Login| Sign Up| Help| Contact|

Patent Searching and Data


Title:
HAIR IRON
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/108735
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A hair iron having a first handle member pivotally connected to a second handle member, a first styling head extending from the first handle member, and a second styling head extending from the second handle member. Each of the first and second styling heads comprises a housing having a plurality of air inlets, a styling element having a plurality of air outlets, a heat element disposed in the housing, and a motorized fan disposed in the housing between the air inlets and the heat element for pulling air through the air inlets and pushing air over the heat element and through the nozzles and through the air outlets. The styling heads are oriented so that the styling elements are in a face-to-face relationship.

Inventors:
FRENCH-JACKSON, Chaska (6310 S. Madison Pl, Tulsa, OK, 74136, US)
Application Number:
US2018/062965
Publication Date:
June 06, 2019
Filing Date:
November 29, 2018
Export Citation:
Click for automatic bibliography generation   Help
Assignee:
FRENCH-JACKSON, Chaska (6310 S. Madison Pl, Tulsa, OK, 74136, US)
International Classes:
A45D2/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROUSE, Nicholas, D. (Dunlap Codding, P.c.P.o. Box 1637, Oklahoma City OK, 73113, US)
Download PDF:
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A hair iron, comprising:

a first handle member having a first end and a second end;

a first styling head extending from the second end of the first handle member;

a second handle member having a first end and a second end; and

a second styling head extending from the second end of the second handle member, wherein each of the first styling head and the second styling head comprises:

a substantially hemispherical housing having a plurality of air inlets and an open equator;

a styling element extending across the open equator and having a plurality of air outlets;

a heat element disposed in the housing; and

a motorized fan disposed in the housing between the air inlets and the heat element for pulling air through the air inlets and pushing air over the heat element and through the air outlets,

wherein the styling heads are oriented so that the styling elements are in a face-to-face relationship, and

wherein the first handle member and the second handle member are pivotally connected to each other in a way that the styling heads are movable between an open position in which the styling elements are spaced apart to receive hair there between and a closed position in which the styling elements are in face- to-face contact for styling hair.

2. The hair iron of claim 1, wherein each styling head further comprises a nozzle plate disposed in the housing between the heat element and the styling element, the plate including a base and a plurality of nozzles extending from the base towards the styling element, each nozzle coaxially aligned with a corresponding air outlet of the styling element.

3. The hair iron of claim 1, further including a medial portion in between the handle members and the styling heads, wherein the first handle member and the second handle member are pivotally connected at the medial portion.

4. The hair iron of claim 1, wherein each styling head has an exterior surface, wherein the exterior surface of each styling head has a flat longitudinal surface substantially perpendicular to the open equator, and wherein the longitudinal surfaces are in a co-planar relationship with one another.

5. The hair iron of claim 1, wherein the plurality of air outlets are evenly distributed across each of the styling element.

6. A hair iron, comprising:

a first handle member having a first end and a second end;

a first styling head extending from the second end of the first handle member;

a second handle member having a first end and a second end; and

a second styling head extending from the second end of the second handle member, wherein each of the first styling head and the second styling head comprises:

a housing having a plurality of air inlets;

a styling element having a plurality of air outlets;

a heat element disposed in the housing;

a nozzle plate disposed in the housing between the heat element and the

styling element, the plate including a base and a plurality of nozzles extending from the base towards the styling element, each nozzle coaxially aligned with a corresponding air outlet of the styling element; and

a motorized fan disposed in the housing between the air inlets and the heat element for pulling air through the air inlets and pushing air over the heat element and through the nozzles and through the air outlets, wherein the styling heads are oriented so that the styling elements are in a face-to-face relationship, and

wherein the first handle member and the second handle member are pivotally connected to each other in a way that the styling heads are movable between an open position in which the styling elements are spaced apart to receive hair there between and a closed position in which the styling elements are in face- to-face contact for styling hair.

