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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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.

Ray B Delapenha

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


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.


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.


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 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 »
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.


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


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.


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!


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.


i don’t have one. was always too scared to try it, but then again, i use combs nar­row­er than wide-tooths on my hair so may­be it’s not all bad. i’d heard a lot about this brush, and so many nat­u­rals were rav­ing about it on the net, but i didn’t see what all the hype was all about, judg­ing by their hair. you can get the same results whether you use one or don’t.


I like my Den­man brush (I have a 9-row one).
It’s bet­ter than my two-row wide-toothed comb for detan­gling, but I’ve decid­ed to use my fin­gers to detan­gle instead of combing/brushing (for less dam­age).


I love my Den­man. It’s my pre­ferred method of detan­gling.


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I have used a Den­man before and after a few years of off and on use, the pink cush­ion tore and could no longer hold the teeth. It worked great both as is and mod­i­fied, but once it broke, I wasn’t inter­est­ed in the price tag and went to find a knock­off ver­sion. Now, I use the Goody brand “Den­man” that is actu­al­ly adver­tised as a detan­gling brush. It works just as well, I didn’t mod­i­fy it, it knocks tan­gles out like nobody’s busi­ness with just water pres­sure, and I only paid $3 for it on Ama­zon.




I have a den­man brush knock-off from Sally’s Beau­ty Supply’s.
At first, I was dis­ap­point­ed by the lack in def­i­n­i­tion.
(It only defined the last like inch of my hair)
But I detan­gle and smooth down my hair with my palms, then I twist my hair like usu­al and twirl the whole twist around my finger.(like a twist­ed fin­ger-coil)
When I take out my twists, my hair is sooooooooooooooo defined!
So for me I love the den­man brush (knock-off) for twists and when I trim my hair

Btw, I have like 4a/b/c real­ly tight­ly spi­ralled hair


I tried it a few times…too much work.


I always have issues with the­se type of reviews because of the sim­ple fact that, every one’s hair is dif­fer­ent. Its so sim­ple, but it seems ignored in so many reviews. I have 4a-b hair, and find that it real­ly detan­gles my hair, and gives def­i­n­i­tion.


I would like a pic or video show­ing off the hair pins as well…I can be a ltltie slow regard­ing hair styles. I use bob­by pins but I’ve been want­i­ng to branch out.


I tried using the Den­man Brush when I was new­ly nat­u­ral but all it did was rip my hair out. As far as liv­ing up to its claims…well… Less hair is eas­ier to style.. I guess O_O


I have a Den­man but not the one every­one mod­i­fies, I have a Den­man with wide enough spaces between the bristles to be a wide tooth comb, how­ev­er I do not use it as much because I don’t real­ly know what i’m doing lol. It may sound sil­ly but when I first went nat­u­ral I fin­ger detan­gled so now that is all I know the brush seems like a good brush but the sound effects scare me.


I’m con­fused, did she use the pink brush or the red brush?


I used the black D9 Den­man brush.

I’ve nev­er used it on my hair because 1) I was scared it was gonna take a lot of my hair out because of its stiff bristles and the fact that I have fine tex­tured hair and 2) I haven’t used brush­es on my hair in almost a year because I used to expe­ri­ence break­age on the crown of my head from using them.  I have, how­ev­er, used it on some­one else’s hair. From what I’ve seen, it almost instant­ly defined a sec­tion of curls & I was pret­ty shocked. Her curls were pop­ping. Its true though, use pro­duct before using… Read more »

Does the Den­man Brush Live Up to the Hype? 

My answer? NO!!!

I loooooooove the Den­man brush! I think this is one of those cas­es when hair type comes into play. (Though I have no idea what my hair type is, iron­i­cal­ly.) I notice that peo­ple with kinkier or more frag­ile hair expe­ri­ence break­age and hate it while peo­ple with curlier/wavier (and in my case less-break­age prone- my hair nev­er breaks unless it gets caught on some­thing like my watch) love it. It makes detan­gling a cinch. My hair comes out less frizzy b/c the bristles are close togeth­er and real­ly help get out those shed hairs that hide out in my… Read more »

My expe­ri­ence with the brush has been just the oppo­site. I have 4A/B fine hair and I use the brush all the time. Sur­pris­ing­ly my hair breaks more when I fin­ger detan­gle than when I use the brush, although the best option for my hair is a wide tooth comb. My son has 3B/C hair and I had to stop using the Den­man with him because his hair was falling out like crazy. I now use a wide tooth comb with his hair and that works bet­ter as well.


Huh? So peo­ple use deman brush­es for curl def­i­n­i­tion. I thought it was used to detan­gle the hair. I used it way back in 2001when I first decid­ed to go nat­u­ral. I think it rips out the hair pret­ty bad. My stands are too fine for that sort of tool so I had to let it go. Wide tooth comb and my fin­gers are good enough.


The Den­man caused my ENDS to curl like crazy…just the ends. This was back when I first went nat­u­ral though. Hmmm…I still have it on deck for a revis­it…

Over the past 3 decades, I keep a Den­man brush in my tools arse­nal. I have fine 3b/3c type hair. Some­times I use it for detan­gling and have not had any prob­lems, it makes the process quick­er for me. Does that mean every­one should be able to use it to detan­gle? Not at all. Some hair tex­tures like to wrap around the sep­a­rate bristles and hold on tight, caus­ing stretch­ing and break­age. I have also had Den­man-like brush­es, from vary­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers. I haven’t found any of them com­pa­ra­ble to Den­mans, and here’s why: Den­man charges more, because they use 100%… Read more »

I love the den­man brush, its like the only thing i use to detan­gle. I heard about it from the curly like me book and hon­est­ly i think it works way bet­ter then a wide tooth comb (atleast for me). :)


I used to fall in “like” with it …lol, last year or 2 and bought few times . It took a lot hairs than oth­er brush­es so I stopped. I start­ed hear­ing how bad brush­es can be so I start­ed by my fin­gers ‚ppl think I am crazy. But hair is grow­ing!

I agree. I’ve been unre­laxed for over 12 years and the den­man is the only tool that helps get all the shed hair out (yes I can tell because I check to see). Yes there may be some break­age, but I’ve accept­ed that with my length and very kinky hair tex­ture. I say like cer­tain hair prod­ucts, find what works for you. I recent­ly pur­chased the fele­cia leather­wood brush and it worked okay but I still had to fol­low-up with the den­man. may­be because it’s so new i haven’t grown accus­tom to is, but i’ve been using the den­man for… Read more »

I am not a den­man fan either. I have used it a hand­ful of times and had I done my own research, I prob­a­bly would not have pur­chased it. I bought into the hype–literally. I do, how­ev­er, love the Fel­cia Leather­wood brush/comb. It works won­ders!