Modify Your Denman Brush To Make It Gentler On Your Hair

Make your denman brush gentler

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.

Originally posted 2014-03-14 15:00:26.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Comments

  1. Ab Ster
    Ab Ster

    i have fine hair and i hate it! even with taking out a couple rows it still takes my hair out

    1. NubianPrize

      AMEN TO THAT !! I have fine soft delicate hair, too. I tried 2 styles of those things & modified both of them by removing rows & teeth. NO WAY JOSE. I named them THE SHREDDER & THE RIPPER & put them away. May as well use my John Deere lawnmower or a weed whacker !! I really don’t need one because my 4ab hair is easy to detangle with a Magic Star Rake wide tooth comb,Tangle Teezer, or Ouidad Double Detangler & for curl definition KinkyCurly & Knot Today are the bomb.com

  2. Shawnnita Larkins
    Shawnnita Larkins

    Never had one I detangle with three things only…. 1st my hands for natural styling( twisting, washing, detangling) 2nd my conair vented brush only for detangling if needed… 3rd i purchased a brown small detangling tool from sallys for $1… my mom recommended i believe from naturalme4c on yt I use this only when doing the chase method during flat ironing which I do every 8-12weeks 😉

      1. Kari

        I have a knock off and it works great for my curls.

  3. Larissa Collier
    Larissa Collier

    Sally has a knock off version but still works just as well…normally on the very bottom shelf of the combs and brushes.

  4. LTanya Lewis
    LTanya Lewis

    I went to Sally’s & paid about about $20. Later I found a Denman brush for $4 at a local hair store. Smh

  5. Widlande Recule
    Widlande Recule

    It gets the hair really soft and straight. It works wonders on all hair types but Especially long thick hair!

  6. Nikki Hudson
    Nikki Hudson

    I use a knockoff and like it; great curl definition. I just can’t pay $10+ for a brush….

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