Not So Good For Coarse Hair
I've always used whatever cheap drugstore hairbrush that had the cutest color---$3 and $4 hairbrushes that you know you're not going to be keeping for a long time---and after I lost my latest sparkly purple cheapo brush, I decided to invest in a nicer one. In my opinion, dropping anything close to $100 on a hairbrush is nuts, even if you CAN afford it, and this Denman brush has good reviews from a lot of beauty websites and personal makeup/beauty blogs.
This brush simply does not work with my hair. I wish other reviewers had mentioned their ethnicity when reviewing the brush, because depending on your heritage or your genetics, your hair is going to be extremely different from my hair. I'm of Asian descent, and not only are my hairs themselves extremely thick and wiry-wavy (not the typical stick-straight, waterfall Asian hair), but I have a LOT of hair. My head kind of expands when it's humid outside... like a pufferfish.
The Denman brush cannot really penetrate my thick sheet of hair unless I put my other hand underneath the bristles to sandwich my hair as I am brushing it. With cheap drugstore brands, I could just drag the bristles through my hair a few times and then be good to go. With this Denman brush I have to work through my head in sections. It used to take me maybe 10 seconds to brush my hair; now it takes me 2 minutes. Of course 2 minutes is not a lot of time, but when you're rushed it becomes really frustrating.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the little nylon tips are quite sharp against the scalp. I think if you have finer hair and not as much of it, and if you don't have to press to get the bristles through your hair, the nylon tips will feel like a nice scalp massage. But given how hard I have to press this brush, the nylon bristles come very close to feeling like they're cutting my scalp. It's not a nice feeling.
My hair moisture is pretty normal---not too dry, not too oily---and this brush makes my hair unbelievably static-y. After I brush, I look like I've been touching one of those silver metal conductors at the science museum. I've had to get a leave-in conditioner just because of this hairbrush. Ugh.
The only good thing about this brush is that the density of the bristles will leave your hair feeling really really smooth and soft. Of course, I use conditioners and products for that... I really just want a hairbrush to 1) untangle my hair and 2) move it into place. This hairbrush fails to do that, and I'm pretty sure it's because of the type and texture of hair I have. If you have finer hair, I bet this brush would be amazing. But I think I might just go buy a cheap drugstore brush.