7. The hair iron of claim 6, further including a medial portion in between the handle members and the styling heads, wherein the first handle member and the second handle member are pivotally connected at the medial portion.

8. The hair iron of claim 6, wherein each styling head has an exterior

surface, wherein the exterior surface of each styling head has a flat longitudinal surface substantially perpendicular to the open equator, and wherein the longitudinal surfaces are in a co-planar relationship with one another.

9. The hair iron of claim 6, wherein the plurality of air outlets are evenly distributed across each of the styling element.

10. A hair iron, comprising :

a first handle member having a first end and a second end;

a first styling head extending from the second end of the first handle member;

a second handle member having a first end and a second end; and

a second styling head extending from the second end of the second handle member, wherein each of the first styling head and the second styling head comprises:

a housing having a plurality of air inlets and an open equator; a styling element extending across the open equator, the styling element having a first portion and a second portion, the second portion having a plurality of air outlets;

a heat element disposed in the housing; and

a motorized fan disposed in the housing between the air inlets and the heat element for pulling air through the air inlets and pushing air over the heat element and through the air outlets, and

wherein the first handle member and the second handle member are pivotally connected to each other in a way that the styling heads are movable between an open position in which the styling elements are spaced apart to receive hair there between and a closed position in which the first portions of the styling elements are in face-to-face contact and the second portions of the styling elements are in a spaced apart relationship for styling hair.

11. The hair iron of claim 10, wherein each styling head further comprises a nozzle plate disposed in the housing between the heat element and the styling element, the plate including a base and a plurality of nozzles extending from the base towards the styling element, each nozzle coaxially aligned with a corresponding air outlet of the second portion of the styling element.

12. The hair iron of claim 10, further including a medial portion in between the handle members and the styling heads, wherein the first handle member and the second handle member are pivotally connected at the medial portion.

13. The hair iron of claim 1 , wherein each styling head has an exterior

surface, wherein the exterior surface of each styling head has a flat longitudinal surface substantially perpendicular to the open equator, and wherein the longitudinal surfaces are in a co-planar relationship with one another.

14. The hair iron of claim 1, wherein the plurality of air outlets are evenly distributed across each of the second portion of the styling element.

Description:
HAIR IRON

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

[0001] This application claims priority to U.S. Utility Application Serial No.

15/826,355, filed on November 29, 2017, the entire contents of which being hereby expressly incorporated herein by reference.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Many consumers use some kind of hair apparatus to style their hair, such as a hair dryer or various kinds of irons. Hair dryers dry and style hair by speeding up evaporation of water from the hair’s surface and separating strands of hair from one another. However, use of a hair dryer alone can result in static electricity, leaving the hair tangled or frizzy, and therefore does not smooth the hair to the satisfaction of many users. Ionic hair dryers have been developed to reduce static electricity and frizz, but many users still must use an additional styling tool, such as a flat iron, to achieve a desired style and smoothness. Unfortunately, flat irons do not work on wet hair. Therefore, many users spend thirty minutes to an hour drying their hair and then another thirty minutes to an hour smoothing their hair with a flat iron. Drying and styling freshly washed hair can therefore be a time consuming, multi-step process when done using conventional hand-held drying and ironing devices.

[0003] In addition to taking at least two time-consuming steps, this multi-step process often requires the user to purchase and use more than one device, namely a hair dryer and a flat iron. Currently known devices that include a dryer and styling device in one fail to uniformly distribute air flow across the surface area of a section of hair and do not have any means for effectively concentrating and directing airflow. Previous conventional hair drying devices may include concentrator nozzles for attaching to the end of a hair dryer to concentrate and direct airflow. However, such concentrator nozzles are incompatible with current devices that include drying and ironing features in one.

[0004] To this end, a need exists for a hair ironing apparatus that both dries and smooths freshly washed or wet hair that can style hair faster than conventional hair dryers and styling irons, and that can uniformly dry a greater amount of a section of hair and direct concentrated airflow to smooth hair, giving it a shiny and silky appearance. It is to such a hair iron that the inventive concepts disclosed herein are directed. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0005] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a hair iron constructed in accordance with the inventive concepts disclosed herein, shown in an open position.

