* This legendary brush has been lauded by editors, hairstylists and beauty gurus alike
* Handmade in England with ethically sourced bristles
* 6 great dupes for those who can’t fathom dropping $100 on a brush
Mason Pearson hair brushes are the cult-classic boar bristle brush that are guaranteed to be found in every celebrity hairstylist’s bag.
These luxury brushes are the gold standard when it comes to how brushes are measured and how many brushes today are compared. Not mass produced and partially still made by hand, these brushes come with a price point that starts at $105. If you cannot comprehend spending that much on a hair brush, comparable alternatives do exist at a fraction of the price. Continue reading for our top picks.
1. GranNaturals Boar Bristle Brush
The GranNaturals Paddle Hair Brush is made from boar bristles and was designed to reduce frizz, stimulate your scalp and naturally condition your hair. This brush is made to be gentle on even the most damaged of hair, and the bristles will help prevent oil build-up by helping to distribute it from roots to ends for the ultimate shine.
2. Denman Natural Bristle Brush
Denman brushes have long been touted as great alternatives to the original Mason Pearson brush. Their D81L is one of the closest matches and is a large cushion brush with a combination of natural bristles and nylon quills. This combination of bristles creates what is called the ‘porcupine effect,’ which is excellent for brushing and conditioning the hair rather than drying it out and causing breakage.
3. Sephora’s MOROCCANOIL Boar Bristle Paddle Brush
This lightweight paddle brush from Sephora is made with 100% natural boar bristles and has a natural wooden handle. It works with every hair type from pin straight to tightly coiled, speeds up the drying process and boosts your hair’s natural shine. It’s a little pricier, but the quality makes it last, and it’s still less expensive than its Mason Pearson equivalent.
4. Spornette DeVille Oval Bristle Hair Brush
If you’ve got thinner hair, this bristle brush from Spornette DeVille is for you. It evenly distributes the oil on your scalp to protect your hair while you detangle, prevents frizz, and won’t damage your hair like plastic brushes do. The small, oval shape makes it the perfect size for women with finer hair, but women with thicker or curlier hair might have a hard time getting this through their layers.
5. Beauty by Earth Boar Bristle Hair Brush
This all-bamboo, environmentally-friendly option is best for thick hair. The nylon bristles detangle while the bristles evenly distribute oil through your whole scalp, moisturizing hair for shine while avoiding damage. Reviewers noticed less hair shedding after prolonged use, and noted the brush’s gentle nature — a plus for bristle brushes that can be on the tougher end of brush options.
6. Ineffable Care Curved Boar Bristle Hair Brush
While bristle brushes aren’t usually anyone’s first pick for stylish brushes, these are different. They’re curved and vented, making them easy to use when blow drying and styling with heat. The bristles work through knots without any pain even with the thickest of hair. They’ll naturally stimulate oil production in your scalp so your hair maintains its shine during heated treatments, preventing damage. If you’re the type to blow dry daily, this brush is for you.