Mason Pearson, the British brush company that has been around for 130 years, has something of a cult following — and according to three of the experts we spoke to, the brand’s boar-bristle–and–nylon brush still stands up to the hype and stands out among anything else out there today. The brushes are seldom, if ever, on sale, but while perusing Amazon this morning, we spotted the pocket-size model for 13 percent off.
“The Mason Pearson has hundreds of tiny boar bristles, which are softer and more gentle for brushing through your hair,” says Sara Jane Booth, a hairstylist who will soon be based at the salon My Darling Ivy. Booth says that the Mason Pearson’s boar bristles create less friction and separation in the hair than a brush with rigid plastic bristles would and that this helps move the hair’s natural oils from the scalp down the hair shaft. Combined with the nylon bristles, which create less static than natural bristles, you have a brush that smooths tangled hair and, thanks to those natural bristles, keeps oil well-dispersed. “Another benefit, according to Booth, is that the brush gives “a great scalp massage — and is a scalp stimulator, which can possibly encourage hair growth.” Booth notes that the bristles sit on a padded cushion, which pushes up and down as the brush moves along the curve of your scalp, allowing the bristles to catch every inch. “The little boar bristles are like a thousand soft scratches,” she says.
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