Patents Examined by Robyn Kieu Doan
  • Patent number: 6968849
    Abstract: A method for altering the color of hair comprising applying a bleach composition containing persulfate salts and at least one oxidizing agent to the desired strands of hair for a period of time sufficient to bleach the hair, removing the bleach composition from the hair but leaving at least some residual oxidizing agent on the bleached hair strands, then treating the hair with a colorant composition containing at least one dye operable to color hair in the presence of the residual oxidizing agent found on the bleached hair strands, said colorant composition being free of any oxidizing agents operable to react with the dye present therein to form color, whereby upon contact with the colorant composition, the hair strands treated with the bleach composition having residual oxidizing agent thereon will react with the dye present in the colorant composition to cause the bleached hair strands to become colored, while any remaining unbleached hair will not become colored by contact with the colorant composition and
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2005
    Assignee: Revlon Consumer Products Corporation
    Inventors: Lou Ann Christine Vena, Saroja Narasimhan, Maxine Gayle Moore, Glenn Robert Geardino, Manharbhai Kantibhai Patel
  • Patent number: 6913025
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a callus-removing skin-file capable of removing fingernails, toenails, calluses and the like and a method of manufacturing the same. The callus removing file 21, comprises a base plate 24 made of glass, an abrasive layer 23 formed on the base plate by sanding; and a coating layer 22 coated on the upper surface of the abrasive layer 23 with a mixture of epoxy resin, a hardening agent and emery. The method of manufacturing the callus-removing skin-file includes the steps of: preparing a base plate 24 made from glass material; making a mixture by mixing 20 to 25 percent by weight epoxy resin, a 40 to 55 percent by weight hardening agent and 15 to 20 percent by weight emery; forming an abrasive layer 23 by sanding a surface of the base plate 24; coating the mixture on the upper surface of the sanded base plate; and hardening the base plate 24 coated with the mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: In-sool Cho
  • Patent number: 6901934
    Abstract: A system and related methods provide the artisan and his customer with artificial nails that can be magnetically coupled to a special nail holding tool, aesthetic design elements, such as geometric shapes, nail borders, exotic shapes, and the like, and a special display having defined spaces, each of which couples with a completed nail. The spaces are visually separated and given unique identification numbers. The display can be housed in an enclosure that can be hung from walls, or inclined upon horizontal surfaces. The magnetic coupling allows the nail being designed to be securely held on the holding tool, even while the tool is elevated, rotated, and turned for various desirable views. The full nail is visible because the magnetic coupling eliminates the need for typical recessed mounts or grasping devices. Full visibility is also achieved on the magnetic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: David Ngu Tran
  • Patent number: 6899108
    Abstract: In a system for coating human skin, a chemical composition, such as a cosmetic or medical formulation, is uniformly coated over the entire body or selected parts of the body of the person being coated. The system includes atomization of the coating composition, containment of the atomized spray, and residual recovery which together yield a novel method for applying chemical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Laughlin Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 6886572
    Abstract: In a system for coating human skin, a chemical composition, such as a cosmetic or medical formulation, is uniformly coated over the entire body or selected parts of the body of the person being coated. The system includes atomization of the coating composition, containment of the atomized spray, and residual recovery which together yield a novel method for applying chemical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Laughlin Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 6874509
    Abstract: A hand-held dental flossing device has a housing with a handle that may be held with one hand. A dental floss supply is located in the housing and a winding gear is rotatably mounted to the housing. A free end of the dental floss strand from the floss supply is threaded through the housing into a floss exit arm of the housing where it passes through an exit opening to an exposed area of the flossing arm. Used dental floss returns into the housing, via a receiving opening, where it passes through an optional disinfectant supply before or as it wound onto the winding gear. The housing has an opening where the winding gear extends therefrom and is accessible to the fingers of the user's hand. The winding gear has teeth that cooperate with a stopper to form a one-way ratchet gear. A floss-tensioning button is located in the housing and has first and second ends extending from the housing. The first and second ends are accessible to the user's hand holding the handle of the flossing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Mark C. Bergman
  • Patent number: 6866046
    Abstract: A system for applying a product to at least one of eyelashes and eyebrows may comprise an applicator comprising a stem and an application element at an end of the stem. The application element may be configured to apply a product to at least one of eyelashes and eyebrows. The application element may comprise a support and at least one row of teeth extending from the support. Each of the teeth may have a free end, a root portion adjacent to the support, and a lateral surface extending from the root portion to the free end. The lateral surface of at least some of the teeth may include at least one of a region having a relief and a region having an angular portion. The system may also comprise a receptacle configured to contain the product and a wiper member configured to wipe excess product from the application element when the applicator is removed from the receptacle. Also provided are methods of applying a product to eyelashes and eyebrows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: L'Oréal
    Inventor: Jean-Louis H. Gueret
  • Patent number: 6837249
    Abstract: The present invention provides an article and method for supplementing scalp hair. The article includes a body having at least one aperture formed therethrough and a plurality of fibers. Each fiber is threaded through an aperture and around the body. Scalp hair is threaded through a body aperture and body position adjacent the scalp. Crimping of the body secures the article to the scalp hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: International Hairgoods, Inc.
