Why Mason Pearson

The Art of Beautiful Hair

MASON PEARSON , founder-engineer-inventor, went from Yorkshire, Northern England to London in the mid 1860's to work at the British Steam Brush Works, in London’s East End, in a partnership later known as Raper Pearson and Gill. The business was in general small-brush making. The brushes were made by hand. Mason Pearson invented an automatic brush-boring machine to speed up the whole process of brush making in 1885, for which he won a Silver Medal at the International Inventions Exhibition in London in that year. In the same year, he invented the "pneumatic" rubber-cushion hairbrush. It took until 1905 to improve his technique, much of which was still required to be done by hand. His widow continued the business on her own for a further 20 years, when the next generation was ready to take its part. During this period, the decision was made to concentrate on Mason Pearson's rubber-cushion hairbrush. The product design used nowadays is similar to the original 1885 model with the improvements of the fully developed models of the early 1920s. The basic product has not changed since then and some of the model names are still with us Large Extra, Small Extra, Popular and Junior.

Why Mason Pearson

Why Mason Pearson

The unique rubber-cushion pad, made by hand using Mason Pearson’s original techniques, allows for effective and efficient brushing. It is kind to use and massages the scalp. The cellulose plastic handle is hand-polished and any sharp edges are removed to make the hairbrush more comfortable to hold. This handle was developed from the original wooden design, which we continue to make in small quantities. We continue to try to improve on the established design: for example, the "Child" brush is in response to a customer’s request. This is designed to enable a child to become accustomed to the activity of brushing. Similar to this, in the materials used, is the "Sensitive", which has been developed for people who have thinning hair or very fine hair. This brush gently stimulates the scalp. The natural extension has been to have a "Sensitive" model for those men who are "thin on top". We build our products to last as long as possible. While we cannot make indestructible products, we use the best materials available so that, with a little care, they should give good service. We try to make improvements continuously. We have developed our own special nylon and take particular care in our selection of natural bristles to use the best combination for each brush.

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Selecting a Hair Brush

Selecting a Hair Brush

To maintain the quality of the Mason Pearson Hairbrush it is not mass-produced. Most of the work is carried out by hand, using techniques pioneered and patented by the founder - Mason Pearson - over one hundred years ago and improved over succeeding generations.

Boar Bristle tufts: generally used for fine to normal hair, except where specified.

Boar Bristle & Nylon tufts: generally used for normal to thick hair.

Nylon tufts: generally used for thick hair.

The pads are selected for the type of hair to be brushed. If we assume that you need to feel the brush on the scalp and the massage effect, we make the following suggestions. We have established the guidelines below based on our customers’ experience over many years; please note that these can be general only.

In general:

Pure Bristle brushes: For fine to normal hair, fine long hair.
The models: Large Extra, Small Extra, Handy Bristle, and Pocket Bristle.
The Sensitive models are for very fine or thinning hair.
The Child’s model for children aged between 3 and 6 years.

Bristle & Nylon Mixture brushes: For normal and short thick hair.
The models: Popular, Junior, Handy Bristle & Nylon and Pocket Bristle & Nylon.

All Nylon brushes: For very thick hair.
The models: Universal, Handy Nylon (Detangler) and Pocket Nylon.

Long Hair: In general, the longer the hair the bigger the brush required. However, if a person is more comfortable with a smaller brush, it may be necessary to use a smaller mixture model instead of a larger pure bristle one.