The Denman brush is like the Holy Grail to many women with coily/kinky*/curly hair. It’s the tool that gets the job done, the curls defined or the product evenly distributed.
It’s the magic wand, the frizz destroyer, the…OK, let me calm down a moment. It’s a brush for goodness sake!! A darned brush that most naturals either have in their bathroom or, at the least, heard of.
Put it this way: If there was a kit to be given out to every new natural, it would be front and center with a spray bottle, bobby pins*, carrier oil, essential oils* and a satin bonnet*. Yea, it’s that revered by naturals!
What is it?
The Denman traditional styling brush D3 is a 7-row medium brush. Features an anti-static rubber pad with close-set nylon pins that provide maximum grip and control during blow drying.
There are slight variations (Denman has one brush with 5 rows of pins and another with 9 rows of pins) but the D3 is the most popular and the only one any natural I personally know has.
It’s sold at most beauty supply stores but there are many knock-offs and I’ve heard they work just as well as the real thing. Despite its overwhelming popularity, there are many naturals who have a love/hate relationship with the brush for two reasons:
- It can yank the heck out of your hair and you could end up with tons of broken pieces in the brush.
- It creates a lot of frizz.
I’m one of the many who has a love/hate relationship with it. I haven’t used mine in a year and it sits in my bathroom closet collecting dust and being neglected. I didn’t like how it handled my hair, it gripped a little too much for my taste so I stopped using it so I went cold-turkey.
I know many still love it and since it’s still so popular I wasn’t too surprised when I came across this video by AGrlCanMAC about altering it and making it gentler to natural hair.
To modify your Denman brush*, essentially all you have to do is remove a few rows (every other one) and doing this reduces the density of the bristles making it easier to detangle your natural hair with.
Aha! That’s all I had to do? Well, AGrlCanMAC did this with a knock-off brand and mentioned that she thought it would be slightly harder to dismantle a real Denman brush.
Well, worry not Naturals because I’m here to dispel that notion. I did exactly what she prescribed with my real Denman brush* with relative ease and using the same process.