Well, I bought this years ago when I had some spare cash (it's definitely not cheap) but didn't really use it much as I had a layered style and was using quite a bit of mousse etc at the time.
Anyway, now I have fairly long straight hair in a plain style and have been struggling to find something that gives it body without making it look dull or tangled and noticed my poor unloved brush and have started using it and have been really pleased with the results - glossy and full hair without any products. Glad to have re-discovered this (a bit broke at the moment so enjoying rediscovering things from my stash bought when I had a good income !)
This is the Rolls Royce of brushes! the lost holy grail when it comes to your grooming routine!! . I was so happy that i found a salon that sells it in canada and went to the store to talk to the shop keeper, She told me which brush would work better on my hair ( Boar and nylon combo for thicker hair) Ive been using this brush religiously for almost 3 solid months now! the results are clearly visible! My hair is so much stronger ( its been almost 5 months since my last hair cut and ive barely got any split ends or breakage). My hair got so luscious and healthy looking! I have so many compliments about my hair looking so healthy as of late! The brush does such a good job at distributing oils from root-to-end that i truly believe it does such a wonderful job of creating such healthy hair
at $200 price tag, its not cheap by far, BUT think about how much we spend on all this junk for our hair that destroys it----hairspray, mouse, straightener, dryers, gel etc.....you need to counteract all these harmful products with one item that will heal your hair!!
A wonderful treat if you have the disposable income to spare otherwise try something comparable. It does make the roota go flat. A little bristly on my scalp, but it really does remove the flakies and other debris.
I bought this brush 8 years ago and it's still in near perfect condition. The handle isn't as shiny as it used to be and the gold on the letters has worn off but other than that it looks like i just bought it. The bristles are still fine and if any have fellen out I can't tell. The rubber has also never come loose. I don't use it with my hair dryer and i clean it so that's probably why. The price is worth it if you consider how many brushes you'd buy in 8 years if you didn't have this one. Also, if you lose the cleaning brush like I did buy a new one on Neimanmarcus.com. For some reason they have replacements for the lowest price ($10). Everywhere else I looked including amazon was selling them for at least 14 and NM even had a promo code for free shipping so I probably set a new record by only spending $10.80 at NM in one go.
I've just bought this brush - so can't comment on long term effects yet.
However, my initial impression is positive.
I got it in a gorgeous white colour, and it comes with its own cleaning brush.
I've just had my hair chopped into a short bob, to get rid of damage and 'start again'.
Part of this plan is to use this brush from the get-go, in the hopes of doing everything I can do to get healthy hair as I grow it out.
One word of warning - the bristles are quite bristle-y on the scalp, and I could really feel it tingle after I first used it.
But I guess this is part of the whole thing - to stimulate the scalp and get rid of flakes while distributing the natural oils.
The other thing I notice is that it causes your hair to go quite flat at the roots.
I have lots of hair, which is naturally frizzy, so this isn't too much of a problem as I'm always looking for things to tame my hair and make it lie flatter.
But it DOES feel a bit strange to have the hair lie so closely to my scalp.
I'll edit this review after I've used the brush for a few months.
Excellent brush It does not pull or break the hair.
If you are a brusher this brush is a must. If you like combs ( I use a wide tooth one) like me.. this brush will not be necessary.
my hair does not transform after using this..
Its a very good brush but I do prefer a comb over any brush..
My hair type: long and highlighted (no bleach) Good condition, no frizz. Tends to get flat at the roots.. tends to get weighed down and oily with most products.
This hairbrush is amazing. I finally decided to just splurge and buy it because I'm growing out my hair and I'm trying to be really careful about minimizing damage and split ends. At first I thought the price was crazy for just a brush, but it really makes a huge difference and should (hopefully!) last forever. The price seems to vary a lot online; I got mine from ebeauty.ca for about $160, and shipping was free (but only in Canada: http://bit.ly/oPnxm9)
PS: I said "yes" to buying this product again, but I'm hoping I won't have to!
(Skip to * if you want to) I saw this brush a while ago in store for $150, and it's clearly out of my budge, so I headed for the cheaper alternatives. First I tried a boar hair brush from Japan that was bought by my ex's mom, she claimed that will help the growth of hair, while it did smooths my hair easily, it causes my hair to fall. Then, after the break-up, I wanted a similar brush so I got the one by BASS, and horribly, it stripped out all the oils from my hair and left it very dry. Since then, I lost al my confidence about boar brush, until recently, *I got to use my fren's pearson brush for a 2-weeks vacation coz I forgot mine at home! I was having a lot of breakages coz I have long thin (hidden) wavy hair as regular brushing causes hair to cut against each other's brittle ends. But after a few use of this brush, my hair reduces the number of breakages by A LOT. Well, I also changed my shampoo to my fren's one (garnier one for normal hair.) But I think it's the way of brushing that helps, also with the design of the brush, it's very easy to dry my hair straight. It's summer in NY (the place has AC), a few strokes in front of the fan will look like I had a "blow job" to my hair. :D Anyways, I am definitely looking for cheaper one on ebay when i get home.
If you can get one, this product is nice to use, but not exactly a must-have. I have extremely tangly, long hair that tends to look like I haven't brushed it, even though I have. This brush helps achieve a more polished look. I have waves, and an interesting feature of this brush is that it straightens them out. So if you want straighter hair without heat styling, I would recommend this.
This brush also does a great job of detangling without snagging: it really glides through, and I don't feel like I'm ripping my hair to shreds, like with most brushes. The effects of a smoother detangling process will hopefully have long term benefits.
So I'll reiterate: this isn't a magic solution, but for some hair types, if you have the cash or are willing to splurge like I did, it's pretty nice.
I think this brush is worth the price but only in certain situations, here is why:
I have mid back length thin fine hair that has to be washed every day, I am trying to grow it to waist length, this means that the ends of my hair are at least 5 years old and can get dry and brittle. The Mason Pearson brush is supposed to clean the hair as well as distribute scalp oils along the shaft. If your hair is short and you cut it frequently (I trim mine every 3 months) this brush may not be necessary, but if you are trying to grow it I highly recommend you invest in a good brush. Just remember to brush from the scalp down the length of your hair.
If you care for this brush properly it will last for many years, plus it has a warranty.
I saved for this brush for months and I am happy with my investment.
I hope this helps!