    Inventor: Darla J. Smith
  • Patent number: 6830054
    Abstract: A method for fabricating a hairpiece includes attaching a plurality of hair wefts to an elastic band. The hair wefts are individually stitched to the elastic band leaving small gaps between adjacent hair wefts. In this fashion the elastic band can still expand after the hair wefts are attached. In a preferred embodiment, some of the hair wefts are double thickness to provide enhanced hair body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Stacey Ross-Kuehn
  • Patent number: 6827213
    Abstract: A cosmetic container (10) comprises a housing assembly (1, 3, 4, 7, 9) with an annular projection (8) and a cap assembly (11, 12) with an inner cap member (12) engageable with the annular projection. The inner cap member has a wall portion (15) between upper and lower annular external swells (16, 17), which is deformed to provide air-tight engagement with the annular projection in a capped condition. The lower swell (16) comprises a plurality of spaced segmental annular projections (161) formed substantially around the outer surface of the inner cap member and one or more of dotty projections (162) positioned substantially within each space between adjacent two of the segmental annular projections. The lower swell acts as a first stopper for preventing removal of the cap assembly from the housing assembly, whereas the upper swell acts as a second stopper for preventing excessive insertion of the housing assembly into the cap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Hidan Co.
    Inventors: Keiji Hirotomi, Kenichi Ito, Hideo Fujita, Hiroshi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 6823875
    Abstract: A composition of a vibrating wave type oral cleansing and hygiene appliance, more especially a hygiene appliance, utilizing the manner of vibrating and agitating wave to drive a cleansing floss material to provide rapid plaque removing for the external surfaces on the gaps between the teeth and on the tooth root as well as to provide massage and hygiene for the tooth root and the gums. The appliance including a holder body with a working section and an insert section situated at the front end for assembling a link rod, the free end of the link rod is designed as a floss bow section to provide expansion of the cleansing floss material, one distal end of the insert section is disposed for assembling a massage bar with horseshoe-shaped contact press end, thereby to achieve the effect of cleansing and massaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventors: Kunio Hotta, Sei Kato
  • Patent number: 6820625
    Abstract: A method of attaching supplemental hair to natural human hair begins with selecting a plurality of strands of human hair growing from a scalp. A supplemental hair bundle includes a plurality of supplemental hair strands previously glued to one another at a glued portion by thermoplastic glue. A joint is formed between the glued portion of the supplemental hair bundle and the selected plurality of strands of human hair. The glued portion is fused using a heating element of an applicator. The heating element may be a heated jaw having a heating channel shaped to receive the glued portion of the bundle. A kneading jaw in opposing relationship to the heating jaw may be used to clamp the human hair and the supplemental hair bundle to mix the fused glue into the strands of human hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Hui Suk Park
  • Patent number: 6805136
    Abstract: The present invention includes a hair relaxing composition for the straightening of hair. The composition includes a calcium hydroxide and guanidine carbonate. The present invention further includes a method for using the hair relaxing composition with the addition of heat to straighten hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Kenra, LLC
    Inventor: Paul T. Browning
  • Patent number: 6789550
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for the temporary lightening and/or coloring of the hair, which consists in applying to dry hair by vaporization a lightening solution containing, dissolved in a cosmetically acceptable medium, at least one crystalline hot-melt polymer having a crystal melting point, measured by differential scanning calorimetry, of between 30° C. and 80° C., and at least one cosmetically acceptable volatile solvent having a boiling point of less than 90° C., so as to form, after evaporation of the solvent, a light-colored opaque deposit. The invention also relates to a device for carrying out this process of temporary lightening and/or coloring of the hair and also to a composition intended to be used in this device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventors: Franck Giroud, Henri Samain
