Mason Pearson Popular Bristle & Nylon Brush

Mason Pearson Popular Bristle & Nylon Brush

4.6

84 reviews

88% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.4

Price: $$$$

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on 11/26/2018 10:46:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Price is ridiculous, cheapest was on Amazon. Came in a box that had the old school looking logo and felt fancy when opening. I finally bit the $$$ bullet but am so glad I did! It brushes through my ends so nicely without pulling and breaking. It spreads oil from my roots nicely through my hair so I can avoid shampooing for a few days. I use less dry shampoo because of it! I have very thick hair so if I really want to massage my scalp with it (feels fantastic!) then I have to part my hair a bit so the bristles reach. Hella expensive but I plan to treat it like gold so I never have to repurchase this beauty.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is my first review cause I'm a review lurker lol. This brush is amazing. I bought the Evo boar bristle brush because it was 1/4 of the price and had reviews said it was comparable. It wasn't good. Then I coughed up the $300AUD on a pure Boar bristle in size Handy and sort of loved it. It was ok. I decided I wanted to try the Nylon/Boar bristle so I coughed up more $ and I love it. It's amazing. I much prefer the nylon/boar over the pure boar. It glides through hair whilst removing dust and somehow makes it more voluminous too. Im thinking about buying another nylon/boar in pink cause I'm obsessed. The only thing is, do wish it came with a travel case so that the bristles don't get squished in my bag.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.


on 6/20/2018 5:05:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

So I have just had to replace my 50+ year old (not a typo) version of this brush. My mum was given it as a kid, by the time I was a teenager she had cut her hair short so she gifted it forward to me. I have thick full hair and this has always been perfect for me. The bristles are still in good condition but the rubber has finally gone, so they are starting to fall out.
I know the the price looks high but if it lasts for over 50 years I think it’s a solid investment. My mum joked that if it lasts as long as the last one, I will be able to leave it to someone in my will.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.


on 4/10/2017 12:11:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

save yourself $200 and go buy the shine wet brush, much more gentle on hair. The nylon bristles on this brush caused me extreme scalp irritation

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on 11/10/2016 1:48:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I've got a Mason Pearson BN3 Handy size in Black which I brought this year in June. If anyone has a pure bristle Mason Pearson brush and is interested in trading it in for a bristle and nylon version then let me know. I don't mind downsizing to a pocket size either.

How good the brush is depends on your hair type, and scalp too if you get the bristle and nylon. I've suffered from dandruff my entire life, scratching my scalp with the nylon actually creates more dandruff more me. My mom doesn't suffer from dandruff (she successfully went no poo), and she loves the experience brushing her hair with the the Mason Pearson gives. It does make hair really smooth, and gives it a glossy, shiny look, great for styling.

For anyone with thin hair, like me, I recommend the pure bristle version otherwise the constant scratching so close and direct to the scalp can start to hurt. I think the purpose of the nylon is to detangle but I have straight, very fine hair and can even detangle my hair with my own fingers so the nylon almost becomes redundant.

I suggest thick, unruly hair go nylon and bristle, fine and thin hair go pure bristle. If you suffer from dandruff stay away from the nylon and bristle version. This is from my own experience, please learn from my mistakes. Good luck with it if you decide to purchase.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

Much like many others here, I was hoping that this would be overhyped and I could return. I never thought I would spend this kind of money on a BRUSH. My hair is type 2B/2C and very thick/coarse and dry. I'm growing my hair out extra long again after a lot of breakage from going platinum blonde for over a year. My hope with this brush was mainly that it would help to evenly distribute oils to my hair to keep it soft and prevent more breakage while it's growing out. To use I I flip my head upside down and brush from my scalp down, starting at the back of my head (where you have the most natural oils) and flip my hair over and do it again top to bottom to smooth it out. I've been using the popular for over 6 months and I have no split ends at all (something I definitely have at 6mo without a trim.) My hair is 100% smoother and softer. I've gone from using a ton of products to smooth it down to now only really needing to use a bit of moroccanoil and I no long am using any heat to style it. 1000% the best product I've ever purchased for my hair.

