Effortless Beachy Waves 

As someone who has naturally straight hair, I’ve always envied wavy, voluminous locks. With straight hair, there comes sacrifice in the form of not being able to hold a curl. I’ve gone through dozens of styling products that claim to give grip and hold to my hair. I have bought various curling wands from stores like Target and Sephora. Nothing seemed to work for me, until now! I wanted to share the products and curling wand I use because I think a lot of hair styling has to do with the way you prep your hair! 

What you’ll need: 

Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray, $25. Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray, $5.49. Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo, $8.99. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6.19. L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hairspray, $14.99.

Wigo Color Teasing Boar Bristle Brush, $3.99. Tangle Teezer, $15.


Conair Infiniti Curling Wand Styler, $19.99.


To begin, I take my Alterna Bamboo 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray and distribute the product evenly through my hair. I like to do this step when my hair is still damp from washing so I can blow dry for extra volume. 

Once my hair is dry, I spray the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray from root to tip to prevent any damage from heat styling. Then I brush through my hair with the Tangle Teezer to get rid of any knots. Now that you’ve completed this step, your hair (only if it’s straight, like mine) should look something like this…

To begin curling, I section my hair into thirds and start with the lower third section. I could best describe this as my hair that’s beneath the bottom of my ear. Next, I take my curling wand and begin on my left side. When working on this side, I curl all of the pieces in the same direction and away from my face. I personally like the hair to face outwards, rather than inwards, but feel free to curl in the direction you most prefer. I repeat this step on the right side and obviously switch up the direction in order to continue curling away from my face. Lately I have been leaving out an inch of hair at the end of my curl to make my hair look longer and also give an overall beachy, undone vibe to my look. 

Next, I repeat the curling steps on the middle third section and the upper third section of my hair. It is tempting to not brush out your curls at this step, but try to let them set for at least 10 minutes to ensure longevity in your style. Once cooled, I take my Tangle Teezer and gently brush out the tight curls. 

Lastly, I tease the top of my hair with my Wigo Color Teasing Boar Bristle Brush. A step I like to do to give my hair more volume is to use Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo and spray directly at the teased roots. I then use my Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray all over my hair and scrunch it in. This will provide great texture if you have straight and thin hair, like me!

After the sea salt spray has set, I use my L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hairspray to lock in the whole look. This hairspray is amazing! If you do not enjoy the crunchy look of hairspray, you will really enjoy this particular formula. Just make sure to get the unscented because the original one smells terrible! 

Yay for the final product!

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