Head Conforming Distributor Patents (Class 34/99)
  • Patent number: 11510472
    Abstract: A hairstyling device of the rotary blower brush type may include a handle having two zones of different diameters D1 and D2. The first diameter is greater than the second (i.e., D1>D2), such that the greater diameter can accommodate a compressor. The compressor facilitates a substantially constant air flow. The smaller diameter zone corresponds to a gripping zone that facilitates more ergonomic handling compared to known devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: BaByliss Faco sprl
    Inventor: Pierre Julemont
  • Patent number: 11350721
    Abstract: The present embodiments relate to a hair drying system that allows for proper drying of hair and a scalp of a user underneath hair or hair accessories (e.g., hair extensions) to avoid or minimize scalp damage, mold or mildew and to ensure that the hair dries properly. The hair drying system can include several flexible tubes that delivers air through the holes of the tubes. The tubes can be secured on the head of a wearer such that the air is directed to underneath the hair extensions or any other portion of the head where the wearer intends to dry the hair. The hair drying system can be portable, making it easy for users to carry the hair drying system anywhere, and can be mounted on a height adjustable stand for ease of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: Sterling Hair Solutions
    Inventor: Jody Abram Williams-Sterling
  • Patent number: 11229269
    Abstract: A portable hair weave drying device utilizing an external heat or vacuum source is provided. Such a device includes three basic components that are configured to provide an enclosure and internal stand for hair weave placement during such a drying operation. A base for placement of such an internal stand and an ingress port is provided as well, with the port disposed at a bottom location of the overall device for insertion of a heat source (hair dryer nozzle, for instance) or vacuum source (a wet/dry vac nozzle, again, for instance) with an adapter to ensure a snug fit therein. A dome is further provided to place over and around the internal stand and contacted with the base to fully enclose the internal stand (and thus hair weave placed thereon during utilization) and having at least one controlled vent to allow for moisture and hot air to exit during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: Erica Rochelle Tucker
  • Patent number: 11129459
    Abstract: A portable hair drying assembly for drying a user's hair includes a bowl that is wearable on a user's head thereby facilitating the bowl to be in thermal communication with hair on the user's head. The bowl has an air chamber that is positioned within the bowl and a plurality of air apertures that is each in fluid communication with the air chamber. A housing is removably coupled to the bowl and the housing has an intake and an exhaust. The exhaust is in fluid communication with the air chamber when the housing is removably coupled to the bowl. A blower is positioned within the housing to blow air onto the user's hair when the bowl is worn on the user's head. A heating unit is positioned within the housing to heat the air being blown by the blower thereby enhancing drying the user's hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2021
    Inventor: Lisa Abdul
  • Patent number: 11076671
    Abstract: A hair grooming apparatus includes a vacuum mechanism and a vacuum chamber that is in fluid communication with the vacuum mechanism. The vacuum chamber includes a first opening positioned at a first end of the vacuum chamber with a first cross-sectional area and arranged to accommodate an insertion of a section of hair and a second opening positioned at a second and opposite end of the vacuum chamber. The vacuum chamber further includes a wall extending between the first and second openings and defining an interior bore. An air pocket is formed along a section of the interior bore extending from a first location located proximate to the first opening with a second cross-sectional area to a second location positioned between the first location and the second opening with a third cross-sectional area. The second cross-sectional area is greater than both the first cross-sectional area and the third cross-sectional area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: RevAir, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Thomason, Foster Cooper, Debra Isaacson
  • Patent number: 10993518
    Abstract: A hair treatment device can be used with a blower for drying and styling hair. The hair treatment device includes a hair-drying hood for covering the head of a user, which has an opening at a top portion or a side portion thereof. The blower can be inserted from the opening. The hair-drying hood further includes an outer layer, where the opening is disposed, and a thermal layer, which forms an air flow guiding chamber together with the outer layer inbetween for introducing and dispersing hot air from the blower all over the hair-drying hood while raising a temperature of the thermal layer. The hair treatment device further includes a position retainer having a first end fixing the blower, and having a second end is stably fixed onto an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Inventor: Stephanie Chang
  • Patent number: 10994406
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system which comprises an electrically operated handheld device, which particularly takes the form of a hot-air handheld device or handheld grinding device, and a transport case for the handheld device, wherein the transport case comprises at least one first case shell. Here, the at least one first case shell comprises an outer side, the case shell comprising in its outer side a depression for partially accommodating the handheld device, and the depression extending in the direction of a stowage space of the transport case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Wagner Spraytech (UK) Ltd.
