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Title:
HAIR ADDITION
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/222440
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Disclosed herein is a hair addition for adding volume, texture, and density to the side of a user's head and hairline. The hair addition, in one embodiment, includes two or more wires to which wefts of hair are attached. The hair addition further includes one or more double layer portions of hair and one or more single layer portions of hair. In another embodiment, the hair addition includes one or more wires to which wefts of hair are attached. At least some of the wefts of hair are slidable along the one or more wires. The hair addition further includes elastic cordage connecting to the one or more wires one each end of the one or more wires and an intermediate connector connecting the wires and the elastic cordage.

Inventors:
JENSEN JENNAE (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2018/033821
Publication Date:
December 06, 2018
Filing Date:
May 22, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
PSYKHE HAIR EXTENSIONS INC (US)
International Classes:
A41G5/00; A41G3/00; A45D8/00; A45D8/20; A45D8/24; A45D8/36
Foreign References:
US5979462A1999-11-09
US20160143381A12016-05-26
US5551452A1996-09-03
US4600029A1986-07-15
US20100065078A12010-03-18
US20100275940A12010-11-04
US20150327611A12015-11-19
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BANTA, Travis, R. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1 . A hair addition, comprising:

two or more wires to which wefts of hair are attached;

one or more double layer portions of hair; and

one or more single layer portions of hair.

2. The hair addition of claim 1 , further comprising :

one or more intermediate connectors which terminate the two or more wires.

3. The hair addition of claim 2, wherein the one or more intermediate connectors are elastic.

4. The hair addition of claim 2, wherein the one or more intermediate connectors further connect to elastic cordage.

5. The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein the wefts of hair are attached to the two or more wires with a dutch weft.

6. The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein in the two or more wires comprises two wires.

7. The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein the two or more wires comprises two pairs of wires.

8. The hair addition of claim 1 , further comprising a triple layer portion of hair.

9. The hair addition of claim 8, further comprising three pairs of wires.

10. The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein the wefts of hair attached to the two or more wires are slidable along at least a portion of the one or more wires.

1 1 . The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein the hair wefts are positioned to be disposed along a forehead of a user and between the user's ears.

12. The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein the hair wefts in the double layer portion of hair are attached to one of the two or more wires.

13. The hair addition of claim 1 , wherein the hair wefts in the single layer portion of hair are attached to two of the two or more wires.

14. The hair addition of claim 12, wherein the hair wefts in the single layer portion of hair are attached to two of the two or more wires.

15. A hair addition, comprising:

one or more wires to which wefts of hair are attached, wherein at least some of the wefts of hair are slidable along the one or more wires;

elastic cordage connecting to the one or more wires on each end of the one or more wires; and an intermediate connector connecting to the wires and the elastic cordage.

16. The hair addition of claim 15, wherein the wefts of hair are positioned to be disposed along a forehead of a user and between the user's ears.

17. The hair addition of claim 15, wherein the at least some wefts of hair are attached to the one or more wires with a dutch weft.

18. The hair addition of claim 15, wherein the elastic cordage is transparent.

19. The hair addition of claim 15, wherein the intermediate connector is elastic.

20. The hair addition of claim 15, wherein the intermediate connector terminates the wefts of hair along the one or more wires.

Description:
Hair Addition

BACKGROUND

[0001] 1. Technical Field

[0002] This disclosure relates generally to a wearable hair addition. In one embodiment, a plurality of wefts of hair may be secured to one or more wires to supplement existing hair on a wearer's head. In one embodiment, the plurality of wefts of hair may be separated so as to provide a part in the wearable hair addition.

[0003] 2. Description of the Related Art

[0004] A person's hair has, since the earliest records of mankind's existence, been integral to the human experience. Some representations of human beings carved in antiquity include hair on the representations. Some of mankind's oldest stories include descriptions of hair on a story character's head. One example of such a story is Sampson and Delilah in which Sampson derived virtually unlimited power against his enemies so long as he did not cut his hair. Some cultures, such as the ancient Egyptians, have passed down writings concerning wig making, shampoo concoctions, and prescriptions for reversing hair loss.

