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US20130152961A1
US20130152961A1 US13676175 US201213676175A US2013152961A1 US 20130152961 A1 US20130152961 A1 US 20130152961A1 US 13676175 US13676175 US 13676175 US 201213676175 A US201213676175 A US 201213676175A US 2013152961 A1 US2013152961 A1 US 2013152961A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D2/00Hair-curling or hair-waving appliances ; Appliances for hair dressing treatment not otherwise provided for
    • A45D2/36Hair curlers or hair winders with incorporated heating or drying means, e.g. electric, using chemical reaction
    • A45D2/362Hair curlers or hair winders with incorporated heating or drying means, e.g. electric, using chemical reaction with a heat accumulator, i.e. for heating before use
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
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    • A45D2/12Hair winders or hair curlers for use parallel to the scalp, i.e. flat-curlers
    • A45D2/24Hair winders or hair curlers for use parallel to the scalp, i.e. flat-curlers of multi-part type, e.g. with sliding parts other than for fastening
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D4/00Separate devices designed for heating hair curlers or hair-wavers
    • A45D4/08Separate devices designed for heating hair curlers or hair-wavers for flat curling, e.g. with means for decreasing the heat
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D4/00Separate devices designed for heating hair curlers or hair-wavers
    • A45D4/08Separate devices designed for heating hair curlers or hair-wavers for flat curling, e.g. with means for decreasing the heat
    • A45D4/12Separate devices designed for heating hair curlers or hair-wavers for flat curling, e.g. with means for decreasing the heat heated by electricity
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D2/00Hair-curling or hair-waving appliances ; Appliances for hair dressing treatment not otherwise provided for
    • A45D2/12Hair winders or hair curlers for use parallel to the scalp, i.e. flat-curlers
    • A45D2/122Means for fastening the hair on the curler body
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D2/00Hair-curling or hair-waving appliances ; Appliances for hair dressing treatment not otherwise provided for
    • A45D2/12Hair winders or hair curlers for use parallel to the scalp, i.e. flat-curlers
    • A45D2/24Hair winders or hair curlers for use parallel to the scalp, i.e. flat-curlers of multi-part type, e.g. with sliding parts other than for fastening
    • A45D2/2464Hair winders or hair curlers for use parallel to the scalp, i.e. flat-curlers of multi-part type, e.g. with sliding parts other than for fastening tube-like

Abstract

A hot roller system is disclosed that allows women and/or men to get a straight, volumizing look, or a loose wave in their hair without the expense of salon visits and/or chemical treatments. The adjustable hot roller system comprises an adjustable hot roller device and a storage case. The device comprises opposing ends, and a generally cylindrical body. Further, the body comprises an outer covering that encompasses the body, and a pair of end caps removably secured to each opposing end of the body. Furthermore, the adjustable hot roller device can be expanded in diameter by a user grasping the middle of the outer covering or end caps and pulling in opposing directions. Specifically, the outer covering and the end caps separate along their lengths, exposing the generally cylindrical body. Additionally, the device comprises a clip positioned around the outer covering to secure the device in a user's hair.

Description

    CROSS-REFERENCE
  • [0001]
    This application claims priority from Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 61/570,548 filed Dec. 14, 2011.
  • BACKGROUND
  • [0002]
    Many women and/or men with curly or wavy hair try to give their hair a straight, volumized look or a smooth, slightly wavy look. This can be difficult, as these women and/or men typically have to first straighten their curly hair completely to prevent it from frizzing. The women and/or men then have to apply a slight curl or wave to their hair if desired. This multistep process of treating their hair may cause damage and/or make their hair appear lackluster and dull. Additionally, achieving hair with a smooth, slightly wavy look can be difficult, as most hot rollers tend to provide a tight curl due to the relatively small diameter of the roller. Furthermore, these hot rollers also have a fixed diameter (or size), and cannot be adjusted. All of these processes, along with the expense of salon visits and treatments, can be both time consuming and expensive. An effective and relatively inexpensive solution to provide smooth, slightly wavy hair in a timely fashion is necessary.
