Patent application title: Ez roller brush
Felix Solovey (Staten Island, NY, US)
IPC8 Class: AA45D600FI
Class name: Having winding form or mandrel (e.g., curler) rotatable form or mandrel including means to accomodate separable curl retainer (e.g., bobby pin)
Publication date: 2012-06-21
Patent application number: 20120152272
The invention provides a hair brush having a removable curler which is
easily applied to the brush, thus enabling the user to style their hair
in a quick and easy fashion. The curler fitting over the end of the brush
is designed to freely rotate, with a spring loaded release lever included
for use in quickly releasing the attached curler on demand. Curlers to be
applied over the brush handle are hollow, cylindrical shaped rollers, on
the surface which a series of soft fiber bristles for use in gently
gripping the hair are integrally attached. As an additional
consideration, curlers of various diameters can be configured for use
with the E-Z Roller, thus enabling the user to create looser or tighter
curlers. Any appropriate clip fastener is also be included for use in
securing the curler in place.
1. A hairbrush device having a handle and a removable curler which curler
functions as the barrel of the brush, thus enabling the user to style
their hair in a quick and easy fashion.
2. The hairbrush device of claim 1 having a handle having a neck and a hole for receiving a release button in the neck, and further having a curler having a neck having a hole in the neck for receiving a locking button and further having a spring mechanism which fits into the neck of the handle, said spring mechanism having a release button to fit into the hole of the handle and a locking button to fit into the hole of the curler.
3. The hairbrush device of claim 2, wherein the device measures approximately ten inches in total length, and the handle portion measures approximately five to six inches of the total length.
4. The hairbrush device of claim 1 wherein the handle comprises an ergonomically designed wooden or plastic handle, on the distal end of which a curler in the form of a cylindrical shaped barrel is removably attached and wherein the barrel of the brush is freely rotatable, the barrel having a spring loaded release lever included for use in quickly releasing the attached curler on demand.
5. The hairbrush device of claim 2 wherein the curler to be applied is a hollow, cylindrical shaped roller, on the surface which a series of soft fiber bristles for use in gently gripping the hair are integrally attached.
6. The hairbrush device of claim 5 wherein the curler comprises curlers of various diameters, thus enabling the user to create looser or tighter curlers.
7. The hairbrush device of claim 2 further comprising a clip fastener for use in securing the curler in place.
8. The hairbrush device of claim 7 packaged as a set, with each unit featuring one brush and six curlers.
CLAIM OF PRIORITY
 This patent application claims priority under 35 USC 119 (e) (1) from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/458,944 filed Dec. 3, 2010, of common inventorship herewith entitled, "EZ Roller Brush."
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
 The present invention pertains to the field of hair brushes and more specifically to the field of specialized hair brushes and hair rollers.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
 The prior art has put forth several designs for specialized hair brushes. Among these are:
 U.S. Pat. No. 6,029,307 to Thomas Baudoin describes a quick connect brush handle and multi-brush kit comprising a kit for aiding in the drying and curling of hair having a plurality of brushes which may be twisted into the hair and allowed to remain for a period of time to set a curl.
 U.S. Pat. No. 6,502,585 to Gino Mazel describes a hairstyling device having coupling and interchangeable heads comprising a handle member and a plurality of heads ad a coupling means for removably connecting the heads to the handle member.
 U.S. Pat. No. 7,296,580 to Donna Sbardella describes a hair styling apparatus comprising a plurality of hair curlers having means for engaging a hair curling appliance having a handle equipped with means for engaging and disengaging the curlers.
 None of these prior art references describe the present invention.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
 It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved hair curling device comprising a handle having a removable curler which creates the barrel of the brush.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the hair roller/brush of the present invention.
 FIG. 2 is a close up front perspective view of the hair roller/brush of the present invention showing the release button for releasing the roller from the handle of the brush.
 FIG. 3A is a top view of the hair roller/brush of the present invention showing the curler portion not attached to the handle portion and showing the release button in the handle portion and the hole for locking the curler in place in the neck of the handle. This figure also shows the curler having the neck attached, said neck having a button fit into the hole in the neck of the handle.
 FIG. 3B shows a side view of the spring mechanism for holding the curler to the handle and releasing the curler from the handle having a release button to be depressed to release the locking button.
 FIG. 3C shows a front view of the handle portion having the curler portion attached thereto.
