Backstage at London Fashion Week there is a frenzy of hairdressers preparing models’ hair. Many of these models are on show number 3, 4, 5 or 6 of the day, and their hair has already been teased, sprayed, straightened and curled into a myriad of styles. To brush through tangled hair, smooth fine locks and generally prepare hair pre-styling, there is one magical tool that many hairdressers have hidden in their toolkit: a classic Mason Pearson hairbrush.

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Mason Pearson hairbrushes have been loved by generations of hairdressers, a British design icon that still out performs its rivals. The famous orange pad fills with air through a small hole in the tip of the brush, giving the hairbrush a luxurious soft cushion, whilst the high quality boar bristle ensures beautiful results and longevity of use. Its modern plastic handle shape was developed from the original wooden models, which are still made in small quantities and are hand-finished to remove any sharp edges, to make the hairbrush more comfortable to hold.

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Created by engineer and inventor, Mason Pearson, the family-owned company has been in existence for over 130 years. Mason Pearson began his career designing wool processing looms in Bradford, Yorkshire, but on moving to London, he took a position with the British Steam Brush Works, making small brushes by hand. In 1885, after creating a brush-boring machine, he gained public recognition and was awarded a silver medal at the International Inventions Exhibition in London. That same year he created the ‘pneumatic’ rubber-cushion hairbrush, although it took until 1905 to improve and hone his technique. That basic product has hardly changed since the 1920s and some of the original names of the products remain.

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TIGI European Session Director, Maria Kovacs, never goes anywhere without her Mason Pearson brush.  “Throughout my entire career I’ve always had a Mason Pearson in my tool kit. It’s perfect for brushing out long hair, and, unlike most brushes, doesn’t cause static or fly-aways.  It is gentle on the hair and attacks even the worst tangles without being harsh. It’s a vital tool on photo shoots and for fashion shows. It’s great to create ponytails, brushing through loose curls and is perfect on all hair types. Obviously, you don’t need to be a session stylist to have a Mason Pearson brush in your life; every hairdresser should have one!”

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