Pricey Hairbrushes, Worth the Cost?
I've always wondered about those reeally expensive hair brushes. My hair is pretty listless, frizzy and unmanageable, even in the best of conditions, so I got to thinking...perhaps those fancy pants brushes are worth taking a good look at.
The Scoop on Fancy-Pants Brushes:
Why are they so expensive? Glad you asked. Pricey brushes like Mason Pearson are made with pure boar bristles, which distribute natural oils from your scalp evenly through your hair. This works to tame unmanageable hair, making it shinier, softer, and static-free. It can add volume and even tackle a nasty cowlick. Boar bristles are expensive and thus, so are the brushes.
Which brushes should I look for? Brushes like Aerin Natural Bristle Brush and Mason Pearson brushes are the industry standard. The latter have a range of sizes and boar-to-nylon bristle ratios, priced from $38 for a pocket-sized, all-nylon brush to $250 for an extra-large, pure boar bristle brush. The all-boar bristle brushes work best on hair of thin to medium texture, so if you've got really thick hair, you'll want a boar/nylon blend.
Do they really work? We asked Janet Waddell, hair expert and founder of the Janet Waddell Studio in New York and she gave Mason Pearson an emphatic thumbs up. "They may not be the cheapest but they are the best and last longest...chances are you will grow old with your trusted friend." Janet recommends the small size to keep in your purse "to tame hair emergencies" and said that most savvy hairdressers she knows wouldn't be caught without one.
Savvy Splurge Beauty Buy Recommendation: Mason Pearson Pocket Mixture of Bristle & Nylon (around $80)