In the book Curly Girl Method by Lorraine Massey you can read that a brush does not fit in the Curly Girl Method hair routine. But there are rules… to be creative with. ? Because what if there is a brush that is different from the standard brush? That does not pull your curls apart, but instead ensures beautiful curls without damaging your hair and making it frizz? That brush exists, it is called the Denman Brush. And Denman loves your hair!
WHAT IS A DENMAN BRUSH AND WHAT IS ITS SECRET?
A Denman Brush is a brand of hairbrush that is available at many online hairdressing stores such as Haarpro and Kapperskorting, but bol.com also sells them. They are not (yet) sold at Etos and Kruidvat.
The Denman Brush is famous among curlies, precisely because it is suitable for curly hair. The brush promises to get your hair out of tangle more easily without breaking or frizz, giving your hair nice curl definition and extra volume. And that promise is more than true to the brush for many women: if you enter the two words on YouTube you will find out soon enough. Even for curly type 4 women, who almost all swear off brushes, this brush can help in detangling the hair without causing frizz.
What makes the Denman brush special is that you can adjust the brush. You can remove rows yourself, allowing you to completely adapt the brush to your hair and needs.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DENMAN BRUSH
Before you go to the first best webshop to throw a Denman Brush in your shopping cart, it is good to know that there is not just one type of brush. On the contrary, there are many different types of Denman Brushes. Just like your curl type, a Denman Brush has different categories to suit different types of hair and different needs of your hair.
The brushes in the ‘Original Styler’ collection are used the most. These brushes have round-headed nylon pins arranged in rows. The pins are on a red rubber semicircular bed. You have small, medium and large variants.
WHICH DENMAN BRUSH DO I NEED?
The type of Denman Brush that you are looking for for your curls is a type D ‘Original Styler’ brush. When determining which brush you need, you mainly look at the number of rows and pins on the brush.
In this article we will discuss four types, all of them ‘Original Stylers’. These Denman brushes are most commonly used:
- Denman D3 medium, 7 rows – more pins, close together
- Denman D31 medium, 7 rows – less pins, further apart
- Denman D4 large, 9 rows – more pins, close together
- Denman D41 large, 9 rows – fewer pins, further apart
- Denman D3 and D31 brushes with 7 rows of pins, medium size, are suitable for short to medium hair
- Denman D4 and D41 brushes with 9 rows of pins, large size, are suitable for medium to long hair
- Denman D31 and D41 brushes with more space between the pins are more suitable for detangling your hair
- Denman D3 and D4 brushes with little space between the pins are more suitable for improving your curl definition
It seems at first glance that D3 and D31 and D4 and D41 are the same brushes. But there is a difference between these brushes. The structure, length and thickness of your hair determine how many rows and pins you need and therefore which type of Denman Brush you need.
THE DENMAN BRUSH: D3 AND D31
Both the Denman Brush D3 and D31 brushes have seven rows of pins. With their medium size, they are suitable for short to medium hair. The difference between these brush types is as follows:
- Denman Brush D3 has more pins, which are closer together. This brush is therefore suitable for improving your curl definition.
- Denman Brush D31 has fewer pins, which are further apart. This brush is therefore suitable for detangling your curls.
THE DENMAN BRUSH: D4 AND D41
The Denman Brush D4 and D41 brushes have nine rows of pins. With their large size, they are suitable for medium to long hair. The difference between these brush types is as follows:
- Denman Brush D4 has more pins, which are closer together. This Denman brush is therefore suitable for improving your curl definition.
- Denman Brush D41 has fewer pins, which are further apart. This Denman brush is therefore suitable for detangling your curls.
THE DENMAN BRUSH FOR CURL TYPE 2A, 2B AND 2C: WAVY HAIR
For people with curl type 2, it is often more important that curls become a coherent whole than taking apart your tangles. Often your hair is also finer and thinner. Then the following applies: the closer the hair pins are together, the more curl definition. The Denman Brush D3 or D4 is therefore very suitable for this, depending on the length of your hair.
THE DENMAN BRUSH FOR CURL TYPE 3A, 3B AND 3C: CURLY HAIR
People with curl type 3 are between curl type 2 and curl type 4 for the Denman Brush type. Just like coilies with curl type 4 you have a lot of curls and therefore a lot of tangles. For short to medium hair, a D31 brush is also a good choice for you. Do you have medium to long hair? Then we recommend D41. Do you want to give your curls some extra sway , schwung or sexyness ? Then you can also go for the Denman brush types that promise to improve your curl definition: D3 or D4.
THE DENMAN BRUSH FOR CURL TYPE 4A, 4B AND 4C: COILY HAIR
Blessed with curl type 4? People with coily hair have a lot of curls that are close together. Very nice, but unfortunately it also means that you spend a lot of time detangling your hair. You can use an afro comb, but a Denman Brush where the rows and hair brushes are far apart is also suitable. D31 is your match! If you find that you can’t get the brush through your hair properly, you can cut out some extra rows. This way your hair will not get stuck and it will not break off.
TIPS FOR USING THE DENMAN BRUSH
Hopefully you now know which brush you need for your curls. To make sure you get the most out of the Denman Brush, we would like to share a few more tips:
- Always use the Denman Brush on wet hair.
- Always use a slip detangling conditioner before brushing.
- Really take the time to brush your hair. Take it slowly to avoid pulling out unnecessary hair.
- Toss your wet hair over, divide it into sections and brush tuft by tuft.
- Brush from your roots towards your ends, pins facing up.
- When you remove the brush from your hair, turn your curl outward a quarter turn.
- When you have had all the strands, move your head from side to side so that your curls fall lightly.
- You can remove rows from the brush. In general, the more pins there are in the brush, the finer you brush your hair. Many women have adapted the Denman Brush in such a way that there are alternating rows.
- If you find that you really have a lot of pain while brushing and your hair breaks off, the Denman Brush is not the right brush for you.
Also read: The main techniques of the Curly Girl Method
DENMAN BRUSH: REMOVING ROWS IN THICK HAIR
So what is super handy is that you can adjust the bristles to your personal needs. Many people use the brush in its original state because it works perfectly for tight curls. But in some cases it can be helpful to adjust the brush so that it has fewer rows of pins. For example, if you have a lot of hair with a thicker and fuller hair texture. In that case, remove a number of rows from your Denman Brush, so that you can detangle your hair and brush it shiny. If you remove a row every row with a Denman Brush D3 medium, the brush has 3 rows left.
Hopefully it is now clear to you which Denman Brush is your ideal match! Do you have any questions? Let us know in the comments below!