    Inventors: Thomas Jeltsch, Paul Van Der Rest, Dan Byne, Philip Paice
  • Patent number: 10973298
    Abstract: A digitally controlled hairdryer has removable attachments that are used to style hair. The hairdryer is powered with AC and DC power, with the DC power supply being separate from the main body. The removable attachments are powered and controlled by the hairdryer. The oscillating attachment has a motor that moves an oscillating portion to direct airflow from the outlet of the hairdryer. The diffuser attachment has a motor that is connected to a slider that moves along a central axis. The slider moves wire fingers between a grasped and relaxed position. The ends of the fingers are connected to a blocking membrane that directs airflow through an outlet aperture that is small in the grasped position and large in the relaxed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: The Beachwaver Co.
    Inventors: Sarah J. Kennedy, Erin A. Wall, Luis Eduardo Alanis, Manuel Besnier Lopez
  • Patent number: 10940280
    Abstract: A blower includes a housing including an inlet and an outlet, a stationary component provided to the housing, an impeller positioned between the inlet of the housing and the stationary component, a shield portion including an outer edge substantially aligning with or extending beyond an outer edge of the impeller, and a motor adapted to drive the impeller. The housing and the stationary component cooperate to define a volute that directs air towards the outlet, and the housing includes a separating wall constructed and arranged to divide the volute into a high speed airpath region and a low speed airpath region. The outer edge of the shield portion and the separating wall define a gap between the high speed airpath region and the low speed airpath region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ResMed Motor Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Barton John Kenyon, David Brent Sears, Aleksandr S. Nagorny, Michael Bruce Moir
  • Patent number: 10306966
    Abstract: A hair cooling and dehumidification apparatus includes a wearable headgear. The wearable headgear includes an outer layer, an insert layer, and an inner layer. The outer layer includes a supply port. The supply port is in fluid communication with a high-pressure storage tank via a vortex tube. The insert layer, detachably attached to the outer layer, includes a network of ducts and detachable insert elements. The ducts are in fluid communication with the supply port to receive a cooling gas from the vortex tube and distribute the cooling gas to the hair. The detachable insert elements are detachably attached to the insert layer via fasteners. The detachable insert elements, spaced apart to accommodate the network of ducts there between, comprise desiccant materials embedded within for absorbing moisture. The inner layer is proximal to the hair of the user to transfer the cooling gas to the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Tight & Right Hair Revolution, Inc.
    Inventors: Larry Maurice Sumerville, Tumajah Vernet Sumerville
  • Patent number: 9909807
    Abstract: A coating device for coating a medical device with a drug-eluting material uses an in-process drying station between coats to improve a drug release profile. The drying station includes a dryer having a telescoping plenum which provides a shield and drying region for the stent or scaffold to reside while a heated gas is passed over the stent/scaffold. The shield and drying region improve efficiency in drying, predictability or drug release rate, uniformity of coating material properties lengthwise over the stent/scaffold and provide a platform that can effectively support stents that are over 40 mm in length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: ABBOTT CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEMS INC.