  • [0003]
    There is a need for an improved hot roller device that can provide women and/or men with a convenient way to achieve a straight, volumizing look or a loose wave in their hair. The present invention comprises a large hot roller on which hair can be wrapped around. The roller can be slightly pulled apart down the middle to expand its diameter (or size) by up to an inch. This adjustable device would be ideal for women and/or men who have long hair and/or who are trying to achieve a straight or wavy look. Both hairstylists and women and/or men at home can appreciate the trendy look achieved by using this adjustable hot roller device.
  • SUMMARY
  • [0004]
    The following presents a simplified summary in order to provide a basic understanding of some aspects of the disclosed innovation. This summary is not an extensive overview, and it is not intended to identify key/critical elements or to delineate the scope thereof. Its sole purpose is to present some concepts in a simplified form as a prelude to the more detailed description that is presented later.
  • [0005]
    The subject matter disclosed and claimed herein, in one aspect thereof, comprises an adjustable hot roller system that allows women and/or men to get a straight, volumizing look, or a loose wave in their hair without the expense of salon visits and/or chemical treatments. The adjustable hot roller system comprises an adjustable hot roller device and a storage case. The hot roller device comprises opposing ends, and a generally cylindrical body. Further, the generally cylindrical body comprises an outer covering that encompasses the cylindrical body. The outer covering would comprise a relatively curved and smooth surface to protect the hair of a user. The adjustable hot roller device further comprises a pair of end caps removably secured to each opposing end of the body.
  • [0006]
    Furthermore, the adjustable hot roller device can be expanded in diameter. Specifically, the outer covering and the end caps separate along their lengths, exposing the generally cylindrical body. Typically, a user would expand the hot roller device via grasping the middle of the outer covering or end caps and pulling in opposing directions. The adjustable hot roller device further comprises a temperature sensitive indicator positioned on the outer covering that alerts a user when the hot roller device is fully heated. Additionally, the adjustable hot roller device comprises a generally comb-like clip that is positioned around the outer covering of the adjustable hot roller device to secure the adjustable hot roller device in a user's hair.
  • [0007]
    To the accomplishment of the foregoing and related ends, certain illustrative aspects of the disclosed innovation are described herein in connection with the following description and the annexed drawings. These aspects are indicative, however, of but a few of the various ways in which the principles disclosed herein can be employed and is intended to include all such aspects and their equivalents. Other advantages and novel features will become apparent from the following detailed description when considered in conjunction with the drawings.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • [0008]
    FIG. 1 illustrates a perspective view of the adjustable hot roller system in accordance with the disclosed architecture.
  • [0009]
    FIG. 2 illustrates a perspective view of the adjustable hot roller devices in use in accordance with the disclosed architecture.
  • [0010]
    FIG. 3 illustrates a perspective view of the adjustable hot roller device being expanded in accordance with the disclosed architecture.
  • [0011]
    FIG. 4 illustrates a perspective view of the expanded adjustable hot roller devices in use in accordance with the disclosed architecture.
  • [0012]
    FIG. 5 illustrates a perspective view of the adjustable hot roller system mounted on a wall in accordance with the disclosed architecture.
  • DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
  • [0013]
    The innovation is now described with reference to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals are used to refer to like elements throughout. In the following description, for purposes of explanation, numerous specific details are set forth in order to provide a thorough understanding thereof. It may be evident, however, that the innovation can be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known structures and devices are shown in block diagram form in order to facilitate a description thereof.
  • [0014]
    The present invention discloses an adjustable hot roller system that allows women and/or men to get a straight, volumizing look, or a loose wave in their hair, etc. The adjustable hot roller system comprises an adjustable hot roller device and a storage case. The hot roller device comprises opposing ends, and a generally cylindrical body. Further, the generally cylindrical body comprises an outer covering that encompasses the cylindrical body. Thus, the hot roller device comprises a large hot roller on which hair can be wrapped around.
  • [0015]
    Further, the hot roller device can be slightly pulled apart down the middle to expand its diameter (or size) by up to an inch. Specifically, the adjustable hot roller device can be expanded in diameter by a user grasping the middle of the outer covering or end caps and pulling in opposing directions to expose the generally cylindrical body. Additionally, the device comprises a clip positioned around the outer covering to secure the device in a user's hair.
