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To brush or not to brush?

montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
Wondering if you use a brush on your curls and what kind? One minute I hear not to use one, then I hear they're great for distributing product and defining curls. I'm looking at the Denman D31 and D3 (Goody has one like this too and I grew up using Goody just fine). Apparently the paddle brushes with the balls on the end aren't good but a lot of people use them:confused3:

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  • montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
    Sooooo, no one uses a brush? :D I've done searches in here, but wanted some input from ppl with the same hairtype as me. :)

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  • itsKelCeeEeeitsKelCeeEee Posts: 1,084Registered Users
    Oh GAWD no.

    I don't use brushes of any kind, but just because I don't doesn't mean it doesn't work for others. I WILL say however, that of all the brushes out there the only one I'd consider trying is the denman you're considering...BUT if you have thicker hair, DON'T get the D3. I've heard about women with thicker curls ripping their hair out with it (I guess it's a smaller denman?) Try the D30-whatever one if you do get it :cyclops:
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  • EllyEllyOxenFreeEllyEllyOxenFree Posts: 6,446Registered Users
    I use a Mason Pearson Detangler, and before that I used a paddle brush.
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  • greenandchicgreenandchic Posts: 2,584Registered Users
    Brushes take out my hair no matter what kind and how I use it. So no, I don't use one. :D
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  • montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
    Oh GAWD no.

    I don't use brushes of any kind, but just because I don't doesn't mean it doesn't work for others. I WILL say however, that of all the brushes out there the only one I'd consider trying is the denman you're considering...BUT if you have thicker hair, DON'T get the D3. I've heard about women with thicker curls ripping their hair out with it (I guess it's a smaller denman?) Try the D30-whatever one if you do get it :cyclops:

    Thanks, I've heard that too. I bought the Goody version of the D3 this morning, my hair is SHORT! I figured I can work with that for now, if it's no good, it was only $4.99 as opposed to $10+ for the Denman. If I still decide I need one, I'll do the Denman D31 since I have yet to see another brand with a similar brush.
  • montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
    Brushes take out my hair no matter what kind and how I use it. So no, I don't use one. :D

    Yeah, you have some thick hair girl, I love it!
  • P.P.P.P. Posts: 1,617Registered Users
    i'm conflicted. I have a whole collection of brushes..Denmans, shower wet brushes, Goody paddle brushes, vent brushes, boar bristles, Tangle Teezers plus some several detangling combs including the Mason Pearson.

    I recently finished reading _Curly Girl_ and I've gone back to mostly fingercombing and detangling. In the shower I'll through sections with sandwiched, 'prayer hands' etc. under the stream to pull out shed hairs.

    so yah, i'm conflicted because i'm afraid that ditching my brushes completely is going to leave too much shed hair behind. The last time I used a brush, i had a huge wad of hair in the brush from each side. This is even though I'd been rinsing and smoothing through it in the shower a couple times per week.

    OTOH I hate how frizzy and amorphous my hair gets when i use brushes regularly. I used to brush through every week. Now I'm down to about once a month and I've found kinks and curls that I didn't know existed because it was always so separated and fuzzed out.

    I think my hair looks & feels better in general since backing away from the brush. I think that those weekly sessions were snatching out more than shed hairs and my hair looked sort of weathered.
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  • LanishaLanisha Posts: 467Registered Users
    Not tryin to be a naysayer buuuuuut, in my experience the non-Denman versions aren't the same. They look identical sometimes, but they aren't. The Denman has smooth teeth, the one I bought before it, trying to save money, has seems, and some of those seems are rough. There's more flexibility in the base in the Denman allowing for less pulling as well. The teeth on my first one are all bent up from use. The Denman teeth have withstood and maintained their shape. Just adding my two cents.
  • greenandchicgreenandchic Posts: 2,584Registered Users
    Brushes take out my hair no matter what kind and how I use it. So no, I don't use one. :D

    Yeah, you have some thick hair girl, I love it!