    Inventors: Yung-Ming Chen, Matthew J. Gillick, Michael T. Martins, John E. Papp
  • Patent number: 9739483
    Abstract: A fuel-fired furnace incorporates specially designed fuel/air mixing and combustion structures. The fuel/air mixing structure is of a mixing sound-attenuating design and comprises a venturi having a perforated sidewall portion and being surrounded by a noise-damping housing chamber communicating with the interior of the venturi via its sidewall perforations. During use of the mixing structure, air is flowed through the venturi in a swirling pattern while fuel is transversely injected internally against the swirling air. The combustion structure comprises a burner box housing into which the fuel/air mixture is flowed, combusted, and then discharged as hot combustion gas into and through the heat exchanger tubes. The fuel/air mixture entering the burner box housing initially passes through a non-uniformly perforated diffuser plate functioning to substantially alter in a predetermined manner the relative combustion gas flow rates through the heat exchanger tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: RHEEM MANUFACTURING COMPANY
    Inventors: Amin Akbarimonfared, Timothy J. Shellenberger, Robert Steven Neihouse, Scott Alan Willbanks, Darryl Farley, Nathan Taylor Whalen, Shawn Allan Reed
  • Patent number: 9655427
    Abstract: The present application is used in the technical field of beautifying and hair conditioning, and provides a vapor beautifying and hair conditioning machine comprising a main machine and an ejection gun; wherein, the ejection gun is communicated with the main machine via a hose, the main machine is provided with a socket, and one end of the hose is provided with a plug that is capable of being inserted in the socket; the socket is provided therein with a hose connector male end and a latching groove, the plug is provided therein with a hose connector female end and a latching member, and the hose connector male end and the hose connector female end engage with each other; when the plug is inserted in the socket, the latching member is inserted and held in the latching groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Zhe Cui
  • Patent number: 9593686
    Abstract: A centrifugal blower system includes a series of blower units, each blower unit in the series comprising a casing having an axial inlet and a radial outlet, an impeller disposed within the casing for drawing a gaseous medium at a first pressure into the inlet and expelling gaseous medium at a second higher pressure through the outlet and a motor for driving the impeller, and, a duct connecting the outlet of at least one blower unit in the series with the inlet of at least one other blower unit in the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: WATT Fuel Cell Corp.
    Inventors: Paul DeWald, Caine Finnerty, Robert P Donley
  • Patent number: 9591947
    Abstract: A smokeless barbecue including a grill adapted for receiving food to be cooked thereon and at least one radiating element placed underneath the grill. The radiating element is arranged so as to radiate heat mainly in a direction substantially parallel to the grill. The barbecue further includes at least a reflecting surface facing the radiating element and arranged so as to reflect, towards the grill, the radiating heat coming from the radiating element, and a cover device placed between the grill and the radiating element to shield the radiating element from substances falling from the grill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: ELECTROLUX PROFESSIONAL S.P.A.
    Inventor: Stefano Fogolin
  • Patent number: 9512846
    Abstract: A centrifugal blower system includes a series of blower units, each blower unit in the series comprising a casing having an axial inlet and a radial outlet, an impeller disposed within the casing for drawing a gaseous medium at a first pressure into the inlet and expelling gaseous medium at a second higher pressure through the outlet and a motor for driving the impeller; and, a duct connecting the outlet of at least one blower unit in the series with the inlet of at least one other blower unit in the series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: WATT FUEL CELL CORP.