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on 11/12/2014 11:50:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

To be honest, I wanted to hate this brush and send it back to Nordstrom. $205 for a brush is steep! You can find them on Amazon, but with such a large investment I wanted to make sure that what I bought was authentic, and returnable if needed. I bought the Goody Heritage Collection paddle brush from WalMart for $15 to compare.

Goody brush
-Thick boar bristles that don't penetrate the hair fully
-Uncomfortable thick wooden handle
-Ball tipped nylon bristles
-Left my fine hair (but I have a lot of it!) looking flat and greasy/shiny

Mason Pearson
-Both boar and nylon penetrate the hair
-Provides a wonderful scalp massage (scratching...)
-Light weight
-Comes with cleaning brush
-Left my fine hair feeling soft and shiny without being too flat
-I brushed before bed and woke up with almost tangle free hair! This has never happened before.

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on 7/26/2014 12:48:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Are these brushes really worth all that money? My hair is so fine and fragile, all it does is leave it a limp, oily mess. My niece has super thick hair, and the brush loves her hair. Don't know how any fine haired lady could use it. It distributes the oils, but I do that by putting on an oil treatment.


on 4/16/2014 9:30:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I'm writing this review because I just lost my MP pocket brush for 48 hours and I was already on amazon, looking to buy another. Thank god, before I bought I tore my apartment apart and found the brush on the bottom of a shelf where I'd thrown it. After seeing all the pix of the gorgeous new brushes, mine definitely looks worn. Worn like the Velveteen Rabbit. I have loved the bejesus out of this hairbrush and it was totally worth the ridonkulous amount of money. I carry it with me every day in my handbag.

I got my MP pocket boar's bristle/nylon brush at Harrod's in London in the autumn of 2000. It is now spring 2014. My brush is worn, like I said. Some bristles are missing. The name is worn off the label (but anyone who knows their stuff would always know it's a real MP).

I have thin fine hair, and now I wonder if a brush that's just boar's bristle would be better. Could it possibly feel as delicious to use it as it does to use my bristle/nylon one? I'd love to find out somehow *before* spending $90 on another one. My brush makes my hair look soft, full, and oh it feels fab to use it.

I totally unreservedly recommend these brushes. The best of their kind. Only buy this if you're past the phase of losing stuff, though--because that was a long (potentially expensive) 48 hours. Thank god it's back!

LATER NOTE: I got a new MP Brush in 2018, though the old one still functions fine. My new one is all boar-bristle, and it's def better for thin/fine hair. Plus, it was the non-boar bristles that came out of the other one, so this one might make it to the 20 year mark! Here's hoping.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This is a review for the Mason Pearson Nylon-only brush since I don't see a separate review category for that product.

I LOVE MY MASON PEARSON. My grandmother bought mine for me as a gift; I had been growing out a pixie cut and I think she was celebrating my long hair.

These suckers are pricey. I hesitate to say that they are worth the investment because I didn't actually buy mine, but I will say that they are so. darn. nice.

I can't use boar bristles or boar/nylon combinations as they have never properly penetrated my thick hair. Boar bristle brushes, for whatever reason, make the top of my scalp flat and the bottom poofy, so I end up with a triangle sitting atop my head. Regular nylon brushes tend to make my hair staticky- I dislike the round plastic balls on the ends of the bristles.

The Mason Pearson nylon brush retails for about $90, which is nice because while it's still outrageously expensive, it's a lot less than their famous boar bristle model, which I think is $160. It is marketed as a "detangling" brush, and is intended for those with thick hair.

I only use this brush on dry hair (you aren't supposed to get it wet), and you have to clean it very carefully, as per the company's instructions. It is a little fussy that way, but it is well-made and worth the extra effort.

This brush is a styling product in and of itself. It detangles, tames frizz, reduces static, distributes oils, and generally makes my hair look like a million dollars.

I have been in the process of growing out my hair for about 2 and a half years now. I rarely heat-style my hair (2-3 times a year at the salon), and I don't color it, so I have to rely on things like overpriced hairbrushes to make it look nice. This is a great tool.


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