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July 10, 1962
F( J. MILLER
FLEXIBLE HAIR DR YING
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HOOD
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diameter and a further elasticized dryer connection and an
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nection to the dryer. 'IThe expanded diameter of the inter-v
FLEXELE HA& DRYING HOOD
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Filed May 21, 1958, Ser. No. 736,794
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mediate section of the hood would be_ considerably larger
than the end `diameters adjacent the head piece 'and the
› dryer piece.
This invention, relating as indicated to an improved
?exible hair drying hood, is particularly directed to a
To the -accomplishment of the foregoíng and related.
ends, said invention then consists of the means heroin
shroud-like attachment for an e'lectric hair dryer to ?t
-after fully described and particularly pointed out in the
'around the head band of a Woman wishing to have her 10 claim; the following description setting forth in detail
hair dríed in a head encircling band and generally being
but one approved means of carrying out the invention,
of an elongated tubular structure with narrowing neck
portions on either end. The center section would !be of
such disolosed means, however, constituting but one of
the various ways in which the principles of the invention
may be used.
enlarged diameter with a further encírcling contractile
band for 'attachment to the dryer, preferably above the 15
In the drawings:
connection to the stand for the dryer.
FIG. 1 is a side View of a woman showing my new and
In general, in connection with hair dryers of the elecimproved hood in position on a dryer;
tric type used particularly in commercial beauty salons
FIG. 2 is 'a rear View of said hood;
by a beautician, it' is a real problem to successfully dry
FIG. 3 is ;a view of the impervious material with the
hair. Problems have arisen in connection with thick hair, 20 elasticízed bands stretched to_ _show the general trapezoidal
thin hair, hair that burns, wind hurn problems when hot
nature of the imperv-ious material making up the hood;
air comes down the face, parching of skin, ?and the like.
FIG. 4 is ?a rear view of the hood itself before being
Although there have been numerous solutions to these
distended ?by the air of the dryer; and
problems, none of them have received -any real commer
FIG. 5 is a cross-sectional view along the line 5-5 of
cial accepta-nce. This is important because the quautity 25 FIG. 4 showing the varying diameters of the center sec
of heat used in these dryers has caused considerablle an
tion .and the head piece.
noy?ance to many women and they have been reluctant
In the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a side view of an elec
to use them. In additíon to this, of course, there is the
trically heated dryer indicated generally at 10 having a
time factor.
stand 11 and` a connecting bar thereto 12 With an electrical
This invention is directed to a ?exible hair dryer hood, 30 connection 13'. The dryer bel-l or dome may be of any
which could be called a “comfort hood" for fastening
shape -as indicated at 14 having an end portion 15, a side
around in a head encircling'íband, perhaps 18 inches in
portion perhaps conical in shape 16 and a recessed portion
circumference, more or less, and enlarging out to a hood
indicated general?ly at 17 into which the head normally
or tubular member of two or three times that over a cen
?ts.
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tral section and contracting to a further contractile band
The -invention herein -involves a hood member 18 of
adapted to touch the dryer bell or dome, by which name
generally tubular construction and of consider-able diam
it is sometimes known, general?ly on the other side of
eter having ta contractile portion or elasticized end mem
the support member.
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This comfort hood, though tubular in shape, would
ber generally shown at 19 and a further elasticized por
tion and cushioning adapted for the head band or head
have a series of fastening means, perhaps snap fasteners, 40 encircling band 20. The center portion generally indi
along one seam adapted to surround the connection and
cated at 21 would be or' considerably larger circumfer
support connection for the dome? or dryer bell. In addi
ence and, of course, diameter than the head band or dryer
tion, of course, it is customary to use ear shields and the
band portion. This permits `a free ?ow of air outwardly
like to protect the Womens ears from the circulating
and around to the sides so that all of the portions of the
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In general there have been many approaches to directed
head, near the forehead and the back of the neck may be
or controlled `air to the hair, together with shields for the
dried and air may circulate freely within the hood mem
ears. Some of these have used pervious nets to permit
ber. This .also permits easy movability of the head so
the air laden with moisture to pass out through a net.
that the head may ?be turned as much as one-quarter turn
Others ;have provided directed shields to prevent the air
to either side, Aand the series of pleat-l?'ke units or wrinldes
from coming to the face .of a Woman sitting under a dryer. 50 formed by the contracting of the head band 20 -as shown
This invention is directed towards a generally tubular
at 21 will permit twisting and movement of the head.
hood, though perhaps it would be more correct to call
Slits of ?buttonhole design may be placed -at positions on
it a truncated cone. When enclosed and snap fastened
the hood to make easy access to switches or heat con
along an axial seam, it would be per-haps 18 or 20 inches
trols.
in circumference around the head band, and a larger cir 55 Norma?lly movement of the head in a dryer is very re
cumference, perhaps 24 inches, for attachment to the bell.
stricted and freedom to talk and to read is greatly re
An object of this invention is to provide a new and im
duced. Also there is considerable danger of burning
proved ñem'ble hair drying hood for Iattachment as a head
and parching of the skin of a person in a normal dryer
piece to the head of a woman and to the d?'ying bell or
and though various efforts 'have been made in the past to
hood and also to provide improved circulation of air 60 control the air by using earmu?s and various types of
around the head and escape of moisture thereh'om.
hoods ras disclosed in the patents to Wright, Patent No.
