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Christmas is coming… and so is the Glitz and Glamour! Whether you are hitting the town with your friends or a work Christmas dinner… this look is simple and easy to create if you have mid-length hair.

1. Blowdry your hair using the Denman Large Head Hugger Brush (USA). This brush had a concave barrel which provides volume and rootlift in the hair.

2. Once the hair is dry, backcomb the roots using the Denman D91 Dressing Out brush (USA).

3. Choose you preferred side of hair that you want to pin back behind your ear.

4. Finish with hairspray

 

 

Winter Hair Care Survival Guide!

winter 2Winter is here already, time to put away your bikinis and sun creams and opt for some gloves and scarves to wrap up warm. Ditch the beach for nights in with your favourite movies and a lit fire! We now have the festive seasons to look forward to and all the parties! Not only are you getting used to the winter but so is your hair! Yes it sounds a little bit strange but your hair lacks moisture and health due to cold windy weather and the constant changes in temperature! We’ve put together a guide for you to help keep your hair looking fabulous this winter!

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1. Get a good haircut! This is most important because by getting your hair cut you will be getting rid of all your nasty dry ends, therefore making your hair new and healthy before winter even starts!

2. Get an egg head! As we all know, eggs are great for your body but they are also good for your hair! This is great for conditioning the hair and making it shiny! Crack two eggs in a bowl, add some olive oil and mix together. Apply to dry hair, leave for about 30 minutes and then rinse with cold water! *Make sure you use cold water when rinsing the egg out of the hair because hot water will cook the egg and you will have scrambled egg on your hair!* Don’t forget to wash your hair with shampoo afterwards…unless you want your hair to smell of eggs!!

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3. No washing! Don’t wash your hair every day, this will remove the natural oils that help condition your hair. We recommend washing your hair every second or third day. If you feel that your hair is looking greasy, just use some dry shampoo to hide it.

 

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4. Choosing the right brush! A Denman D82M Boar bristle brush is ideal for winter as the bristles pick up the sebum at the roots and distribute it through the hair while brushing.  The sebum coats the cuticle providing protection as well as giving the hair a lustrous shine.

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5. Stop windswept hair! Don’t you just hate it when you’ve spend forever styling your hair, you walk out of the house and by the time you get to the bus stop, it looks like you have been dragged through a bush! We recommend that you create simple hairstyles such Top Knot buns and sleek ponytails. (Click the link to see how to create the look!)

6. Never leave the house with wet hair! Not only will you be freezing but if it’s really cold, the water that is on your hair will freeze… making your hair an ice cube!

We hope these hints and tips keep your hair looking amazing this winter! :)

James Baker – Celebrity Portraits Exhibition

Last Saturday night in the Europa Hotel in Belfast, local artist, James Baker held his Celebrity Portraits Exhibition for charity. It was a fantastic evening and the portraits were amazing.

pamela 1Many Northern Irish celebs such as Pamela Ballantine, Sarah Travers and Frank Mitchell turned up to the event to see their portraits for the first time. Everyone was very impressed with the artistic talent and dedication that went into each portrait.

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James has been a very close friend of Denman for many years and we were super excited when we heard that he was painting a portrait of The Face of Denman and West End Star, Zoe Rainey!

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James was also able to create 3 limited edition designs especially for Denman which we then  printed on the back of the famous D3 handle. These brushes were given out to each person who attended the exhibition on Saturday night.

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We would like to say a BIG well done to James on this huge achievement and we wish him all the best for his next project!

Keep up-to-date with James’s work on his Facebook Page!

 

1920’s Flapper Girl

1920s flapperWe are still madly in love with the 1920’s flapper girl era! We see all the sparkly dresses and costume jewellery in all of the high street shops as they get ready for Christmas and New Year Parties! We have the perfect brush that will transport you back to the Roaring 20’s!

ak ruby 2 high resThe Denman ‘Ruby’ brush  (USA) incorporates the famous flapper dress which women wore to dance the Charleston to a background of jazz music. A string of pearls have been added to the evening dress to complete the look. Also, not to forget the iconic 1920s finger wave hairstyle which has been finished with the Denman crown for a modern twist.

 

Sleek Elegant Bun

bun smallAs we all know, Winter is setting in which brings lovely things like Christmas, snow days and lots of glitz and glamour! There is nothing better than wearing a gorgeous LBD with a statement necklace to get you noticed. This winter we like to team this look up with a sleek elegant bun. The bun is no longer for the gym or bad hair days… yes we are taking to the clubs!