[0005] The fact that these ancient writings contain so much detail on hair illustrates the importance that hair has traditionally held in the lives of people. Thus, when certain people experience hair loss for various reasons, the emotional toll of losing hair can be devastating. For example, as people age, their hair tends to stop growing in some areas of their head or, at least, lose some thickness (e.g., density of hair follicles per unit area) on some areas of the person's head. Certain medications can also cause people to lose their hair during treatment. Temporary conditions, such as pregnancy, may also cause hair to change in growth patterns and thin or fall out. Some people who struggle with stress or anxiety issues may pull their hair from their head as a nervous tick. Parents, mothers especially, may experience hair loss and hair thinning during child rearing.

[0006] When hair has been such a traditionally important aspect of the human experience, these conditions can cause a person to suffer from self -consciousness, anxiety, depression, and other discomfort caused by a change in that person's appearance due to changes in their hair growth. As hair is a significant aspect of a person's general appearance, many people with hair conditions or irregularities struggle to present a public perception that they are comfortable with.

[0007] Some historical solutions to hair conditions or irregularities include the use of wigs which covered a person's head with hair. Wigs were originally made of natural materials, such as human or animal hair, and tied in a pattern to simulate the growth of actual hair on a person's head. More recently, human and animal hair have been replaced, in some situations, by synthetic materials that are reasonably similar in appearance, texture, and feel to natural hair. However, wigs tend to increase a wearer's perceived body temperature and can be itchy and uncomfortable to wear.

[0008] For others who experience hair thinning, or who have perfectly healthy hair growth but desire a fuller hair appearance (e.g., an appearance of a higher number of hair follicles per unit area), hair extensions have been developed. Hair extensions allow a person to add length or volume to existing hair in a variety of ways. For example, hair may be attached to one or more hair clips and may be effectively sewn into a track for person's scalp. Other hair extensions may be woven into existing hair. These conventional hair extensions, however, have a number of problems. First, conventional hair extensions can be quite painful to have installed. Second, existing hair in a particular area of the head may be too thin to allow for a woven connection to a hair extension. Third, hair tends to grow over time, which causes hair extensions to grow out from the person's head (e.g., when the hair extensions are installed, they are woven into hair as close to the scalp as possible but, when the hair grows, the woven extensions are separated from the scalp by the new growth). Thus, the hair extensions must be replaced at regular intervals to maintain a natural looking appearance.

[0009] One further problem with conventional hair extensions is that hair extensions cannot typically be added on the sides of the head because either there is insufficient hair to attach the hair extensions, or if the hair extensions can be attached, the person lacks sufficient hair to cover the extensions with natural hair. If the hair extensions become visible, the wearer's appearance, at least the wearer's perceived appearance, may be compromised, which negates much of the reason to install hair extensions.

[0010] Accordingly, a need exists for a hair addition that may be applied to the sides and front of a person's head without weaving or sewing. Further, a need exists for a hair addition that is virtually indistinguishable on a person's head. A need also exists for a hair addition that can be parted along a wearer's natural part. Finally, a need exists for a hair addition that can be seamlessly and comfortably installed on a wearer's head.

SUMMARY

[0011] Disclosed herein is a hair addition. In one embodiment, the hair addition includes two or more wires to which wefts of hair are attached. The hair addition further includes one or more double layer portions of hair and one or more single layer portions of hair.

[0012] In another embodiment, the hair addition includes one or more wires to which wefts of hair are attached. At least some of the wefts of hair are slidable along the one or more wires. The hair addition further includes elastic cordage connecting to the one or more wires one each end of the one or more wires and an intermediate connector connecting the wires and the elastic cordage.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0013] The accompanying drawings illustrate one or more embodiments of a hair addition.

[0014] FIG. 1 A illustrates a hair addition apparatus using two wires.

[0015] FIG. 1 B illustrates a hair addition apparatus using four wires.

[0016] FIG. 1 C illustrates a double layer portion of the hair addition apparatus shown in Figure 1 A.

[0017] FIG. 1 D illustrates a double layer portion of the hair addition apparatus shown in Figure 1 B.

