The Mason Pearson: Best Hairbrush in the Universe?

I’m thinking so, yes. Putting all technical matters aside, it just feels good in my hair. It’s the kind of brush that breezily runs from the tip-top of your head to the ends of your hair, gently detangling every knot it touches on the way down. It’s magical. Truly. And all the magical-ness had me interested in learning a bit more and hair-brushing, so I checked out the advice from the Mason Pearson press guy. (Who’s lovely to email with.) The MP brush is apparently one of a kind for two reasons: one, the “pneumatic cushion,” which means the surface that the bristles sit on is full of air, which allows the brush to form to your head while brushing. Two, there’s “spired tufting.” I have no idea what that means, so let’s ignore it. What I do know is that MP brushes are made from boar and nylon bristles. (They assure no animals are hurt during the process.) A good brush should stimulate circulation, exfoliate the scalp, and distribute natural oils throughout the hair shaft, which is exactly what the Mason Pearson brushes, which have been around since the middle of the nineteenth century, aim to do. And the brushes come in a bunch of different shapes and sizes to cater to different hair types and styles. I love thinking my brush was made just for me. Beware, though. You’ll pay for this bad boy. It runs about $150. But, think of it as an investment. Don’t trust me? Avalon hairstylist Jason Hull–married to one of of our own–says it’s one of three tools every hair stylist should have. (Although, he says he doesn’t think everyone needs one at home. I obviously disagree.) Check out more reviews of Mason Pearson after the jump. (Plus, InStyle just named it a Best Beauty Buy.) Get yours at Beauty.com.
*Update: Mason Pearson brushes are available here at Neiman Marcus.
Random links to blogs that discuss Mason Pearson brushes:

•    http://www.bellasugar.com/97213
•    http://megsmakeup.com/2007/10/23/mason-pearson-brushes-hump-day-hair-day
•    http://www.steepingbeauty.com/beauty-brush-up-mason-pearson/
•    http://shopinchic.blogspot.com/2009/03/my-must-have-for-march-mason-pearson.html
•    http://karaspursuitofperfection.blogspot.com/2009/03/mason-pearson-knockoff.html
•    http://www.totalbeauty.com/reviews/brands/mason-pearson

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