  • [0016]
    This adjustable device would be ideal for women and/or men who have long hair and/or who are trying to achieve a straight or wavy look. Both hairstylists and women and/or men at home can appreciate the trendy look achieved by using this adjustable hot roller device.
  • [0017]
    Referring initially to the drawings, FIG. 1 illustrates the adjustable hot roller system 100 of the present invention that allows women and/or men to get a straight, volumizing look, or a loose wave in their hair without the expense of salon visits and/or having to experience harsh chemical treatments that can damage the hair. Specifically, the adjustable hot roller system 100 comprises an adjustable hot roller device 102 and a storage case 104. The adjustable hot roller device 102 is typically generally cylindrical in shape, but can be any other suitable curved shape as is known in the art, such as an oval, etc. without affecting the overall concept of the invention.
  • [0018]
    Additionally, the adjustable hot roller device 102 would generally be constructed of at least one of a ceramic heating material, an ionic heating material, a tourmaline heating material, or metal, such as aluminum, or stainless steel, though any other suitable material may be used to manufacture the adjustable hot roller device 102 as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention as long as the same is capable of withstanding heat at temperatures of between 100 and 230 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, the preferred embodiment of the adjustable hot roller device 102 comprises opposing ends 106, and a generally cylindrical body 108.
  • [0019]
    The adjustable hot roller device 102 is approximately between 3 and 4 inches in length as measured from opposing ends 106, and approximately between 1 and 2 and ½ inches in diameter when in a closed position, and approximately between 3 and 4 inches in diameter when in an expanded position. Typically, the generally cylindrical body 108 is hollow. However, the generally cylindrical body 108 does not have to be hollow and can operate having a completely solid or partially solid core as well.
  • [0020]
    Furthermore, the generally cylindrical body 108 comprises an outer covering 112 that encompasses the cylindrical body 108. The outer covering 112 would comprise a relatively curved and smooth surface to protect the hair of a user. Specifically, the surface would comprise a smooth material, such as a soft, velvet-like material, similar to a prior art hot roller, to protect the hair of a user. However, any other suitable material may be used as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention.
  • [0021]
    The adjustable hot roller device 102 further comprises a pair of end caps 110 removably secured to each opposing end 106 of the body 108. The end caps 110 would generally be constructed of plastic, such as thermoplastic polyetherimide, polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), though any other suitable material may be used to manufacture the end caps 110 as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention, provided that said materials are heat resistant to at least 230 degrees Celsius, and provided that said materials also allow the end caps 110 to be relatively cool to the touch.
  • [0022]
    Furthermore, the adjustable hot roller device 102 can be expanded in diameter by approximately between 3 and 4 inches. Specifically, the outer covering 112 and the end caps 110 separate axially, along their lengths, exposing the generally cylindrical body 108. Typically, a user would expand the hot roller device 102 via grasping the middle of the outer covering 112 or end caps 110 and pulling in opposing directions (as shown in FIG. 3). The outer covering 112 could be on tracks, hinges, or biased with a spring or snap ring, with snaps or grooves to retain the outer covering 112 in an expanded position, or any other suitable securing means can be used as is known in the art. Further, the outer diameter of the cylindrical body 108 could be slightly larger than the inner diameter of the outer covering 112, which would cause the outer covering 112 to want to go back to its closed form. A groove or snap or notch would be needed to retain the outer covering 112 in its expanded position. Specifically, the inner diameter of the outer covering 112 would be expanded and then a tab (or snap or notch) on the outer covering 112 would contact a groove on the outer diameter of the cylindrical body 108 which would retain the outer covering 112 in an expanded position.
  • [0023]
    The adjustable hot roller device 102 further comprises a temperature sensitive indicator (not shown) positioned on the outer covering 112 that alerts a user when the hot roller device 102 is fully heated. Typically, the adjustable hot roller device 102 is heated up to a temperature of approximately between 100 and 230 degrees Celsius when fully heated, causing the temperature sensitive indicator to change color, which alerts a user that the hot roller device 102 is fully heated. However, any other suitable indication component, such as an audible sound, a vibration, or a blinking light can be used as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention. Furthermore, the adjustable hot roller device 102 is not limited to these designs and can comprise additional functionalities that could be implemented during manufacturing to suit manufacturing needs and consumer preferences, as well as the wants and needs of a user.