[0006] FIG. 2 is the hair iron of FIG. 1 shown in a closed position.

[0007] FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the hair iron of FIG. 2.

[0008] FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 1.

[0009] FIG. 5 is an exploded, perspective view of a styling element and a nozzle plate constructed in accordance with the inventive concepts disclosed herein.

[00010] FIG. 6 is a perspective view of another embodiment of a hair iron.

[00011] FIG. 7 is the hair iron of FIG. 6 shown in the closed position.

[00012] FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken along line 8-8 of FIG. 7.

[00013] FIG. 9 is an exploded, perspective view of another embodiment of a styling element and a nozzle plate.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EXEMPLARY EMBODIMENTS

[00014] In the following detailed description of embodiments of the inventive concepts, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a more thorough understanding of the inventive concepts. However, it will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the art that the inventive concepts disclosed and claimed herein may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known features have not been described in detail to avoid unnecessarily complicating the instant disclosure.

[00015] As used herein, the terms "comprises," "comprising," "includes," "including," "has," "having" or any other variation thereof, are intended to cover a non-exclusive inclusion. For example, a process, method, article, or apparatus that comprises a list of elements or steps is not necessarily limited to only those elements or steps and may include other elements, steps, or features not expressly listed or inherently present therein.

[00016] Unless expressly stated to the contrary, "or" refers to an inclusive or and not to an exclusive or. For example, a condition A or B is satisfied by anyone of the following: A is true (or present) and B is false (or not present), A is false (or not present) and B is true (or present), and both A and B is true (or present).

[00017] In addition, use of the "a" or "an" are employed to describe elements and components of the embodiments herein. This is done merely for convenience and to give a general sense of the inventive concepts. This description should be read to include one or at least one and the singular also includes the plural unless it is obvious that it is meant otherwise. [00018] Throughout this disclosure and the claims, the terms “about,” “approximately,” and“substantially” are intended to signify that the item being qualified is not limited to the exact value specified, but includes some slight variations or deviations therefrom, caused by measuring error, manufacturing tolerances, stress exerted on various parts, wear and tear, or combinations thereof, for example.

[00019] The use of the term“at least one” will be understood to include one as well as any quantity more than one, including but not limited to each of, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, and all integers there between. The term“at least one” may extend up to 100 or 1000 or more, depending on the term to which it is attached; in addition, the quantities of 100/1000 are not to be considered limiting, as higher limits may also produce satisfactory results. Singular terms shall include pluralities and plural terms shall include the singular unless indicated otherwise.

[00020] The term“or combinations thereof 5 as used herein refers to all permutations and/or combinations of the listed items preceding the term. For example,“A, B, C, or combinations thereof’ is intended to include at least one of: A, B, C, AB, AC, BC, or ABC, and if order is important in a particular context, also BA, CA, CB, CBA, BCA, ACB, BAC, or CAB. Continuing with this example, expressly included are combinations that contain repeats of one or more item or term, such as BB, AAA, AAB, BBC, AAABCCCC, CBBAAA, CABABB, and so forth. The skilled artisan will understand that typically there is no limit on the number of items or terms in any combination, unless otherwise apparent from the context.

[00021] Finally, as used herein any reference to "one embodiment" or "an embodiment" means that a particular element, feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment. The appearances of the phrase "in one embodiment" in various places in the specification are not necessarily referring to the same embodiment, although the inventive concepts disclosed herein are intended to encompass all combinations and permutations including one or more of the features of the embodiments described herein.

