Achieving effortless beach waves with naturally pin-straight hair is damn near impossible. I would know, because I’ve spent the majority of my life trying to make it happen.
First, I rolled my hair up with tissues to make DIY overnight rollers. Spoiler alert: didn’t work, and left me walking into middle school with a weird, uneven mop. Then, I graduated to my grandma’s hot rollers which gave me voluminous curls that seemed promising but quickly fell flat. Salt sprays and blowouts? Yup, tried those too.
But when I found the Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand, everything changed. I can’t take full credit for the discovery—the wand was actually introduced to me by a fellow editor. I had always admired her tousled bends, so when she told me that her secret was actually a $21 curling wand from Amazon, I had to try it (I bought it the one-inch "loose curls barrel" version).
Two days later, I began my final experiment in getting my strands to cooperate. I unboxed the Curlipops wand and accompanying heat protective glove and got to work. After dividing my hair into sections, I cautiously wrapped a small one around the one-inch barrel and hoped for the best. My glove-clad fingers released it and revealed a flawless loose wave. Encouraged, I continued around the rest of my head and then headed out the door.