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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I use a Denman knockoff to detangle sometimes & a boar bristle to brush back into a puff when I want slick edges.
  • pjjosephgisspjjosephgiss Posts: 643Registered Users
    I use a small fake denman only when my hair is soaked with condish, for the detangling phase. I have never brushed my hair dry since I went natural. When I am applying product, I used to use a fake Denman to distribute, but with my hair, the strands want to do their own thing, so I just let them. I clump better by smoothing and raking than brushing. When I want to slick the hair back, i use a slim boars bristle brush, but put on lots of leave in moisturizer first. I will say, that the denman knockoff is pretty good at removing shed hairs. I have less knotting at the ends when I use it. When I remove the knots, I find they are made of shed hairs wrapped around rooted hair. HTH!
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  • montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
    Lanisha wrote: »
    Not tryin to be a naysayer buuuuuut, in my experience the non-Denman versions aren't the same. They look identical sometimes, but they aren't. The Denman has smooth teeth, the one I bought before it, trying to save money, has seems, and some of those seems are rough. There's more flexibility in the base in the Denman allowing for less pulling as well. The teeth on my first one are all bent up from use. The Denman teeth have withstood and maintained their shape. Just adding my two cents.

    I've heard that re non-Denman's, but I grew up using Goody, never even heard of Denman before this forum! I stepped away from that $2.99 Annie brand brush though, lol. Goody was a happy medium.

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  • lisa6lisa6 Posts: 543Registered Users
    I don't use a brush for purposes stated in the OP, but if I did, I'd purchase the Mason Pearson Detangler or Denman D31/D41...probably the MP because I love the Rake Comb and the Detangling Comb.
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  • montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
    My hair is thin and still short, wondering if the D31 would do me any good.

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  • ajnaajna Posts: 494Registered Users
    Honestly I think you will have to try and see for yourself.
    Personally I love mine and use it to detangle with leave in. At first I had a lot of hair and I thought I was breaking it after some time it stopped and I do not have a lot of shed hairs between washing. Now it is a must and I love it.

    Oh and my hair texture is fine/normal.

    HTH

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  • montREALadymontREALady Posts: 1,210Registered Users
    @ajna, I'ma try my bootleg first, lol.

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  • ajnaajna Posts: 494Registered Users
    @ajna, I'ma try my bootleg first, lol.

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  • PrincessLoopyPrincessLoopy Posts: 89Registered Users
    I use a boar bristle brush :) I do it old school, I like that it distributes oils and water and butters throughout my hair and leaves it so soft. My hair reacts the best when I use a boar brush and less pieces fall out.

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  • NaturalistaNaturalista Posts: 5,491Registered Users
    I shingle all my products with a shampoo brush which looks alot like the tangle teezer but with wider teeth. Other than that, nope.


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  • NaturallyCurlyEnnovyNaturallyCurlyEnnovy Posts: 992Registered Users
    Yes, I use a brush. More specifically the Denman D41. But, I do go back and forth between that and my widetooth comb. I feel that the wide tooth comb does not get the shed hair like the Denman. But, it also depends on if I shampood my hair or not. Because I do wash my hair in the same method I have done all my life it will tangle. Therefore, I use a wide tooth comb after and then I go back through with the Denman. When I co-wash only the Denman.

    I think you have to try all avenues of detangling because everyone has their preference and everyone's hair is different.

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  • evelynnalfredevelynnalfred Posts: 324Registered Users
    I have a Denman brush that I use. I have no idea what type it is, but it's small so I only use it on small sections of my hair while detangling.

    It works fine while my hair is wet.
  • bklyn_bellebklyn_belle Posts: 423Registered Users
    Yep I use a brush, I don't use a comb unless I am blow drying w/ an attachment which is rare. Combs and I don't mix.
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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    Apparently, it all depends on your hair and how you're using your brush.

    I have enough 3C-4A curls for about four heads, so I find it best to detangle in the shower with lots of conditioner and a wide-toothed (Mebco) comb. (There is always a small amount of shedding. That's normal.)

    Once I'm out of the shower, I spray my hair with my water-oil-aloe mix, apply gobs of leave-in conditioner and then distribute it with my Denman D3. (My hair is already pretty much detangled, so there is no shedding at all!)

    (Someone here said if you have thick hair, not to buy the Denman D3, but again, it might be how you use it and with what products. My Denman and I are BFFs!:happy7:)
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