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How to Use the popular Denman Brush for Curly Hair

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The original “hairdressers’ hairbrush”, the Denman Brush burst into the curly hair community in 2016. If brushing curly hair is such a taboo, then why are curly girls raving about this? Let’s review.

What is a Denman Brush?

Denman sells over 40,000 brushes each MONTH! Manufactured in Ireland, shipped from the UK, these hairbrushes are not available in retail India, yet. However, hairdressers and barbers around the world swear by this brand. Their exciting professional tools such as brushes, combs, and accessories are manufactured with an innovative technique. This brand has a range of styling, detangling, grooming, and even scented brushes! Denman has a brush for every need, really and I think that’s just brilliant.

Where to buy Denman Brush in India: Code: HONESTLIZ for 10% discount to shop here OR Amazon Link here – its the same link I used when I purchased mine in July 2017.

Is the Denman Brush good for Curly Hair?  

Here’s why the Denman Brush seems to be the preferred choice for curlies around the world!

  • Narrow Base: Allows narrow exposure to focus on each curl section for clumps.
  • Rubber Padding: Prevents static, unlike plastic brushes that cause frizz!
  • Nylon Teeth: Vegan, flexible, and designed to be gentle on both tangled and detangled hair.
  • Adjustable bristles: Make changes to suit your style and curl pattern preference.

How to Use Denman Brush for Curly Hair

Your hair is fragile and so, be gentle with any accessories you use.

#1. Don’t Detangle with Denman

Detangle with our fingers first, apply your product on wet or damp hair and then use the Denman brush from mid-length hair. Your curls are fragile; brushing and tugging dry curly hair may cause breakage. Don’t let styling products touch on your scalp!

#2. Brush in small sections, for thick hair

Shake the brushed section to encourage clumps. The key is to do it in one stroke only. Brushing a section multiple times may cause the product to drip towards the ends. This will make the top/mid sections frizzy.

#3. Denman for styling, but before gel

Using the Denman after gel causes frizz for me. Lock and seal the curl clumps by scrunching in a gel. Some hair bloggers brush after gel but my coarse type 3 hair doesn’t appreciate it. I prefer damp styling so I don’t brush after my gel. Try brushing after leavein or curl cream.   

#4. Modify rows for desired curl definition

For tighter and smaller curls, keep all the bristles of your Denman brush. I prefer bigger, fatter curl clumps and to achieve that, I remove alternate rows. I also found that the modified rows are gentler for curly hair to detangle too, so win-win! You can keep three or four if that works better for you. Remember, all of us are different. Trial and error is the way to know what’s best for you.

Gently peel the top rubber padding out and adjust rows according to your preference.

Remember to dismember to wash and clean the insides of your Denman Brush, often! Helpful tip, wet the rubber padding to slide it back in.

Is Your Denman Brush a fake?! Note Red Flags here

  • The base may be bright orange (instead of the original salmon-orange)
  • The bristles may feel hard like plastic (instead of the soft nylon teeth)
  • The handle may be dark brown (instead of the original jet black colour.)

Video Tutorial that inspired me to try the Denman Brush 

I love how Adina uses the Denman Brush, this video inspired me in 2017.

Here’s a quick comparison of different techniques for Curly Hair      

Denman Vs. Wet Brush

In 2020, the Wet Brush came in the curly community. Curly brushes have the same goal to help you organize your curls. In essence all are the same, however, there are differences you must consider. The Wet Brush is relatively affordable at half-priced. It also helps in detangling hair, while Denman Brush does not. It is very hard to detangle with Denman 7-row highlighted in this post. The only con in the Wet Brush is the padding. For me personally, not knowing what’s inside the brush is a hygiene concern. If you don’t mind then get the Wet Brush here.

Denman Vs. Tangle Teezer

Gun to my head, I would choose this Tangle Teezer over Denman Brush. This is also made of plastic but unlike the Denman, there are much fewer an softer bristles. This helps in detangling and styling at one go! This brush is a time saver and much easier to clean compared to the Denman Brush. 100% recommend this for thick and long hair. As for me? Denman gives me big chunky curls. Denman contains it better than the Tangle Teezer. So if you want smaller curls and more volume, Tangle Teezer is the way to go.

When to not use the Denman brush

Hair brushes support thick coarse hair a lot. Don’t use brushes if you have wavy hair or fine density hair. Postpartum hair is likely brittle and fragile so avoid the Denman brush in sensitive times like these.

Why I stopped using the Denman Brush

  • At first, I forget I even have it.
  • The cleaning and the upkeep becomes a hindrance.
  • Curl Training my hair gets similar results on simple washdays without any brushes!

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2 thoughts on “How to Use the popular Denman Brush for Curly Hair

  1. Thank you! I get good results without the brush, but when I have time I will definitely try this more for great results. You always give the best advice I know I can trust!

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