 FIG. 3D shows a side view of the handle portion having the curler portion attached thereto and showing the spring mechanism inside the handle portion holding the curler in place.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
 For thousands of years, men and women alike have curled their hair as a means of improving their physical appearance and in many cases, connoting their social status. In ancient Rome, a calamistrum; a hollow instrument made of iron, was heated in wood ash and used to stylishly curl the hair of Roman generals, the wealthy ruling class, middle class matrons and Roman youth. In ancient Egypt, the shaved heads of men and women were covered in heavy, curled black wigs that were elaborately adorned with gold and lapis hairpins and in later times, the curled, powdered wigs of aristocratic Frenchmen and women were all the rage. By the 19th century, an interest in business and commerce drew men away from the vain pursuit of intricate hairstyles and the practice of curling the hair became relegated to the female sex. As such, women began experimenting with a myriad of different ways to curl the hair. Perhaps most popular was the practice of wrapping the wet hair around fabric rags in order to create long-lasting and bouncy curls. Other methods involved heating slate pens over an open fire and wrapping the hair around the shaft. In the early 20th century, bobby pins were used to create elegant pin curls and the eventual introduction of metal, plastic and sponge curlers enabled women to curl their hair in a more comfortable and expeditious manner.
 Having recognized the vast popularity and timelessness of curling the hair, as well as the vast market potential for a new and unique curler designs, the present invention, hereinafter referred to as the E-Z Roller was developed. Simply stated, the E-Z Roller is a specially designed hair brush boasting a removable curler which is easily applied to the end of the brush, thus enabling the user to style their hair in a quick and easy fashion. The E-Z Roller measures approximately ten inches in total length, with the handle portion comprising approximately five to six inches of the unit's total length. Similar in appearance and function to a traditional round hair brush, the E-Z Roller comprises an ergonomically designed wooden or plastic handle, on the distal end of which a cylindrical shaped curler is integrally attached. The curler on the end of the brush is designed to freely rotate, with a spring loaded release lever included for use in quickly releasing the attached curler on demand. Curlers to be applied over this brush end are hollow, cylindrical shaped rollers, on the surface which a series of soft fiber bristles for use in gently gripping the hair are integrally attached. As an additional consideration, curlers of various diameters can be configured for use with the E-Z Roller, thus enabling the user to create looser or tighter curlers. Any appropriate clip fastener is also included for use in securing the curler in place. The E-Z Roller is sold as a set, with each unit featuring one brush and six curlers. Additional curlers can also be offered for sale alongside the unit.
 Use of the E-Z Roller is very simple and straight forward. Press the lock and release button on the handle. Attach a curler to the handle. Curl the hair as usual. When finished, press the lock and release button to release the curler from the handle. Secure the curler to the hair by any suitable means. This unique hair brush can be utilized in the traditional manner; to manually brush and style the hair, or the user can utilize the detachable curlers to create beautiful waves and curls. In the case of the latter, the user simply slides a curler over the E-Z Roller's brush end. The user then sections off a portion of the hair, brushing it through the wet or damp hair and turning the handle in order to wrap the hair around the actual curler. Utilizing the integrated release lever, the user then releases the curler and if necessary, applies a hair clip to secure the curler in place. This process is then repeated until all the hair has been curled. The user might then employ a handheld or stationary dryer to dry the hair, or the curlers can then be left in place until the hair dries naturally. After the curls have set, the user then removes E-Z Roller curlers, allowing the loose, buoyant curl created by the E-Z Roller to gently cascade onto or over their shoulders. The user might then apply a hairspray or similar styling product and head out to greet the day!
 There are many significant benefits and advantages associated with the E-Z Roller. Foremost, this cleverly designed hair care accessory provides consumers a simple means of curling the hair. A cleverly designed hair brush boasting an easily applied curler which encompasses the barrel of the brush completely, the E-Z Roller enables consumers to style their hair in a fraction of the time associated with traditional methods. Simply by sliding an individual curler over the E-Z Roller and then applying it to the ends of the hair, the user can create loose, cascading curls without spending a great deal of time doing so manually. Offering a simple method of curling, the hair, use of the E-Z Roller saves time, enabling the user to apply make up, get dressed or even enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee, before heading out to face the day. Well suited for home use, professional stylists and salon owners will also value the convenience the E-Z Roller provides. Specifically, by enabling stylists to curl their client's hair in a quicker and more efficient manner, use of this product results in happier clientele, repeat bookings and increased business. Durably constructed of heavy duty materials, the E-Z Roller will withstand years of repeated use, with ease. In the case of a user who has curly hair and wants it to be straighter, larger diameter rollers can be used to provide a straightening effect.
 The E-Z Roller is a practical product invention which affords consumers a simple and comfortable means of styling the hair. Easily applied and simple to use, this unique hair care accessory proves an invaluable commodity to household consumers and professional stylists alike. Affordably priced, the E-Z Roller will be well received by anyone who curls their hair, as well as by salon professionals.
 Although this invention has been described with respect to specific embodiments, it is not intended to be limited thereto and various modifications which will become apparent to the person of ordinary skill in the art are intended to fall within the spirit and scope of the invention as described herein taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and the appended claims.