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~ Denman 7 Row Classic Styling Brush ~
The best hair brush I have ever owned is my Denman Classic hair brush. I have owned two of these brushes over the years and that is not because the first one broke, it is because I lost it.
The Denman brush has a good solid construction, it is made from solid shiny black plastic with the Denman logo printed in gold lettering. The brush has a red rubber part that hold the white plastic bristles. There are no bobbly bits on the end of the bristles to loose so it never becomes scratchy, the bristles are made from a hard plastic but do not hurt the scalp in anyway, they do have slightly rounded tips.
It doesn't look like anything amazing but I love it.
Being a good solid brush it pulls through the hair easily, and gets rid of any knots without much of a fuss. It is also very unlikely to break as it is pretty solid.
I use this mainly when my hair is wet to give it a good brush before blowdrying and I also use it a lot on my hair when it is dry for styling. My children also use the brush in the mornings.
I would highly recommend this brush to anyone, it does cost more than the cheapy brushes but it will last a lot longer so in the long term it will actually cost you less. I bought mine from Amazon a few years back for around £7/£8 but they can be bought in supermarkets and also places like Boots and Superdrug.
This is definitely a brush worth paying for.
The rubber part also reduces static in the hair which is great when my hair is sticking up on end!
Thanks for reading x
I have had this hairbrush for years now, and it is still just as good as new, in looks and performance. The brush is nothing fancy. It has a black handle which is solid plastic, so it would take a lot for the handle to snap.
The bottom of the brush is also black, but then just above the base, it has red rubber in it. This looks like you can detach the brush from the holder, but I have tried and it seems stuck fast in it, so this will not come out. The red rubber is solid and thick, so will not be able to be punctured or broke. The bristles on the brush are white and made of solid plastic, and they do not bend when you brush your hair.
I always find this better when the bristles do not bend because it means that it will get the knots out of your hair more easily. Since my hair has grown quite a lot, my hair gets a lot more knotty that it usually did, but this seemed no problem for this hair brush. Do not get me wrong it takes a little bit of brushing to get the knots out, but it does it easier than I have with some hairbrushes. That is why I would recommend this to buy, it is solid and a great hairbrush to use. It does not make hair shiny but it does brush it well. And gets the knots out with not as much brushing as I have had to do with some brushes.
I have a lot of hair and it takes ages to brush, ages to dry, ages to style and after all that effort I end up looking like I have stuck my tongue in a plug socket as it becomes ridiculously static. I have found certain hair brushes to be better than others in reducing static but the other problem was that I need a hairbrush that is comfortable to use when straightening my hair. This particular brush was recommended to me by a friend who said that it would help reduce the static and would be great to use when styling. I wasn't convinced but headed to the hair care section the next time I was in Boots to take a look. The brush was quite expensive at just over £8 and it looked very simplistic too. For that price I want something with flashing lights and bells on it! But being convinced that my friend wouldn't lie, I brought the hair brush.
As I said, the brush looks quite simplistic. It has a black handle, which is weighted to make it more comfortable and easy to use. The bristles are smooth nylon pins which feel plasticy but are firm. The feel a little spikey to touch but I was reassured by my friend that these are specially designed so that the massage the scalp as you brush, thus increasing circulation in the scalp and promoting healthy hair growth. The rubber pad that the bristles are set in is intended to be anti-static and to allow maximum grip and control when you use it with a hair dryer, straighteners or other styling tools.
When I first used the brush I was pleasantly surprised as the brush was easy to move through my masses of hair and felt good on my scalp, not uncomfortable at all. Using the brush didn't seem to cause any static but this normally occurs during drying and straightening so it was yet to be tested to its full capacity.
After washing my hair, the brush was just as comfortable to use on wet hair as it had been on dry. It untangled my hair nicely without pulling on it. Next I used the brush to brush out sections of my hair as I blasted it with the hairdryer, again I was pleased and there was no static. Once dried I pulled out the straighteners. The brush was fantastic to lift sections of the hair into the straighteners meaning that I could use the brush rather than my hand to lift and hold each section. I noticed that my hair was definitely a lot less static than it is with other brushes but it did need some serum to completely calm it down.