[00022] Referring now to the drawings, and more particularly to FIGS. 1 -2, a hair iron

10 constructed in accordance with the inventive concepts disclosed herein is illustrated. The hair iron 10 includes a first handle member 12 having a first end 11 and a second end 13, a second handle member 14 having first end 15 and a second end 17, a first styling head 16 extending from the second end 13, and a second styling head 18 extending from the second end 17. The first handle member 12 and the second handle member 14 are pivotally connected to each other in a way that the styling heads 16 and 18 are movable between an open position, as shown in FIG. 1 (in which the styling heads 16 and 18 are spaced apart to receive a section of hair there between), and a closed position, as shown in FIG. 2 (in which the styling heads 16 and 18 are in face-to-face contact for styling a section of hair).

[00023] In one embodiment, the handle members 12 and 14 are pivotally connected at a medial portion 19 located in between the handle members 12/14 and the styling heads 16/18. It should be appreciated, however, that the handles 12 and 14 may be pivotally connected at, or at any point between, the first ends 11/15 and the second ends 13/17 of the handle members 12 and 14. By way of example only, the first ends 11 and 15 may include a spring-loaded hinge for pivotally connecting the handle members 12 and 14.

[00024] The handle members 12 and 14 and the styling heads 16 and 18 may be formed of any heat tolerant material that is safe for handing and positioning near a user’s scalp when using the hair iron 10 to smooth a section of hair. Such materials may include, but are not limited to, polycarbonate. A power cord 32 may supply electricity to the hair iron 10, the receipt of which may be controlled by an on/off switch 34 located, for example, on one of the handle members 12 and 14. The handle members 12 and 14 may also include microcontrollers 36 and 38 for controlling air speed and temperature, for example, of motorized fans 24a/24b and heating elements 50a/50b, best shown in FIG. 4 and discussed in more detail below.

[00025] Referring now to FIGS. 3-5, each of the first and second styling heads 16 and 18 includes a substantially hemispherical housing 44a/44b having an open equator 46a/46b, a styling element 48a/48b extending across the open equator 46a/46b, a heat element 50a/50b disposed in the housing 44a/44b, and a motorized fan 24a/24b disposed in the housing 44a/44b. Each of the housings 44a/44b includes a plurality of air inlets 20a/20b and each of the styling elements 48a/48b includes a plurality of air outlets 22a/22b. As shown in FIG. 4, the motorized fan 24a/24b is disposed between the air inlets 20a/20b and the heat element 50a/50b and includes a plurality of fan blades 52a/52b for pulling air through the air inlets 20a/20b and pushing air over the heat element 50a/50b and through the air outlets 22a/22b.

[00026] As shown in FIG. 3, each styling head 16 and 18 may also include an exterior surface 28 having a flat longitudinal surface 30 for positioning next to a user’s scalp when the hair iron 10 is in use. The flat longitudinal surfaces 30 of each styling head are substantially perpendicular to the open equators 46a/46b and are in a co-planar relationship with one another. [00027] The motorized fan 24a/24b may be any fan known by those having ordinary skill in the art to be suitable for use in a hair dryer. For example, the motorized fan 24a/24b may include, but is not limited to including, an axial fan, as shown in FIG. 4, or a cross-flow fan. Similarly, the heating element 50a/50b may be any heating element known by those having ordinary skill in the art to be suitable for use in combination with a motorized fan. For example, the heating element 50a/50b may include, but is not limited to including, a bare, coiled nichrome wire wrapped around insulating mica heating boards, or any known heating element that allows air flow to permeate through the same. The power cord 32 may be coupled to the motorized fan 24a/24b and the heating elements 50a/50b, respectively, to deliver electricity to the same. As alluded to above, control switches 36 and 38 may be provided on one or both of the handle members 12 and 14 for controlling the speed of the motorized fans 24a/24b and the heat of the heating elements 50a/50b to thereby control the speed and heat of the air flow discharged from the air outlets 22a/22b and onto a section of hair. It should be appreciated that the inner workings of the hair iron 10 including, but not limited to, the motorized fans 24a/24b, the heating elements 50a/50b, and the chords, such as chord chord 32, are not intended to be drawn to scale or electrical specificity, and one having ordinary skill in the art should appreciated that any known suitable electrical scheme may be used.

