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I am an absolute Denman fanatic. Anything Denman I invest in and I own so many hair brushes and that from this brand its silly and in fact Denman are the only brushes and combs that I own and use.
So I was very excited when in a discount shop locally recently that I found one of these for only a fiver and I bought it instantly and was really happy I got it so cheap cos I knew for a fact from having bought so many Denman branded things over the years that this would cost me more from the Denman website or places like Boots and I wasn't wrong cos this piece of kit usually costs about £11.00 after I tracked it down online so a nice saving I did make!
I have never been one to spend hours styling my hair. I have frizzy looking long hair that I do occasionally straighten with some Ghds and some good products however cos my hair is naturally wavy after a while and no matter what I try to do my hair kinks which is why I bought these! I thought either these would straighten my hair whilst using a hairdryer or at least straighten my hair a bit before finishing off with my hair straighteners and may help me cut down on the effort required to make my hair look anywhere near decent!
These are nice enough to look at. It simply looks like two long handled brushes that are attached to the bottom of them and you use like a pincer movement to use them really. The brush heads are a long oblong area with black bristles made of boar hair which are placed into a silver metal area to help conduct heat and with slats to the back of the plastic to allow air flow between the plates.
To use them I use them on damp hair, use my usual straightening products and then I brush through my hair whilst blowing out air from my hairdryer sort of the through the brush. This is a lightweight brush, the handle is plastic and not too wide and it doesn't get hot and it really isn't hard to gently pull these through the hair as you dry it however I find this process quite difficult to get me to use these and use a hairdryer is difficult as I'm so cack handed!
Although this is a nice feeling brush and a good idea and no one can say it isn't a good quality product for me this isn't great and I could well do without it. I used it a few times but got fed up because this made made my hair more frizzy not less and I still had to straighten with my straighteners so I couldn't see the point of it at all. The silver metal plates do conduct the heat and the bristles do detangle the hair but really....they don't help my hair be any straighter so like I say I have ditched the idea of using these!
Not for me these sadly but do Google online if your interested in them and they are available from Denman.com at £11.22.
It's the age old grass-is-greener situation when it comes to women and hair. Those with curly hair want straight hair, those with straight hair want curly hair, brunettes want to be blonde, and we must spend a fortune dying, styling, and maintaining our hair. I don't know anyone who is happy with their hair, and I am no exception. My problem is that although my hair is reasonably straight, it has a natural kink making it wavy (but a wonky wave!), and is prone to frizz. Actually, scrap the word "prone", it's frizzy as hell.
So, why not use straighteners and be done with it? Well we all know the damage heated styling can do to our hair, and there are times when I need to wash, dry and straighten my hair and get out of the door pronto. At times like this, it's not always convenient to wait for my hair to dry fully before using the straighteners, so at times like this I use the Denman straightening brush. The main advantage of using the brush is that it dries and straightens your hair in one step, so in theory, it takes less time to style your hair than if you were doing each step separately.
The Denman straightening brush is a thermoceramic brush with boar bristles. Its purpose is to straighten your hair by using the heat from your hairdryer during blow-drying, in the same way barrel brushes work. The ceramic plates get hot, and the boar bristles are firm so they smooth the cuticle to help eliminate frizz and hold your style in place.
The brush itself is a strange contraption, being V-shaped in the same way straighteners are, but having no means to keep them closed like you can when storing straighteners. This means they can only be stored in their V-shape, unless you manage to cram them into your drawer in a corner which allows them to remain closed. You could of course tie an elastic band round the handles, but I find this fiddly and when I'm in a hurry I tend to just shove them in my drawer. I find storage a bit of an annoying issue, because the bristles easily gather dust and any other particles flying round such as cotton wool fluff, threads, and any other lurking items.
The brush is easy enough to use in theory, and if you can use straighteners comfortably you'll be on the right track with the same method. The hair is parted into straight sections, and you simply use the brush to grab a section of hair, and glide it down the hair shaft whilst using your hairdryer to heat the brush. The only issue with this is that you have to grip the brush quite tightly to apply enough pressure to the hair, whilst at the same time managing to hold and manoeuvre the hairdryer on an angle to get enough heat to make the hair frizz-free. The brush doesn't usually snag or catch, but sometimes I can feel a bit of resistance against my hair as I'm moving the brush, as the bristles are really firm and do get a really good grip on the hair. I imagine anyone with arthritis or similar issues could potentially find this process quite tiring. An additional problem for me is that my hair takes forever to dry, so it's not just a case of doing this once, but several times for each section of hair.