I have always suffered from dandruff and my hair tends to come out a bit when brushing, perhaps as there's so much of it! I have been using this brush for a good few years now and wouldn't switch back to any of my old ones. It feels like it gives my scalp a good massage as I brush and my scalp and hair have been in a much better condition with less hair coming out as I brush. The brush is comfortable to use due to its ergonomic design and is great for precision when trying to create neat hair styles. It is not completely anti-static which is a shame but it is definitely better than many other brushes that I have tried. It is clearly good for my hair and the perfect tool for lifting sections when drying and straightening
I would definitely recommend this brush if you have long hair, hair that has a tendency to have static or if you regularly straighten your hair and don't like burning your hands on hot hair and struggling to separate your hair into sections. It is a little pricey for a brush but I do feel that it is worth the money. It gets 5 stars from me as it is a brilliant hairbrush that lasts really well.
I'm not loyal to any paticular brand when it comes to other products but when it comes to my hairbrush, I know what I like. I need something that's firm not too hard with plents of bristles so I get a good brush without hurting my head. I had one for about 8 years before it broke and was gutted that I had to replace my old faithful. I looked in Asda at their range but wasn't keen and ended up looking in Superdrug. This is when I discovered the Denman range.
The Denman range is stocked with other hairbrushes in the store. They sell quite a few different hair styling products including folding brushes to put in your bag, combs, varied brush sizes and rollers. I didn't want anything fancy or too big as I find bigger brushes a bit of a pain to use. I looked at the hairbrushes and found the classic 7 row Denman which is ideal. The handle is black plastic with the Denman logo carved into it. The brush cushionn is red with white bristles spaced evenly apart but distributing the brush well. The bristles aren't too soft but aren't hard to the point where they'd hurt your head either. They're also not too sharp on the edges so they don't scratch your scalp when you brush. The cushion of my brush is rubbery meaning when I brush my hair when it's really clean, it doesn't get static like it used to with other brushes I've used.
The brush isn't too heavy or too flimsy so I don't find myself dropping it when I brush my hair. I use this brush to brush knots out of my hair when drying, to style it and to comb it into place if I'm tying it up. It's a really good brush as it gets through any knots really easily without pulling my hair too much. It's great in the morning when my hair is really knotty (I think I must sleepwalk!). The vast amount of bristles means it brushes a lot of my hair at once so this brush is ideal for styling because it allows you to control your hair easily.
I really like using this brush, it feels sturdy and gives good results. Because it's got a rubber cushion rather than a normal cushion, I've found it easier to clean too because it doesn't hold the water. The brush handle is flat rather than rounded which is easy to hold. I can't fault this brush really. It cost me £5.99 which was more expensive than the other unbranded brushes that Superdrug sold but I think it's worth it as you're not just paying for the name but quality as well. You can get these brushes on ebay, amazon, superdrug, boots and at asda now as well I believe. They're a little pricey but in this case, you get what you pay for.
~Want hair like Farrah Fawcett?~
Then go buy a Denman!
It was a long time ago when I first bought my very own Denman styling brush after having witnessed it in action at the hairdressers. Back in those heady days when hair like Farrah Fawcett and the rest of Charlie's Angels was THE thing to have style wise, a girl needed a sturdy brush like the famed 7 row Denman styler to flick and curl her hair to within an inch of its life! I know I was that girl....once! I know how well this Denman brush works in the hands of a true master too, as my hairdresser back in the day was able to produce a perfect flicked big hair look with little more than her trusty Denman each and every time.
It really is only in more recent times that the Denman brush has fallen out of favour due to the fact that we now all want super straight hair, such is fashion! Where as before we all sat wearing heated rollers or flicked and styled our hair with a 7 row Denman brush to add supernatural looking waves and volume, we are now all addicted to styles that have about as much body as a limp fish. I must admit that I really do like that silky smooth serum straight look, although this past week or so I have been trying to go lighter on the hair straighteners for a change and make use of my Denman brush and trusty hair dryer instead. I have been really pleased with the results I have had when using this brush to be honest, as my hair seems to have more bounce and life to it since I began using my old school 7 row Denman styling brush again.
