may approach the apex 24 of slit 22, so that distances D2, D3, D4 and D5 would be smaller near apex 24 than near the front edge 14 of the base 12.

Additional hair efts (not shown) are attached to the top surface 32 of the base 12 along back arcuate paths 42, 44, 46, 48. The back arcuate paths 42, 44, 46, 48 are substantially parallel to the first arcuate path 40a, and are arranged in a spaced and nested pattern (i.e., path 48 is nested in path 46, which is nested in path 44, which is nested in path 42). Each of the back arcuate paths 42, 44, 46, 48 begins at a respective start point 42a, 44a, 46a, 48a on or proximate to imaginary line C-C on one side of apex 24, and terminates at a respective end point 42b, 44b, 46b, 48b on or proximate to imaginary line C-C on the other side of apex 24.

The hair wefts 38a-38e are attached to the top surface 32 of base 12 using conventional techniques known in the art, such as sewing or weaving. The hair wefts attached to the back arcuate paths 42, 44, 46 and 48 may be attached to the top surface of base 12 by the same methods.

Each of the hair wefts used in the hairpiece 10 is either a single weft or a double weft (i.e., two single wefts layered one upon the other). In the embodiment shown in FIGS. 1-4, the hair wefts 38a-e that are attached to the base 12 along arcuate path 40a and side paths 40b-e are single wefts, while the hair wefts (not shown) attached along the back arcuate paths 42, 44, 46, 48 are double wefts. The purpose of using double wefts along the back arcuate paths 42, 44, 46, 48 is to provide added volume and bulk to the hair strands 36 near the back edge 16 of the base 12. Using single wefts along arcuate path 40a and side paths 40b-e allows the hair strands 36 to provide sufficient hair coverage near the side edges 18, 20 of the base 12 without adding bulk.

The hair strands 36 include hair strands 52 which are attached to the base 12 throughout a hair part zone 54, which is located proximate to the slit edges 26, 28 of the base 12, and the paths 40b, 40c. The hair part zone 54 (i.e., the stippled area shown on FIG. 3) has a shape similar to that of a “V” or a “U”, and is roughly bounded by the slit edges 26, 28 and the apex 24, and by the paths 40b, 40c and the arcuate path 48. The hair strands 52 are attached to the base 12 throughout the hair part zone 54 via hand-tying or similar means so as to allow the hair strands 52 proximate to the slit edges 26, 28 and the apex 24 to initially extend upwardly from the top surface 32 of the base 12 before falling away from the slit edges 26, 28 and the apex 24. This arrangement allows the hair strands 52 in the hair part zone 54 to emulate the appearance of hairs growing naturally out of the user's head, which facilitates the appearance of a more natural-locking and appealing hair part when the hairpiece 10 is in use. Hair strands 36, 52 may be attached to every hole in the mesh of base 12 or to fewer holes, depending on whether a fuller or more sparse look is desired.

FIGS. 5-7 illustrate a sequence of steps in an exemplary method of using the hairpiece 10. Referring to FIG. 5, in a first step of applying the hairpiece 10 to a user's head 56, the user's hair 58 is arranged in a series of cornrows (for example, cornrows 60a-60f), which provide a suitable medium for securing the base 12 of the hairpiece 10 to the user's hair 58. In the exemplary embodiment shown in FIG. 5, side cornrows 60a, 60b are on one side 62 of the head 56 and side cornrows 60e, 60f are on the opposite side 64 of the head 56. The central cornrows 60c, 60d are arranged on the top of the head 56 to serve as a platform for securing the base 12 of the hairpiece 10 (not shown), and are aligned to expose an area of scalp 66 where the hair piece 10 will provide the appearance of parted hair. Reference number 68 refers to the user's natural front hairline proximate the exposed area of scalp 66. Reference number 70 refers to the general location of the crown of the user's head 56.

Referring now to FIG. 6, in a later step of the exemplary method, ancillary hair 72 is applied to the back (not shown) and side portions 62, 64 of the user's hair 58, proximate to the central cornrows 60c, 60d. Ancillary hair 72 may comprise hair extensions or additional hairpieces.

