New York Patent of the Month – January 2022

In general, people prefer human hair extensions, wigs, and weaves over synthetic hair. Unfortunately human hair is much more expensive as it relies on donated hair rather than a mass-producible material. The length of hair further increases the price. Crochet cap-style wigs are an increasingly popular option, offering a protective solution while still being stylish. Synthetic hair is looped and crocheted across the mesh cap in multiple rows. Unfortunately, these wigs have been limited to synthetic hair due to length restrictions.

Shake-N-Go Fashion, Inc. has improved on these caps, introducing a viable method for using human hair in the final look. Their method works for both crochet-style caps or crocheting directly into the user’s hair. For instance, the user may have their natural hair in cornrows. The synthetic hair can then be crocheted to the user’s cornrows. 

They’ve designed hair bundles which are made of three parts. The first section is synthetic hair, the third section is human hair. The middle section is a blend of each. In this middle section, the hair bundle uses a locking adhesive to ensure both synthetic and human hair remain in place. The synthetic hair section has a loop member which allows for the hair bundle to be crocheted in. These hair bundles are manufactured where the synthetic section is looped into a U-shape, twisted, and secured in place. These bundles can then be used in any traditional crochet method, being wefted through the user’s hair or crochet cap. The advantage of this design is that user’s can benefit from protective styles without giving up human hair or length. This manufacturing method works for all hair types, including both straight and curly textures. Shake-N-Go are experts in extensions, wigs, clip-ins and more. Established in 1991, they have been designing innovations for the industry and producing reliable and comfortable hair options for decades. 

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