The results do look good, if you're willing to put the effort in. However, in terms of time I honestly think it would be just as quick to dry your hair fully and then use hair straighteners, as the brush is quite time consuming if you have thick hair. Admittedly, if you have hair which isn't so thick and dries quickly instead of holding water, the brush would probably be more successful. Most times, I don't go to the effort of doing it exactly as it's intended, so I'll cheat a bit and blast my hair with the hairdryer, then just finish off with the brush on each section to give the illusion of frizz-free hair. I would only ever do this when styling at home or for day-to-day occasions, never for a night out because I know from experience that the frizz will catch up with you in the end!
The brush does require cleaning from time to time, as the bristles are very firm and do tend to collect hair. In fact, it's a wonder I have any hair left considering I'm forever removing clumps out of this hairbrush! I just soak it in soapy water and leave it to dry naturally, and this seems to work without causing any damage.
Would I recommend this brush? I'm undecided. I think it's useful to have for those occasions you don't have time to do much with your hair and you can "cheat" and run the brush over it to make it look straighter, but saying that, it doesn't exactly take long to plug the straighteners in and run them over your hair quickly. I guess the advantage of the brush is that it minimises heat damage to your hair, as it dries and straightens in one step, and also if you don't own any straighteners (what, really?!), this brush is a cheap alternative. I also think the brush is more suitable for thin than thick hair, but if you want to try for yourself it retails at around £11.99 from online suppliers such as Ebay and Amazon.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
~*~*~ Denman Thermoceramic Straightening Brush ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
The Denman Thermoceramic Straightening Brush is a brush with two clamp like sides filled with natural boar bristles, under the bristles is a ceramic coated vented plate that allows you to straighten your hair as you dry it.
~ Why did I buy it? ~
I bought this a good few years ago when I was in college doing a hair and beauty course, I saw it when I was in a hairdressing supply shop and thought it would be a handy item to add to my kit bag, not only that I thought it would come in useful for my own hair too. I paid around £10 for this and I thought it was money well spent. Denman have a good range of brushes and the classic Denman brush is one of my favourite.
~ Is it any good? ~
During my college days I ended up using this a lot, not only did I use it on my 'Sally' practise head, I used it when doing the other girls hair and I used it on a few clients. When I was in college straight hair do's were all that people wanted so I found that after blow drying peoples hair using a brush and hair dryer I would then use this at the very end to straighten it out more than I had already done, it left people hair really shiny and quite straight and with some people this was enough alone, but other times I would feel the need to use hair straighteners to complete the look.
To use them you simply clamp the two sections of the brush around a section of hair and pull it through whilst holding the hairdryer over it, they pull the hair straight and the ceramic plates heat up slightly to help straighten the hair out further.
The vents in the brush allow the hot air to penetrate through the brush easily.
The ceramic plates and natural bristles help leave your hair glossy and lustrous, soft and easy to manage.
The brush is quite easy to hold and it feels like your running hair straighteners through your hair.
I find that when I use these they do leave my hair pretty much as straight as it's going to be but thicker hair may require the additional use of hair straighteners to finish it off.
~ Overall Opinion ~
I am impressed with this brush, I thought it would be a bit gimmicky but it does seem to work. They are still in good condition now even though they were kept in my kit bag for years with lots of other hair accessories. I still use them now occassionally but I tend to let my hair dry naturally more often these days so then I will use my hair straighteners instead, but if I do blow dry my hair I will grab these.
You can start and finish the whole job using these you don't have to use them just for finishing it off. In college we had to use our blow drying skills so that is why I would use these at the end, however they do seem to work better if you just use these alone.
I find they work best on towel dried hair rather than dripping wet hair, and my hair always looks very glossy after using them.
You can buy them on Amazon priced at around £11.
Thanks for reading :o) x