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I have only ever used Mason Pearson brushes on my hair. As a small child my mother used this exact brush, it was hers when she was younger and she brushed my hair with it until I was about 6, then she bought the larger version for me which I used until I was about 20. Then I bought one this size again as its more portable and 15 years later it is still going strong.
This brush is expensive, infact I was shocked to see how expensive! I think I paid about £25 for my last one, the junior, with the cleaning brush to go with it (you can also get it without) although sadly I'm not sure what I've done with the cleaning brush, I think it got lost in a move.
The brush head is 3in long by about 1 1/2in wide at the widest point. The black bristles are boar bristle (eew!), which I didn't know until now, the white bristles are nylon. Each "clump" of bristles in the head of the brush are made of a couple of longer nylon bristles surrounded by a larger amount of the thinner boar bristles which are shorter. The bristles are placed in a rubber pad which helps airate the hair as you brush it.
When I had the cleaner brush I used it to remove the hairs from the brush which is really useful, since losing it I have to do it manually which doesn't work as well. I wouldn't suggest washing the brush, I did this with the large version I had and eventually it caused the rubber pad to come unstuck from the plastic brush base, although I did super glue it back together and recently I discovered my father now uses it!
The plastic base and handle of the brush is really strong and after 15 years only has a few scratches on it. The handle is a good shape and size and comfortable to hold.
It's expensive but very good, especially for thick long hair - it doesn't pull. This is the best quality brand of brushes I have ever come across, very well made and extremely long lasting. I give it 4/5 it's brilliant but I was very shocked how expensive it is now, really glad it lasts so long, and will certainly be looking after the one I've got.
I have the handy size bristle and nylon version of this brush, in dark ruby. I'd wanted one for years but the price put me off (about £40 on amazon), it just sounds so much for something so basic.
I'm glad I finally caved though. I've had this brush for a least 2 years now, using it everyday and i've only lost one bristle which is a lot better than any cheaper bristle brush i've had. The combination of bristle and nylon is good for my dense but fine hair and leaves it feeling smooth and tangle-free.
I find the handy size useful as I can throw it in a bag to take with me, although with my long hair it might be easier to have bought the regular size as it has a larger "head" of bristles. Also the handle on the "handy" model is quite short so I imagine it would be awkward for people with larger hands than little, 5'3" me.
Overall, this brush makes my hair feel smooth and healthy without making it go flat like some all-bristle brushes do. They are expensive, especially the larger models but they are such good quality I think it's well worth the money. They're really well made so you won't need another hairbrush for a long time, and you'll have nice, knot-free hair until then.
I am quite a believer in buying well in items that will be used all the time. So for example, whilst if I was buying a fancy dress costume, I doubt I would care if it were high quality or long lasting as it would only most likely be used once or twice, things that are used on a regular basis, are, I feel, worth spending the extra on.
Therefore, for things like toothbrushes, hairbrushes, straightners and so on, I prefer to get a high quality brush and the Mason Pearson name has always been deemed the best of all hairbrushes and has that traditional old fashioned air of quality.
They aren't all that readily available. They have a shop up on Bond Street, and possibly other locations I'm not sure, but otherwise have to be bought online. I asked for one for a birthday or Christmas a few years back and found that it could be got of Amazon.
There are lots of different sizes of brushes, depending what you like and is suitable for you. I have long thickish hair and have a handbag with space in it so I picked the Junior (I think) but you can get the full size version or small compact versions to suit.
There are three different types of brush:
Boar Bristle is designed for thin to normal hair.
Boar Bristle mixed with Nylon is designed for normal to thick hair
Nylon is designed for thick hair
I decided to go for the mixed brush as my hair is somewhat thick but wanted to get the advantage of both materials.
it comes in a nice presentation box with some details on the brush and a little cleaning brush.
The brush I got, the Junior has seven rings of bristles and looks a mix of black and white. The handle is a almost black shiny colour and the brand name is marked on the handle though through use and rubbing about in my handbag, some of the lettering is coming off.
It's very comfortable to hold with no sharp edges and not too heavy in the hand but not so light that it feels cheap and plasticy like a £1 brush from a poundshop.