I am pleased to say that I have found that you can still mix things up with a Denman brush, as it can be used to create volume and bounce that I find you can then tone down just a little by following up with a very light amount of straightening over just the parts of hair that require it. When I use the brush I like the way that my Denman still feels durable and well made even though it has been around for some time. I find that the brush can easily be used to smooth hair and cut down on static and fuzz with a little bit of artful handling when using it with the hairdryer. I feel that the brush can also help to add volume and bounce to my hair which makes it feel even more versatile when I use it alongside some hair straighteners.
The look of this medium weight and sized styling brush has not really changed all that much over the years (if at all) since I bought my first 7 row Denman many moons ago in my opinion. I recall that I once had a rather nice deep red coloured Denman brush which has sadly been misplaced, where as the more recent version of the brush that I now have is a more subdued brown black shade that is far less stylish to look at in my opinion. The average Denman 7 row hair brush that can be bought these days may not be brightly coloured or quirky to look but it most certainly does a good job at helping produce fashionably styled hair in my opinion.
The body of the hair brush is made from sturdy feeling smooth plastic with 7 rows of nylon styling pins placed into a flexible rubber pad. The brush is slightly heavier than some more modern brush styles I have used although in my opinion the Denman brush feels about the right weight once in use, as it is neither too heavy and bulky, or too light, flimsy and hard to control. I feel the balance is just about right with this brush. The nylon styling pins combined with the anti static rubber pad help give really good grip and control over your hair when blow drying the hair into a style or shape in my opinion. The styling pins don't pull or tear the hair even when used to stye longer hair once you get the hang of using the brush in my experience.
~Price/ product care~
Prices for brushes in the Denman range can be a little higher than those of some cheaper unbranded brushes, although they aren't overly high in my opinion. I feel that these brushes still offer good value for money as they are very well made and last for ages once you have one. I feel that at around £8 or so for a larger Denman and £5/ £6 for a smaller brush you can't really go wrong with one of these hair brushes as they go on and for years if washed and cleaned from time to time. I simply rinse the brush under warm water mixed with a little shampoo, then allow it to dry off before I use it again and find it is very quick and easy to keep the brush clean and ready for use.
My rating for these classic Denman brushes has to be 5 stars as I feel there is no other brush with a similar shape and style that has come close to being as good as one of these. I have found that these hair brushes are well made, being durable, simple to keep clean and easy to use, giving good results once you get the hang of styling your hair with just a brush and hair dryer instead of an array of heated styling tools/ products.
I don't know exactly how these denman brushes have been around, but I know it's a long time because my mum used them on me as a child and I am now in my 30s. They are such a good quality, reliable brush - I don't know what I'd do without mine!
The handle is very sturdy plastic, and the bristles are in seven rows and made of nylon apparently. They are embedded in a red rubber cushiony pad. The brush feels very classic and well-made, and I have had them for literally years and use them on the whole family. I imagine they last forever!
The Brush is great for a variety of uses. I use it to brush wet and dry hair, make partings, style ponytails, up-dos, etc, and I can wrap my mid-length hair around it to blowdry it under. It doesn't catch or tug the hair, it doesn't cause excessive breakage of the hair, and it creates a lovely soft, smooth finish with shine.
==Denman Classic 7 Row Styling Brush==
For as long as I can remember I have always used these Denman brushes. It will probably have something to do with the fact that my mum would always use them when I was growing up and to be fair I think we have a couple but they last so long that mum probably still has the same ones!
They are not the cheapest brushes you can buy and at around a price of £7 from Boots you could get a brush a lot cheaper if bought from Avon or the like. However this brush is solid and sturdy and so great to use that I would say it is well worth the money.
