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For quite some time now I have carried an Avon folding hairbrush in my bag for emergency hair brushing when I am out. I live in Llandudno so after a walk along the prom my shoulder length hair needs a quick brush if I need to look smart. The only problem with this brush has been the fact that, when it is open and in use, the bristles tend to retract back into the folding position making it fiddly to use.
One of my friends pointed out that the round folding brushes don't have this problem so I decided to treat myself.
The one that I decided to go for was the Denman D7 Hairbrush Compact which cost about £3 and is available in Boots and online from Amazon and EBay and probably a lot more sites too!
The brush is available in black, black and purple and black and turquoise. I chose the black and purple which means that the main body of the brush is black but the base where the 'bristles' sit is purple. I think the all black one would be a bit too dark myself, but each to his (or her) own.
When you first get your brush it will be attached to a piece of cardboard showing the Denman logo together with a picture of the opened brush and a lady with long hair - just in case you don't know what to do with your brush maybe!
The hairbrush itself is round and about two and a half inches in diameter and fairly flat when folded up. So it is nice and compact and easy to carry in a handbag or rucksack. It would also be ideal if you were going away for the weekend and needed to be careful about how much luggage you were taking.
The hairbrush looks smart and classy even though it is made from hardwearing plastic. The base of the folded brush is smooth and flat and the top is slightly domed with the word Denman on it. To open the brush you just gently pull the two halves apart so that it opens flat with the hinge in the middle. The hinge feels strong enough to do the job - I have known folding bruishes where the hinge gives way almost immediately!
On the flat side of the compact there is a mirror and on the other side there is the brush. When you first open the compact the bristles are flattened inside the top of the compact and you have to push them from the other side so that they stand up in a sort of curved, circular arrangement ready to be used. The bristles are smooth and ball tipped so that they travel through the hair without pulling or snagging.
My hair is shoulder length and it is thick and coarse but even so I find that this brush will sort out the tangles and make it look smart enough to be acceptable. The bristles do not retract into the compact as I am using the brush which was the problem that I had highlighted with the long straight fold up brush that I used to use. Of course this makes the brush much nicer and easier to use. Of course once I have used the brush I can then look at myself using the mirror to make sure that it looks OK. The only problem is, of course, that you can't brush your hair whilst looking in the mirror - unless you buy two compacts that is!
Once you have finished with your coiffure you just have to gently push the bristles so that they retract into the compact so that it can be folded up again.
This little marvel is also easy to clean - a bit of washing up liquid in some warm water will soon have it looking like new.
In conclusion I would have to say that I would recommend this brush - it is a good price, it looks smart and, above all, it does the job!
Earlier this month a long awaited family wedding finally came to pass. It was a long day starting at 10.00a.m. to about 2.30a.m. So I wanted to take a few bits and bobs with me to keep me fresh and looking relatively human into the wee small hours. Having read some positive reviews on the Denman compact brush I purchased it to slip into my smaller than usual 'wedding bag', my trusty Denman comb being a little too long to fit.
I bought mine in Boots for £2.79 but at the time of writing it's selling there for £2.89 and is part of Boots 3 for 2 offer.
I have had a compact style popper brush before, a non specific brand which was absolutely useless. So some concerns I had about the Denman version were: Would the thin rubber disk into which the bristles are set come away from the frame, as it did with the other product? Would the hinge stand up to regular use? And would the bristles stay firmly in the pad? Denman demolished all those worries with knobs on. Denman have come up trumps as usual with a stylish good quality design for a reasonable price.
I like the texture of the casing of my little popper brush, it is slightly rubberised and has a soft touch. It springs open almost with a 'tada' on a hinge which seems to be sturdy. You do have to pop the brush up by pushing on the back of the pad and the bristles unfurl like a little hedgehog.
The bristles on this brush aren't the usual sturdy thick rounded tip type, they would be just too rigid for this design. They are the more familiar nylon spikes with little 'balls' on the tips to prevent scalp scratchiness. I have found with other brushes of this type that the little balls come off fairly quickly and I'm always surprised just how hurty the bristles are with out their tips. However the Denman so far still remains un neutered and is in full possession of all its balls making it a very comfortable and effective little brush.