[0018] FIG. 2A illustrates a hair addition apparatus having only a single layer portion.

[0019] FIG. 2B illustrates a hair addition apparatus having only a single layer portion and a part.

[0020] FIG. 3 illustrates a hair addition having a double layer portion and a single layer portion.

[0021] FIG. 4 illustrates a hair addition having a double layer portion and a single layer portion with a part. [0022] FIG. 5 illustrates a top view of the hair addition illustrated in Figure 4.

[0023] FIG. 6 illustrates a hair addition installed on a user's head.

[0024] FIG. 7 illustrates a hair addition in use on a user's head.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

[0025] In the following description, for purposes of explanation and not limitation, specific techniques and embodiments are set forth, such as particular techniques and configurations, in order to provide a thorough understanding of the device disclosed herein. While the techniques and embodiments will primarily be described in context with the accompanying drawings, those skilled in the art will further appreciate that the techniques and embodiments may also be practiced in other similar devices.

[0026] Reference will now be made in detail to the exemplary embodiments, examples of which are illustrated in the accompanying drawings. Wherever possible, the same reference numbers are used throughout the drawings to refer to the same or like parts. It is further noted that elements disclosed with respect to particular embodiments are not restricted to only those embodiments in which they are described. For example, an element described in reference to one embodiment or figure, may be alternatively included in another embodiment or figure regardless of whether or not those elements are shown or described in another embodiment or figure. In other words, elements in the figures may be interchangeable between various embodiments disclosed herein, whether shown or not.

[0027] Figure 1 A illustrates a hair addition apparatus 100 using two wires, wire 101 and wire 102. As shown in Figure 1 A, wire 101 and wire 102 are arranged in parallel and have a plurality of wefts of hair attached to wire 101 and wire 102. Typically, wefts of hair may be attached using a "dutch weft" technique, although other wefting techniques known in the art may also be suitable for this particular implementation. Specifically, each weft of hair in the plurality of wefts of hair may be tied or woven to only wire 101 , only wire 102 or to both wires 101 and 102, depending on specific implementations of hair addition 100. It is possible that hair addition 100 may include more wires than wire 101 and wire 102, as will be discussed below, however, in the implementation of Figure 1 A, hair addition 101 includes wire 101 and wire 102.

[0028] Hair addition 100 may be provided with an orientation shown in Figure 1 A. For example, hair addition 100 may include a front portion 100a, a first side portion 100b, a second side portion 100b, and a rear portion 100d which may correspond to portions of a person's head. For example, front portion 100a, when installed, may be disposed above a person's forehead, as will be discussed below. First side portion 100b may be disposed on a left side of a person's forehead. Second side portion 100c may be disposed on a right side of a person's forehead. Rear portion 10Od may be disposed on a rear portion of a person's head.

[0029] In one embodiment, after the plurality of wefts have been installed on wire 101 and wire 102, wire 101 and wire 102 may be terminated by securing them together or to intermediate connectors 101 a/102a positioned on either side of hair addition 100. Intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may be provide a connection, such as a loop, through which wire 101 and wire 102 can be attached on opposite ends of wire 101 and wire 102. Intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may further provide a connection point to elastic cordage 103 on both ends of elastic cordage 103. Intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may be transparent or may be a color that matches a user's hair or may be a color that matches the user's scalp to reduce visibility of intermediate connectors 101 a/102a.

[0030] Elastic cordage 103 may be implemented using a stretchable length of cordage. For example, elastic cordage 103 may be implemented using cordage that stretches by elastic tension to tighten hair addition 100 around a person's head, as will be discussed below. Elastic cordage 103 may further be implemented as transparent elastic cordage. It is desirable that elastic cordage 103 be as invisible as possible to other users. For example, types of fluorocarbon plastics may be suitable for use in elastic cordage 103 since fluorocarbon plastics provide a virtually transparent and stretchable plastic in certain implementations. Typically, elastic cordage 103 may act as a rear portion 100d of hair addition 100 and may be worn such that elastic cordage 103 tightens hair addition 100 around a back portion of a user's head. Elastic cordage 103 may provide a constricting force which retains hair addition 100 on the user's head in a desired position.

