Posted: Jun 04, 2012 11:00 AM
I admit, I’m as guilty as the next mom in the preschool pickup line of wearing a messy mom ponytail day in and day out! However, every now and then I do try something new. I feel I owe it to myself to actually do my ‘do!

Lately I'm loving beachy waves because there are so many super easy ways to recreate this effortless-looking hairstyle. It's the perfect busy mom hairstyle! Plus, I got to try out this nifty new curling iron called the Beachwaver that makes beach waves a cinch, even for busy moms. Keep reading -- we've got no-tool beach wave techniques, too!

On dry hair: Use a styling toolBeachwaver Sarah Potempo

Although I've watched numerous tutorials and demonstrations on how to wave your hair with a straightening iron or a curling iron, I've never mastered the technique. Flat irons left hard kinks in my hair while curling irons always left me with a too-tight curl. But sometimes I need a quick fix and don't have time to let my hair wave naturally.

Meet my new best friend, the Beachwaver by Sarah Potempa. Unlike a regular curling iron, the barrel of this iron actually spins, wrapping your hair around it as it goes. It leads to a tight curl without any clamp marks. Curl your entire head, allow the curls to curl, then finger comb and voila! Beach waves in minutes! It's a pricey tool at $199, but something I would definitely watch for if wavy hair is your go-to look. It makes beach waves super easy and eliminates all the annoying flat iron/curling iron business.

Watch this video of the Beachwaver in action and check out Fifteen Minute Beauty Fanatic's review. She calls out all my favorite features of the Beachwaver.

Style Secret^Using wider sections of hair will give you very loose, soft waves, while smaller sections will give you tighter waves. This style will last overnight, too!

Photo courtesy of Sarah Potempa

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