    Inventors: Paul DeWald, Caine Finnerty, Robert P Donley
  • Patent number: 9506694
    Abstract: A device for drying a work piece, preferably in the form of a shrink fit chuck, that previously been subjected to an application of a liquid and is essentially rotationally symmetrical around a longitudinal axis of the work piece; the device has at least one air-conducting device that encompasses the work piece in order to convey an air flow in the direction along the longitudinal axis of the work piece and has at least one blower device that directs a radial air flow at the work piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Haimer GmbH
    Inventors: Franz Haimer, Wolfgang Kuegle
  • Patent number: 9342967
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that facilitate remotely controlling a wireless lighting module. The wireless lighting module can include a power source such as a battery, a solar cell, and the like as well as an array of light emitting diodes (LEDs). The LEDs can be controlled based upon a received input (e.g., communicated by way of a radio frequency signal, an infrared signal, . . . ). For example, the input can be obtained from a remote control, a sensor, a differing wireless lighting module, an radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, and so forth. The input can be utilized to switch one or more LEDs on or off, change the intensity or color of illumination, modulate illumination, alter the direction of illumination, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: Wireless Environment, LLC
    Inventors: Michael V. Recker, David B. Levine
  • Patent number: 9144286
    Abstract: A hand held appliance, such as a hairdryer, includes a body, a fluid flow path extending through the body from a fluid inlet through which a fluid flow enters the appliance to a fluid outlet for emitting the fluid flow from the appliance, a primary fluid flow path extending at least partially through the body from a second fluid inlet through which a primary fluid flow enters the appliance to a second fluid outlet, and a heater located in the body for heating fluid passing through the primary fluid flow path, wherein the heater is inaccessible from the fluid inlet. The heater may be inaccessible from the second fluid inlet. The second fluid inlet may be located in the body. The fluid inlet may be spaced from the second fluid inlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: Stephen Benjamin Courtney, Patrick Joseph William Moloney, Edward Shelton, Peter David Gammack
  • Patent number: 9131760
    Abstract: The mobilized hair-drying assembly includes a helmet member with motorized fan housing rigidly affixed to an exterior surface, and which propels accelerated air into the interior of the helmet member in order to dry hair of an end user positioned therein. An elastic member extends around an opening of the helmet member in order to provide an air-tight seal between a head of the end user and the helmet member. The helmet member includes a plurality of vent holes that enable the accelerated air to exit only after circulating across the hair of the end user. The motorized fan housing being positioned on a rear, exterior surface of the helmet member includes a heating coil that is selectively operated to introduce heated and accelerated air into the helmet member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Sherrie Townsend
  • Patent number: 9057560
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a nozzle part for a hand dryer. The nozzle part has a nozzle body and an air outlet aperture in the nozzle body, and the method includes molding the nozzle body from plastic as a single part and then post-machining the air outlet aperture in the molded plastic nozzle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Dyson Technology Limited
    Inventors: James Dyson, Leigh Michael Ryan, Robert Michael Cox
  • Publication number: 20150052773
    Abstract: A portable hands free hair dryer that gently dries the hair of a user The hair dyer comprises a flexible bonnet having heating coils disposed within, a fan blowing unit, and an air hose connecting the two. When the device is powered on, the heating coils warm the area around the user's hair and scalp, and the fan blows air up through the air hose into the bonnet. Warm air in the bonnet is blown around, drying the user's hair. The fan unit is a small portable unit that can be clipped to a user's clothing, and may be used while cordless or plugged into a wall socket. In either manner of use, the device dries the user's hair without the need for user participation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Amelia Thomas, Barbara Smith
  • Patent number: 8800163
    Abstract: A hair care appliance for application of vapor to dry hair to provide humidity to the hair, including a housing defining an inner cavity, a vapor-generating system positioned at least partially within the cavity, and a spacer including a cap, a plurality of spacer elements projecting outwardly from the cap, and an aperture through the cap. The spacer elements partially define therebetween a work area in which the hair is gathered. The vapor-generating system discharges vapor through the aperture to the work area for application to the hair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Heidi Schmid
  • Patent number: 8627578
    Abstract: A hooded dryer accessory system having a panel with a first end and a second end, the panel is generally flexible, the panel is arc shaped wherein a top edge has an arc length greater than that of a bottom edge, a first half connecting means on the first end of the panel and a second half connecting means on the second end of the panel, wherein the first half connecting means temporarily engages the second half connecting means, and a padding component on a back surface of the panel along all or a portion of the bottom edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Amie L. Gibson