A further object of this invention is to provide a new
2,295,82(), to Stephen, Patent No. 2,290,455, to McElroy,
and improved comfort hood having an elasticized con
Patent No. 1,796,384, to Ru?io, Reissue Patent No;
nection in a head piece and a further elasticized con
17,447, to Coune, Patent No. 1,543,423, to Brown, Patent
nection around the dome or bell of the dryer and an 65 No. 1,698,533, to Pfahl, Patent No. 1,907,215, to Broida
enlarged intermediate section that expands and provides
improved circulation of air around the head and escape
of moisture therethrough.
A further object of this invention is to provide Ia new
and improved tubular ?exi'ble hair dryer of impervious
material having an elasticized head band of reduced
et al., Patent No. 1,955,941, and to Huber et al., Patent
No. 2,576,226, all of these have certain limitations to be
more fully explained.
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This invention consists of a hood which is particularly
characterized by freedom of action, by adaptability to a
great number of dryer Ibells or hoods, by controlled cir
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of the invention. All of these varíations and modi?ca
tions'are considered to 'be
the t?rue spirit and scope
of? the present invention as disclosed »in the foregoing
culation of the Fair with a limited amount of 'elímination
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of air in order to prevent 'build-up of moisture there?n,
' andby a free ?ow of 'air around the back of the neck so
thatrthere is an even drying of the hair.
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description iand de?ned by the appended claim.
I claim:
The unit is further char-acterized by having an axial
In combination, an electric
'circulating hair dryer
having anoutW-ardly ?aríng dome of a dimension adapted
seam indicated generallly at 24 'With a series of snap fas
teners, tie strings ?and/ or other means, such as a zipper 'at
25. This may be connected from either end of the dryer,
band 19 around to› the *head band 20. The various snap
to surro??nd a person's head and a connection thereto, a
sheet `de?ning va pleated tubular hood structure of imper
fasteners?are adaptedtto ?t iaround the connection unit 10 forate heat resistant fabric radially gripping the exterior
of said dome and having -a contractile band for the dorne
lzand permit -air to move ?reely inwardly and outwardly
above the connection thereto, an open axial seam on the
Vtherethrough in varying `amounts. It may be that certain
tubular hood structure with fastening means therefor
of ,the dryers used in the past have connections in and
around the hood for controlling the dryer switches and " around the connection de?níng a varia?ble 'sized air pas
,the like and special openings may he provided to contact 15 sageway for controll?ing the, amount of air that leaves the
hood, the tubular center section of the hood'z'being sub;
or move these switches or Controls `as desired.
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stantially larger in diameter tl?'a'n the contractile band 19).
The unit in connection with FIG. 3 would have a dryer
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band 19, .a heaid band 20, the anival seam cut in a trapezoid
as seen at 24, fastener means 25, whíchmay -be snap fas
the dome, and a generallytcírcularelasticized band on the
the connection 12 to the dryer, :leaving 'a certain amount
of openings for the free passage of air therethrough' from
the dryer but controlling the amount of ?rair that leaves
the dryer, and then the snap fasteners are continued until
i vby causes improved heating and 'circulation of air within
end of said hood vopposite said dome of substantially
teners, hooks, etc., „and elasticized means 27 in each of. 20 smaller diameter `than the center section of the hood,
whereby said variahle sized air pass'ageway Controls the
The hood is adapted to be snap fastened
the bands.
amount of moisture laden air leaving the hood and there
around 'around the dryer and similarly connected around
the space enclosed by thetubular center section and the
end of said hood opposite said 'domer which is out of the
direct path of air circulation ,from the dome so that When
the elasticized band on the end of the hood opposite said
they tightly conform with the head.
With this comfort hood con?ning the'
the .
dryer, considerahle freedom of movement is?provided,
as Well .as less !burning and parching'of the skin, less op
effectively dries all of the :hair thereon including the hair
30 adjacent the 'lower cranial lobes.
portunity for discomíort and at the same time greatly
increased speed of drying so that the woman using the
device is not inconvenienced for as 'long a time and can'
go outside even on a cold day'wíthout fear of. catohing
dome is placed over wet hair on the head of a person, it
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References Cited in the?le of this patent
` UNITED STATES PATENTS
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2,290,455
Stephen; ____ __,___; ____ __ July ,21, 1942
2,295,82O
Wright L _____________ __, Sept. l5,`1942
2,453364
72,474,1675
2,576,226
Fea?rs ________________ __ Nov. 9, 1948
Roberts _____________ __ June 21, 1949
Huber et al ___________ __ Nov. 27, 1951
connection with› a few preferred embodiments thereof, 40
2,632,960 _
Bucknell? et `al'. ________ __ Mar; 31, 1953
variations_ .and modi?cations may be resorted to by those
skilled in the artwithout departing from .the tprinciples
2,661,739
Caskey _'_ _____________ __ Dec. 8, 1953
2,820,305
Brown _______________ --j-an. 21, 1953
cold.
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The ,material ofwhich this hood is made` would be
impervious material resistant to the normal drying heat'
and of _a good gradeof plastic or plasticized fahrics, etc.
Although the present invention has been described, in
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