[0031 ] Figure 1 B illustrates a hair addition apparatus 100 using four wires, a first pair of wires 101 and a second pair of wires 102. As shown in Figure 1 B, first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 are arranged in parallel and have a plurality of wefts of hair attached to first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wire 102. That is to say that each weft of hair in the plurality of wefts of hair may be tied or woven to only first pair of wires 101 , to only second pair of wires 102 or to both first and second pairs of wires 101 and 102, depending on specific implementations of hair addition 100. It is possible that hair addition 100 may include fewer or more wires than first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102, as will be discussed below, however, in the implementation of Figure 1 b, hair addition 101 includes first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102. This implementation, using pairs of wires, facilitates separation of first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 to provide additional layers of hair in certain portions of hair addition 100, which will be discussed below. Further, implementing a first pair of wires 101 and a second pair of wires 102 provides increased strength and support to the plurality of wefts of hair disposed along first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102.

[0032] Figure 1 B further illustrates that hair addition 100 may be provided with an orientation shown in Figure 1 B. For example, hair addition 100 may include a front portion 100a, a first side portion 100b, a second side portion 100b, and a rear portion 100d which may correspond to portions of a person's head. For example, front portion 100a, when installed, may be disposed above a person's forehead, as will be discussed below. First side portion 100b may be disposed on a left side of a person's forehead. Second side portion 100c may be disposed on a right side of a person's forehead. Rear portion 10Od may be disposed on a rear portion of a person's head.

[0033] In one embodiment, after the plurality of wefts have been installed on first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102, first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 may be terminated by securing them together or to intermediate connectors 101 a/102a positioned on either side of hair addition 100. Intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may provide a connection, such as a loop, through which first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 can be attached on opposite ends of first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102. Intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may further provide a connection point to elastic cordage 103 on both ends of elastic cordage 103. Intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may be transparent or may be a color that matches a user's hair or may be a color that matches the user's scalp to reduce visibility of intermediate connectors 101 a/102a.

[0034] As before, elastic cordage 103 may be implemented using a stretchable length of cordage. For example, elastic cordage 103 may be implemented using cordage that stretches by elastic tension to tighten hair addition 100 around a person's head, as will be discussed below. Elastic cordage 103 may further be implemented as transparent elastic cordage. It is desirable that elastic cordage 103 be as invisible as possible to other users. For example, types of fluorocarbon plastics may be suitable for use in elastic cordage 103 since fluorocarbon plastics provide a virtually transparent and stretchable plastic in certain implementations. Typically, elastic cordage 103 may act as a rear portion 100d of hair addition

100 and may be worn such that elastic cordage 103 tightens hair addition 100 around a back portion of a user's head. Elastic cordage 103 may provide a constricting force which retains hair addition 100 on the user's head in a desired position.

[0035] Figure 1 C illustrates a double layer portion of the hair addition apparatus shown in Figure 1 A. As shown in Figure 1 C, wires 101 and wires 102 are implemented as single wires. However, as shown in Figure 1 C, hair addition 100 is separated into a single layer section 150 and a double layer section 160. Further, only a section of hair addition 100 is shown in Figure 1 C, which includes a first side 100b, which corresponds to the orientation discussed above. Hair addition 100 may further terminate wires 101 a and wires 102a at intermediate connection 101 a/102a, as previously discussed. Elastic cordage 103 may also be attached to intermediate connection 101 a/102a, as previously discussed.

[0036] As shown in Figure 1 C, single layer section 150 includes a plurality of hair wefts which are secured around both wire 101 and wire 102 simultaneously. In other words, the various wefts of hair attach wire 101 and wire 102 together in the single layer section 150 of hair addition 100. However, at one point, wefts of hair are tied individually to wire 101 and other wefts of hair are tied individually to wire 102 to begin a double layer section 160 of hair addition 100. In this manner, hair may be attached to wire

101 and wire 102 at an increased density per linear unit of wire 101 and wire 102. For example, double layer section 160 of hair addition 100 effectively increases the density of hair in double layer section 160 by two times over the density of hair in single layer section 150.