  • Patent number: 8585397
    Abstract: A hot air generator comprising a handle (12), an elongated nozzle (14), flame generating means (6), a venturi (4), a gas conduit (162) intended to bring a combustible gas into the elongated nozzle (14) and at the flame generating means (6), an air conduit (164) intended for bringing compressed air into the elongated nozzle (14) and downstream from the venturi; characterized in that the generator further comprises a servocontrolled pressure regulator (2) controlling a gas pressure (Pd.g) in the gas conduit (162) depending on an air pressure (Pd.a) in the air conduit (164).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Guilbert Express
    Inventors: Yves Guillou, Christophe Le Drappier
  • Patent number: 8578623
    Abstract: Embodiments are provided for a hair dryer attachment for accelerating hair drying time. The hair dryer attachment includes a housing and multiple flexible conduits. The housing may include an interior surface and an exterior surface. The interior surface may define an interior volume having a size sufficient to cover a substantial portion of a person's head. The interior surface and the exterior surface may define multiple passages. The multiple flexible conduits may each include an inlet and an exit. The inlet of each of the conduits may be in fluid communication with one or more of the multiple passages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: SheTiny, LLC
    Inventors: Shekinah Anderson, Tamika Harris
  • Patent number: 8307948
    Abstract: A silencer device for a hair dryer comprises a container structure (2) exhibiting a plurality of inlet openings (8), an outlet opening (9) and a conduit (10) connecting the inlet (8) and outlet (9) openings to one another and further comprising a ring (14) made of sound-absorbent material, inserted in the conduit (10) such as to interfere with a flow of air between the inlet openings (8) and the outlet (9) opening in such a way as to at least partly attenuate sound vibrations associated to the air flow. The inlet openings (8) are made on a lateral wall (6) of the container structure (2) and face the axis (X) such as to define an air flow along a first transversal direction to the axis (X) such as to define a flow of air along a first transversal direction to the axis (X), and deviating means (12) arranged in the conduit (10) impress an axial deviation along the axis (X) on the air flow coming from the inlet openings (8).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Parlux S.p.A.
    Inventor: Paolo Parodi
  • Patent number: 8230615
    Abstract: A combined hair dryer and hair dryer drape includes a hair dryer which has a semi-spherical dome provided with a cavity for receiving a user head therein during hair drying procedures. The hair dryer drape includes a plurality of sleeves contiguously and respectively formed along an entire perimeter of the hair dryer drape. The drape further includes a plurality of L-shaped spools situated at opposed corners of the hair dryer drape and partially extending along the corresponding sleeves. The drape further includes a plurality of hair dryer drape extensions wound about the corresponding spools and housed within the sleeves respectively. The hair dryer drape is made from water impermeable top and bottom layers pinched together along respective outer edges thereof and a plurality of insulating layers contiguously intercalated between the top and bottom layers for defining a core section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Norma Fletcher
  • Publication number: 20120167407
    Abstract: An air flow deflector for use with a hood-type hair dryer is a thick, resiliently compressible, unitary halo with an inner perimeter of length suited to surround and abut, preferably with tension, against the subject's head when the halo's inner perimeter is contoured approximately immediately below the subject's hair line. The halo deflects the flow of warm air away from exposed skin portions of the head, neck and shoulders. An arcuate upturned extension on its front portion deflects air flow back to the interior of the hood of the dryer. The unitary halo may be continuous or split for adjustability and hinged for increased manipulability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Rose Hardwick
  • Patent number: 8209877
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a hair straightening device to be placed on an air blower, comprising a first straightening element and a second straightening element positioned on either side of an air diffuser (9), each of the two elements comprising an outer comb (1) and an inner comb (2), removably attached so as to allow a sliding movement of one relative to the other, said sliding movement of the two outer (1) or inner (2) combs allowing to grip the hair and to stretch it above the air diffuser (9), the teeth of the outer combs (1) being formed by a succession of arches (3) whose holes define two tunnels (4) that make space for the inner combs (2) in such a way as to allow an arrangement of said inner combs (2) beneath said outer combs (1) within said tunnels (4) and to allow said sliding movement of the inner combs (2) relative to the outer combs (1) in order to displace the teeth (5) of said inner combs (2) relative to the planes formed by the arches (3) of the outer combs (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Faco S.A.