  • Patent number: 6789551
    Abstract: An eyelash curling and coloring apparatus includes an upper jaw structure having an upper jaw structure rearward end and an upper jaw structure forward end, the upper jaw structure forward end including an eyelash engaging flange projecting generally toward the lower jaw structure forward end for applying concentrated pressure to and progressively bending user eyelashes as the flange is slid axially along the eyelashes; a lower jaw structure having a lower jaw structure rearward end and a lower jaw structure forward end, the lower jaw structure forward end including coloring pad engaging structure; a coloring pad with eyelash coloring pigment material for securing to the lower jaw structure forward end with the coloring pad engaging structure; and a jaw hinge pivotally interconnecting the upper jaw structure rearward end and the lower jaw structure rearward end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Irina Iosilevich
  • Patent number: 6789549
    Abstract: An apparatus for the management of hair is provided. The apparatus includes a first hair management instrument, a second hair management instrument and a central connector having a first end and a second end. A first means secures the first hair management instrument to the first end of the central connector and a second means secures the second hair management instrument to the second end of the central connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: John E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 6782896
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for inserting a decorative ribbon into braided human hair. The apparatus is of a needle configuration having an elongated shaft pointed at one end and a ribbon-retaining eyelet at the opposite end. The eyelet has a progressive engagement and retaining insert to selectively engage and hold a ribbon within. A ribbon can therefore pass through the weaves of the braid in a variety of decorative repetitive patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Inventor: Gary E. Grimes
  • Patent number: 6782893
    Abstract: In a system for coating human skin, a chemical composition, such as a cosmetic or medical formulation, is uniformly coated over the entire body or selected parts of the body of the person being coated. The system includes atomization of the coating composition, containment of the atomized spray, and residual recovery which together yield a novel method for applying chemical compositions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: Laughlin Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas J. Laughlin
  • Patent number: 6761177
    Abstract: A swab comprising a handling element (1), at least at one end with a tip (2) made of an absorbent material. The tip (2) is impregnated with a make-up removing composition and shaped such that it has at least one apex (6). The make-up removing solution may be an eye make-up removing composition. The tip may be shaped in the shape of a triangle. The handling element (1) may be a stick made of polymeric materials or wood and connected to the tip (2) such that at least one side (4) and one vertex of the triangle are positioned opposite to the handling element (1). The swabs are packaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2004
    Inventors: Anat Kedem-Shabi, Avi Eran Shabi
  • Patent number: 6758221
    Abstract: The current invention is for a device, a method and a system for styling hair. The preferred device of the instant invention is a hair pin that spirals with two or more rotations from a larger bottom section with a pointed end to a smaller top section with a blunted or enlarged end. The hair pin is preferably elongated and forms a substantially uniform cone shape with an inner spiral region. In the preferred method of the invention, a portion of hair is secured within the inner spiral region of the hair pin by placing the tapered or pointed end of the spiral hair pin into a section of hair and twisting the hair pin in a direction opposite to the spiraling direction of the hair pin, such that the hair pin passes through the hair at least twice and captures or gathers the portion hair within the inner spiral region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Barbara Stachowski