The rubber disk which the bristles are set into is good quality and the same type of material as used in other Denman brushes, though without the firm backing. The brush holds its shape well during use and doesn't deform (and flip out of your hand or get tangled in your hair) as the bristles encounter a knot which is something I have found happens with more flimsy versions of this type of brush.
I never use the mirror portion/lid of the compact as a 'handle' though I'm sure this would work well if your hair is short and or fine. The soft curved edges of the disk feels solid in the hand and the rubberised covering gives it a good grip making it less likely to slip even if brushing through wet hair.
I don't often use compact mirrors as my hair is just long and has no specific style to take care with when brushing, so I can just rake the brush through my hair and as long as there are no knots it will look ok. Having a bit of an aversion to being seen preening in public I also tend to sneak off to loos if I want to check my face for melting mascara etc and use the wall mirrors there, so I don't use the mirror in my compact much. However the mirror has not been skimped on and for the price is of a very good quality with no discernible distortion of the image and seems to be fixed very firmly into the lid. I don't have any other make up products that I carry with me currently that have a mirror included. So I must admit that I do find it comforting knowing that should I have an eyelash in the eye emergency or get the feeling that I have newsprint smeared over my face (it has been know to happen, I'm a messy reader) that I have a mirror handy to check.
I have long thick hair and for a small brush this copes very well with the challenges that type of hair can offer. However I would not use this as my everyday brush as I do prefer something with a handle with a larger head as this design works better with my hair type. However this little brush is designed to be used for situations where you need something small to cart around with you and in this context it works very well indeed.
I believe this could also easily be used by men who have thicker or longer hair too, and carried discretely without embarrassment in a pocket. The version I have is black with some pink detailing, however if you aren't keen on pink, or are a macho man who would die rather than be seen carrying something with a hint of pink you can get this in other colours too. Unfortunately in Boots at the time I purchased mine black and pink was the only colour option (I'm not a pink lover so would have bought something different if it had been offered). Other colours (and prices) can be found online though not always easily, and it's always worth checking out Superdrug. All in all a fabulous little product. A black and red one and a red and black version appears to be available at www.lookfantastic.com/denman-popper-hairbrush-compact/10547118.html at the moment for £2.40. All around a fabulous little brush.
I bought this for my daughter as a stocking filler last year and have since bought one for myself as I realised it was very practical and useful to have!
It is made by Denman and I have a hairbrush made by them already which I rate highly. I think with this brand you get good quality.
It is a compact mirror with a hairbrush which pops up out of it. It comes in basic cardboard packaging and is available from shops such as Boots. It cost me just under £3 so for a brush and a mirror I think that is very good value for money.
It is made by a sturdy black plastic which feels like it is good quality it isn't tacky at all despite the price being cheap! The mirror is in the top part and the brush the bottom. When you open it out the bristles expose themselves by you pushing it and this is very easy to do, it's not at all stiff. The bristles are plastic and evenly spaced.
When brushing my hair with this I find that because it is round in shape it is slightly difficult to hold it well but it is sturdy insofar as the lid doesn't try to close itself as you're brushing unlike I have experienced with some other fold away brushes. It is only small so if you have thick hair perhaps this isn't the best brush to have although my daughter uses this and she does have long, thick hair. It glides through my hair well. Granted, it is not as good as my main hairbrush but it is extremely good for a small one to take around with me.
The mirror is perfectly fine and reflects well. It's very practical having it built in to the brush so that I don't need to carry around a compact and a brush separately.
When I have finished with this I just push the bristles and it collapses back into itself and then snap the lid shut.
It is very easy to use and a very practical item to have. Because it is small it fits well into my bag and doesn't take up much room. or just £3 I really cannot fault this. I can see it has a few flaws but for the price of it it's worth every penny.
Earlier this year I was looking out for a good quality but small hairbrush, as I wanted something neat and compact to take on holiday. When I travel I always try to minimise both the weight and bulk of my cosmetics (as much as is humanly possible, anyway), and so I was delighted to find the Denman Hairbrush Compact, which I bought in Superdrug.
