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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Chala M. Brooks

Love it. As long as I do what I am suppose to do and keep my hair moisturize my hair loves it. When my ends are tangling a lot that is a sign I am doing something wrong not the Denman brush.

Tonya D Sanders

Love it my favorite hair tool.

Panama M America

they’re ok but, I love kent combs seamless and durable.

Tammie Faulkner Taylor

A must have!

Princess Johnson

Love! Great for curly or wavy hair to define definition!

Mayia Barnes

I LOVE THIS BRUSH!! I can detangle with ease and define my girls

Mayia Barnes

*Curls

Adrienne Johnson

I love the way it defines my curls. You have to use a lot of conditioner to glide the brush through your hair.

Alegra FormallyknownasHolloway Ellis

They have them at Walmart now too that’s where I got mine for about 5 dollars

Maurita Donaldson

Never used it

Chandra Taylor

Love it and when its missing my daughter has it.

Toia Cousar

Owned it. . Love it.

Tamika Murrell

I’ve tried it. It is not my friend.

Courtney Brown

Damaging if ur hair isn’t covered in a silky product.

Tremaine Gibson

Love it when I want by curls to clump together

Michaela Bailey

Love it. Got mines from sallys

Michaela Bailey

Sometimes I would remove a row or two to create a bigger gap to be more gentle on my hair

Pam E Pam

I love it. No modifications needed.

Natoshia Hamilton

Own one. Loved it. Just remember rubber and oil don’t mix. Had to stop using oil on my hair and buy another one. Love it!

Stacey NM

I got one and tried it out…didn’t do much for my hair…maybe when it gets a bit more length its effects will be better seen.

Kelly White

I use it after my girls hair is completely deranged

Cerbie Lamarre

Finally got my Denman brush after 15 months of being natural!!!! That ish cray..,,

Jasmine Greene

It’s awesome cos you can slide off N wash when u get product build up

Juanea Aakl Brand

Love love love never used anything but them

Candy Dior

This is a must have for my hair. This is the only brush I use for my hair to comb out the tangles

Mabinty Sesay

Nice

Victoria Tillman

I’ve done this and it’s so much better.

Adelina Alexander

Very interesting, will definitely try it out