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montREALady 04-12-2011 09:16 PM

To brush or not to brush?
 
Wondering if you use a brush on your curls and what kind? One minute I hear not to use one, then I hear they're great for distributing product and defining curls. I'm looking at the Denman D31 and D3 (Goody has one like this too and I grew up using Goody just fine). Apparently the paddle brushes with the balls on the end aren't good but a lot of people use them:confused3:

montREALady 04-13-2011 07:44 AM

Sooooo, no one uses a brush? :D I've done searches in here, but wanted some input from ppl with the same hairtype as me. :)

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itsKelCeeEee 04-13-2011 07:54 AM

Oh GAWD no.

I don't use brushes of any kind, but just because I don't doesn't mean it doesn't work for others. I WILL say however, that of all the brushes out there the only one I'd consider trying is the denman you're considering...BUT if you have thicker hair, DON'T get the D3. I've heard about women with thicker curls ripping their hair out with it (I guess it's a smaller denman?) Try the D30-whatever one if you do get it :cyclops:

EllyEllyOxenFree 04-13-2011 08:47 AM

I use a Mason Pearson Detangler, and before that I used a paddle brush.

greenandchic 04-13-2011 10:24 AM

Brushes take out my hair no matter what kind and how I use it. So no, I don't use one. :D

montREALady 04-13-2011 10:26 AM

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Originally Posted by itsKelCeeEee (Post 1632854)
Oh GAWD no.

I don't use brushes of any kind, but just because I don't doesn't mean it doesn't work for others. I WILL say however, that of all the brushes out there the only one I'd consider trying is the denman you're considering...BUT if you have thicker hair, DON'T get the D3. I've heard about women with thicker curls ripping their hair out with it (I guess it's a smaller denman?) Try the D30-whatever one if you do get it :cyclops:

Thanks, I've heard that too. I bought the Goody version of the D3 this morning, my hair is SHORT! I figured I can work with that for now, if it's no good, it was only $4.99 as opposed to $10+ for the Denman. If I still decide I need one, I'll do the Denman D31 since I have yet to see another brand with a similar brush.

montREALady 04-13-2011 10:27 AM

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Originally Posted by greenandchic (Post 1633034)
Brushes take out my hair no matter what kind and how I use it. So no, I don't use one. :D

Yeah, you have some thick hair girl, I love it!

P.P. 04-13-2011 02:30 PM

i'm conflicted. I have a whole collection of brushes..Denmans, shower wet brushes, Goody paddle brushes, vent brushes, boar bristles, Tangle Teezers plus some several detangling combs including the Mason Pearson.

I recently finished reading _Curly Girl_ and I've gone back to mostly fingercombing and detangling. In the shower I'll through sections with sandwiched, 'prayer hands' etc. under the stream to pull out shed hairs.

so yah, i'm conflicted because i'm afraid that ditching my brushes completely is going to leave too much shed hair behind. The last time I used a brush, i had a huge wad of hair in the brush from each side. This is even though I'd been rinsing and smoothing through it in the shower a couple times per week.

OTOH I hate how frizzy and amorphous my hair gets when i use brushes regularly. I used to brush through every week. Now I'm down to about once a month and I've found kinks and curls that I didn't know existed because it was always so separated and fuzzed out.

I think my hair looks & feels better in general since backing away from the brush. I think that those weekly sessions were snatching out more than shed hairs and my hair looked sort of weathered.

Lanisha 04-13-2011 03:08 PM

Not tryin to be a naysayer buuuuuut, in my experience the non-Denman versions aren't the same. They look identical sometimes, but they aren't. The Denman has smooth teeth, the one I bought before it, trying to save money, has seems, and some of those seems are rough. There's more flexibility in the base in the Denman allowing for less pulling as well. The teeth on my first one are all bent up from use. The Denman teeth have withstood and maintained their shape. Just adding my two cents.

greenandchic 04-13-2011 03:25 PM

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Originally Posted by montREALady (Post 1633039)
Quote:

Originally Posted by greenandchic (Post 1633034)
Brushes take out my hair no matter what kind and how I use it. So no, I don't use one. :D

Yeah, you have some thick hair girl, I love it!

Thanks!

FoxyGuide 04-13-2011 03:54 PM

I use a Denman knockoff to detangle sometimes & a boar bristle to brush back into a puff when I want slick edges.

pjjosephgiss 04-13-2011 04:33 PM

I use a small fake denman only when my hair is soaked with condish, for the detangling phase. I have never brushed my hair dry since I went natural. When I am applying product, I used to use a fake Denman to distribute, but with my hair, the strands want to do their own thing, so I just let them. I clump better by smoothing and raking than brushing. When I want to slick the hair back, i use a slim boars bristle brush, but put on lots of leave in moisturizer first. I will say, that the denman knockoff is pretty good at removing shed hairs. I have less knotting at the ends when I use it. When I remove the knots, I find they are made of shed hairs wrapped around rooted hair. HTH!

montREALady 04-13-2011 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Lanisha (Post 1633373)
Not tryin to be a naysayer buuuuuut, in my experience the non-Denman versions aren't the same. They look identical sometimes, but they aren't. The Denman has smooth teeth, the one I bought before it, trying to save money, has seems, and some of those seems are rough. There's more flexibility in the base in the Denman allowing for less pulling as well. The teeth on my first one are all bent up from use. The Denman teeth have withstood and maintained their shape. Just adding my two cents.

I've heard that re non-Denman's, but I grew up using Goody, never even heard of Denman before this forum! I stepped away from that $2.99 Annie brand brush though, lol. Goody was a happy medium.

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lisa6 04-13-2011 09:01 PM

I don't use a brush for purposes stated in the OP, but if I did, I'd purchase the Mason Pearson Detangler or Denman D31/D41...probably the MP because I love the Rake Comb and the Detangling Comb.

montREALady 04-14-2011 05:30 PM

My hair is thin and still short, wondering if the D31 would do me any good.

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ajna 04-14-2011 05:53 PM

Honestly I think you will have to try and see for yourself.
Personally I love mine and use it to detangle with leave in. At first I had a lot of hair and I thought I was breaking it after some time it stopped and I do not have a lot of shed hairs between washing. Now it is a must and I love it.

Oh and my hair texture is fine/normal.

HTH

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montREALady 04-14-2011 06:17 PM

@ajna, I'ma try my bootleg first, lol.

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ajna 04-14-2011 09:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by montREALady (Post 1634632)
@ajna, I'ma try my bootleg first, lol.

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Girl right! Why spend the cash until you are sure :toothy10:

PrincessLoopy 04-15-2011 12:35 PM

I use a boar bristle brush :) I do it old school, I like that it distributes oils and water and butters throughout my hair and leaves it so soft. My hair reacts the best when I use a boar brush and less pieces fall out.

Naturalista 04-15-2011 12:38 PM

I shingle all my products with a shampoo brush which looks alot like the tangle teezer but with wider teeth. Other than that, nope.


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