  • [0024]
    Additionally, the adjustable hot roller device 102 comprises a generally comb-like clip 114 that is positioned around the outer covering 112 of the adjustable hot roller device 102 to secure the adjustable hot roller device 102 in a user's hair (not shown). Specifically, once a user's hair has been securely wrapped around the outer covering 112, the clip 114 is placed around the wrapped hair and the outer covering 112 to secure the adjustable hot roller device 102 in a user's hair.
  • [0025]
    Furthermore, the clips 114 comprise a top portion 116 and a bottom portion 118 hinged together to form a clamshell shape. The top portion 116 and the bottom portion 118 would be hinged (or secured) together via a piano hinge, a pin, a living hinge, etc., or any other suitable fastening means as is known in the art. Further, the clips 114 are approximately between 3 and 4 inches long as measured from a first end 120 to a second end 122, and approximately between 3 and 4 inches wide as measured from opposing ends 124, and approximately between 1 and 4 inches high as measured from the middle of the top portion 116 to the middle of the bottom portion 118.
  • [0026]
    Each of said top 116 and bottom 118 portions further comprise an exterior surface and an interior surface, wherein said interior surfaces are for contacting the hair of a user. Furthermore, said interior surfaces of each of the top 116 and bottom 118 portions comprises a relatively curved and smooth surface to protect the hair of a user. Specifically, the clips 114 comprise interior surfaces which comprise a smooth material, such as a soft, velvet-like material, similar to a prior art hot roller, to protect the hair of a user. However, any other suitable material may be used as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention. Additionally, the clips 114 further comprise a generally clamshell-shaped clasp 126 secured to the hinge, opposite of the top portion 116 and the bottom portion 118. The clasp 126 would be relatively cool to the touch and once depressed would pivot the hinged top portion 116 and bottom portion 118 in opposing directions.
  • [0027]
    Furthermore, the clips 114 comprise a small comb or claw-like component 128 positioned on an outer edge of the hinged top portion 116 and bottom portion 118, at an end of each clip 114. The claw-like component 128 can be an integral component of the top portion 116 and bottom portion 118, or the claw-like component 128 can be a separate component which is then secured to the top portion 116 and bottom portion 118. The claw-like component 128 can be secured to the top portion 116 and bottom portion 118 via adhesives, fasteners, etc., or any other suitable fastening means as is known in the art. The claw-like component 128 grips the hair of a user to prevent the clips 114 from prematurely detaching from the user's hair and from the adjustable hot roller device 102. However, the clips 114 are not limited to these designs and can comprise additional functionalities that could be implemented during manufacturing to suit manufacturing needs and consumer preferences, as well as the wants and needs of a user.
  • [0028]
    As stated supra, the hot roller system 100 comprises a storage case 104 for retaining (or storing) and heating a plurality of the adjustable hot roller devices 102. The storage case 104 comprises a clear, plastic, hinged lid 130 and a plurality of wells 132 for retaining the plurality of adjustable hot roller devices 102. The storage case 104 would generally be constructed of plastic, such as thermoplastic polyetherimide, polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), though any other suitable material may be used to manufacture the storage case 104 as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention, provided that said materials are heat resistant to at least 230 degrees Celsius.
  • [0029]
    The storage case 104 is typically generally rectangular in shape, but can be any other suitable shape as is known in the art, such as an oval, a square, etc. without affecting the overall concept of the invention. The storage case 104 is approximately between 5 and 18 inches in length as measured from first end 134 to second end 136, approximately between 5 and 18 inches wide as measured from opposing ends 138, and approximately between 5 and 8 inches high as measured from top surface 140 to bottom surface 142.