[0037] This implementation is advantageous for a plurality of reasons. First, increasing hair density in a particular area is desirable to supplement natural hair that has thinned in density or add hair to a particular area that has no hair. Second, hair addition 100 may be strategically placed on the head of a user such that double layer section 160 supplements or replaces hair on the sides or front of a user's head. Conventional hair extensions have failed to adequately and painlessly supplement hair on the side of the head and hair that lines the forehead, typically referred to as a "hair line" (typically for men) and "bangs" (typically for women). For example, single layer section 150 may supplement hair in the bangs while double layer section 160 may supplement hair specifically between the user's forehead and the user's ear, for example. While double layer section 150 may extend to be as long as is desirable, for example, double layer section 150 may extend past a user's ear, it is typically desirable that double layer section 150 provide hair between a user's bangs and a user's ear.

[0038] Figure 1 D illustrates a double layer portion of the hair addition apparatus shown in Figure 1 B. As shown in Figure 1 D, first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 are implemented as two separate pairs of wires. As shown in Figure 1 D, hair addition 100 is separated into a single layer section 150 and a double layer section 160. Further, only a section of hair addition 100 is shown in Figure 1 D, which includes a first side 100b, which corresponds to the orientation discussed above. Hair addition 100 may further terminate wires 101 a and wires 102a at intermediate connection 101 a/102a, as previously discussed. Elastic cordage 103 may also be attached to intermediate connection 101 a/102a, as previously discussed.

[0039] As shown in Figure 1 D, single layer section 150 includes a plurality of hair wefts which are secured around both first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 simultaneously. In other words, the various wefts of hair attach first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 together in the single layer section 150 of hair addition 100. However, at one point, wefts of hair are tied individually to first pair of wires 101 and other wefts of hair are tied individually to second pair of wires 102 to begin a double layer section 160 of hair addition 100. In this manner, hair may be attached to first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 at an increased density per linear unit of first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102. For example, double layer section 160 of hair addition 100 effectively increases the density of hair in double layer section 160 by two times over the density of hair in single layer section 150.

[0040] In the implementation shown in Figure 1 D, it is to be noted that two pairs of wires, such as first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 are attached by the various wefts of hair to single layer section 150 of hair addition 100. However, at a particular point, first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 diverge to provide double layer section 160 in which individual wefts of hair are tied only to first pair of wires 101 and only to second pair of wires 102 to effectively double the hair density of double layer section 160 as compared to single layer section 150. The implementation of pairs of wires as first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 provides additional rigidity, strength, and stability to hair addition 100. In some embodiments, however, using pairs of wires, such as first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 increases the thickness of wires used in hair addition 100, and, therefore, may result in wires and the wefting along the wires being more visible to others. Thus, depending on a specific person or a specific implementation, it may be more desirable to use a single wire, as discussed above, if a person lacks substantial hair on the top and sides of their head. However, if a person merely desires to supplement the total amount of hair on the top and sides of their head, using a hair addition that implements first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102 because sufficient hair exists on the user's head to hide first pair of wires 101 and second pair of wires 102.

[0041] This implementation is also advantageous for reasons similar to those discussed above. First, increasing hair density in a particular area is desirable to supplement natural hair that has thinned in density or add hair to a particular area that has no hair. Second, hair addition 100 may be strategically placed on the head of a user such that double layer section 160 supplements or replaces hair on the sides or front of a user's head. Conventional hair extensions have failed to adequately and painlessly supplement hair on the side of the head and hair that lines the forehead, typically referred to as a "hair line" (typically for men) and "bangs" (typically for women). For example, single layer section 150 may supplement hair in the bangs while double layer section 160 may supplement hair specifically between the user's forehead and the user's ear, for example. While double layer section 150 may extend to be as long as is desirable, for example, double layer section 150 may extend past a user's ear, it is typically desirable that double layer section 150 provide hair between a user's bangs and a user's ear.

