Review / Denman Dressing Out Brush

I’ve used Denman hair brushes for as long as I can remember. The brush I now use most often is the D81M Medium Porcupine Brush, a perfect day-to-day brush made from natural bristles and nylon quills (very similar to Mason Pearson’s bristle brush but 1/5 of the price), which I bought as an alternative to my D3 Classic Styling Brush.

When I had my hair done for the BAFTA red carpet the stylist Chloe backcombed my hair using an odd hair brush that looked like a long toothbrush. I asked her about it and was surprised to hear that they’re readily available on the high street: I Googled it later and found this D91 Dressing Out Brush. Soon after Denman asked me if I’d like to try a brush so I jumped at the chance to play with this one for myself!

How to backcomb your hair

I’d confessed to Chloe about how backcombing my hair makes me feel incredibly guilty but she reassured me by saying as long as it’s done properly and you brush your hair out before going to bed it really shouldn’t damage hair at all.

Here are her simple tips:

How to backcomb hair: step-by-step tips

Why I love the Denman D91 Dressing Out Brush

Before using the D91 my undoing was always the final step of backcombing i.e. brushing over the top of my hair to smooth the overall appearance. Other brushes or combs just seemed to brush out all of the height that I’d built whereas this literally just glides over the top to make it look perfectly glossy but voluminous!

I’ve been happily backcombing away on a regular basis now that I know how gentle this brush’s high-quality nylon bristles are (another bonus is that they’re really easy to keep clean too).

Possibly best of all is the price: this brush retails for around £4, an absolute bargain if you like your hairstyles with a bit of height or often go for the sexy bed-head look.

Oh – and it’s pink.

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  • Lizzie

    I love that I just read a post on back combing. Maybe I’ll try it one day just to see how ridiculously big I can make it… (Never get the brush through again!) On another note, I do enjoy a Denman hairbrush!

  • rashmi

    I have always wanted to backcomb my hair but was not so sure how it would work out. I should try backcombing now.

  • Amy Shaughnessy

    I have never tried doing that and wearing my hair down…It hasn’t been successful. I have just tried to do it when I am wearing my hair up. Your’s looks great!


  • Maria D.

    my hair can get so flat, this would work great on me!

  • Maria @ Orchard Bloom

    I’m ashamed to admit that I almost never brush my hair. So bad, I know!

  • Andrea

    I’ve known that these brushes existed but I’ve never used one, simply because i had no idea how!! Now though, I think I should go and get one. :)
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • Caitlin {Doux Rousse}

    Very cool! I’ve been meaning to get one of these!


  • Mandy

    Ohmygosh, I have always wanted to know how to backcomb my hair! It always so polished and pretty. However, I have Asian hair that is incredibly hard to manipulate! Will have to give this a go one day anyhow – thank you for sharing. <3

    Hope you are having a gorgeous weekend! :)

    <3 Mandy xx

  • andrea

    Tried to buy one of these brushes today, but none in Boots, Superdrug or Bodycare :( Will try again, because i really want to try and do this. I have never back combed my hair. Thanks for the tips xx