by Mon­i­ca of Knaps­girl

A Den­man brush is a tool and like all tools will not work for every­one in the same way or at all. I am not a per­son who swears by the Den­man but I think it lives up to its claims.

In my hum­ble opin­ion, the Den­man brush has suf­fered the same fate as oth­er instant/magical/super fix­er nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts. It’s a good pro­duct but it isn’t instant, super or mag­i­cal.

Accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er, the brush is, “effec­tive for giv­ing greater con­trol over styling the hair” it is not designed for detan­gling. Den­man actu­al­ly car­ries a detan­gling brush called the Tan­gle Tamer.

I have always been advised by sea­soned nat­u­rals to expect only curl def­i­n­i­tion from a Den­man brush fol­low­ing detan­gling. I CANNOT detan­gle with this brush regard­less of the amount of water or con­di­tion­er.

The knock-off ver­sion is great because it’s cheap­er and a good way to test the waters. I bought the real deal because I was new­ly nat­u­ral and all gung-ho.

My brush sat in a draw­er for a year before some­one taught me how to use it cor­rect­ly. It was an eye-open­ing expe­ri­ence;

1. Use pro­duct with your brush. It’s a brush not mag­ic! If you want curl def­i­n­i­tion use the brush and a curl def­i­n­i­tion pro­duct. As for com­plaints of fuzzy roots, I can relate. I could only get my ends to curl and had to rock a curly puff or up-do.

2. Remov­ing bristles from the brush (the “mod­i­fied Den­man” you hear about on web­sites and forums) is unnecce­sary because Den­man makes a brush with spaced out bristles. It is NOT designed for detan­gling either, it is a volu­miz­ing brush.

Just to sum­ma­rize, a Den­man brush:
  • is not designed for detan­gling
  • is expen­sive, try a knock-off
  • gives curl def­i­n­i­tion… def­i­n­i­tion — not curls. (God gives curls, prod­ucts and tools define them.)
  • is not mag­ic

Ladies, do you own a Den­man brush? How does it work for you? Share your review below!

Knaps­girl is a nat­u­ral hair blog by sis­ters Mon­i­ca and Leigh Richards. Fol­low­ing her tran­si­tion, Mon­i­ca con­vinced her sis­ter to tran­si­tion. They work togeth­er so that more wom­en are edu­cat­ed about nat­u­ral hair.

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Wait…it’s not meant for detan­gling? Well, that sure does explain a lot! It’s a con­stant strug­gle get­ting it through my hair! Been putting my poor strands through hell lol. Luck­i­ly I’ve only been using it every once in a while but no more.


I tru­ly thought it was just me, as of this week I was get­ting so frus­trat­ed dur­ing detan­gling.


And I’ve been using the knock off all this time and nev­er knew it.…moving for­ward, I’m gonna give it a try again because it does a good job of smooth­ing and defin­ing but I was not shak­ing the hair out once was shin­gled so the curls didn’t clump right :-( Now I have to try this with the next wash and go!


I just dust­ed off my Den­man this past week and hat­ed how puffy my roots were. I used to love it when my hair was short though. Does any­one have anoth­er detan­gling tool solu­tion? I’ve used the D8(?) and D83, the Tan­gle Teaser, Tan­gle Tamer, and a wide tooth comb, my own fin­gers and none of them get through the high den­si­ty of my hair and com­plete­ly detan­gle (corkscrew/3Cs). Any sug­ges­tions?


How often do you detan­gle and what do you do with your hair at night?? My son has the same type of hair and detan­gling his hair is very hard after a few days of not doing any­thing to it. I have to detan­gle his hair dai­ly. Braid­ing your hair at night might help keep it tan­gle free.


Shock­ing! I actu­al­ly LOVE this brush and wish I had it when my daugh­ter was much younger. Although for some rea­son I’ve begin just detan­gling with my fin­gers, Den­man Brush has been a life saver with detan­gling (though that’s not what it’s for) with my process. I would get so frus­trat­ed with detan­gling my hair. With the help of the Kim­may­tube Leave-in Con­di­tion­er, actu­al­ly work­ing the con­di­tion­er through smooth­ing each strand, and this brush, it has helped make things so much bet­ter. Can not believe that’s what it was cre­at­ed for lol

My Baby Girls Curls

The D31 Den­man although named a volum­niz­ing brush does state that it is effec­tive for detan­gling medi­um length hair. I’ve used it on my daugh­ter since she was 2 with suc­cess (she’ll be turn­ing 4 in April). Its the only tool that has through­ly detan­gled her Type 4 hair.

I per­son­al­ly love this brush. I have 4c hair with thin indi­vid­u­al hair strands but a dense, large quan­ti­ty of hair. I use my wide tooth comb in the show­er when my hair is cov­ered in con­di­tion­er. Then when I am set­ting my hair for stretch­ing, I add my leave in con­di­tion­er and fur­ther detan­gle with the Den­man brush. I think it’s not a mir­a­cle brush. You still have to be care­ful. It’s bet­ter than oth­er brush­es because of the teeth. They’re flex­i­ble and light­weight. The teeth are thin, and they do not have any bulbs at the ends. I… Read more »

One thing that can help is the right prod­ucts and not being stingy with the use of them. Get a good curl defin­ing pro­duct and apply it lib­er­al­ly, espe­cial­ly to the roots. Prac­ti­cal­ly sat­u­rate your hair, espe­cial­ly the roots. It is impos­si­ble to use too much. I occa­sion­al­ly have to wring some out but curly hair needs mois­ture more than any­thing.

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I per­son­al­ly use a Den­man. I think it does a great job on my hair. You can’t expect to jump out of the show­er and start at your roots to detan­gle.… You must detan­gle end-to-root, not root-to-end. This is impor­tant. I do this with any comb and my den­man. It’s not too hard, just time con­sum­ing. But nat­u­ral hair is time con­sum­ing so.… I guess it’s dif­fer­ent strokes for dif­fer­ent folks.


I don’t like the Den­man so much for detan­gling as for smooth­ing. I like using wide tooth comb then using brush to smooth pro­duct. Pad­dle brush works well for me too.

Ray B Delapenha

I feel like this brush is giv­ing me incom­plete splits down my strands and caus­ing split ends..?

Tiana Moore

Thank you for such an awe­some arti­cle dear and from my expe­ri­ence with sheamois­ture I want to share that i am using raw shea but­ter detan­gler for my hair Because this extra-mois­tur­iz­ing prop­er­ties of this hair detan­gler come from raw Shea but­ter that deeply pen­e­trates while restor­ing dry scalp and hair.