[0042] Finally, it is to be noted that additional pairs of wires could be added to hair addition 100 to provide for a single layer portion, a double layer portion, and a triple layer portion. This concept may be effectively extended to provide any number of layers of hair by adding an additional wire or pair of wires. For example, the use of three wires in hair addition 100 may allow for a triple layer section of hair to be developed for hair addition 100. Similarly, it is possible that six wires, three pairs of wires, may allow for a triple layer section of hair to be developed for hair addition 100. This concept can be scaled such that any number of layers of hair may be provided to suit a particular implementation.

[0043] Figure 2A illustrates a hair addition apparatus 200 having only a single layer portion. As shown in Figure 2A, hair addition 200 includes wires 101 and wires 102 in a manner similar to that discussed above. For the purposes of Figure 2A, wires 101 and wires 102 may be implemented as single wires or pairs of wires. Hair addition 200 further includes intermediate connectors 101 a/102a which terminate wires 101 and wires 102 as previously discussed.

[0044] As previously discussed, each weft of hair may be tied to wires 101 and wires 102 using a dutch wefting technique. Other techniques are possible, however, the dutch weft is preferred. One advantage of the dutch weft is that when strands of hair are wefted to wires 101 and wires 102, the dutch weft secures the strands of hair to wires 101 and wires 102 with a robust knot. However, the knot used in the dutch weft is not so tight as to maintain each weft of hair in a particular location along the length of wire 101 and wire 102. Accordingly, each weft of hair along wire 101 and wire 102 may slide along the length of wire 101 and wire 102 using a dutch weft. Further, intermediate connectors 101 a/102a may also retain the wefts of hair on wire 101 and wire 102 in a manner that ensure the wefts of hair cannot fall off wire 101 and wire 102.

[0045] Figure 2B illustrates a hair addition 200 apparatus having only a single layer portion and a part. As shown in Figure 2B, wefts of hair on wire 101 and wire 102 have been slid apart so as to create a hair part in hair addition 200. Many people have a natural part in their hair that causes one section of hair to fall from their head in one direction on one side of the part and fall in another direction on a second side of the part, as will be discussed in additional detail below. However, for most people, in most circumstances, the part in their hair extends from the person's hair line/bangs to the crown of their head. A part does not usually extend into hair on the back of the person's head.

[0046] Accordingly, since a part usually runs through a portion of a person's head where hair addition 200 is intended to be placed, the part can only be properly maintained if the wefts of hair along wire 101 and wire 102 can be moved to maintain the part in the person's hair. In this embodiment, only two small wires could possibly be visible in a person's hair. In practice, unless another observer was specifically looking for the wires and unusually close to the person's head, wires 101 and wire 102 may be virtually undetectable to virtually any other person, especially when a part in the hair wetted on wire 101 and wire 102 is maintained by sliding the wetted hair to maintain the part.

[0047] It should also be noted that the more wires or pairs of wires that are added as wire 101 and wire 102, the higher the likelihood that the wires will be visible in the part of a person's hair. Thus, in situations where a wearer of hair addition 100 lacks sufficient hair to disguise additional wires, the user may prefer to use two wires, such as wire 101 and wire 102. However, in situations where a wearer of hair addition 100 has sufficient hair to disguise additional wires, the user may prefer to use pairs of wires or multiple pairs of wires because the wires will be less detectable by observers.

[0048] Figure 3 illustrates a hair addition 300 having a two double layer portions 320a-320d and a single layer portion 325. Hair addition 300 includes hair 305 which is wefted onto two or more wires 320a- 320d. Hair addition includes a length of elastic cordage 310 which is attached to hair addition 300 by intermediate connectors 315a and 315b on either side of hair addition 300. Elastic cordage 310 may be similar in implementation and description to elastic cordage 103, shown and described above with respect to Figure 1 . Intermediate connectors 315a and 315b further attach to both ends of two or more wires 320a-320d. Intermediate connectors 315a and 315b further terminate wires 320a-320d such that none of hair 305 which is wefted onto two or more wires 320a-320d is able to slide off of wires 320a-320d.

Intermediate connectors 315a and 315b may also be stretchable to facilitate comfort of installing and wearing hair addition 300.

