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Are Mason Pearson hair brushes worth the money?

(56 Posts)
MsVestibule Sat 11-Nov-17 17:24:10

Just that, really! I have shoulder length, fairly thick hair. Is it worth spending £30+ on a hair brush? Also, my DD(10) has long fine hair which tangles very easily - will it make any difference to her hair?

FairfaxAikman Sat 11-Nov-17 17:29:57

Yes, yes and yes.
My grandmother’s is 45+ years old and only Just coming to the end of its life (it’s wooden) despite being chewed by one of our long-departed dogs as a puppy (this would be around 40 years ago, she got the handle).
I have a small one that’s 30ish years old (not been looked after particularly well though because I was a child and didn’t appreciate how high-end they are) and a bigger one that I’ve had for about six years.
My hair is fabulously shiny and they are the best for getting a sleek finish when putting hair up.

FairfaxAikman Sat 11-Nov-17 17:30:45

Mind you, I have very thick, dark hair. Not sure how it would work on fine hair.

Heratnumber7 Sat 11-Nov-17 17:38:15

What makes them different from my a £4.99 hairbrush from Sainsbury’s? How do they make your hair shiny?

MsVestibule Sat 11-Nov-17 17:44:18

Thanks, Fairfax, that's a long time!

number7, that's what I want to know! I love the idea of having a good quality brush, something that will last me the rest of my life and makes my hair beautiful, but not sure if spending that much money (and TBH, I'd probably buy one of the pricier ones) is worth it.

Bananalanacake Sat 11-Nov-17 17:47:37

Denman are also high end and very good.

TealStar Sat 11-Nov-17 17:48:03

Yes yes and yes!!! I was just thinking this today actually. I have a nylon one from my childhood which is still going from but recently I invested in a bristle brush as it’s more suited to fine hair. I’ve been endeavouring to improve my hair over the last couple of years and using a mason Pearson has been part of my regime! I keep the nylon one as a spare in my bag and use the bristle for morning and night and blow drying. I’m sure I read that the unique cushion actually helps to condition hair.

I blow dried my hair this morning using my fingers and wondered later why it looked so ratty... then realised I hadn’t put the MP through it...!

TealStar Sat 11-Nov-17 17:48:25

*strong, not from

TealStar Sat 11-Nov-17 17:49:03

Denman (IME) don’t match up to Maison pearson.

FairfaxAikman Sat 11-Nov-17 17:54:15

Heratnumber7 it’s boar bristle.** It polishes the hair.**

llangennith Sat 11-Nov-17 18:01:10

Yes! If you have thick hair it’s the only thing that’ll go through your hair. They last for years. And years.
I don’t know what makes them so good but even lookalike brushes just don’t do it.

expatinscotland Sat 11-Nov-17 18:08:31

YES! I have given mine to DD2 who has long hair as my hair is crap now, but I bought it in Bath in 1999 and it's still going strong.

Housewife2010 Sat 11-Nov-17 18:38:29

I have two- a large and a handbag size one. They are both mixed bristle MP and are fantastic. I use them on my thick bra length hair and my daughter's waistlength fine hair. Denman, Wetbrushes and Tangle Teezers don't compare. They are fantastic at removing tangles and making our hair shiny and manageable. I bought a handbag sized one first and when I realised how good it was I bought the full size. It is worth signing up to They regularly have 25% (or maybe 30% ) events. I bought my large one during one of their promotions.

bananafish81 Sat 11-Nov-17 18:47:48


My mum was a hairdresser and impressed upon me the value of the mason pearson

I had a baby one throughout my childhood

And have had one large one, and one small one (for gym / travel) throughout my entire adult life. I'm 36

I've flirted with Denman and tangle teezers, but was distinctly unimpressed compared to the MP


bananafish81 Sat 11-Nov-17 18:49:52

I've used mine every day since I've had it, I'd guess probably since I was 18.

On a cost per wear basis over 18 years it's practically free

hateironing Sat 11-Nov-17 18:52:19

YES and YES- I have thick wavy hair and it really calms and smooths it. Hundreds of bristles means your hair reeves a good brushing. I've had mine for 12 years.

AndNoneForGretchenWieners Sat 11-Nov-17 18:56:48

I had one throughout my childhood - again, chewed by the dog, but it was great. It didn't hurt (apart from when my mum belted my legs with it when I was naughty) and my hair was always shiny. I think my mum still has the brush somewhere.

whoareyoukidding Sat 11-Nov-17 19:06:31

I once bought a mason pearson brush and I don't know why but it made my hair terribly static: my hair used to stand on end every time I brushed it. Maybe I have the wrong hair. I had to stop using it in the end.

FairfaxAikman Sat 11-Nov-17 19:11:16

I get that off I do it too fast Who but long slow strokes are the key (for me anyway)

LaChatte Sat 11-Nov-17 19:17:04

I have very fine hair, and DS has really long thick hair and it's brilliant for both of us. Mixed bristles, no other brush I've ever tried has been anywhere near as good.

TealStar Sat 11-Nov-17 20:01:58

AndnoneforGretchen... god yeah I used to get smacked on the legs by my mum with her Mason Pearson too... I think her mother did the same to her. What an heirloom 😂

Walkingdead11 Sat 11-Nov-17 20:15:46

Just seen some boar bristle hair brushes on EBay, any good?

Happybell Sat 11-Nov-17 20:32:47

Are they good for blow drying with?

Pythonesque Sat 11-Nov-17 20:38:43

Thick fine hair with another vote for them. We have a variety of brushes and I see and feel the difference both on my own and my daughter's hair.

SukiTheDog Sat 11-Nov-17 20:43:50

I have an MP which must be 20 years old. I flirted with a Tangle Teezer which split my hair terribly. I have returned to my trusty MP and it has such a lovely smoothing effect. Buy.

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