  • [0030]
    The storage case 104 comprises an internal heating component (not shown). The internal heating component functions as a typical heating component of the prior art, especially similar to those heating components used in hair styling products, such as curling irons, flat irons, hot rollers, hair dryers, etc., and utilizes similar technology as that of a hot plate mechanism, an ionic heating mechanism, a tourmaline heating mechanism, a ceramic heating mechanism, etc., or any other suitable hot roller technology as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention. The adjustable hot roller devices 102 are designed to be inserted into the wells 132 and heated. Specifically, the hot roller devices 102 are positioned on their end caps 110, securing the hot roller devices 102 within the wells 132.
  • [0031]
    Furthermore, the storage case 104 may comprise an indication component around the periphery of each well 132. The indication component alerts a user when the plurality of hot roller devices 102 are heated. In a preferred embodiment, the indication component comprises an illuminated member positioned around an outside surface or periphery of each of the plurality of wells 132, which lights up when the plurality of hot roller devices 102 are heated. Specifically, the illuminated member can be a relatively clear, plastic encasement that illuminates when the hot roller devices 102 are thoroughly heated. However, any other suitable indication component, such as an audible sound, a vibration, or a blinking light can be used as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention. Typically, the hot roller devices 102 are heated up to a temperature of approximately between 100 and 230 degrees Celsius when fully heated, causing the indication component to illuminate.
  • [0032]
    Additionally, the storage case 104 may be powered by plugging in its electrical cord (not shown) into a wall outlet. However, the storage case 104 may also be powered via any other suitable charging means as is known in the art such as by batteries, solar power, etc., without affecting the overall concept of the invention. Further, the storage case 104 may be mounted on a wall, or positioned on a countertop for easy access. If mounted on a wall, the storage case 104 is secured to a wall via a wall mount or any other suitable fastening means as is known in the art. The storage case 104 further comprises a second smaller plastic container (as shown in FIG. 5) removably attached to the storage case 104 for storing the clips 114. The second smaller plastic container also comprises a hinged lid. However, the storage case 104 is not limited to these designs and can comprise additional functionalities that could be implemented during manufacturing to suit manufacturing needs and consumer preferences, as well as the wants and needs of a user.
  • [0033]
    FIG. 2 illustrates the adjustable hot roller devices 102 in use. In operation, a user 200 would insert the desired number of hot roller devices 102 into the wells of the storage case (as shown in FIG. 1). The hot roller devices 102 are designed to be positioned on their end caps 110, securing the hot roller devices 102 within the wells. The user 200 would then power the storage case by plugging in its electrical cord into a wall outlet. The user then depresses the power switch to “ON” and waits until the hot roller devices 102 are fully heated. Typically, the hot roller devices 102 are heated up to a temperature of approximately between 100 and 230 degrees Celsius when fully heated, causing the temperature sensitive indicator (on the hot roller devices 102) to change color. Once the temperature sensitive indicator changes color, a user 200 would remove the hot roller devices 102, one by one, and place them in his or her hair, or someone else's hair.
  • [0034]
    Specifically, the user 200 would choose a section of hair and would wind the hair around the outer covering of the hot roller devices 102, holding onto the end caps 110 (which are relatively cool to the touch). Once the hair is wound around the hot roller devices 102, the user 200 would place a clip 114 over the hair, holding the hot roller device 102 securing in place. Specifically, the user 200 depresses the generally clamshell-shaped clasp 126 of the clip 114 to pivot the hinged top portion and bottom portion in opposing directions, thus opening the clip 114. The clip 114 is then placed over the hair that is wound around the hot roller devices 102. Furthermore, the clips 114 comprise a small comb or claw-like component 128 positioned on an outer edge of the hinged top portion and bottom portion, at an end of each clip 114. The claw-like component 128 grips the hair of a user to prevent the clips 114 from prematurely detaching from the user's hair. Thus, once the clip 114 is positioned in a user's hair, the claw-like component 128 engages the user's hair, gripping it and preventing the clip 114 from falling out. Accordingly, the hot roller device 102 allows women and/or men to get a straight, volumizing look, or a loose wave in their hair without the expense of salon visits and/or chemical treatments.