[00028] As shown in FIG. 5, the air outlets 22a/22b may be evenly distributed across the styling element 48a/48b to spread the heat and air more evenly onto a section of hair. The styling element 48 a/48b may be formed of any heat tolerant material including, but not limited to, ceramic or titanium. For instance, a ceramic material may aid in evenly distributing heat across the styling element 48a/48b, while titanium material may cause the styling element 48a/48b to heat more quickly. The styling element 48a/48b may also be coated with a material including, but not limited to, tourmaline, to aid in further smoothing a section of hair when the styling elements 48a/48b are in face-to-face contact for styling a section of hair.

[00029] In one embodiment, each styling head 16 and 18 further includes a nozzle plate 60a/60b disposed in the housing 44a/44b between the heat element 50a/50b and the styling element 48a/48b. The nozzle plate 60a/60b includes a base 62a/62b and a plurality of nozzles 64a/64b extending from the base 62a/62b towards the styling element 48a/48b. Each nozzle 64a/64b is coaxially aligned with a corresponding air outlet 22a/22b of the styling element 48a/48b such that the motorized fan 24a/24b is capable of pulling air though the air inlets 20a/20b and pushing air over the heat element 50a/50b through the nozzles 64a/64b and through the air outlets 22a/22b. In this way, air being pulled by the motorized fan 24a/24b may exit the air outlets 22a/22b at a higher velocity, thereby delivering high-velocity and concentrated air flow to the surface of a section of hair. The nozzles 64a/64b further aid in directing heat down the hair shaft for a smoother and shinier appearance. The air inlets 20a/20b may be optionally include a screen or mesh across each air inlet to keep debris and hair out of the inlets.

[00030] In use, a user can style her hair by first grasping the handle members 12 and 14 and placing a section of hair in between the styling heads 16 and 18 in an open position, then moving the handle members 12 and 14 to a closed position with the flat longitudinal surface 30 facing the user’s scalp, and then activating the motorized fan 24a/24b and heating elements 50a/50b to blow heated air through the air outlets 22a/22b while moving the handle members 12 and 14 through the hair. Preferably, a user moves the closed hair iron 10 away from the user’s scalp along the length of a section of hair until reaching the end of the hair. When the user reaches the end of the hair, she may move the hair iron 10 into the open position and reposition the hair iron 10 towards the top of the scalp to dry and smooth a new section of wet hair.

[00031] When a section of wet hair is positioned between the two styling elements 48a/48b, it is sufficiently agitated by the motorized fans 24a/24b to dislodge wet hair strands from one another while still maintaining the section of hair between the styling elements 48a/48b. The styling elements 48a/48b do not become so hot as to scorch the wet drying hair, as would be the case with a conventional flat iron. Instead, the styling elements 48a/48b simultaneously dry and smooth out any frizz in the section of hair by maintaining the section of hair within a defined space. In one embodiment, each styling head 16 and 18 may optionally include a second heating element for heating the styling element 48/48b. In this way, a user can use the hair iron to smooth hair that is already dry.

[00032] FIGS. 6-9 show another embodiment of a hair iron, such as hair iron 110. The hair iron 110 is constructed substantially similar to the hair iron 10 except that the hair iron 110 includes a pair of styling elements 148a/148b (best shown in FIG. 9), each having a first portion 170a/170b and a second portion 172a/172b, the second portion 172a/172b having a plurality of air outlets 122a/122b. Similar to the hair iron 10, the hair iron 110 includes a first handle member 112 having a first end 111 and a second end 113, a second handle member 114 having first end 115 and a second end 117, a first styling head 116 extending from the second end 113, and a second styling head 118 extending from the second end 117. The first handle member 112 and the second handle member 114 are pivotally connected to each other in a way that the styling heads 116 and 118 are movable between an open position, as shown in FIG. 6 (in which the styling heads 116 and 118 are spaced apart to receive a section of hair there between), and a closed position, as shown in FIGS. 7 and 8 (in which the first portions 170a/170b of the styling elements 148a/148b are in face-to-face contact and the second portions 172a/172b are in a spaced apart relationship for styling a section of hair).

