It turns out not all hairbrushes are not created equal. Sure, you have your round brush and paddle, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. Get swept up in the world of Mason Pearson, maker of the perhaps the world’s finest hairbrushes. A favorite among celebrities (Mariah Carey, Jessica Simpson, and Angelina Jolie are all reportedly fans) these brushes come with a price tag worthy of an A-list following.
Mason Pearson as we know it today wasn’t exactly an overnight sensation. Mr. Pearson made a name for himself in London in the late 19th century when he applied wool-processing technique to brush making, developing an automatic brush-boring machine. His inventiveness eventually (he finally settled on a technique in 1905) led him to developing a new technique specifically for hairbrushes. After his passing the following year, his widow and children carried on his legacy, building the company into a globally recognized brand while maintaining the craftsmanship of Mason Pearson himself.
What makes Mason Pearson the Rolls Royce of hairbrushes? For starters, Mason Pearson hairbrushes are not mass-produced. More than 100 years since its foundation, the majority of the worst is conducted by hand, adhering to Mr. Pearson’s original techniques. Furthermore, the Mason Pearson website explains, “The unique rubber-cushion pad allows for effective and efficient brushing. It is kind to use and gently massages the scalp.” Kind to use? Not sure what that means but it sounds nice. Additionally, the hand-made rubber-cushion pad helps massage the scalp, which also sounds nice.
There are several sizes, shapes and bristles types available in the Mason Pearson collection. How do you know which is right for you? The brand’s site makes it easy to determine the model and size appropriate for your hair type. The site makes is very simple to select the bristle type that best suits your hair:
• Bristle tufts for fine to normal hair
• Bristle and nylon tufts for normal to thick or long hair
• Nylon tufts for thick or wiry hair
Note: boar bristles have major benefits for hair, including acting as a natural conditioner, reducing frizz, stimulating the scalp and reducing the frequency of hair washing my preventing oil build up on the scalp.
Next, you’ll want to select the size that is right for you, depending on your hand size. Ladies hairbrushes are available in small, medium, large and pocket. Men’s brushes are made in two sizes, large and medium, in the “military style.” There are also options on the color of your brush, which of course is personal preference. Options include dark ruby (the classic choice), ivory, pink, blue or white.
In order to purchase from the Mason Pearson website, consumers must fill out a contact form on the site. You may, however, order online from Neiman Marcus, Barneys, and Bergdorf Goodman among others. So exactly how much will a Mason Pearson brush set you back? Brushes range in price from $105 for a child’s brush to $325 for the Extra Large Boar Bristle Hair Brush. Keep in mind, these brushes are likely to last a lifetime if properly cared for, so think of it as an investment.
For more information, visit the Mason Pearson site.