The brush itself has a black solid plastic like material. This can get a little slippery if you have product on your hands as there is no grips of anything and the moulding is very smooth. There are (as the name suggests) 7 rows of the translucent plastic brush bristles which are housed within a red/orange colour rubber base. This base is able to be removed from the plastic moulded handle as it slides in and out on a little lip that the handle and back of the brush has. This is ideal for keeping the brush clean.
I find the brush is a little heavy compared to others I have used but this means that its never going to break and will literally last for years. The first thing to go will often be the rubbery sole as this will split after general wear and tear of getting warm from a hair dryer and wet from brushing damp hair.
The brush itself is comfortable to use and I find it works it way through hair really well. It gets the knots out of my hair very well and brushes the curls out when I have my hair curly. I really can't fault the quality of this brush and for the price it is certainly worth paying out for as it is a sturdy brush which is comfortable to use and lasts years. I think nothing but a tops core of 5 out of 5 stars will do for this fantastic brush from Denman. Highly recommended.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Until recently I have always had very long hair that is always full of knots and generally a nightmare. About a year ago, actually slightly longer, before I got married, I started taking good care of my hair and visiting the hairdressers regularly. I now have shorter hair than I've ever had before (apart from my tomboy phase growing up) and as such I style my hair every single day. I have a hairbrush in my handbag at all times as I can get quite windswept if I walk in to work and my handbag brush of choice is this Denman brush. This is a brush that I've owned for about 4 years now and I probably use this most days. At home I have several different brushes for different styling and I've had this brush for so long that I don't actually remember where it came from! I can tell you that to buy one now is £7.49 from Sainsburys but you might be able to find them cheaper elsewhere.
The particular brush that I have is the 7 row brush which I feel is the ideal size for a handbag hairbrush and this is also available in a 5 row and a 9 row but I've never owned either of these as I've never had a need to replace this hairbrush (yet!).
This hair brush is not really anything special to look at. It has a sight curve to the back and the handle is long, smooth and comfortable to hold. The bristles are on one side and they are splaying out to create a fan like effect. In all the brush is quite plain to look at and the bristles are smoothed at the ends and they go in to a rubber part of the hairbrush that my cat seems to love so much!
I have had numerous hair styles and lengths and I tend to use this hairbrush for touching up my hair at the end of a long day at work or after my lunch break just to keep my look clean and polished. This brush glides through my hair with ease and when I have knots it helps to clear them without problems and while there is loose hair collected in this hairbrush it is gathered up neatly and simple to remove too. I do not feel that this hairbrush damages my hair at all and I definitely have far less split ends recently than I ever had before. I take good care of my hair now with monthly salon visits and despite dyeing it regularly at home it looks good and feels good too. The handle of this is a hard plastic that is nice and shiny and it is simple to move this around so I can use one hand to brush my hair with no problems at all.
If you choose to, you can slide out the rubber part of the hairbrush that has bristles on it. The only reason I can think of for doing this is to clean the brush and keep it hygienic. I don't worry about this much as I just rinse my brush when it needs it and remove the excess hair from the brush on a regular basis. You can remove the bristles too although this involves a little fiddling around to push them through the rubber, this is time consuming and not something I do ever.
Brushing my hair with this brush is very comfortable. The bristles are not soft, at all, but they do not leave my scalp feeling sore or uncomfortable either. They are sufficiently rigid to go through knots and de-tangle my hair with ease, where needed. The brush is quite weighty without being over the top and in general it is comfortable and easy to use. I am rating this brush 5/5 as it is a fantastic handbag brush and despite it being several years old there is old a small amount of damage to the rubber part thanks to my cat having a thing for chewing the bristles on this any time I take it out of my handbag and leave it lying somewhere.
When we returned from our summer holiday this year and I was unpacking, I realised that my hairbrush was missing. At first I thought I had packed it in a different place and it would turn up but it wasn't the case and I must have left it behind at the last hotel we stayed at. So, obviously I needed a new brush. Anytime I needed a new brush before I always went to Boots and bought one but since I had a little bit of money left on my amazon voucher, I thought I would pick one up there. My husband is rather precious about this hair brush and wouldn't let me borrow it even if I was desperate, but when I was without brush for a week I did use his (without him realising) and he had a Denmans Men's brush, one that he has had for years.