Referring now to FIG. 7, which shows the finished hairpiece 10 in place on the user's head 56, the hairpiece 10 is arranged against the central cornrows 60c, 60d (not shown) and area of exposed scalp 66 so that the bottom surface 30 (not shown) of the base 12 (shown in outline as a hidden feature) is facing the users head 56, with the textile pad 34 (not shown) between base 12 and the user's head 56. The base 12 is oriented so that the front end 14 of the base 12 is located proximate to the forehead hairline 68 of the user's hair 58 and the slit apex 24 is proximate to area of the crown 70 of the user's head. The slit edges 26, 28 are placed adjacent to each other and aligned with one of the central cornrows 60c, 60d over the area of exposed scalp 66 (not shown) so as to create the appearance of a hair part line 74. The angle of the part can be adjusted by arranging the width of the slit 22 and position of the base 12 on the crown 70 of the user's head 56.

Once the hairpiece 10 is arranged as discussed above with respect to FIG. 7, the hairpiece 10 is secured to the user's hair 58 the front, back and side edges 14, 16, 18, 20 of the base 12 using conventional weaving techniques known in the art. One of such methods is to sew the base 12 into the user's hair 58 (e.g., to cornrows 60c, 60d). In an embodiment of the method of the present invention, the hairpiece 10 can be further secured against the user's hair 58 by also sewing the textile pad 34 to the user's hair 58. In another embodiment of the method of the present invention, the hairpiece 10 can be further secured against the user's hair 58 by applying an adhesive means, such as glue or a pressure-sensitive adhesive, against the textile pad 34 of the base 12 and pressing the textile pad 34 against the user's hair 58.

Once the hairpiece 10 is secured against the user's hair 58, the hair strands 52 proximate to the hair part line 74 flow outwardly from the hairpiece 10 and away from the hair part line 74, thereby creating a hair part for the user while the hair strands 36 of the wefts 38a-38e (see FIGS. 3 and 4), and the wefts along arcuate paths 44, 46, 48, 50 (see FIG. 3) of the hairpiece 10 are incorporated with the ancillary hair 72. The excess portion of the base 12 between the front end 14 and the forehead hairline 68 may then be trimmed away, thereby removing any unsightly portion of the base 12 that would be exposed to view. The hair strands 36, 52 can then be blended with ancillary hair 72.

FIGS. 8-10 illustrate a sequence of steps in a second exemplary method of using the hairpiece 10. Referring to FIGS. 8 and 9, in a first step of applying the hairpiece 10 to a user's head 78, the user's hair 80 is arranged in an arrangement of cornrows (for example, cornrows 82a-82m), the ends 84a-84m define the approximate extent of the intended location of the hair part line 86 (indicated on FIGS. 8 and 9 by dashed lines). In the exemplary method of FIGS. 8-10, the hair part line 86 is toward the side of the head, rather than at the center. The cornrows 82a-82m provide a suitable medium for securing an ancillary hairpiece 88 and the base 12 of the hairpiece 10 to the user's hair 80. In FIGS. 8 and 9, reference number 90 refers to the user's natural front hairline proximate the location of the intended hair part line 86, and reference number 92 refers to the general location of the crown of the user's head 78.

Referring now to FIG. 9, in a later step of the exemplary method, an ancillary hairpiece 88 has been sewn to the cornrows 82a-82m at the edge 94 of the ancillary hairpiece 88. The corn row ends 84a-84m remain exposed.

Referring now to FIG. 10, which shows the finished hairpiece 10 in place on the user's head 78, the hairpiece 10 is arranged against the ends 84a-84m (not shown) of the cornrows 82a-82m (not shown) so that the bottom surface 30 (not shown) of the base 12 (shown in outline as a hidden feature) is facing the users head 78, with the textile pad 34 (not shown) between base 12 and the user's head 78. The base 12 is oriented so that the front end 14 of the base 12 is located proximate to the forehead hairline 90 of the user's hair 80 and the slit apex 24 is aligned with the intended location of the hair part line 86 with the slit edges 26, 28 placed adjacent to each other to create the appearance of a hair part line. The angle of the part can be adjusted by arranging the width of the slit 22 and position of the base 12 on the crown 92 of the user's head 78.

