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10.22.2013

I'm Enthusiastic About: My Mason Pearson Brush!


Ok, it's a little bit sad that it took me so long to get one of these.

The Mason Pearson Brush...iconic, legendary...basically, the Ferrari of brushes. They're handmade in the U.K. with the original design created in 1885 and only slightly tweaked since then (because it's basically perfect.) If you're curious, here's a little more history.

Being a former hairstylist, I should be hanging my head in shame...and, at the same time, it's an investment, people. These brushes are not cheap...BUT I'm happy to report that this brush is, in fact, totally worth it.

I just happened to have a bunch of credit on Amazon and, for months, was trying to figure out which pair of shoes to purchase...and then it dawned on me. "Dude, I'm growing my hair out and it's about time I graduated from using a comb to owning a brush of my own!" (Yes, my inner monologues often start with me calling myself "dude.")

To be honest, I haven't owned a brush since I was a kid. After cutting my hair short in 5th grade, the idea of a brush was just not in the cards for me. I had Asian hair which already doesn't tangle much and it's not like I was planning on sitting in bed at night, brushing my long locks like some fairytale princess.

Nope. my childhood and majority of my adulthood have been spent wearing cropped locks that took seconds to comb through. Again, as a former hairstylist, you would think I was spending more time on my hair, but I wasn't. I'm a wash-and-go kinda girl. My haircuts are of utmost importance, wanting to make sure I have the kind of precision trims that allow me to not do much in the way of styling.

And so, here I was, staring at the selection of Mason Pearson brushes on Amazon. Nylon bristles, boar bristles, mixed bristles, full-size, junior size, travel size...choices.

After reading through tons of reviews, pulling out my tape measure to calculate the actual size of the brush, and debating about synthetic vs. boar bristle vs. mixed bristle, and coming to terms with the fact that I was going to be buying a brush instead of another pair of shoes ("really, Nami, you have enough shoes...calm down"), I decided the Junior Mixed Bristle Brush was the one.

Cut to a few days later when I opened the mailbox to find my brush awaiting me...and then, the test!

I almost immediately ripped the box open and took my hair down. A mass of dents and tangles from it being throw up into a bun. And then...

LIKE BUTTER. I mean, I ran the brush through my hair and it magically untangled and smoothed it. No tugging, no wincing. I was amazed (and also fantasizing about being that princess in bed, brushing her hair every night and singing about her prince charming...this fantasy isn't completely doable since Charlesband will likely be lying next to me and telling me to cut it out with the singing because he's trying to watch another astrophysics documentary, but you get what I'm saying.)

Welcome to my beauty family, Mason Pearson brush. You are the follicular fairy godmother I've been waiting for.

I win. My hair wins. This brush wins.

So, to any of you in the market for a brush, in the midst of growing your hair out, in the need of a tool that won't rip your poor tresses out, OR wanting a little bit of luxury for yourself, go get one of these brushes. With proper care (did I mention this brush comes with another brush just for cleaning purposes? FANCY!) you too can have a legendary piece of history that is not only super-effective, but also incredibly easy on the eyes. (I feel like I need to get a new vanity just so I can display this beautiful work of art!)

Do you own a Mason Pearson? And if so, what's your take on it? (Hopefully, I'm not being a crazy person!) xo!

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