As beauty editors, we have our cult-favorite hair tools that we swear up and down by, but working in the world of beauty, we're always searching for that one tool that will be a complete game-changer. Sure, we're happy with our locks (most days—here's looking at you, Monday morning bedhead), but we're constantly on the hunt for an upgrade. And who better to ask than hairstylists themselves?
Scroll down to find out which tool every hairstylist swears by!
The product in question? Boar bristle brushes. If you haven't heard of fan-favorite Mason Pearson Brush, consider yourself enlightened. This handy (albeit pricey) tool isn't mass-produced—each brush is made with care using the same techniques invented by the founder in the late 1800s. (If it isn't broke, don't fix it, right?).
However, if you need justification to warrant spending more than $100 on a hair brush, hear us out. The boar bristles distribute oils from your scalp into the rest of your hair with each brush stroke, making your hair look soft, shiny, and clean. An actual positive use for oily hair? We'll take it. Allison Friedman, senior stylist at Warren Tricomi Salon in New Jersey, says of the brush, "Mason Pearson brushes are expensive, but they're worth every penny. There are different kinds for different hair types, but the bristles are so good for blow-drying out your hair silky smooth and keeping it super healthy!"
Renée Szczecinski, stylist at Avanti Day Resort in New Jersey, says the Mason Pearson is perfect for extensions, too: "I love using the brush for extension clients. If you've ever had single-bonded extensions, you know that you can't use a brush from scalp to ends because the brush gets caught in the bonds. The soft bristles are safe to brush through and help detangle the bonds from one another."
The best thing about these brushes is that they can be used on both straight and curly hair for a sleek, red carpet-worthy look. Finally, a one-type-fits-all brush? Sign us up.
For a more economical option, Russell Cordeiro of Art + Autonomy Salon in New York City says the Creative Professionals CR133-Pro Round Brush is his go-to: "With nylon and boar, you have the perfect heat-styling aspect." Using this brush in tandem with an ionic blow-dryer makes for the ideal blowout. It's safe to say we're on boar-d (sorry, we had to).
Interviews have been shortened and edited for content.
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