[0049] As shown in Figure 3, the two or more wires 320a-320d are disposed between intermediate connectors 315a and 315b. Wires 320a and 320b are separated after they are joined at intermediate connector 315a to create a double layer portion on hair addition 300. Separate wefts of hair 305 are wefted to wire 320a and to wire 320b to increase a density of hair per length of wire 320a and wire 320b. Wires 320a and 320b are joined again at a point where the double layer portion on hair addition 300 is joined into a single layer portion 325 of hair addition 300. At the point where wires 320a and 320b come together, hair 305 is wefted around both wires 320a and 320b, joining wires 320a and 320b together in single layer portion 325 of hair addition 320. After a certain distance, wires 320a and 320b may be separated again to create a second double layer portion on hair addition 300. At the point where wires 320a and 320b are separated, hair 305 is wefted separately around each of wires 320c and 320d (which are the same wires as 320a and 320b but separately distinguished as wires 320c and 320d to distinctly identify the wires in the second double layer portion of hair addition 300). In this manner, an increased density of hair may be provided between the point where wires 320c and 320d are separated from single layer portion 325. Wires 320c and 320d may be connected to intermediate connector 315b and there terminate.

[0050] Figure 4 illustrates a hair addition 400 having a double layer portion and a single layer portion with a part 425. Hair addition 400 may be similar in implementation and description to hair addition 300 shown in Figure 3 and described above. Hair addition 400 includes hair 405 which is wefted onto two or more wires 420a-420d. Hair addition includes a length of elastic cordage 410 which is attached to hair addition 400 by intermediate connectors 415a and 415b on either side of hair addition 400. Elastic cordage 410 may be similar in implementation and description to elastic cordage 103, shown and described above with respect to Figure 1 . Intermediate connectors 415a and 415b further attach to both ends of two or more wires 420a-420d. Intermediate connectors 415a and 415b further terminate wires 420a-420d such that none of hair 405 which is wefted onto two or more wires 420a-420d is able to slide off of wires 420a-420d. Intermediate connectors 415a and 415b may also be stretchable to facilitate comfort of installing and wearing hair addition 400.

[0051] As shown in Figure 4, two distinct double layer portions are created between wire 420a and wire 420b and between wire 420c and wire 420d. However, when in position to be installed on the head of a user or worn by a user, the double layer portions are held closely together so as to be virtually

indistinguishable.

[0052] Nonetheless, the two or more wires 420a-420d are disposed between intermediate connectors 415a and 415b. Wires 420a and 420b are separated after they are joined at intermediate connector 415a to create a double layer portion on hair addition 400. Separate wefts of hair 405 are wefted to wire 420a and to wire 420b to increase a density of hair per length of wire 420a and wire 420b. Wires 420a and 420b are joined again at a point where the double layer portion on hair addition 400 is joined into a single layer portion 425 of hair addition 400. At the point where wires 420a and 420b come together, hair 405 is wefted around both wires 420a and 420b, joining wires 420a and 420b together in a single layer portion of hair addition 400. After a certain distance, wires 420a and 420b may be separated again to create a second double layer portion on hair addition 400. At the point where wires 420a and 420b are separated, hair 405 is wefted separately around each of wires 420c and 420d (which are the same wires as 420a and 420b but separately distinguished as wires 420c and 420d to distinctly identify the wires in the second double layer portion of hair addition 400). In this manner, an increased density of hair may be provided between the point where wires 420c and 420d are separated from the single layer portion. Wires 420c and 420d may be connected to intermediate connector 415b and there terminate.

[0053] Unique to Figure 4 is the addition of part 425. As previously discussed, hair 405 may be attached to wires 420a-420d using a dutch weft technique which allows hair 405 to slide along wires between certain points. For example, hair 405 may slide along a double layer portion or a single layer portion to create parts in hair, as desired. However, part 425 is shown in Figure 4 as being a part that may correspond with a part that is disposed along the center of the top of a person's head. If a person prefers to part their hair on one side of their head or another, the person can simply slide hair to one side of the single layer portion of hair addition 400 such that the part along the single layer portion of hair addition 400 corresponds with the person's natural hair part. Further, since wires 420a-420d are relatively small, wires 420a-420d are virtually invisible to casual observers.