So I went onto Amazon to see if there was a female version and there was. I paid just under £7 for a Denmans 7 row classic styling brush at the time. This brush appears to have a rather classic shape and colour, with red vibrant pad and the sleek black handle that is curved to give the user added comfort and ease to style your hair. According to the packaging of this product, this is a brush that is meant to be used worldwide by hairdressers - whether this is the truth or not I'm not sure.
The hair pins on this brush are supposedly staggered to give you extra grip when styling your hair and the rounded style of the pad is meant to help you either flick your hair out or blow dry it into your preferred style.
When I got this brush, it wasn't quite as soft as I expected, but yet it was actually softer than the brush that I lost which I had originally got from Boots. I find the handle to be a good shape to get a good hold when I am trying (!) to give some style to my hair as I blow dry. My hair is fine and fly away and needs to be given some kind of shape and volume although I don't get much time now with a one year old running around. I do find that I can get a good hold of my hair with this brush and it will hold it as I blow dry it without the hair falling through. I do think that if you have thick hair it would be an ideal brush as it will give you that extra control. I just need a brush that will hold the hair as I style it, and this does the job.
Since I got this brush I have obviously been using it everyday and I can see why my husband likes it so much and the quality means it should be a long lasting brush. Despite it not being a soft soft brush, it gives that control and grip that are necessary when you try to style your hair, and especially for me when I have fine hair that needs volume, having a brush that will help you style it is essential and in fact is sooo much better than the Boots brush that I lost, so it has actually worked out far better and forced me into buying a good new brush. All in all, a great brush that works well for holding fine hair but also for thick hair.
I first came across Denman brushes from my ex wife. She was years my senior! When I fisrt saw them I thought how un attractive they were and that they were an old ladies brush so to speak.
However after we split she left loads of the brushes still in there packaging un used I soon changed my mind about them. They are one best brushes I have ever used.
The brush has a black plastic handle and a red rubber insirt with white nylon bristles. The name Denman is clearly seen on the base of the brush in gold lettering, with the crown logo above. These brushes are of high quality and last for a very long time. I have had mine for almost four years now and it still has a lot of life left in it.
The brush should be cleaned regular with a little shampoo and rinsed to keep it in good condition. I was quite suprised to learn that alot of hairdressers still use Denmans today. I am proud to say they are a British made product of which is very rare these days as alot of products are now made abroad.
I use my Denman to dry my hair with a hair drier thay are safe to do so as i have seen my hair dresser use it this way on my hair in the past. I suffer at present from some hair loss stress related and need a brush that doesn't pull my hair out more than I am suffering from at present. This is fantastic for my hair it is gentle and syles it very well indeed. Denman make other products such as combs and mirrors I am going to at treat myself to one of those next.
The price of these range from £10.00 and above.
I have been using Denman hair brushes for as long as I can remember brushing my own hair, which has to be around 25 years at least by my reckoning.
The reason we got a Denman brush in the first place was that we had a mobile hairdresser come to the house and it was the brand that she used on our hair. Liking how well it went through mine and my sisters thick curly hair, my mum bought one.
When I left home to go to University, I needed to buy my own version of this, so my Denman brush is now at least 15 years old. Wow, some longevity when you think about it.
Now, I do not brush my hair every day these days because I find my hair gets too frizzy if I do so, so my hair brush gets used a couple of times per week brushing it out before washing my hair, sometimes brushing conditioners through my hair, and then when I am drying it.
The Denman brush has always been great for me, as I know you shouldn't brush wet hair, but I do find that it goes through my wet hair without it snagging, therefore it doesn't leave it full of split ends and looking in poor condition.
This brush is British made, and I feel it look rather stylish with its black handle and red rubber head. The rubber head can be removed from the brush to enable me to clean it if it needs it, and it just slides into slots on the side of the head of the brush. It is a firm fit however, as it does not slide about when you are brushing your hair. When new, my brush had gold writing on the back of the head, but this did fade a long time ago leaving a slight image of it. The handle is long enough to fit comfortably in my hand, and it is slightly concave in the back of the handle. When I am using it, I hold it with my thumb along the rear of the handle and my fingers curled round the front and I find this a really comfortable and efficient way to use this brush.