[00033] The handle members 112 and 114 may be pivotally connected at a medial portion 119 located in between the handle members 112/114 and the styling heads 116/118. It should be appreciated, however, that the handles 112 and 114 may be pivotally connected at, or at any point between, the first ends 111/115 and the second ends 113/117 of the handle members 112 and 114. By way of example only, the first ends 111 and 115 may include a spring-loaded hinge for pivotally connecting the handle members 112 and 114.

[00034] The handle members 112 and 114 and the styling heads 116 and 118 may be formed of any heat tolerant material that is safe for handing and positioning near a user’s scalp when using the hair iron 110 to smooth a section of hair. Such materials may include, but are not limited to, polycarbonate. A power cord 132 may supply electricity to the hair iron 110, the receipt of which may be controlled by an on/off switch 134 located, for example, on one of the handle members 112 and 114. The handle members 112 and 114 may also include microcontrollers 136 and 138 for controlling air speed and temperature, for example, of motorized fans 124a/124b and heating elements 150a/150b, best shown in FIG. 8 and discussed in more detail below.

[00035] Each of the first and second styling heads 116 and 118 includes a housing 144a/144b having an open equator 146a/146b, the styling element 148a/148b extending across the open equator 146a/146b, the heat element 150a/150b disposed in the housing 144a/144b, and the motorized fan 124a/124b disposed in the housing 144a/144b. The housings 144a/144b may be substantially hemispherical. Each of the housings l44a/l44b includes a plurality of air inlets l20a/l20b and each of the styling elements l48a/148b includes a plurality of air outlets l22a/l22b. As shown in FIG. 8, the motorized fan 124a/124b is disposed between the air inlets l20a/l20b and the heat element l50a/l50b and includes a plurality of fan blades 152a/152b for pulling air through the air inlets l20a/l20b and pushing air over the heat element l50a/l50b and through the air outlets 122a/l22b.

[00036] As shown in FIG. 8, each styling head 116 and 118 may also include an exterior surface 128 having a flat longitudinal surface 130 for positioning next to a user’s scalp when the hair iron 110 is in use. The flat longitudinal surfaces 130 of each styling head 116 and 118 are substantially perpendicular to the open equators l46a/l46b and are in a co- planar relationship with one another.

[00037] The motorized fan l24a/l24b may be any fan known by those having ordinary skill in the art to be suitable for use in a hair dryer. For example, the motorized fan l24a/l24b may include, but is not limited to including, an axial fan, as shown in FIG. 8, or a cross-flow fan. Similarly, the heating element l50a/150b may be any heating element known by those having ordinary skill in the art to be suitable for use in combination with a motorized fan. For example, the heating element 50a/50b may include, but is not limited to including, a bare, coiled nichrome wire wrapped around insulating mica heating boards, or any known heating element that allows air flow to permeate through the same. The power cord 132 may be coupled to the motorized fan 24a/24b and the heating elements l50a/150b, respectively, to deliver electricity to the same. As alluded to above, control switches 136 and 138 may be provided on one or both of the handle members 112 and 114 for controlling the speed of the motorized fans l24a/l24b and the heat of the heating elements l50a/l50b to thereby control the speed and heat of the air flow discharged from the air outlets 122a/ 122b and onto a section of hair. It should be appreciated that the inner workings of the hair iron 10 including, but not limited to, the motorized fans l24a/124b, the heating elements 50a/50b, and the chords, such as chord 132, are not intended to be drawn to scale or electrical specificity, and one having ordinary skill in the art should appreciated that any known suitable electrical scheme may be used.

