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What can a Denman brush do for us?

I am eyeing a Denman brush, having heard about them here. I hear they can give "curl definition". What exactly does that mean?

I have 2B layered hair that can be limp and unpredictable. Older daughter has 3A that is curling pretty nicely lately in big ringlets. Younger daughter has 3B that is prone to frizz. We normally use a wide tooth comb or a pick.

What benefits might we get from a Denman?


  • SandiSandi Posts: 364Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    In order to get the best idea of how the denman helps with curl definition and clumping, I would watch a youtube. (Just search denman brush definition curls.)

    From what I understand, the hair goes against the rubber backing and the tension helps the formation of the curl. I have a really strong curl pattern on 99% of my hair, so the denman wouldn't really help me much though.

    About your actual question: There's nothing particularly magical about a denman brush; it's just a tool for a different method of styling. It's not going to fix your limpness, or your daughter's frizz....

    Just a side question: Why in the world are you using a pick? While there's nothing particularly "wrong" about this method, the way you asked your question implied that [the pick] isn't working...
    Hair Type: 3c/4a, Coarse, Med-High Density, Med-Low Porosity
    Curly since '09
  • anonymous_133347anonymous_133347 Posts: 1,426Registered Users
    Thanks Sandi for replying as I've actually been wondering that myself. I guess I will have to go on youtube then. But wide toothed afro picks aren't bad for detangling hair. I used to use one years ago before I found the perfect and I mean perfect wide toothed comb at a korean beauty store. When I lost it I drove all the way back to koreatown in a panic and they still had it. Yay! Then I found the first one and now I have two. :toothy10:
    3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

    CG since Nov. 2012

    Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
    Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
    Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
    Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

    * = HG

  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Some like the Denman for distributing products, etc. Search "supersoaker" on nc.com. It's a method that uses a Denman brush. I stopped using the wide tooth comb and only finger comb. The gentler I handle my hair, the better the curl and the less the frizz.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of the brush. When I used it, it did something that loosened my curls throughout the day. That hasn't been an issue for me since I came on nc.com and learned how to use product and technique.

    Curl type is transient. It can change with product/technique. The best thing that you can do is figure out your hair properties. Here's a link to help Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics The ebook on that website would be a good investment for you. All of the information in one place. The second Curly Girl book would be good for the DVD alone. It really shows you how to "handle" your hair. (I could never use the copious amount of product that they use.)

    Hair properties are the best way to determine what ingredients/products your hair might like. Once you determine all of yours, you can look for people with similar hair and see what they use (in signatures.) It's the best place to start.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
  • multicultcurlymulticultcurly Posts: 5,134Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I agree with KathyMack about learning your hair properties. This will help tremendously. Those with fine hair tend to not like the denman because it loosens their curls too much and can cause breakage. I have medium coarse hair and I love the denman. It helps bring my hair together so that the clumps/ curls are more uniform. I use it when my hair is soaked with conditioner.
    3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
    HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
    Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    I have not tried a denman, but I can say in the shower after I detangle with a wide tooth I then comb with a fine tooth. If I do not, I tend to have more frizz. I'll have hairs that are caught up within the clump that after drying become frizz. The fine tooth helps to pull those back down into the clump - I'd assume a denman would have the same effect.

    So in some cases (like mine) a denman does help with frizz.

    However, I only use this comb in the shower with condish. Then I add more water and finger comb and scrunch. I just rake and scrunch product in after that.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • KilajoKilajo Posts: 786Registered Users
    The denman ripped my hair out. So I don't use it on me. But it detangles my daughter's hair better than anything else so I love it on her..
  • nickysmom13nickysmom13 Posts: 18Registered Users
    i used to use my denman to straighten out my roots and for volume, with my curls it would make my hair really frizzy!
    curl pattern:
    shampoo & conditioner at the moment-
    macadamia oil by hair chemist.
    dt-coconut oil & macadamia oil deep conditioner
    products i am loving at the moment:
    macadamia oil leave in (hair chemist), miracle 7 leave in mist, ion spray gel, treseme heat protectant mousse & loreal hair texturizer
  • CurlyCutie1394CurlyCutie1394 Posts: 348Registered Users
    I use my deman to get out all my shed hair once a month and that's about it's oh and I took out every other row so it doesn't rip my hair out anymore

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