To create the a sleek elegant bun, just follow these very easy steps:

1. First, to maximise sleek effect, thoroughly wash and deep condition hair then straighten hair to remove any kinks or waves from the hair!

2. Once hair is completely straightened, brush your hair into a ponytail using the Denman D82M Boar Bristle Brush (USA) this will add shine and gloss to the hair. Secure it with an elastic.

3. Take the Denman Bun Ring, and feed ponytail through the middle until you reach the base of the ponytail.

4. Section the ponytail and fold over the Bun Ring until it’s completely covered. Secure with an elastic over the bun ring.

5. Finish by pinning the loose hair around the base of the bun ring to create a smooth finish. Finally spray with Hairspray!

GUEST POST: The Natural Cole – Natural Hair Event

Ladies, let’s admit! Going and being natural (i.e. growing our natural coily, kinky, curly hair) is not easy!

Between big chopping and teeny weeny afros, detangling and deep conditioning, co-washing and twisting – there’s a lot to learn about taking care of and styling our natural hair!

Now don’t get worried – this blog article is not written to talk about the woes of our natural hair. It’s to celebrate all the advances the hair industry is making to help us better take care of our hair!

I’ve attended many natural hair events in the past, and almost every time my main takeaway was this: “No one is showing women one on one how to take care and style their hair!”

That was one of the biggest reasons I decided to host my first “My Natural Hair: A How-To Event” here in Dallas, Texas. The set up was classroom style, with mirrors, towels, styling products and swag bags full of products to help style and care for our natural African American hair. We also had LaMonica Hawkins, a professional licensed hair stylist, as the guest speaker to educate women on hair care and to assist with styling options.

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The event was amazing! Picture it – women laughing, talking, focused, and determined to learn the right tools and techniques to achieve the perfect style that represents beauty and confidence.

Here’s where it gets good – one of the swag bag products was the Denman D3 Brush (USA Site). I was able to use this brush to teach people how to detangle their natural hair gently, to promote growth and to decrease knots.

What an awesome tool to help smooth and detangle our natural hair, and prep it for styling! No matter what style you’re trying to create, the D3 brush is a must-have tool for natural hair women, because it helps to train the hair to form its natural curl pattern.

The picture below shows myself demonstrating how to properly detangle natural hair. The hair industry has made a lot of strides in the positive direction to serve the needs of the African American natural hair community. There’s always room for improvement, but the Denman D3 is a secret weapon for us naturalistas!

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image 3I am incredibly passionate about helping other women care for and style their natural hair, especially in a 1:1 setting. Due to the amazing feedback from My Natural Hair: A How-To Event, we are in the planning the stages for the next event!

The Natural Cole would like to thank the Denman Brush Company for sponsoring this event and helping to make it a success. To learn more about The Natural Cole please visit TheNaturalCole.com and view information regarding products, hair care and upcoming events. Also, sign up via email, Facebook and Instagram to stay connected with all things The Natural Cole!

Photo Credit: Rhedeont Photography, http://www.rhedeontphoto.com/ . Stylist: Lamonica Hawkins, Instagram @naturallylamonica

The Natural Cole is not a professional hair stylist. These events are to help women feel great about their natural hair journey and share some of The Natural Cole tips. A professional stylist is always present to provide hair care education.

 

Side Braided Hair

braided hairRight now we love Side Braided hair… it’s super edgy and will make your hair stand out from everyone else. This look is loved by all the celebs and models on the red carpet such as Cara Delevingne, Miranda Kerr and Kristen Stewart.

GET THE LOOK

1. Create a deep side parting in your hair using a Denman Lime Green Precision Tail Comb.

2. You can either create two braids like the picture above or you can use create one.. whichever you prefer. Begin to braid the hair back towards the nape of the hair and then secure it with a bobby pin.

3. For the other side of the hair… well you can do whatever you want! You might want to use some texturising spray and scrunch the hair for the rock chick look or you may just want to add some curls.

Why not try it out this weekend! :)

 

 

The Denman Guide To Blowdrying

small blowdryingHere at Denman we have so many hairbrushes it can be difficult to choose which one is best for blowdrying with high and low heat. To get the very best out of your Denman brush, we recommend following this guide.

 

HIGH HEAT

Thermoceramic High Heat Brushes

These brushes are designed to be used with high heat hairdryers. The Thermoceramic and Head Hugger brushes have heat-retaining barrels allowing sections of hair to be wrapped around the barrel to create soft curls and waves in the hair.

The Head Hugger brush has an hour-glass shaped barrel to get close into the roots and create maximum root-lift and volume in the hair.

