Product Type: Denman hair care products
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Denman 7 Row Classic Styling Brush
Member Name: Dryad
Denman 7 Row Classic Styling Brush
Advantages: Superb long lasting brush
Disadvantages: None that I can think of
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.
Summary: A fabulous brush that lives up to the hype