  • [0035]
    FIG. 3 illustrates the adjustable hot roller device 102 being expanded. As stated supra, the adjustable hot roller device 102 can be expanded in diameter by approximately between 3 and 4 inches. Specifically, the outer covering 112 and the end caps 110 separate along their lengths, exposing the generally cylindrical body 108. Typically, a user would expand the hot roller device 102 via grasping the middle of the outer covering 112 or end caps 110 and pulling in opposing directions. Expanding the hot roller device 102, exposes the generally cylindrical body 108 which has also been heated in the storage case. Typically, the generally cylindrical body 108 would generally be constructed of at least one of a ceramic heating material, an ionic heating material, a tourmaline heating material, or metal, such as aluminum, or stainless steel, though any other suitable material may be used to manufacture the generally cylindrical body 108 as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention.
  • [0036]
    FIG. 4 illustrates the expanded adjustable hot roller devices 102 in use. As stated supra, a user 200 would insert the desired number of hot roller devices 102 into the wells of the storage case (as shown in FIG. 1). The hot roller devices 102 are designed to be positioned on their end caps 110, securing the hot roller devices 102 within the wells. The user 200 would then power the storage case by plugging in its electrical cord into a wall outlet. The user then depresses the power switch to “ON” and waits until the hot roller devices 102 are fully heated. Typically, the hot roller devices 102 are heated up to a temperature of approximately between 100 and 230 degrees Celsius when fully heated, causing the temperature sensitive indicator (on the hot roller devices 102) to change color. Once the temperature sensitive indicator changes color, a user 200 would remove the hot roller devices 102, one by one, and expand the hot roller devices 102 by grasping the middle of the outer covering or end caps 110 and pulling in opposing directions. Expanding the hot roller device 102, exposes the generally cylindrical body 108 which has also been heated in the storage case. Once expanded, the user 200 places the expanded hot roller devices 102 in his or her hair, or someone else's hair.
  • [0037]
    Specifically, the user 200 would choose a section of hair and would wind the hair around the outer covering of the hot roller devices 102, holding onto the end caps 110 (which are cool to the touch). Once the hair is wound around the hot roller devices 102, the user 200 would place a clip 114 over the hair, holding the hot roller device 102 securing in place. Specifically, the user 200 depresses the generally clamshell-shaped clasp 126 of the clip 114 to pivot the hinged top portion and bottom portion in opposing directions, thus opening the clip 114. The clip 114 is then placed over the hair that is wound around the hot roller devices 102. Furthermore, the clips 114 comprise a small comb or claw-like component 128 positioned on an outer edge of the hinged top portion and bottom portion, at an end of each clip 114. The claw-like component 128 grips the hair of a user to prevent the clips 114 from prematurely detaching from the user's hair. Thus, once the clip 114 is positioned in a user's hair, the claw-like component 128 engages the user's hair, gripping it and preventing the clip 114 from falling out.
  • [0038]
    FIG. 5 illustrates the adjustable hot roller system 100 mounted on a wall 500. As stated supra, the storage case 104 comprises a clear, plastic, hinged lid 130 and a plurality of wells 132 for retaining the plurality of adjustable hot roller devices 102.
  • [0039]
    The storage case 104 also comprises an internal heating component (not shown). The internal heating component functions as a typical heating component of the prior art, especially similar to those heating components used in hair styling products, such as curling irons, flat irons, hot rollers, hair dryers, etc., and utilizes similar technology as that of a hot plate mechanism, an ionic heating mechanism, a tourmaline heating mechanism, a ceramic heating mechanism, etc., or any other suitable hot roller technology as is known in the art without affecting the overall concept of the invention.
  • [0040]
    The adjustable hot roller devices 102 are designed to be inserted into the wells 132 and heated. Specifically, the hot roller devices 102 are positioned on their end caps 110, securing the hot roller devices 102 within the wells 132. Additionally, the storage case 104 may be powered by plugging in its electrical cord (not shown) into a wall outlet. However, the storage case 104 may also be powered via any other suitable charging means as is known in the art such as by batteries, solar power, etc., without affecting the overall concept of the invention.
  • [0041]
    Further, the storage case 104 may be mounted on a wall 500, or positioned on a countertop for easy access. If mounted on a wall, the storage case 104 is secured to a wall 500 via a wall mount or any other suitable fastening means as is known in the art. The storage case 104 further comprises a second smaller plastic container 502 removably attached to the storage case 104 for storing the clips 114. The second smaller plastic container 502 also comprises a hinged lid 504. However, the storage case 104 and the second smaller plastic container 502 are not limited to these designs and can comprise additional functionalities that could be implemented during manufacturing to suit manufacturing needs and consumer preferences, as well as the wants and needs of a user.