Once the hairpiece 10 is arranged as discussed above with respect to FIG. 10, the hairpiece 10 is secured to the user's hair 80 along the front, back and side edges 14, 16, 18, 20 of the base 12 using conventional weaving techniques known in the art. One of such methods is to sew the base 12 into the user's hair 80 (e.g., to cornrows 82a-82m). In an embodiment of the method of the present invention, the hairpiece 10 can be further secured against the user's hair 80 by also sewing the textile pad 34 to the user's hair 80. In another embodiment of the method of the present invention, the hairpiece 10 can be further secured against the user's 80 by applying an adhesive means, such as glue or a pressure-sensitive adhesive, against the textile pad 34 of the base 12 and pressing the textile pad 34 against the user's hair 80.

Once the hairpiece 10 is secured against the user's hair 80, the hair strands 52 proximate to the hair part line 86 flow outwardly from the hairpiece 10 and away from the hair part line 86, thereby creating a hair part for the user while the hair strands 36 of the wefts 38a-38e (see FIGS. 3 and 4), and the wefts along arcuate paths 44, 46, 48, 50 (see FIG. 3) of the hairpiece 10 are incorporated with the ancillary hairpiece 88. The excess portion of the base 12 between the front end 14 and the forehead hairline 90 may then be trimmed away, thereby removing any unsightly portion of the base 12 that would be exposed to view.

In a third exemplary method of using the hairpiece 10, the first or second exemplary method described above in relation to FIGS. 5-7 and 8-10, respectively, may be supplemented as follows. The supplemental steps are not illustrated, but will be readily understood, by one experienced in the hair dresser's arts who is in possession of the present disclosure. During the process of arranging the user's hair 58, 80 into cornrows 60a-60f, 82a-82m, a lock of the user's hair 58, 80 (a.k.a., a “leave-out”) is left out of the cornrows 60a-60f, 82a-82m along the intended location of the hair part line 74, 86. The leave-out may be lightly braided to aid in keeping it from interfering with placement of the ancillary hair 72 or ancillary hairpiece 88. After placement of the hairpiece 10, the leave-out is aligned with the hair part line 74, 86 and parted along the hair part line 74, 86. The hairs of the leave-out may then be blended with the hairs 36, 52 of the hairpiece 10 to create a finished appearance.

The present invention provides a number of benefits and advantages. For instance, the V-shaped slit 22 of the hairpiece 10, along with the arrangement of the hair strands 52 proximate to the slit edges 26, 28 and the apex 24, provides the user with the opportunity to incorporate a stylish hair part into the user's hair style. In addition, the long and arduous process of weaving multiple wefts of hair into the user's hair 58, 80 to create a hair part is replaced by the relatively easy attachment of the hairpiece 10 onto the user's hair 58, 80, which saves the hair-weaving professional time and expense. The flexible mesh of the base 12 is comfortable to the user and allows the area beneath to the base 12 to “breathe” (i.e., allow heat accumulating beneath the base 12 to dissipate without having sweat collect between the user's hair 58 and the hairpiece 10). In addition, if the hair strands 36, 52 of the hairpiece 10 become damaged, the hairpiece 10 can be removed and replaced with a new one without requiring a complete reworking of the user's hairstyle.

It should be noted that the present invention can have numerous modifications and variations. For instance, the hairpiece 10 may be larger or smaller to encompass a larger or smaller portion of the user's hair 58 when the hairpiece 10 is put into use. The slit 22 may offset at an angle from the imaginary line B-B, rather than aligned with it. In addition, while FIGS. 1-4 only show the hairpiece 10 having only four single wefts 38b-38e along the respective side paths 42a-d and double wefts (not shown) along the respective back arcuate paths 44, 46, 48, 50, other embodiments of a hairpiece according to the present invention may incorporate additional wefts than those discussed with respect to FIGS. 1-4, thereby giving the hair strands 36 a thicker and fuller appearance. Yet other embodiments of a hairpiece according to the present invention may incorporate fewer than the wefts discussed with respect to FIGS. 1-4, thereby giving the hairpiece a less bulky appearance. In various embodiments, single wefts may be substituted for double wefts, and vice versa. Further, the various wefts discussed with regard to the hairpiece 10, and other embodiments thereof, made be made of human hair or synthetic hair.

It will be understood that the embodiments described herein are merely exemplary and that a person skilled in the art may make many variations and modifications without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. All such variations and modifications are intended to be included within the scope of the invention, as embodied in the claim presented hereinbelow;