I have tried several other brushes in the past, starting with the infamous half-radial, rubber base styling brush. In this review, I will discuss the Denman brush and the Kakakiki KombBrush.
Denman was just about the best brand of styling hair brushes that I've used on my natural hair. I used this in the shower to detangle sections of my natural hair or on my dry hair for styling.
I first heard about this brush in the early 2000's on natural hair boards. It was all the rave and everyone seemed to be getting the D3 or D4 editions of the brush. I decided to get one, and that grew to 2 or 3. I absolutely fell in love with this brush. I used it in the shower to detangle my hair. However, my Denman brushes began to wear down just like the previous styling brushes I had used. The rubber cushion base would melt and come apart over time just like the other styling brushes I've had. The spokes--although the sturdiest that you'll ever find--would still bend to some degree when being pulled through my hair. If I wasn't careful, I would end up snapping my hair strands. The looseness of the spokes was probably due to the plastic base wearing down after some time.
The Denman brush is almost the sturdiest styling brush that I've used. I honestly think it's too strong and powerful for my fine, delicate coily strands.
EDIT: Now, there's also the Kakakiki KombBrush that is the most solid styling brush that I have used--litterally. The brush is completely made of hard plastic, including the brush spokes. I first heard about this brush in the early 2000's as well. I was skeptical of those little hooks... I feared them. So it took me until 2003 or 2004 to finally order one. I had remembered their "Kakakiki!" Theme Song which auto played on their then new website. It haunted me in my sleep. Remembering that overly repetitive theme song allowed for me to remember their product name, leading me back to their website to order it and give it a try. I used this primarily to detangle my ends after washing my hair. I absolutely loved the concept of this brush. However, I had some problems with it.
First of all, the Kakakiki is designed with hooks etched into the end of the brush spokes, I guess to aid in the detangling process. This posed a huge problem because it meant that you could only brush your hair in ONE direction--definitely not convenient. If you brushed your hair with the hooks going the wrong way, your hair was facing some trouble. I don't brush my hair one way. I naturally am holding the brush in either my left or hand. On top of that, I brush one direction at the top of my head (down) and another direction at the bottom of my head (up or out). I found myself rotating the brush in my hand like I do a paddle brush in order for the hooks to go the way they're supposed to, depending on the direction I was brushing. Not to mention, the hooks were constantly tugging at my delicate ends.
Another problem the Kakakiki KombBrush posed was that the brush spokes were not completely sealed against the base of the brush. There was always a slot or a sliver of space that hair could easily get snagged in at the base of the spokes. My hair would occasionally slide through these openings in the base of the brush and my loose hair would get caught in there. You know how you clench your styling brush with your hand to grab all of your loose hair all at once? Well, you couldn't do this with the Kakakiki because the spokes are made of solid plastic that won't 'give.' I had to always take a rat tail comb and spend minutes upon minutes sliding it through each row of spokes to get all of the hair out of the brush. Very unnecessary. As far as the performance of the Kakakiki, it detangled like no other brush has ever detangled my hair *sigh*. But the little hooks were deadly and I was tired of my hair getting caught in the brush. When the spokes started breaking off, I decided to find alternative means to detangle my hair.
If you are wondering how any styling brush will perform on your own natural hair, I suggest finding out for yourself because everyone's natural hair is different. Styling brushes of all kinds generally range from $5 to $15 and can be found at your local beauty supply store or online. It comes in various sizes and shapes. Be sure to let me know what your thoughts are about this type of brush in the comments section below!