This brush is wonderful. It feels so great on the scalp, not painful. I have long thick straight hair and this gets all the strands. I couldn't justify buying a Mason Pearson brush so purchased this instead for $36. Still expensive, but much less. It does a great job of smoothing the hair and I do feel like my hair has gotten healthier. Has a gorgeous wooden handle (unlike the plastic ones now found on the MP brushes). Highly recommend!