Mason Pearson Hairbrush Guide

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Boar Bristles

Boar bristles are a natural bristle, so just like your hair, it is porous and can absorb conditioner and similar substances. Boar bristles can "absorb" the oils on your scalp and carry them through the rest of your hair. These oils have a lot to do with the health and the shiny appearance of your hair. Boar bristles also stimulate the scalp for healthy hair growth. But if the wrong brush is picked, neither of these will be accomplished.

Choosing the Right Bristle

Mason Pearson does not hurt any animals in its product development. Instead, Marson Pearson gathers the hairs after they have been shed from the boars naturally. They then sort and grade the hair according to the part of the body the hair came from. The boar produces three types of bristles. The bristles from its back are the strongest and thickest, the bristles from its stomach are the softest, and the bristles from its sides are of normal or average thickness.

Consider the thickness of your hair when choosing what brush you will purchase. The thicker your hair, the sturdier bristle you will need on your brush, so it can penetrate through your hair to your scalp. If your hair is thin, you don't want a stiff bristle, or it will hurt your scalp and do more damage than good.

Mason Pearson Brush Types


Unlike plastic, which has jagged edges when shown under a microscope, nylon has a slick surface. It’s smooth texture allows it to glide through wet hair without producing friction. This prevents the brush from causing split ends or breakage.

Handle Colors
Brush Sizes
Brush Choices

Brush Maintenance

Mason Pearson includes a cleaning brush with most every brush they sell with the exception of the smaller sizes. The cleaning brush is easy to use. To remove hair, simply run the brush through first vertically and then horizontally a few times. Move the brush in one direction rather than back and forth. If your brush gathers too much oil from your hair, it may attract particles like dust and lint. When this happens or to prevent this from happening, dip your cleaning brush in diluted soapy water and then clean your brush after you have removed the excess hair. This will help reduce the amount of oil and make sure it is clean for your next use. Be careful not to dip your Mason Pearson brush directly into the soapy water. Only dip your cleaning brush in the water. Afterwards, stand your brush on its side or lay it face down so the water can drip out from your padded brush to ensure that bacteria does not begin to grow under the rubber.