    Inventor: Olivier Smal
  • Patent number: 8101888
    Abstract: A device (1.1) for the radiation of scalp hair (2) using infrared radiation (10.3), wherein the infrared radiation (10.3) is generated by at least one linear-shaped infrared lamp (3.1) with a reflector system (4). In a first exemplary embodiment, a first reflector (6.1) is allocated to the infrared lamp (3.1) on the longitudinal side, wherein the infrared lamp (3.1) basically forms an optical collection line of the first reflector (6.1). The first reflector (6.1) with a first reflection side (9.1) and a second reflector (6.2) with a second reflection side (9.2) are placed facing each other, wherein the infrared lamp (3.1) is enclosed by the first and the second reflector (6.1, 6.2), by at least 360° altogether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Stefan Kiessl, Martin Liebeck
  • Publication number: 20120006805
    Abstract: Hair drying device comprising an electric motor unit to generate an air flow destined in use to hair drying and/or care, a support to hold the electric motor unit and a spacer duct, hollow inside so that the air flow emitted by the motor unit flows along the tube towards its exit section. The spacer duct has an overall L length at least equal or greater than a R1 distance in which the electromagnetic field emitted by the electric motor unit in use in the specific device measures an intensity at least equal or inferior to a pre-established threshold value of about 2 Milligauss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2009
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Gianni Sani
  • Publication number: 20090223532
    Abstract: A permanent wave treatment device has a heating means (3) for setting hair of a to-be-treated person in a heated environment, a rod (R) on which the hair is wound and that is formed so that air can flow through it, a suction means (4) for making the pressure inside the rod negative, and a connection means (7) for connecting the rod and the suction means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: TAKARA BELMONT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoaki Takada, Kenji Miyamoto, Kazuya Yamanaka, Terumi Shibano, Kouji Okamoto, Ryoji Kitamura
  • Publication number: 20090183383
    Abstract: A portable self-contained hair drying helmet is taught that has thermal storage, desiccants, a phase change material, and thin lithium ion polymer batteries to allow one to dry their hair while walking around and performing personal and household duties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Kroll Family Trust
    Inventors: Mollie B. Kroll, Mark W. Kroll
  • Publication number: 20090064529
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an intake-exhaust type hair styling dryer which can perform drying and styling of hair at the same time along with other functions through intake and exhaust of air, moisture, etc. The intake-exhaust type hair styling dryer comprises a comb (32) including an intake hole (35), a bristle (33) extending through the intake hole (35), and an exhaust aperture (51) spaced apart from the bristle (33), a main body (31) detachable attached to the comb (32) and having an air outlet (48) formed therein, an air intake and blowing device disposed in the main body (31), and a filter (46) positioned below the air intake and blowing device (31).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventor: Byounghwan Kang
  • Patent number: 7481006
    Abstract: A system dries water droplets within a person's outer and inner ear. The presence of the droplets is typically caused by swimming, showering, bathing, and other activities associated with water sports such as diving, water polo and the like. A hair dryer blows warm air at a distance into a handheld drying apparatus. One or more diffusion chambers containing a plurality of apertures deliver warm air from the hair dryer into the outer ear. An integral central tubular element forming part of the diffusion chamber delivers warm air from the hair dryer into the inner canal. The diffusion chamber has a handle to help position the central tubular element within the inner ear canal. The distance between the hair dryer and the handheld drying apparatus may be varied to select a comfortable warmth level and warm air velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen Donovan
  • Publication number: 20080229607
    Abstract: An air flow deflector for use with a hood-type hair dryer is a thick, resiliently compressible, unitary halo with an inner perimeter of length suited to surround and abut, preferably with tension, against the subject's head when the halo's inner perimeter is contoured approximately immediately below the subject's hair line. The halo deflects the flow of warm air away from exposed skin portions of the head, neck and shoulders. An arcuate upturned extension on its front portion deflects air flow back to the interior of the hood of the dryer. The unitary halo may be continuous or split for adjustability and hinged for increased manipulability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Rose Hardwick