Over the years, I have not been that kind to my brush. I chuck it in bags when I travel, I leave it wet in the bathroom, and I have even used it to spread hair dye throughout my hair. It is now starting to show some signs of a bit of perishing to the rubber. If I look closely, it looks like it has been left in the sun, as it is a bit cracked and dehydrated looking. The 7 rows of bristles are still in like new condition and this is a sign of a well made product I think.
I will have no hesitation replacing this brush with another Denman brush. I had seen these in Boots a number of years ago at £20 which seemed too much, but nowadays they retail from about £4 on amazon, which I feel is pretty bargainous for the length of time I have used this one for. The design has not changed one bit in this time.
I just LOVE my Denman Classic Hari Brush. I have had mine now for about 10 years, and when it eventually wears out, I will be straight down the shops to buy the same! Is it the best bruch I have ever used!
The brush by Denman is medium sized, and is a plastic base, black in colour with a red rubber pad holding the nylor pins. With its simple design you could mistake it as just another hair brush, but once you've tried this you'll never go back!
Denman say that this is the "The most famous styling brush in the world!", so it would seem many users agree. You can buy it for just under £7 for Boots stores and on Amazon so its a very reasonable price.
The Denman Classic is a medium brush. It has a short black handle and sleek compact head. The head of the brush has a red rubber cushion with It is easy to use and very light. The nylon pins are smooth and rounded so they do not pull on the hair or feel sharp on your scalp, there are 7 rows of these pins so the brush can handle a lot of hair in one sweep. These nylon pins also do not snag the hair and untangle hair without dragging the knots out and leave hair feeling smooth after use.
The brush is also heat and chemical resistant, and will not fade in colour. I use it alot while blow-drying and it holds the hair well during this. Although the pins and rubber pad make the hair sleek they also hold the hair round the brush without is slipping through and I was quite surprised that it did this. This rubber base also prevents any static and for me this is a big plus point as I have very fine flyaway hair!
As mentioned I have had the brush for around 10 years and it still looks like new. Not one pin has fallen out and even with regular washing the colours are bright! It really is an amazing brush for the price!
I bought my first Denman hairbrush when I was 18, I had long thick hair which most brushes got lost in (literally sometimes) a hairdresser recommended this brand to me and I bought the larger brother to the D3, the D4 which has 9 rows of bristles. I've since learned that Denman brushes are known as the brush of hairdressers. My first brush served me well for 10 years before it started to deteriorate, and another 2 before the rubber base into which the nylon bristles are set became too spongy (and a bit sticky as rubber does when it deteriorates) to use any more. I've recently bought another two of these great brushes one being the medium D3 7 row brush, and a mini one for the handbag which my eldest immediately nicked. So thought I'd share my experience of these smashing brushes.
This particular brush is recommended for medium to long hair, and is particularly adept at dealing with thick 'shrubbery'.
What Boots says about this brush in bullet points:
Anti-static rubber cushion
Smooth round ended pins
Resistant to heat and chemicals
Excellent blow-drying performance
What the brush looks and feels like.
While checking current prices I've noticed that you can get the D3 in different colours and patterns, but I've only ever seen it in Boots in the classic black (with gold logo on the back of the brush, mine is the plain black, with a 'light' red rubber pad. It's a lovely glossy smooth black , with a sensual shape, for me it's almost the 'Apple' of hairbrushes. The design is just the same as all other brushes of this type yet the curves seem just perfectly formed, the handle sits in the hand as if it was made for it. There is no flimsy feeling or rough edges at all' it's not the most light weight of brushes but I like the quality feel the weight gives it. The rubber pad in which the bristles sit curves out from the base with no rough edge where the two meet and the bristles are smooth white and slightly tapered. For me it has an almost indefinable special something that makes me want to own it.
