There are always aspects of my routine that I wait to reveal until I know that it’s worth your time to read, or try. I’m sure many of you own a Denman…most Product Junkies do. I’ve had my D3 for about 3 years, and it’s only been used, at the most, 10 times. In the past, when I wore wash-n-go’s regularly, I tried it as a detangling tool. Although it did an excellent smoothing job, and induced clumping, I felt that I was losing excessive amounts of hair, so I hid it from myself.
Every once in a while, a curly diva will start a thread about the wonders of the Denman D3 or D4, and I’d revisit it with less than stellar results. My aunt began using her D4 to style, and was achieving excellent, frizz free results. So, I pulled it out, dusted it off, and began experimenting. For my past 3 Twist-n-Curl sets, I’ve used it to smooth the hair prior to twisting. Here’s the sequence of events:
- Shower and detangle with fingers and wide tooth comb (Herbal Essence Hello Hydration)
- Apply LustraSilk Shea Butter and Mango throughout
- Step out of the shower and section hair into 4 (2 sections on the right, 2 on the left)
- Pick a section (I usually start with left-back section).
- Partition off enough hair for one twist, secure the rest, up and out of the way.
- Spritz that section with Juices and Berries (for slip and moisture) and brush with the Denman D3 to smooth. Be VERY gentle and brush from ends to root.
- Twist that section, secure the root with a duckbill clip
- Repeat steps 5-7
- Roll the ends
- Air Dry
- Enjoy your smooooth results 🙂
Here’s what my Denman D3 looks like, I purchased it from Sallys Beauty Supply for around 8 dollars:Other frizz reducing tactics:
- No touchie while you’re air-drying. This goes for roller sets, twists, or wash-n-gos. Seriously, don’t touch your hair until it’s dry, or near dry. If you need to, paint your nails…keep those hands occupied!
- Make sure that your product of choice is evenly distributed. Forgotten areas will inevitably turn to undefined fluff.
- Detangle thoroughly- this can be done with your fingers, wide tooth comb, or denman. For naturals with fine strands like me, I’d suggest one or both of the first two options. I still would never use the Denman to detangle my kinks. Remember, smooth results happen when the hair is tangle free and also free of shed hairs.
- Use Shea Butter as a pomade. I apply butter to my ends prior to rolling, and after taking the rollers out. I also carry around a small container of Shea butter (and now Naturally Me Body Butter) as a spot treatment in case of emergency. The butter kills two birds with one stone- it reduces frizz while providing a bit of moisture.
There you have it. I plan to continue with my Denman use for now. I’m not losing any more hair than I usually do, and my results are noticeably smoother. Which is funny if you think about it- I immediately begin to fluff things up to induce frizz. Frizz= character! If I begin to feel that the use of the Denman is counter productive to my volume/big hair goals, I’ll immediately hide it from myself again 🙂
What kind of rollers do you use on your ends and about how many twists to you end up with? Any pics of your before pics?
Your hair is so gorgeous! I almost fell out my chair when I saw your curls! Now when you say that you roll the ends, what do you mean? As in curlers? If so what size, what method, how far up do you put them in, and how in God’s name do you get the ends sooooo smooth???!!!! Any additional tips would be greatly appreciated 🙂
To be honest, there probably isn’t anything truly special about the denman…except Tracee Ellis Ross endorsed it 🙂 This question has been asked before, hell, I’ve asked it before too. If you choose to use another brush, just make sure the teeth are spaced apart, and have no balls on the tips.
Thanks Indulgence and Sam!!! I heart my new logo 🙂
Sam, I honestly don’t know of a knock off of JandB. You could probably try to whip some up yourself (aloe vera juice, glycerin, and herb infused water). Ride out the PJism, lol, and see where it takes ya 🙂
I found it (D3) at my Sally’s but I had to look at the very bottom shelf.
I try only to use it after my hair is mostly detangled via other means (fingers, shower comb). So far it’s the only thing I’ve used that lets me detangle all the way down to the roots.
For the record: As a CNapp, I like to think of my hair as naturally frizzy. My frizz isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. 🙂
I can’t find this brush anywhere. Not at my local Sally’s, not Ulta.. I guess I’ll have to order online.
A-N, I heart your logo girl!!! Anyways, awesome tip about using the denman to smooth the hair! I'm gonna try that asap! I wondered though, IYO, what would be (if anything) a suitable knock-off of J&B? I'm TRYING (lol) 2 break my PJism (cuz I wanna buy a condo, yay!), and I wondered if there was anything else that would do the same job. I'm reconciling it as, if I buy the lustrasilk, then I can't buy the J&B. What say you, oh great hair guru? =)
I feel the same way as anonymous, I am transitioning as well and I just don’t understand what makes a Denman better than a regular paddle brush. I am debating on buying one because my goody paddle brush is doing great right now so I guess I am just wondering the difference. Thanks!
i hid my D3 by accident it works pretty good for me maybe b/c my hair isnt as long as urz…but i do agree that there is really no need unless u do wash n go’s on the reg…
I was thinking about buying one yesterday. I may go ahead and do it. You need to stop stirring up my PJism LOL!
By the way, Your new Logo is right on point!
I may be asking a stoopid question, but couldn’t I just use a “open bristled” brush like a conair or VS or something of that nature. What makes the Denman so special? (my ends are still relaxed so maybe when my full head of hair is curly, this brush may apply to me, but I’d still like to see an answer). I’m also afraid of brushing my hair because of the possible breakage.
(BTW, your sealing routine has truly helped reduce breakage for me…. thank you so much for the info you provide!!!)
*Transitioning Secret Stalker*
This brush is the best, it makes detangling so much easier and faster, and my curls pop really good. The only thing is because it makes my curls to springy the shrinkage is crazy!
I use it the same way you do to smooth down my hair before twisting.
Yeah I was not impressed by the Denman. I found a lot of split ends and stopped using it opting for low manipulation of my hair.
I do hear alot of people raving about it, so there must be some truth to it
Thats one of my must have!! <33