[0054] FIG. 5 illustrates a top view of the hair addition 500 illustrated in Figure 4. Hair addition 500 may be similar in implementation and description to hair addition 300 shown in Figure 3 and hair addition 400 shown in Figure 4 and which are described above. Figure 5 includes a view of a person's head 505 (the person has no hair in Figure 5) about which hair addition 500 is provided. Hair addition 500 includes hair 510 and elastic cordage 515 which attaches to both intermediate connector 520a and intermediate connector 520b. Elastic cordage 515 may be implemented as previously disclosed with respect to other elastic cordage disclosed above. Intermediate connector 520a and intermediate connector 520b may attach on either end of a first weft of hair 525a and a second weft of hair 525b. First weft of hair 525a and second weft of hair 525b may be secured to two or more wires and may include a single layer or a double layer according to an intended implementation. As shown in Figure 5, hair 510 may be slid away from a hair part 530 and towards intermediate connectors 520a and 520b to mimic a natural part in a user's hair. In this manner, a user may match hair addition 500 to their particular hair style, effectively maintaining the same hair style while adding volume, density, and texture to the look and feel of their hair.

[0055] Figure 6 illustrates a hair addition 600 installed on a user's head 605. Hair addition 600 may be similar in implementation and description to hair addition 300 shown in Figure 3, hair addition 400 shown in Figure 4, and hair addition 500 shown in Figure 5 which are described above. A user may install hair addition 600 by stretching elastic cordage 615 around the user's head 605 and pulling wefts of hair 625a and 625b into position at approximately just behind the user's hair line or bangs and over top of the user's natural hair 610. Elastic cordage 615 and intermediate connectors 625a and 625b, which are also elastic and stretchable, may securely hold hair addition 600 to the user's head by elastic tension.

[0056] As shown in Figure 6, the user has slid weft of hair 625a away from weft of hair 625b at a single layer section of hair addition 600 to provide a hair part that aligns with the user's natural hair part. Further, hair addition 600 drastically increases the appearance of natural hair 610 the user has, especially on the side of the user's head (between the user's hair line and the user's ear) and the person's hair line or bangs along the forehead. At this point, however, hair addition 500 is visible and obvious to any observer of the user.

[0057] Accordingly, Figure 7 illustrates a hair addition 700 in use on a user's head 705 and after it has been disguised with the user's real hair 710. Hair addition 700 may be similar in implementation and description to hair addition 300 shown in Figure 3 and hair addition 400 shown in Figure 4 and which are described above. Transitioning from Figure 6 to Figure 7 illustrates that hair addition 700 may be disguised and blended into a person's natural hair. For example, elastic cordage 715 may be transparent and hidden underneath natural hair. Intermediate connectors 720a and 720b may also be hidden underneath natural hair. A user may further use a comb, a rat tail comb, a brush, a pick, or any other similar device to draw strands of natural hair 710 over wefts of hair 725a and 725b in a manner that covers wires (such as wire 101 and wire 102 shown in Figure 1 but hidden in Figure 7) such that the wires are invisible to observers. As natural hair is drawn out from under hair addition 710, the natural hair mixes with wefts of hair 725a and 725b to create the illusion and appearance that all of the hair on the user's head is real. Further, part 730 may be aligned with the part on the user's head and be virtually invisible because of the small wire connecting the wefts of hair on hair addition 700.

[0058] Accordingly, in this manner, a user may install hair addition 700 on the user's head and increase the perceived appearance of the user's look. Since hair, throughout history, has been integral to a person's self-image, hair addition 700 may, when installed, provide the user with an enhanced sense of self and a more pleasing appearance. [0059] The foregoing description has been presented for purposes of illustration. It is not exhaustive and does not limit the invention to the precise forms or embodiments disclosed. Modifications and adaptations will be apparent to those skilled in the art from consideration of the specification and practice of the disclosed embodiments. For example, components described herein may be removed and other components added without departing from the scope or spirit of the embodiments disclosed herein or the appended claims.

[0060] Other embodiments will be apparent to those skilled in the art from consideration of the specification and practice of the disclosure disclosed herein. It is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope and spirit of the invention being indicated by the following claims.




 
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