What I particularly like about the bristles is that the very width and smoothness of each one, allows the tips to be gently rounded, so there is no need for those annoying little plastic balls that some brushes with thin nylon bristles have on the ends to protect your scalp. They invariably come off and leave you scraping your skin.
How it performs.
The anti-static pad also provides some 'give' to the brush, so that it's difficult to put too much pressure on when in use. As soon as I started using this brush I noticed a difference in the look and condition of my hair. I'd forgotten just how much difference a good brush can make. Having such long hair it can get a bit fragile from mid-length and this is where I can start to see some split ends forming. Because my hair is long I accepted that this was inevitable as the brushes I'd been using were fairly harsh (I've been buying those ones from the chemist with the annoying plastic balls at a£1 a go, simply because they were cheap). I would just snip off the tips of the split hair when I could be bothered, use decent conditioners and hope for the best.
However when I started using Denman again I noticed how easily it dealt with knots even though it's not specifically a 'tangle tamer' and it really is pretty much as snag free as the above bullet points suggest. Therefore there was less damaging tugging, stretching, or ripping of the hair. The brush slides through my hair once I've done the initial wriggling out of any knots that may be present, and it does seem to give it a glossier look, it's helped to improve and maintain the general condition of my hair long term, not just give a cosmetic effect. I don't seem to get a lot of static in my hair, but it is certainly less frizzy when using this brush.
The brush is easy to keep clean any hairs and dust that may come out and settle between the bristles are easily lifted and removed. I'm a bit obsessed with keeping my brushes etc clean and this gets a thorough wash every time I wash my hair, using a clean nail brush and warm soapy water to get into the pad and base of the bristles. Loose hairs get removed after every use. It's reacted well to this washing and drying and the pad hasn't shown any signs of 'perishing'.
The fact that the brush is resistant to heat and chemicals is I'm sure the main reason it lasts and performs well for so long and is used in hairdressing. I don't do much to my hair, I don't perm it, and rarely colour it, but I do use a heat protecting anti frizz serum if I use straighteners, so my brush does come into contact with some chemicals if not many and is showing no signs of deterioration at all yet.
The whole brush is hard wearing and remains looking handsome for during its lifespan, even after twelve years my old one still remained very presentable even though the gold lettering had pretty much worn off.
As for heat resistance and ease of styling? I don't blow dry my hair to style it these days, only as a quick blast to finish drying my hair if it's taking too long to air dry. When I was younger I did use the D4 for blow drying, and the brush was magnificent in this capacity. Gripping the hair well but still allowing the brush to slide through smoothly as I drew it down the length of the hair. The widely spaced bristles allowed the air to circulate and dry the hair between into a nice smooth finish, showing no negative reaction to the heat. As my new brush appears to be of identical construction to the old I see no reason why it wouldn't fare just as well regarding heat resistance.
I used my new Denman the last time I washed my hair for the purposes of the review to see if it still performed as in my memory, and yes it was still brilliant, a dream to use. It gave a lovely frizz free finish and I even found I didn't need to go over my hair quite as thoroughly with the straighteners afterwards which can only be a good thing. In fact the result was so nice I'll probably start blow drying my hair again for special occasions.
One slightly negative thing that did happen with my old brush was that the rubber pad started sliding out, though I have to add this was quite late in its life. It was quite a solid construction and slid back in very easily, unlike some cheaper brushes where there is only the bristle section on a thin pad which doesn't re-fit properly. The Denman's thick rubber construction of this section with a base as well as just the bristle part meant that it was still usable long after this started happening. Once replaced it didn't usually come out during brushing but would sometimes slide out if I hit a large knot, held the brush vertically downwards, or sometimes while knocking about in my bag. I'm not sure if this design is the same on the newer brushes, it looks as if it is but as the pad hasn't come out of my newer D3 yet I can't say for certain.
This brush is mid sized for Denman and while it has a good sturdy weight to it I don't find it too heavy, and it will fit in all but my smallest evening bags fairly well, as long as I don't try and stuff everything I own in there with it. Denman do now make a version which looks and opens like a compact for use in situations where you might not have a bag or are using a tiny clutch or similar. I'd like to get one of these myself as with long hair that looks a shambles if the wind catches it I don't like to be parted from a brush and the little one might be useful for special occasions when I use my favourite party bag only big enough to carry a sneeze.
