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Detangling is one of the dreaded tasks that every natural must do if she wishes to properly maintain her hair but lets face it- it can be a pain in the posterior. It is a constant battle between getting the tangles out and removing shed hair but not snagging the hair or over manipulating it. With all of this headache associated with this process I thought it would be helpful to give a thorough breakdown of the tools and methods that can help us get through this ordeal while keeping as much hair as possible on our heads and out of our combs and brushes.
The Denman Brush is a detangling tool thats been around for quite some time now and has been reviewed extensively on CurlTalk. What makes it so popular is the efficiency with which it can detangle due to its somewhat flexible teeth and the fact that it can capture the shed hair to prevent your hair from matting. For some naturals whose hair cant tolerate all the teeth, the brush can also be opened to remove columns of teeth and make the spacing between them wider to minimize damage done to the hair. These brushes are commonly known as modified Denmans. However, if snagging is your primary concern then consider purchasing the D31 or the D41 as opposed to the popular D3 as it is better suited for detangling since its teeth are more widely spaced.
Like most detangling tools, the Denman brush can wreak havoc on your ends if used too often without caution, which is why I prefer to use it as the final step on my hair to smooth it out before styling. In my opinion, the Denman is just about the best darn clumper there ever was. Even my fingers cant create the smooth and elongated ringlets that my Denman can and I am not the only one who uses it for this purpose. There are plenty of videos on YouTube of women who do just that.
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