I really like using this brush, my hair doesn't get tangled often and whilst I condition I comb it through so rarely have any tangles after washing anyway but it does feel like you're giving your hair a thorough work-out, you can feel the bristles going all the way through your hair and it leaves your hair nice and shiny and it feels soft.
These brushes aren't cheap, about £50, but they are an investment piece which you will use all the time so I would recommend buying one.
For as long as I can remember my Granny has always told me that I need to use a good, strong, solid hairbrush to protect my hair from ruin and to keep it in good strong healthy conditions. I have always followed her advice because like me, my Granny had long blonde flowing locks throughout most of her life, the only ways in which we differ is that I have mine trimmed, something she would never agree too and I use hair straighteners which were not available in her days.
Mason Pearson is a name synonymous with hairbrushes for me, I remember when I turned 10 years old being presented with my very own brush which was just like Granny's and even today I still have and use that very same brush, it has been abused over time and has been thrown in anger and repeatedly used many times a day but it is still capable of doing the job it was designed to do.
The original Mason Pearson hairbrush design comes from the late 1880's which is 20 years after the company first came into existence. The founder of the company Mason Pearson was himself an engineer who later turned into an inventor. After entering a partnership which became known as Raper, Pearon and Gill and the company a general brush making company their brand become known throughout the UK and by 1885 the well known rubber handled paddle brush had come into existence and over the years it has been brought up to date and has generally been designed to move with the times. They are currently based on Bond Street in London and can be contacted through their website.
I like Mason Pearson brushes because they last a lifetime, even if like me you don't take that good a care of them. They are designed in such a way that when you brush your hair, your scalp is massaged at the same time, infact I like nothing more than getting home from work and handing my brush to my partner and asking him to simply brush my hair because I find it so relaxing and de-stressing. Although my hair isn't very thick texture wise, I have found with other brushes which I have bought on a whim have led to flyaway static which has made my hair difficult to not only maintain but to style whereas if I use my original brush this is not really a problem and also after washing and drying my hair, I find I can use my brush with ease on my hair leaving it tangle free. The plastic handle which is polished by hand makes it easy and comfortable to hold when brushing your hair and ask the bristles reach the scalp, instead of scratching it, instead they help to remove any loose hairs and for those people with flaky scalps it also helps to loosen and remove those bits of scalp without causing further problems, something a friend of mine told me.
When it comes to choosing your brush with Mason Pearson there is a choice of three. If like me you have fine hair it is recommended that you choose the Boar Bristle tufts which is specifically designed for those people who may be suffering with thinning hair, has fine hair or has a very sensitive and gentle scalp. Should your hair be described as normal to thick then there is a brush called Boar Bristle & Nylon tufts and finally if your hair is of very thick texture there is Nylon tufts which is known for its detangling capability. Also when choosing your brush it is worth bearing in mind the length of your hair because if you have long hair, Mason Pearson suggests that you should have a wider paddle on your brush and with each brush option there is a different size paddle option to choose from. The choice however is up to you on upon their website they do have examples of their brushes and for which hair type they are designed for.
As I said I have had my brush was a long time (remember a lady never reveals her age) because I was given it when I was 10 years old and I think the reason it has lasted so long is partly because I have taken good care of it to some extent, it does within its little box which I have kept, even though it is barely surviving now, a little guide on how to care for your brush and upon the instructions it does tell you that your brush is not designed to be used on animals and that you should never leave your brush in strong sunlight as heat will distort the handle, and perish the rubber. Cleaning your brush from time to time is also very important and mine came with its own cleaning brush which I use to clean mine which can be purchased by the Mason Pearson Company. It is also important to remove any stray hairs and loose scales of skin from your scalp as this clogs up the brush bristles and you should also wash your brush frequently to ensure it is kept in a clean condition, if you brush your hair a lot and have greasy hair, imagine what state your brush is in every time you brush your hair having not cleaned it *yuck*, so washing your brush is really important too and it isn't a difficult task to complete and all your simply do is use warm water to clean it with, the instructions themselves are a little more specific but as long as you follow them your brush will be fine.
