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Denman Paddle Brush Review

By January 27th, 202142 Comments

Denman Paddle Brush Review
Hola Chicas,

After my less than stellar experiences with Shredder, aka the D3, I thought I’d give their paddle brush a go. When it finally arrived, I was not impressed- it looked like your average drugstore brush. Nothing special… just 5 dollars more expensive. I own a Goody Paddle Brush and a no name one from Sally’s Beauty Supply, and both snagged my hair and were difficult to use. I reluctantly gave the Denman 83 a try and have pretty much fallen in love. This one feels sturdy, has never snagged my curls, and is easy to clean. I use it as my last step in the styling process before twisting my hair (wet or dry), brushing through gently, to smooth things out. This results in a sleeker set and makes for easier detangling at the next wash. I’ve never used it in the shower to detangle, and probably never will. I’m going to continue to watch my curls closely for breakage, needle hole splits, and split ends– the result of using Shredder.

Bottom line:
Give it a go! I’ve been using mine for more than a month now.

Have you tried the Denman Paddle Brush? What was your experience with it? Did you like it better than the D3?

Later Gators,

p.s. My dog Foxy died today ๐Ÿ™


  • Anonymous says:

    As for a brush cleaner, go to Sally's they have one that cleans brushes very well, it has two sides and works great on both Denman and Boar's Hair brushes. Cost is around $2.00

  • Afrolicious says:

    Happy New Year! I'm surprised that this paddle would work as they usually dont recomment brushes with the bead at the end. They say they can damage your hair. I recently started using the Denman 31 (free flow). It's the wide tooth one so I didn't expect and damage. when is the correct time to brush the hair? I've used it with conditioner in my hair while washing. I've begun to see mid splits, I've never had them before. Not sure if it's my wide tooth comb that not so smooth or if it's the burhs. Does anyone have any tips? I'm confused about about the correct time to use the brush. But it does detangle like a dream.
    My condolences about your dog. They are like family, so it is hard.

  • Liz says:

    I've been wondering for a while what in the world I was doing wrong to cause my hair to have split ends, single strand knots, etc. I guess it's my Denman (I don't know which model it is, but it looks like the one most of use have used.) So I've ordered the paddle brush. I hope it works because for whatever reason, I have the hardest time trying to detangle with a comb. We'll see!

  • Unknown says:

    Sorry about Foxy, Nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. My friend had to put her 16 year old Cocker Spaniel down a few months a go, and she's still cries every once in a while. My baby was 5 yrs old. I know the feeling, and it takes awhile to heal…you have my deepest sympathies.

  • Anonymous says:

    whr can i purchase a Denman paddle brush?

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    thanks ladies ๐Ÿ™

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki sincere condolences on the passing of your dog.
    God will guide you through and greetings to your hubby and baby Gia from the UK!!

  • Sherri says:

    @anon 12:46, I have very thick coily 4a/4b hair. My hair's about 6-7 inches. If I'm using the D3 I would gently brush only using about 2 rows of teeth. So I'd angle the brush so that all the rows were not in my hair at the same time. Now I use the D1431 for afro/curly hair. This brush was made for our hair! I love it. I generally wet and load with conditioner. I let that sit while i shower. Then I start from the back and brush with the water running over my head. This brush just glides thru my kinky hair without snatching hair out. After doing my whole head I may have 10-15 hairs in the brush. The paddle brush worked better on my hair after is was already detangled. So for me that was useless. What's the point of brushing if it's already detangled?! So the paddle is on the shelf for now. Maybe with longer hair i will revisit it.

  • KeetaRay says:

    So sorry about your dog, Nikki! ๐Ÿ™

    I haven't tried a Denman since shortly after my BC. It wasn't a good experience ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  • Anonymous says:

    Please … somebody with very thick very coily shoulder length 4b/c hair tell me if and HOW the Denman brush works for you. The D4 ripped my hair to shreds the one time I used it. Nik -"shredder" is right. I am willing to try the Denman paddle but I need a word from someone with my type of hair. Help!
    Sorry about Foxy! ๐Ÿ™

  • NaturallyNay says:

    Hi Nik!

    I would say my hair is somewhere between fine and medium density. I have very coily hair that likes to wrap around itself so detangling used to be a real challenge for me before the denman.
    The key for me is to make sure I use a really thick conditioner with lots of slip and I feel this protects my strands very well. My favorite part about detangling in the shower with this process is that it doesn't "retangle" after I get the brush through it so I don't have to have extra steps like platting sections after detangling. It stays detangled until I rinse and shake (my high tech styling procedure for my wash and go ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Desiree says:

    So sorry to hear about your doggie. ๐Ÿ™ At least she had a good long life filled with love…

  • Ms. Overproof says:

    Rest in peace Foxy ๐Ÿ™

  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the review. I haven't tried a Denman yet, but i think i will.

