Got straight hair like me?  I’ve spent most of my life envying the curls that some girls can get.  And they envy someone like me who has naturally straight as a toothpick hair.  Isn’t that just like us?  We always want what we can’t have.

That’s why I love that I have perfected a technique of getting some volume in my hair.  While this is not true “curls,” it is something that gives me the beach wave effect and a little bit of sass.  Oh, and did I mention that it’s super easy, too?  Right up my alley!

Here’s how you, too, can get the beach wave look without a burning hot stick of metal if you have naturally straight, even fine, hair:

  1. Start with dry hair.  When I first learned this technique, I was told to do it with wet hair and while that will work, it takes A LOT longer to dry and set.  Once I learned to do start with dry hair, it made all the difference.
  2. Using a spray bottle, wet your hair so that it’s just a little bit damp.
  3. Grab a handful of mousse and start at the bottom of your hair strands.  Grab a bunch of your hair and just crumple it up into a little bunch (almost like a little nest) as close to the base of your scalp as you can.
  4. Using a claw clip, clip your bunch of hair in place.
  5. Repeat as much as you can or need to around your head.  I typically have about 4-6 clips around my head.
  6. Leave these clips in for about 30 minutes while your hair dries and sets.  (This is where it gets a little funny because I often will do my hair right before I have to leave the house and then drive to my meetings or appointments with my hair all clipped up.  I’m sure I get some funny looks from drivers, but come on, how often do you drive past people you know?)


That’s it!  Easy-peasy my friends!  I don’t typically use any hair products, so I don’t feel as bad about using some for the few days a month I wear my hair all crazy with these beach waves. This simple technique takes me less than five minutes to get in place and can be a really fun way to shake things up!

So, all you others out there with straight, fine hair who have literally fought with curlers, curling irons, rags, and all sorts of other techniques to get a little bounce in your hair, give this strategy a whirl and let me know how it works for you!