  • [0042]
    What has been described above includes examples of the claimed subject matter. It is, of course, not possible to describe every conceivable combination of components or methodologies for purposes of describing the claimed subject matter, but one of ordinary skill in the art may recognize that many further combinations and permutations of the claimed subject matter are possible. Accordingly, the claimed subject matter is intended to embrace all such alterations, modifications and variations that fall within the spirit and scope of the appended claims. Furthermore, to the extent that the term “includes” is used in either the detailed description or the claims, such term is intended to be inclusive in a manner similar to the term “comprising” as “comprising” is interpreted when employed as a transitional word in a claim.

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    What is claimed is:
  1. 1. An adjustable hot roller device comprising:
    a body;
    a pair of end caps removably secured to each end of the body; and
    an outer covering that encompasses the body and further comprises a diameter;
    wherein said diameter is expandable by pulling a middle of the outer covering in opposing directions.
  2. 2. The device of claim 1, further comprising a generally comb-like clip that is positioned around the hot roller device to secure the hot roller device in a user's hair.
  3. 3. The device of claim 2, wherein the body comprises at least one of an ionic heating material, a ceramic heating material, or a tourmaline heating material.
  4. 4. The device of claim 3, wherein the outer covering comprises a soft, velvety material.
  5. 5. The device of claim 4, wherein the pair of end caps comprises a plastic material that is relatively cool to the touch.
  6. 6. The device of claim 1, further comprising a temperature sensitive indicator on the outer covering that alerts a user when the hot roller device is fully heated.
  7. 7. The device of claim 1, further comprising a storage case for storing and heating a plurality of hot roller devices.
  8. 8. The device of claim 7, wherein the storage case comprises a hinged lid and a plurality of wells for retaining the plurality of hot roller devices.
  9. 9. The device of claim 8, wherein the storage case is mounted on a wall.
  10. 10. An adjustable hot roller device comprising:
    a generally cylindrical body;
    a pair of end caps removably secured to each end of the generally cylindrical body;
    an outer covering that encompasses the generally cylindrical body and further comprises a diameter;
    wherein said diameter is expandable by pulling a middle of the outer covering in opposing directions; and
    a generally comb-like clip that is positioned around the hot roller device to secure the hot roller device in a user's hair.
  11. 11. The device of claim 10, further comprising a temperature sensitive indicator on the outer covering that alerts a user when the hot roller device is fully heated.
  12. 12. The device of claim 10, wherein the generally cylindrical body comprises at least one of an ionic heating material, a ceramic heating material, or a tourmaline heating material.
  13. 13. The device of claim 12, wherein the outer covering comprises a soft, velvety material.
  14. 14. The device of claim 13, wherein the pair of end caps comprise a plastic material that is relatively cool to the touch.
  15. 15. The device of claim 10, further comprising a storage case for storing and heating a plurality of hot roller devices.
  16. 16. The device of claim 15, wherein the storage case comprises a hinged lid and a plurality of wells for retaining the plurality of hot roller devices.
  17. 17. The device of claim 16, wherein the storage case is mounted on a wall.
  18. 18. An adjustable hot roller system comprising:
    a hot roller device, wherein the hot roller device comprises:
    a generally cylindrical body;
    a pair of end caps removably secured to each end of the generally cylindrical body; and
    an outer covering that encompasses the hollow body and further comprises a diameter;
    wherein said diameter is expandable by pulling a middle of the outer covering in opposing directions;
    a generally comb-like clip that is positioned around the hot roller device to secure the hot roller device in a user's hair; and
    a storage case for storing and heating the hot roller device.
  19. 19. The device of claim 18, wherein the generally cylindrical body comprises at least one of an ionic heating material, a ceramic heating material, or a tourmaline heating material.
  20. 20. The device of claim 18, further comprising a temperature sensitive indicator on the outer covering that alerts a user when the hot roller device is fully heated.
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