The Thermoceramic Boar Bristle Brushes are great to use in conjunction with hair oils and blow outs.

 

LOW-TO-MEDIUM HEAT

Medium Heat Classic Styling and Vent

Classic Styling and Vent brushes are perfect for blowdrying hair on a low-to-medium setting to get the best performance. The Classic Styling Range consists of four brushes: D14 Handbag, D3 (the brush Vidal Sassoon used to create the classic bob style), D4 large and D5 heavyweight handle. These brushes have the famous half-round rubber pad which is perfect for smoothing hair, creating sleek bob shapes and for flicking out.

The two vent brushes are great for blowdrying the hair quickly and effectively. The D100 Tunnel Vent allows the hot air to circulate directly at the roots of the hair while the D200 Flexible Vent is great for fast drying and detangling.

Paddle Brushes

The Denman Paddle brushes are also great for blowdrying hair straight on a low-to-medium heat. The D83 is a large paddle brush which is great for grooming long thick hair while the D84 small paddle brush can be popped into a handbag for on-the-go styling.

 

LOW HEAT

D80 Range

The Denman Grooming brushes should only be used with low heat; otherwise the high temperature will distort the bristles. The D80 range is perfect for detangling hair extensions and wigs. The D81 range has boar bristle with nylon quill which is ideal for detangling hair as well as smoothing and polishing it, while the D82 range has 100% boar bristle which is great for smoothing, polishing and brushing out curls.

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The D90 Tangle Tamer brushes are mainly used for detangling hair as well as hair extensions and wigs. You can use heat on these brushes but we recommend a low heat. The super-soft nylon bristles gently glide through the hair, removing tats and tangles. An air-cushioned pad follows the contour of the head for smooth damage-free grooming.

 

NO HEAT

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As Denman have so many brushes to choose from, it is important to point out that not all of them can be used with heat. For example, the Denman D6 Be-Bop brushes should not be used in conjunction with heat. This brush is designed to be gentle on the scalp, so it is made from extra-soft plastic material and would distort if exposed to high heat. These brushes are available in classic black and silver as well as six bright colours. They are perfect for detangling hair in the shower, distributing gel and wax throughout the hair and giving a gentle head massage.

 

Top Tips For Blowdrying

  • The nozzle of the hairdryer should be kept at least 10cm away from the hair and brush as the heat will damage the hair and brush through time
  • Never place the dryer nozzle on top the brush or hair
  • Never allow the hairbrush pins or bristles past the grille and inside the hairdryer, as they will be damaged
  • Concentrator nozzles, diffusers or other attachments should only be used on low/medium heat settings and not placed directly on the hair or hairbrush
  • Do not concentrate heat in one particular area for any length of time, keep the hairdryer moving
  • Hairdryers also damage the hair if not used correctly
  • During blowdrying the concentrator nozzle should be directed downwards to smooth the hair cuticle and give a better finish

 

Mens Smart Casual Hairstyle

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This soft, casual haircut is enhanced and finished using a combination of Jack Dean Finishing Sheen Pomade and Matt Styling Paste.

  1. Rub a 50p sized scoop of Jack Dean Finishing Pomade firmly between the palms to warm
  2. Apply to the sides and back pulling the hair flat to the head
  3. Using a pure bristle wooden Jack Dean Club brush, firmly brush the hair smooth to the head to create a sleek tailored outline
  4. For the top section use Jack Dean Matt Styling Paste to give a softer, looser finish. Starting at the front, use fingers to work the paste through the hair from root to tip allowing the hair to fall naturally
  5. Still using the fingers work backwards through the top sections.
  6. Finally use a combination of the Club Brush and fingers to blend the top and side sections.

 

Autumn/Winter Hair Colour!

low res red hairSummer is over… and now we’re getting ready for cold dark mornings and dark evenings. If you work full-time, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.

So if you’re feeling a bit down and need something to pick you up… we have the perfect idea! A new hair colour! Yes it always makes you feel so much better by just changing your hair colour. Now we’re not suggesting you go completely crazy and colour your hair from black to blonde but if you do have blonde or brown hair it may be quite fun to add a little hint of red, plum or auburn to your hair colour.

TIPS For Colouring Hair: Make sure you use deep conditioning treatment and Argan oil on your hair when you wash it. Try not to use too much heat on your hair straight away for example, straightening irons or curling wands. If you need to straighten your hair, blowdry it using the Denman D79 Straightening Brush. (Click Here For USA Denman Store!) This brush is not electrical and has bristles which means it is a lot safer to use on the hair than straightening irons.