    Sorry about your doggie ๐Ÿ™

  • Sherri says:

    I have this brush but I think it's too big for my length right now. What I am in love with is my Denman 1431. It's smaller and has less teeth that are spread further apart. On the box it actually says for afro/curly hair. Works like a charm and I never hear hair snapping like I did with the D3.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am so sorry Nik no matter how old the dog was I know after eleven years she was part of your family and I will try the brush I am tearing my hair trying to detangle

  • star02171976 says:

    awww, sorry about your loss. I have a doggy I heart too!

  • Anonymous says:

    So sorry to hear about Foxy. ๐Ÿ™ (hugs)

    Thanks for the review. I still have a goody paddle brush from my relaxed days and I tried it the other day on my dry natural hair and it was a NO GO so I may give this one a try.


  • Jamila Reddy says:

    I've been wanting to give the Denman a try. it was on my Christmas list of things to buy for myself (I know…but sometimes you gotta do it).

    ๐Ÿ™ sorry about Foxy.

  • NaturalK says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

    Thank you so much for this review. I know I'm going to get a Denman, but I'm just still unsure as to which size. My hair is super duper thick and short-medium length, so I don't know if the paddle would be too big. LOL @ "shredder"!!! Now I'm sure the D3 will not work for me… Thank you again and Happy Holidays!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    ((((Nikki)))) I'm so sorry to hear about Foxy but at least Foxy is in doggy heaven now.
    My dog is going to be 12yrs old in January and he's been showing signs of old age (joint problems)…lately I live in a constant state of fear…

    Sorry again for your loss *hugs*

  • DvaAuNaturel says:

    Awwww, I am so sorry to hear about Foxy. I am truly a dog lover and have 2 currently. My other dog died a couple of years ago, he was 13, so I know what you're feeling. Sorry for your loss.

  • Food.Love.Art says:

    sorry about Foxy hun. ๐Ÿ™

  • ljkelly says:

    I'm sorry to hear about your dog, Nikki! ๐Ÿ™

  • Anonymous says:

    I will try the brush out..Can you get it from Sally's?

    Sorry about Foxy Ms. Nikki.. ๐Ÿ™

  • iri9109 says:

    awww r.i.p foxy…i didnt know you had a dog though!
    & im definitely getting a denman paddle…i lost my regular denman and i've been wanting a paddle brush for a while, and i actually was gonna just get a goody or no name one, but i couldnt find one for under $7, so i figured i might as well get the denman

  • Anonymous says:

    thanks for this review!

  • LaNeshe says:

    Sorry to hear about your dog!

  • Califabulous says:

    thanks for the review Nikki and I am sorry to hear about your dog, Foxy.

  • iculukin says:

    Sorry to hear about your dog

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry about your dog Nik=(. I don't have one myself, but have experienced the loss of more than one pet in my childhood. It's always sad, especially when they've been with you a long time. My sympathies to you.


  • Anonymous says:

    Great review Nik! I love my denman paddle and have used it for 5 years. I have thin hair but the bristles are pretty gentle on them. I'm happy you're liking it and sorry about your dog. I've been there and its horrible.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    Thanks Anon and others about Foxy. We're gonna bury her in my hubby's mom's yard.

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, my deepest sympathy for the loss of your pal, Foxy. So, so sorry. I know you will miss her. ๐Ÿ™

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    NaturallyNay, I think I remember that! I'm happy you're a long term, happy user. Are your strands fine?

    My doggy was old… ancient. She was 11. Poor baby. She'll be missed ๐Ÿ™

  • Anonymous says:

    I love love love my denman paddle brush. It takes sooo long for me to detangle with a wide tooth comb because I have a lot of really long hair. Since the brush is a lot wider and has more brush space I can cover more hair in the detangling process which cuts down the time and because the bed of the brush is flexible it doesn't rip my hair out if it hits a tangle. The clumping is crazy and it removes twice as much shed hair than the comb or my fingers and it's super easy to clean. I haven't experienced any split ends or anything like that as a result of using it. I keep it mine the shower.

  • Anonymous says:

    Awwww sorry to hear about your dog!! How old was she? It is always hard to lose a pet, they are like a member of the family.

    I think I will give the paddle a try. I have other paddle brushes and did not like the results, so I will see what is up with this one! Thanks for the review!

  • NaturallyNay says:

    I raved about the D83 after the last review of the "shredder". I still swear by it and I have had my same brush for 7 years or so(passed down and around to friends and now back again) and it is STILL the BOMB DIGGITY! I use it strickly for detangling in the shower as I am a wash and go only girl and do very little styling and it is amazing!!! Of course I use tons of conditioner (ausie moist 3 minute miracle is my new favorite) while doing so. Again I SWEAR BY THIS BRUSH!!!!

    I'm glad you're having the same love affair too Nik ๐Ÿ™‚

  • NaturalSinceBirth says:

    Thanks for the review! I need a paddle brush to blow dry my hair with.

    Sorry about your dog ๐Ÿ™

  • LaMaraVilla says:

    Awwww Nik, sorry about your dog ๐Ÿ™ Feel better love.

  • Shelly says:

    Thanks for the review. I did not know Denman made paddle brushes.

    Sorry about your dog.

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