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Product Description: Cleans the hair and stimulates the scalp, increasing the blood flow to the roots.

My Experience: I almost didn’t review this brush because it seems so normal to me, such a part of my everyday life that it’s not worthy of mention. But then I decided that’s exactly why it should be mentioned. I’ve owned this brush for years – dare I say almost a decade? Maybe not that long, but I’ve owned it for at least eight years. I use it everyday. If I’m staying overnight somewhere else or traveling, it goes with me. I must say that I’ve got a thing for companies that have been around for generations producing quality stuff, particularly old English companies. Mr Mason Pearson invented an award-winning automatic brush-boring machine in 1885 that helped speed up the process of brush making. He then worked on developing a quality brush by hand, and it took him till 1905 to get it just right. His wife took over the business after him, and the next generations took over after her. Today’s brush is very similar to the 1885 model, but it reflects the improvements of the fully developed models of the 1920s. The handle is polished by hand so all the sharp edges are removed and it sits comfortably in the hand – have you ever used brushes that jab you with nasty, protruding plastic bits? I certainly have. Anyway, these brushes are ridiculously well made. If you clean them periodically (and the good people of Mason Pearson provide cleaning instructions with their brushes) they will last – well, several years at the very least. I shamefully admit I rarely clean mine and it’s lasted longer than I ever imagined a brush would – the bristles have never fallen out, and no part of this brush has ever broken or become less than it was the day I bought it. Mason Pearson have a large range of brushes to suit all hair types from thin hair to thick hair, normal scalps to sensitive. They are very pricey, but they last for literally ages. And if something ever happened to this brush, I’d run out and buy another. Oh, and I love the little retro boxes the brushes come in, so much so that I’ve kept mine all these years. And did I mention these brushes have won oodles of awards?

The Skinny: A superbly made, award-winning hair brush that lasts year upon year upon year. Super expensive but super great.

Cost:

UK: £66 from Escentual.com

USA: $170 from Neiman Marcus

Rating: Hero (goes above and beyond expectations)

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Ingredients: Blueberry and ginseng extract

Product Description: Strengthens, replenishes lost moisture, adds shine and deeply conditions and revitalizes colored or damaged hair

My Experience: This bright, syrupy blue shampoo stood out like a beacon amongst the other shampoos at the grocery store. And as soon as I read that blueberry is one of the ingredients, I had to have it. And it’s a pretty decent shampoo too. It smells wonderful, like a fruity gush of juicy blueberries.  The smell doesn’t linger, though. It disappears as soon as the shampoo is lathered into hair, which is a bit disappointing. It froths up easily and hair feels clean without being stripped once rinsed. When my hair is dry, it has a bit of bounce and shine, but it doesn’t feel deeply nourished or conditioned. Is this the best shampoo I’ve ever used? No, but it’s pretty good and it’s cheap as chips. There are a ton of other fruity scents in this range, too, all lollipop colored and luscious smelling.

The Skinny: A decent shampoo that’s super cheap, smells yummy and leaves hair clean but not stripped.

Cost:

UK: £1 from Tesco

USA: $3.06 from BritishSupermarketWorldwide

Rating: 3/5