  • Publication number: 20080005920
    Abstract: The hair dryer hood adjuster is attached to the neck of the Hair Dryer Hood With this new invention the dryer hood can adjust to a variety of angles to improve the fit to different people. It also improves how comfortable the person sets in the chair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: Jacqulyn L. Majors DeAnda, Larry G. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6964116
    Abstract: A portable self-contained hair drying helmet is taught that has thermal storage, desiccants, and thin lithium ion polymer batteries to allow one to dry their hair while walking around and performing personal and household duties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventors: Mollie B. Kroll, Mark W. Kroll
  • Patent number: 6885810
    Abstract: The handheld hair dryer for generating a heated air stream has a blower for generating an air stream, an electric heater for heating the air stream, a catalytic odor filter for deodorizing the air stream and a thermal radiator for heating the catalytic odor filter. The electric heater and the catalytic odor filter are separate from each other so that the active surface area of the catalytic odor filter can be maximized to deodorize the air stream. The thermal radiator is also separate from the electric heater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Wella Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Juergen Allwohn, Detlef Mattinger, Stefan Uhl
  • Patent number: 6757986
    Abstract: This invention is about portable mini clothes and hair dryer which is designed to collapse and fit into a standard suitcase. It possesses all the features of the standard clothes dryer but is approximately one tenth the size and weighs less than 25 pounds. The dryer will not operate in its collapsed state or if the lid is opened. It comprises a simple but reliable heater and motor assembly. The single flat motor drives both the blower fan and the rotating drum of the machine but the rotating drum can be disengaged when the unit is used for drying hair only. Clothes and other items can be packed in and around the dryer when traveling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Rhona A. Miller, Halden A Morris
  • Patent number: 6606800
    Abstract: The electrical hair treatment appliance (1) includes an electrically controlled hair treatment device, preferably including infrared emitter elements (20), and an operator control panel (2) rigidily attached to the hair treatment device. The operator control panel (2) includes a receptacle (5) rigidly attached to the hair treatment device, an operator control and display device (3) mounted in the receptacle (5) so as to rotate in the receptacle and an electrical connection (6) for electrically connecting between the operator control and display device (3) and the receptacle (5). The rotatable operator control and display device (3) preferably includes buttons for setting and adjusting operating parameters of the hair treatment device and has a circular face (4). The electrical connection (6) may include a flat cable (7), such as a stranded flat cable or a flexible electrical conductor track foil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventors: Peter Anthes, Detlef Mattinger
  • Patent number: 6457254
    Abstract: A supporting column part supports a housing in which an apparatus for producing hot air and a further apparatus for producing steam are located. A jib is pivotally mounted to the housing. A hot air pipe extends from the apparatus for producing hot air through the jib to a treatment head part. A dispensing head is mounted for rotation on the hot air pipe. This dispensing head is connected at one side to dispensing hoses adapted to be coupled to hair curlers. Diffusor-like arranged exit holes are located at the opposite side. A steam pipe extends from the apparatus for producing steam obliquely into the hot air pipe so that an ejector is formed. The jib part has a through shaped receiving container portion and a cover lid portion pivotally mounted to the receiving container portion. In order to store the dispensing hoses the coverlid portion is rotated upwards and the dispensing hoses are placed into the receiving container portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Jurgene E. Sahm
  • Patent number: 6318691
    Abstract: A hair dryer holder for supporting a hair dryer from a bathroom vanity drawer includes a generally planar horizontal support member having an aperture formed in a first end thereof for releasably receiving the nozzle of the hair dryer. Forwardmost and rearmost drawer engagers extend downwardly from the horizontal support member spaced apart from each other generally proximate the opposing second end of the horizontal support member. The rearmost and forwardmost drawer engagers extend along opposite sides of a drawer front. The upper surface of said horizontal support member extends under the vanity countertop as the drawer is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventors: Steven C. Toth, Jr., Mary Jo Toth
