Does the Denman Brush Live Up to the Hype? [Review]

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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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