I'd highly recommend this smashing brush, it's fantastic value at £6.89 in Boots at time of writing (cheaper in some places, and offers are sometimes available) and if it lasts you half the time mine did it's worth every penny.
We have had our Denman Pink Base Classic Styling Hair Brush with weighted handle now for a couple of years. We have owned many different hair brushes over the years but we always find that Denman are the ebst as they are suitable for all types of hair and are sturdy and long lasting products who symbolise quality.
Our Denman Pink Base Classic Styling Hair Brush is quite light in weight and easy to use and manipulate for all sorts of hair textures and styles. My other half has very long hair down past her waist and she ties it back during the day while she is singing but lets it down and brushes it through at night. She has always said that this brush manages to glide smoothly through her hair and detangles well and leaves no knots or lumps. She even uses it on her wet hair and she normally won't brush her hair when its wet, but she says the Denman Pink Base Classic Styling Hair Brush is kinder than other brushes she has used.
I use the Denman Pink Base Classic Styling Hair Brush on my own hair and also on my facial hair and on my beard, which is now rather long and much longer than on my profile picture. Denman Pink Base Classic Styling Hair Brush has seven rows of white bristles and they are all firm and tough. They are spaced out well to ensure the brush glides smoothly through all types of hair. The handle is weighted at one end and we think this helps to add balance when styling your hair.
The brush is easy to keep clean and our little lad likes to use it himself on his own hair and sometimes he likes to brush my beard for me after I have had my bath or shower, so it is suitable for the whole family.
It is available in most shops and we paid £6.55 for ours and it has lasted. It has been washed and reused on lots of occasions but still appears to be going strong and the bristles have stayed in good shape and have not splayed.
I've had my Denman brush for as long as I can remember. I'm being serious (we're talking at least 10 years here) - I feel like we're old friends now. And as far I can see, it will be with me for many, many years to come. It may not look as perfect as it did the day it left the manufacturer, but this is a downright case of an excellent quality product, which has stood the test of time.
The brush sits comfortably in the hand, the handle a 'teardrop' design for comfortability. However, it is the quality of the pins which are the real selling point for the brush. As suggested in the item title, there are 7 rows of 21-23 pins, which are spaced about 0.5cm away from each other. As someone with long, thick hair, which often gets tangled easily from the wind, this brush needs to be effective and strong in order to get rid of those pesky knots. And of course, this brush is. The pins are very flexible, and can move almost 90 degrees at the most outer edges of the brush. However, I'm just going to note that I'm not entirely sure whether the brush is supposed to do that or whether this is down to its age! Anyway, this brush must have been designed to be durable, as not one single pin has fallen out of the rubber pad which holds the pins in place. Considering the length of time I've had this brush, I'd say that's quite an impressive feat. Inspecting it closely, I can see that the rubber surrounding the pins has begun to crack very slightly, and so I expect the day will eventually come when the pins will fall out.
At the time this review was written (21st May 2011), this brush was the #6 bestseller on Amazon in the 'Hairbrushes & Combs' section (beaten only by items from the 'Tangle Teezer' range which occupy #1-#5), demonstrating its overwhelming popularity. Indeed, its own website claims that this is 'an essential styling tool for professional hairdressers the world over'.
Obviously I can't remember what I paid for it, and I probably didn't even buy it for myself, having been about 10 or younger at the time. However, nowadays, it's available for £6.75 from Amazon.
This is a brush that's worth investing in. It will survive the test of time, and is strong enough to deal with the toughest knots. Its website also claims that it's perfect for blowdrying your hair, due to its anti-static rubber pad, and is excellent for styling also. I don't use brushes to style my hair in the 'sleek bob' and 'flicking' styles they suggest is possible for this product, and so can't comment on how well you'd be able to achieve such a look. However, it is an essential of mine that will remain in use as long as it's still in one piece.