It is currently on sale there for £2.79, and if you buy it from their website it comes with free standard delivery until 24th December. It is also available from other retailers. Boots have it for £2.80 (but I would like to note here that boots.com is no longer offering free delivery to your local store, unless your minimum order is £20). It's also available on Amazon, but if you simply enter 'Denman Hairbrush Compact' into your search, it will bring up a price of £2.99 plus £1.78 shipping. However, if you enter 'Denman D7 Hairbrush/Mirror Compact', you will find it available for £2.95 and eligible for free delivery. These prices are all cheaper than anything I could find on eBay today.
This product comes packaged on a cardboard strip, which should be cut away with scissors. The illustration shows the opened compact - with the brush extended - the Denman logo, and a pretty young woman with long hair.
The round compact is made of sturdy black plastic, which is nonetheless quite stylish, and which feels smooth to the touch. The diameter is about two and a half inches. The base of the compact is smooth, and has the word 'Denman' printed on it. The upper part of the compact is slightly domed, with the central area showing some little 'bobbles'. It is easy to open the hinged compact, which feels very solid and well made. The base contains a good quality mirror, and the dome contains the plastic bristles of a brush, which sit on a flexible cushion (mine is black, but the newer model appears to have a pink cushion), and which you access by pushing through from the outside of the compact. This is simple to do, and is easy enough for my occasionally wonky hands! The bristles spread out to create a small, round hairbrush. Denman's own website describes the bristles as 'smooth, ball-topped retractable pins'.
My hairstyle is short, and the brush is certainly ideal for me. I think it would be OK for medium length hair too, but may not be practical for a very long style, especially if you have thick hair.
When you've finished with the brush, the bristles retract into their domed container with a simple push. Have a final glance at yourself in the mirror to make sure you look stunning, then simply close the compact.
To clean the brush, I immerse the bristles in some water that I have mixed with a small amount of clarifying shampoo, and then wipe them clean.
Denman make high-quality hairbrushes, and this neat little number certainly does not let them down. According to Boots' website, Denman make 'The hairdressers' hairbrush - Denman brushes and combs are used and recommended by the world's foremost hairdressers in more than 50 countries worldwide'. I have used other Denman brushes over the years, and this handy compact brush compares favourably with the rest of their range.
I think this is a brilliant little brush, and I love the added extra of the mirror. It's perfect for travelling, and also for keeping in your handbag - it would probably fit into a clutch bag too - as it is neat and very light. I am very pleased with my purchase, and also very happy with the price - I think this is a real bargain, and I am happy to give this brush/mirror compact five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I have been using Denman hairbrushes for years , i love them. I have thick hair often static if i have took time to blow dry it and the Denman hairbrush is the only brush able to control and take the static out my hair.
I was thrilled to find the pocket sized compact Denman hairbrush compact in Asda.
Denman hairbrush compact can be found in Asda, Boots and Superdrug for roughly £3.00. It comes packaged in a clear plastic bag with a cardboard top that has the Denman brand written on it.
Denman compact hairbrush is a palm sized round compact mirror styled product. It is around 4cm in diameter and 2cm thick.
Its made from black plastic and has a shine too it, this hairbrush opens up like a compact mirror but doesn't have a clip holding it closed it just stays closed on its own.
Denman hairbrush compact opens up to reveal a mirror at one side and a hairbrush at the other, clam shaped with a thick hinge that's metal but covered in the black plastic. The brush pops out on an air cushion as soon as the compact is open. These are plastic bristles with small pink balls on top these massage the scalp as you brush. Although the brush looks tiny it goes through my thick hair well and tackles the tangles. As i said the brush is great on static flyaway hair.
Denman hairbrush compact is great for keeping in handbags or purses as it is so compact it wont take up space. I like the mirror also for checking my hair out on the go too. I have had to clean the brush a few times i do it with another comb to take out any hairs and giving it a quick wash under the hot tap leaving to air dry and its as good as new again. This brush should last for years if going by the life span of my other Denman brushes.
I recommend the Denman small compact hairbrush.
Denman Hairbrush Compact / Mirror with unique pop-out hairbrush feature / It fits in your handbag