[00038] As shown in FIG. 9, the air outlets l22a/l22b may be evenly distributed across the second portion 172a/l72b of the styling element 148a/148b to spread the heat and air more evenly onto a section of hair. The styling element l48a/l48b may be formed of any heat tolerant material including, but not limited to, ceramic or titanium. For instance, a ceramic material may aid in evenly distributing heat across the styling element 48a/48b, while titanium material may cause the styling element 48a/48b to heat more quickly. The styling element l48a/l48b may also be coated with a material including, but not limited to, tourmaline, to aid in further smoothing a section of hair when the first portion l70a/l70b of the styling elements 48a/48b are in face-to-face contact for styling a section of hair.

[00039] Each styling head 116 and 118 may further include a nozzle plate 160a/l60b disposed in the housing l44a/l44b between the heat element l50a/l50b and the styling element l48a/l48b. The nozzle plate 160a/l60b includes a base 162a/162b and a plurality of nozzles l64a/l64b extending from the base l62a/l62b towards the styling element !48a/l48b. Each nozzle !64a/l64b is coaxially aligned with a corresponding air outlet l22a/122b of the styling element l48a/l48b such that the motorized fan 124a/124b is capable of pulling air though the air inlets l20a/l20b and pushing air over the heat element 150a/l50b through the nozzles l64a/164b and through the air outlets l22a/122b. In this way, air being pulled by the motorized fan l24a/l24b may exit the air outlets l22a/l22b at a higher velocity, thereby delivering high-velocity and concentrated air flow to the surface of a section of hair. The nozzles 164a/ 164b further aid in directing heat down the hair shaft for a smoother and shinier appearance. The air inlets l20a/l20b may be optionally include a screen or mesh across each air inlet to keep debris and hair out of the inlets.

[00040] In use, a user can style her hair by first grasping the handle members 112 and 114 and placing a section of hair in between the styling heads 116 and 118 in an open position, then moving the handle members 12 and 14 to a closed position with the flat longitudinal surface 130 facing the user’s scalp, and then activating the motorized fan 124a/124b and heating elements 150a/150b to blow heated air through the air outlets 122a/122b while moving the handle members 112 and 114 through the hair. Preferably, a user moves the closed hair iron 110 away from the user’s scalp along the length of a section of hair until reaching the end of the hair. In this way, the first portion 170a/170b of the styling elements 148a/148b leads the second portion 172a/172b as the styling heads 116 and 118 are moved away from the user’s scalp along the length of the section of hair. The first portion 170a/170b of the styling elements 148a/148b are in face-to-face contact to help smooth the section of hair and the second portion 172a/172b of the styling elements 148a/148b are in a spaced apart relationship to help dry the hair. When the user reaches the end of the hair, she may move the hair iron 10 into the open position and reposition the hair iron 10 towards the top of the scalp to dry and smooth a new section of wet hair.

[00041] When a section of wet hair is positioned between the two styling elements 148a/148b, it is sufficiently agitated by the motorized fans 124a/124b to dislodge wet hair strands from one another while still maintaining the section of hair between the styling elements 148a/148b. The styling elements 148a/148b do not become so hot as to scorch the wet drying hair, as would be the case with a conventional flat iron. Instead, the styling elements 148a/148b simultaneously dry and smooth out any frizz in the section of hair by maintaining the section of hair within a defined space. In one embodiment, each styling head 116 and 118 may optionally include a second heating element for heating the first portion 170a/170b of the styling element 148/148b. In this way, a user can use the hair iron to smooth hair that is already dry. In other words, the first portion 170a/170b may be used as a conventional flat iron (without this use of the motorized fans 124a/l24b) once the hair is dried.

[00042] From the above description, it is clear that the inventive concepts disclosed and claimed herein are well adapted to carry out the objects and to attain the advantages mentioned herein, as well as those inherent in the invention. While exemplary embodiments of the inventive concepts have been described for purposes of this disclosure, it will be understood that numerous changes may be made which will readily suggest themselves to those skilled in the art and which are accomplished within the spirit of the inventive concepts disclosed and claimed herein.