Although in the past I have bought other brushes to use alongside my Mason Pearson brush, in all honesty none of them have lived up to its very high standards and I always end up going back to the box I keep it in and using it again. I do adore my brush, without it I would be lost and for me it has a special meaning because it was given to me by my now sadly deceased Granny who also had her very own brush and it might sound silly to be sentimental about a brush but it does and has lasted for a long long time, a lot longer than any of my modern day hair product and equipments, I am now on my second pair of GHD's and third pair of hair tongs, yet my hairbrush has out lived them all. So if you are looking for a good quality hair brush which will last a lifetime, Mason Pearson is probably the best you will ever get and they retail around the £15-£50 mark depending on where you buy them from but they are worth every penny in my view and are well worth buying.
Wow. I had one of these hairbrushes all my life, and I wouldn't have anything else (I am now 27).
I have always been lucky enough to have long straight thick hair, and these brushes are fantastic. They can wade through the tangles and knots, to leave hair lovely and smooth. For me hairbrushing is done infrequently and always more of a chore, this brush makes it more of a pleasure and really is a joy to use.
Mason Pearson brushes are an old fashioned staple, they were introduced to me by my granny, who also had used them for many years. They are a tad more expensive than some other brushes but for a lifetimes work, they are definately worth it. I believe the designs originate from the 1920's which means they really are tried and tested and I reckon one of the most popular of the market.
The brush has a thick, chunky plastic handle and base. The handle is so comfortable and fits in the hand well. I believe they do make them different sizes, and produce some suitable for children.
The bristles are attached to a rubber padded base, and can move around as necessary of the base, to move with the contours of your head. The bristles are just scratchy enough, to feel like their doing some good, but not so much that they hurt. The bristles on my brush are nylon and boar hair, which are nice and firm, and can cope through the tangles.
I would highly recommend these hairbrushes to everyone. They are available in many chemists and larger health stores. You have to think of them as an investment, as around the £30 mark, they are dearer than some, but you really will use them forever.
When I was a teenager I had a very good friend who I used to go out with to various societies, and she would often stay at mine, and we would get ready for a night out. I always admired her lovely long hair, and she had a brush which caught my eye at the time. This brush was a Mason Pearson which was given to her at birth by her grandmother, and I was amazed to see it looking just like new over 18 years later. I had short hair at the time, but over the years grew it and always thought one day I would treat myself to one of these lovely brushes.
Time passed and my two daughters were born, and I decided to investigate these brushes to see if I could buy them one each as a present when they were toddlers. I was delighted then to see that the brushes were indeed still made, and bought them both one which I am delighted to say are still in the family. More about that in a minute.
Mason Pearson are a family company and they have been in existence since 1860 when their founder Mason Pearson, who was an engineer and an inventor, went from Yorkshire to London. There he went to work at The British Steam Brush Works which was situated in the East End. This was a business which was later known as Raper Pearson and Gill, and it was a small general brush making company. Made by hand these brushes were of the highest quality, and over the next few years his expertise enabled him to improve the production process. He also invented a rubber cushion hairbrush, and this was to be the fundamental design of the brush they still make today. I adore the fact that this family business has survived two wars, and still make quality brushes which become family heirlooms; there are very few companies left that can claim so much success over so many years.
The design of the rubber cushion pad which is the hallmark of these brushes means that they are really wonderful to use. Myself and both girls have thick long hair and the brush massages the scalp and glides through the hair leaving it tangle free. They are an absolute pleasure to use. They have a plastic handle which is polished by hand and this makes it so comfortable to hold. I have found a wonderful benefit in using these as when I have a headache brushing my hair with these brushes actually eases it.
The choice of models is excellent, and they even make one especially for people who have thinning or fine hair, and this is very sensitive and gentle on the scalp. The range includes pure bristle brushes which are suitable for fine to normal hair and for fine long hair, and these have child models too. They also have bristle and nylon brushes which are suitable for normal and short thick hair, and for very long thick hair the nylon brushes are the recommended choice.
I bought the mixed nylon and bristle brushes which are perfect for long flowing hair, and as ours are all thick mops the brushes work beautifully, and we have not needed to buy the nylon only version, which you may need if your hair is very thick indeed.
