Mason Pearson

June 12, 2013

I’ve been eyeing Mason Pearson brushes for quite some time but often overlook the hair care section. I purchased the Detangling Comb ($34, made in Switzerland) and the Pocket Mix Brush ($108, made in London) a couple weeks ago and am head over heels in love. I have thick slightly wavy hair that is prone to frizz with any hint of humidity. I usually buy inexpensive hair brushes from CVS or Ulta but decided to finally give Mason Pearson a try. There is no going back now.
  • The Detangling Comb is a smooth sturdy acrylic comb. The quality is excellent and there is a noticeable difference in how this performs compared to other brands. The handle is the perfect length to grip easily as you brush your hair. (I use to brush after a shower or bath on wet hair.)
  • The Pocket Mix Brush is the cutest miniature luxury brush I’ve ever seen. I went with the least expensive brush which is a combination of boar bristle and nylon to try as my first brush splurge. I couldn’t be happier. The combination of nylon and boar bristles makes this a gentle brush that brushes hair to a smooth soft even look (no hair tugging or breakage).
For reference, check out MasonPearson.com to view the different sizes and brush types in their entire brush lineup. Dimensions and diagrams are extremely helpful. I never realized how many options there were.

For size reference, they are small enough to fit into a medium-sized purse. Here they are hand-held:

on the nails, remnants of Chanel Skyline

Bottom line: a splurge definitely worth taking. The quality of the brushes is very good and everyone I know who owns one raves about how long they last. I would like to purchase one of the larger sized brush eventually, but right now I’m not quite ready to take the jump.
Have you tried Mason Pearson? What’s your favorite go-to hair brush line?
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  • I just added this brush to my wishlist!

  • Hmm…I wonder what makes the Mason Pearson difference. $88 is a lot for a hair brush.

  • My dad LOVES Mason Pearson brushes, even though he hardly has any hair! Great product!

  • I saw these yesterday at pharmacy and I had no idea why is it expensive. LOL

  • Nemo

    I have used Mason Pearson combs and brushes for years, and love them. I clean them each weekly using a mild, organic dish soap and then picking the hairs out with a pet brush hair removal claw. Ha! But the best comb I have ever used for detangling my wet, newly shampooed hair is a bamboo comb made by Burmax Company in Holtsville, NY. It is the perfect comb to use on thick, wavy hair like ours.

  • I've been crushing on Mason Pearson brushes for so long, but the price… Maybe one day I'll splurge. You're pushing me in that direction!
    xx http://enzaessentials.wordpress.com/

  • Wow! this is definitely a splurge! I just added this brush to my wishlist.

  • Petunia

    I ordered a brush for my mother two years ago when beauty.com had their 20% off sale. Sadly the sale is now over, but keep it in mind for next year. Do they have 20% off sales more than once per year?
    I have had Mason Pearson brushes for years. Worth the splurge. The Sonia Kashuk brushes at Target are a worthy discount option. They get amazingly good reviews and are less than $20.

    • Beauty.com does their 20% off sale a few times a year now. Just be sure you're subscribed to their emails.

  • I have been looking at these brushes for YEARS and just can't pull the expensive trigger……..yet.

  • These are wonderful long-lasting hairbrushes. I have had one brush for over 25 years. My husband's Mason Pearson brush has been in use for 30 years. I would buy these brushes again.

  • I recently treated myself to the dressing comb and a mixed-bristle brush. You're right–there's no going back. And they'll last a lifetime.

  • Anonymous

    Denman brushes are also of good quality and a good discount option. Not sure how easy they are to find outside of the UK, though…AnnieA

  • I never thought to purchase a brush at those sort of price points, but I have similar hair texture to yours, and I do find that what comb I use while my hair is wet makes a big difference in how it dries (ie – if it decides to dry into soft waves or frizz). So I'm a bit intrigued.

  • These look awesome! I have the same type of hair as you do, and I can never get my natural waves to look smooth-maybe it is due to the type of comb I use?

  • Anonymous

    i have thick and curly hair that is naturally very frizzy and gets tangled very quickly. I discovered tangle teezer and have never looked back! it doesn't hurt when brushing and is amazing!!! highly recommended!

  • Paige

    Honestly I've never heard of Mason Pearson until reading this post. I am skeptical whether such an expensive brush can yield results worthy of the price tag. However, after reading a lot of interesting reviews, I may consider giving it try. I'll probably start with just the pocket-sized version first like you did.

    Another thing that can help with frizzy hair is finding the right conditioner/moisturizing product for your hair. I have long thick hair and it used to be extremely frizzy and dry. I find applying a quarter-sized amount of Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream to recently shampooed & conditioned hair really help.

  • Olivia's Garden is my most fave brush line. I got this recommended by some of the hair blogs I read. Never caved into Mason Pearson, though.. but I love the Olivia's Garden boar bristles comb just fine.

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad for your review of this item since it has been on my radar for the last year. Quick question: Can you use the brush with wet hair? Thank you.

  • Mason Pearson are the holy grail of hair brushes. Once you get one, you will never ever be able to go without. I lost misplaced mine for a week and was in a full blown panic until it turned up. It is great for adding volume as well.


  • Amy

    I have a MP brush that was my mother's when she was in college and it's still going strong. I have tried other brands, but they end up in my travel bags because I can't risk losing my favorite on vacation.