D. L. WEBB Oct. 7, 1969 WIG Filed May 8, 1968 DONALD L. WEBB ATTORNEYS United States Patent() M 3,470,889 WIG Donald L. Webb, 3897 Flowers Road, Doraville, Ga. 30040 Filed May 8, 1968, Ser. No. 727,610 Int. Cl. A41g 3/00 U.S. Cl. 132-53 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A wig comprising `a concave base, and rows of wig hair connected to and extending from the outer surface of the base. A series of apertures are defined in the base between adjacent rows of wig hair, so that when the base member is positioned on a human head, the human hair can be drawn through the holes of the base member and intermingled with the wig hair by reaching through the holes with a crochet needle, or the like, and grasping the human hair and pulling it through the base member of the wig.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION While wigs have been moderately popular for generations, they usually have been worn as :a substitute or replacement for the wearers hair, as opposed to an addition or complement. The hum-an hair was usually arranged close to the scalp of the person, and the wig was fitted almost entirely over all of the hair of the wearer, so that only the wig hair was visible. While this arrangement has proven to be convenient when the wearer desires to exhibit a complete transformation in hair color and style, there are many persons that desire only to supplement or complement their existing hair, by adding more hair of identical, or similar, or even contrasting color to their existing hair. With the use of wiglets or miniature wigs, a person could place the smaller wig in the center of the head and comb her own hair up around and about the hair of the small wig. While this arrangement has proven successful in many instances, the small or miniature wig adds additional hair only to one location of the head. Thus, until the conception of the instant invention, there has been no satisfactory method of blending wig hair with human hair substantially entirely about the head.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Briefly described, the present invention comprises a Wig which permits the hair of the head to be blended with the wig hair substantially and entirely throughout the wig. The base member of the wig defines a plurality of openings or apertures therethrough, and the hair of the head can be drawn through the apertures and intermingled with the wig h-air.
Thus, it is an object of this invention to provide a wig which permits the hair of the head to be intermingled with the hair of the wig.
Another object of this invention is to provide a wi-g which can be worn either as a head covering for entirely covering all of the hair of the wearer, or as a hair supplement which allows the hair of the wearer to be intermingled with the hair of the wig.
Another object of this invention is to provide a wig which is fashionable, durable, easily positioned and arranged on the head, and which is economical to manufacture.
Other objects, features an advantages of the present invention will become apparent upon reading the following specificaiton, when taken in conujnction with the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIGURE 1 is a silhouette of a head and a side cross 3,470,889 Patented Oct. 7, 1969 ICC DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENT Referring now more particularly to the drawing, in which like numerals indicate like parts throughout the several views, FIGURE 1 shows a head silhouette 10 onto which wig 11 is fitted. Wig 1-1 includes a base member 12 which is generally concave and shaped to fit the head of the wearer. As is best shown in FIGURE 2, wi-g hair 13 is sewn to base 12 in annular rows, and at the edge 14 of base 12. The hair at the edge of the wig is sewn to base 12 in such a manner that base 12 is hidden from view. Base 12 therefore comprises rows 15 of hair, and spaces 16 of base 12 are left without hair between the rows of hair.
Spaces 16 of base 12 define openings or apertures 18. Apertures 18 are gener-ally equally spaced apart in spaces 16, between rows 15. Grommets 19 surrounds each opening 18, so that the fabric of base 12 will not fray in the openings.
Base 12 can be fabricated of substantially of any suitable material; however, it is anticipated that base 12 will be fabricated of a light weight material, preferably one of an open mesh weave, such as nylon mesh, to afford ventilation from the scalp of the wearer of the wig. Furthermore, while a full wig is shown, wigs embodying the invention can take substantially any shape, from a small wiglet or miniature wig to a full wig. Furthermore, while apertures 18 have been shown as relatively small in size and large in number, apertures 18 can be made much larger to afford easy access through base member 12. In some instances, it might be desirable to have large apertures where the wearer of the wig wishes to place the wig rapidly upon her head, whereas in other situations the wearer might desire to have a more uniform blend of Wig hair with human hair, and a large number of smaller holes would be desired.
When wig 11 is placed upon the head, the hair of one row of hair 13 is folded away from adjacent row of hair, to expose a row of apertures 18. The wearer or a helper then extracts the hair 20 from the head through apertures 18 by using a hooked needle, such as a crochet needle. When one row of apertures 18 has been filled with human hair, the next row of wig hair 13 is then folded yaway from its next adjacent row of wig hair, and the process is repeated, until all or substantially all of apertures 18 have been filled with human hair extending from the head. At this point, the wig hair and human hair are blended, as desired by the wearer, until a proper hair style is created.
By extracting the human hair through the apertures of base member 12, the mass of human hair is removed from between base 12 and scalp of the wearer, which eliminates the lumpy feeling occasionally encountered when wearing a wig, and the base member of the wig is drawn closer to the scalp of the wearer, thereby creating the sensation that the base member 12 is adjacent the scalp of the lnvearer. Thus, the wig is more comfortably worn on the Since the human hair extends through base member 12 and is mingled with the wig hair, the wearer of the wig will have confidence that if the wig hair is pulled or if the base member is accidentally jarred on her head, the wig will be not be dislodged or come off her head.
The color of the wig h-air can be chosen to match that of the wearer, or in contrast to that of the wearer. When the wig hair is in contrast to that of the wearer, a variegated or frosted appearance will be created when the human hair is drawn through base member 12 of wig 11. Of course, when the wig hair is'a color that matches the human hair, the wearing of the wig will result in a much thicker appearing head of hair.
While wig 11 has been disclosed primarily as a vehicle for blending wig hair with human hair, wig 11 can also be worn as a head covering which covers all of the human hair or as a conventional wig.
While base member 12 has been disclosed as being in open weave material dening holes 18, it should be understood that the base member can be fabricated of various other materials, including a net-like material, so that holes appear throughout the entire base member. With this arrangement, the hair'of the wearer can be more readily drawn through the base member.
1. A head covering for adding additional hair material to the natural hair extending from the head, said head covering comprising a base sheet sized and shaped to generally conform to the shape of the head, wig hair extending from the outer convex surface of said base sheet, and a plurality of openings defined in said base sheet for receiving natural hair from the head, wherein said head covering is placed upon the head and the natural hair of the head is drawn through the openings and mixed with the wig hair of the head covering whereby the natural hair anchors the covering to the head.
2. The invention of claim 1 wherein said wig hair is placed generally in circular arrangement in rows of hair about the base member, and said openings being generally equally spaced apart from one another between the rows of hair.
3. The invention of claim 2 wherein the rows of hair are spaced apart a distance sufficient to allow the hair of adjacent rows to be folded apart to expose the openings between the rows of hair, and the openings are of a size suicient to pull hair of a person wearing the wig through the openings.