I started off by buying the large popular version for the girls which are shaped like a paddle, and these have 8 rings of tufts in them and are 9 inches in length. As they were so good I also purchased two of the smaller pocket size versions which are perfect to use in your handbag, and these are 6 3/4" in length and have 5 rings of tufts. The paddle size is perfect to use each morning and looks lovely on the dressing table. Both sizes we bought are dark ruby which is a very attractive deep brown/mahogany shade, and they are also available in Ivory/white; Pink; Blue; and Lightwood. I was so impressed with these brushes that I also purchased the handbag size for myself.
Caring for the brushes is easy and it is worth it because they will last a lifetime. You must not leave them on a sunny windowsill as heat will distort the handle, and the sun's rays will perish the rubber, but this is only the same as what would happen if you left an old vinyl record in a sunny place, it would soon become a curly dinner plate and nothing else. Cleaning it from time to time is important, and the larger brushes come with a special brush for this, and you can also purchase one from them for the smaller versions. If you haven't got this you can use a toothbrush, and remove loose hairs regularly, and treat it to a soapy warm wash in a mild detergent from time to time. I use Ecover as this is gentle, but Pears Shampoo is a good alternative or baby shampoo. These are not recommended, but I find they are gentle and work well. Don't soak the brush and keep the handle out of the water. Then rinse and leave to dry with the handle uppermost.
One thing I would say that over the years times change and my girls have developed into individuals. One of my daughters became a vegan at the age of 15, and as a result does not feel it is appropriate to use this brush anymore due to the bristle content and she has donated it to myself. My other daughter continues to use hers daily. She is a vegetarian like myself, but does not worry too much about using items which are not causing the death of any living creature to create them. I emailed Mason and Pearson to clarify how the bristles were sourced, and I was so impressed to receive a reply within the hour, which I must convey to you because I feel it highlights their commitment to animal welfare and to customer care too.
My email was answered by a person called M J Pearson and I quote
"Thank you for your enquiry. To our knowledge the bristles we use are harvested in two forms:
1) The bristles are a by-product of the food chain.
In India, china etc. the little black-haired pigs running around in the villages, as we would have chickens, geese and goats in Europe, are wild boar, as a breed, that are being reared for food. So, there is a stream of semi-domestic animals available each year where bristle is a by-product. It would not be economic for a village to feed such animals for bristle alone, unless the hair is removed each year, and we do not know whether this is practical. Given that these animals are quite capable of looking after themselves in a fight; it would be hazardous to expect one to remove bristle while they are alive. How they are slaughtered and so on we do not know, but they are treated in the village as part of its way of life and not as animals hunted down specifically for their hair.
2) The shed bristles are gathered by locals as a supplementary income.
We also understand that there is another, wilder breed. These are the ones which moult and the hair is collected."
I feel this is testament to the good standing of this company in the way they contacted me straight away and were as helpful and as honest as possible.
For my vegan daughter this is not something she would use, but I do not mind too much if the animal is not slaughtered for the purpose of making these, and is making use of something which would otherwise be wasted. At least I was given the clear picture.
These brushes are a wonderful present for a new baby and last a lifetime. The cost of the large brush is £49.50 on Amazon and the handbag size is about £25. All the sizes and colours are stocked and you can also buy them in many department and online shopping stores.
Mason Pearson; have established a unique reputation for hairbrushes / The reason for this is partly in the design and partly in the versatility of the brushes / The design consists of unique spired tufts of boar bristle, or nylon, or bristle-and-nylon mixture, set in a pneumatic pad so that every tuft penetrates right through to the scalp / In addition the materials are first-class / Mason Pearson hairbrushes are made in different sizes, materials and colours, at a wide range of prices / There is one for every type of hair / Boar bristle tufts; : This material has the highest reputation for polishing and maintaining normal hair / Natural boar bristles are constructed like your own hair shafts and able to hold moisture / the better to lift away dirt and dust and distribute natural oil from the scalp / This brush is ideal for normal, fine and damaged hair / Nylon tufts; : a nylon brush is good for penetrating very thick or wiry hair / Bristle and Nylon tufts; : This mixture is a good combination for thick or long hair / Mason Pearson Handy Bristle B3 Hairbrush / Dark Ruby: generally used for normal hair / Handy Size: Overal Lenght / 216mm (8 1/2 inches) Head Length / 110mm (4 3/8 inches) Width / 64mm (2 1/2 inches).