  • Patent number: 6293030
    Abstract: The hood is fitted with a fan in the crown that directs air flow upward from the hood interior. The hood has a liner that provides an air distribution plenum between hood and liner. Air flows from the plenum toward hair being dried from holes in the plenum. Some of the holes are, preferably, fitted with movable jets which can be rotated to provide the out flow pattern preferred for the particular hair style being dried.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Inventors: Martin L. McCurtis, LaToya Polk
  • Patent number: 6199214
    Abstract: A plastics molding includes an elongate flexible strip 3 and a plurality of substantially flat wall sections 5 disposed in an end-to-end, mutually spaced relationship, lying substantially on a smooth curve which meets the strip at opposite ends. The wall sections 5 are connected to the flexible strip at their opposite ends by means of webs 8, 9 such as to form trapezoidal ventilation passages 10 between the wall sections and the flexible strip. The webs may contain ventilation apertures. In different embodiments the molding may be curved such that the flexible wall lies on the inside or the outside. The inside wall is covered with a porous sweat band 12 and contains apertures 7 so that air flowing through the ventilation passages 10 keeps the sweat band dry by a wick effect. The outside wall is provided with a layer of pressure-sensitive adhesive for attaching the device to the inside of the headgear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Inventor: Donald Alban Campbell
  • Patent number: 6138376
    Abstract: A hair straightening device and method usable with a conventional blow dryer that dries wet hair in a straight configuration from the scalp to the end of the hair strands with minimal heat damage to the hair and without hair tangling problems of conventional methods. The method and device includes two elongated elements coupled in an open/close relationship. The device operates by securing wet hair between the elongated elements and slowly pulling the device along the length of the hair strand while exposing the hair strands to heated air from a conventional blow dryer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Jane E. Garfinkel
  • Patent number: 6108934
    Abstract: A tanning hair dryer and/or hair steamer and process is disclosed wherein a user can receive light from an ultraviolet ray source while also receiving conditioned air from a hair dryer and/or hair steamer. The invention can either be manufactured or applied to existing hair dryers and/or hair steamer hoods by retrofitting. Two embodiments of the invention are disclosed. In the first embodiment, a tanning shield is attached to a hood by two pivotally attached attaching arms. In the second embodiment, two tanning shields are attached to the hood by universal positioning means, or means that enable the tanning shields to be placed in a number of different positions with a number of different orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Miljko Todorovic
  • Patent number: 6052915
    Abstract: A portable hairdryer used for permitting a user to move freely while simultaneously drying the user's hair. The portable hairdryer includes a flexible cap with spaced apart inner and outer layers each having a plurality of apertures therethrough. One end of an elongate flexible tubular hose is coupled to the cap. The other end of the hose is coupled to a blower housing. At least one heating element is mounted in the blower housing. A battery power source is mounted in the blower housing and is electrically connected to the heating element. A fan is mounted in the housing and is electrically connected to the battery power source. An elongate flexible belt is coupled to the blower housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Inventor: Cheryl G. Turner
  • Patent number: 6049994
    Abstract: The combination hair dryer cover and head shield is for use with a hood-type hair dryer and is useful for energy conservation while also protecting the forehead, features and neck of the user from excess heat being emitting from the hair dryer. The apparatus comprises a hood cover and a head shield which are stitched together around the perimeter of a common seam. The apparatus will protect uncovered portions of the patrons' head from heat energy from the hair dryer. The shield cover and the hood cover are each made of a clear plastic material. The hood cover is secured onto the hood by an elastic band and the shield is retained onto the head of the patron by another elastic band. The apparatus is inexpensive to make and readily disposable, thereby providing improved sanitary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Inventor: Sharron Pickett