beachy waves hair tutorial

I have incredibly fine hair. And unfortunately not an abundance of it. People are always shocked to see just how fine it is when I don’t put anything in it and just let it air dry. “Your ponytail’s so thin!” “Excuse me, please SHUT THE F- UP.”

I also have a bald spot when I sleep on my hair weirdly (which happens more than you would hope). My boyfriend and I even have a “bald spot check” joke, which is simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking.

So over the years, I’ve taught myself how to get better hair. It takes specific products + techniques. I’ve now been doing this hair routine for years and I’ve got it down to a 10-minute science (it really shouldn’t take you longer than 15 minutes). This beachy waves hair tutorial video has been requested a lot and I appreciate your patience while I figured out how the hell to film it πŸ™‚

If you give it a try, I’d love to see the results! Snap me (augustdiaries) or tag me on Instagram.

PS Below are links for the products I’ve used:

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus
Bumble and bumble texture hair (un)dressing creme
L’Oreal Elnett hairspray
Bedhead Matte Separation wax
FHI Heat straightener

I purchased my straightener from Winners in Canada, but here is a similar barrel curling iron.

T by Alexander Wang cut out dress



  1. 07.25.2016 / 11:06 am

    Nice Jill thanks for this tutorial.. I love your hairstyle

    • August Diaries
      07.26.2016 / 11:05 am

      Thanks Alessia!

      xx Jill

  2. Anne
    07.25.2016 / 2:01 pm

    I love it I always loved your hair and I have the same problem very fine and not so much of it I still doubt my hair would look like yours or anything similar. But I will give it a try. πŸ™‚ thanks for the tutorial

    • August Diaries
      07.26.2016 / 11:06 am

      You might be surprised Anne! Give it a try and let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

  3. Natalie
    07.25.2016 / 4:32 pm

    Thank you for the tutorial!! I love your hair. I just got a wand and I’m still trying to figure out how to use it properly so this is super helpful!

    • August Diaries
      07.26.2016 / 11:05 am

      I’m so glad! Let me know how it goes. It took me a few tries to get a hang of the wand πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

  4. 07.25.2016 / 9:35 pm

    I don’t have REALLY fine hair but I do have hair on the thinner side, even though I have a lot of it. It dries really quickly. So with similar-ish texture hair, I’m curious about these products πŸ™‚ Also, I get a secret thrill when you talk about Canadian stores because…I’m Canadian lmao.

    • August Diaries
      07.26.2016 / 11:04 am

      These are my absolute favourite products! I’ve been using them for years πŸ™‚

  5. 07.25.2016 / 11:06 pm

    Hi Jill! Awesome tutorial. I love your hair!
    I’m curious about the make up you use, especially your signature nude lip. I love a good nude lipstick and I like that you always have a natural look! Very pretty πŸ™‚

    • August Diaries
      07.26.2016 / 10:51 am

      Thanks Lauren! Yes, I am planning on shooting a natural makeup tutorial very soon and will share my nude lipstick picks for sure.

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      07.26.2016 / 10:51 am

      No problem, let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

  6. Kendall Newport
    07.26.2016 / 9:20 pm

    Love the tutorial! I do my hair very similarly (and have the same super fine hair), so it’s always nice to see comparative how-to’s.

    A couple things I use that you, and other fine-haired girls, may like:
    1. Heat protectant – I never used to use it, but it has seriously transformed how my hair looks & feels, especially the ends when I’m struggling between cuts.
    2. Hairspray before using the wand – will help hold the curl for longer, which I always need help with.
    3. Kevin Murphy Hair Resort – this texturizer is the absolute favourite I’ve ever come across. I was a religious B&B user before my hairdresser (shoutout to Eliza @ Artel Salon in Vancouver!) introduced me to it, but this product is PERFECT for that beachy/texured look and it smells like candy… All Kevin Murphy products are environmentally friendly, delightful smelling, and absolute rock star products!
    4. Wand direction – Pointing the wand down and wrapping sections around it that way seems to help me avoid kinks, and allows me to direct the hair more effectively. Might help you avoid bumps up near the roots that you were talking about.

    xx – Kendall

    • August Diaries
      07.27.2016 / 11:43 am

      Hi Kendall,

      These are super helpful, thanks for posting! I really want to try the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort. Sounds amazing!

      xx Jill

  7. 08.28.2016 / 6:01 pm

    Great tutorial! I ve been really wanting to do something new with my hair. Maybe it s just because fall is here but I need something new!

  8. 08.31.2016 / 10:04 am

    Hey Jill- I love this and bought a wand to try and replicate but quick question, my hair is poker straight so I worry that if I only do the top sections that it will look a little half n half. Do I need to worry about that or will it sort of all blend together?
    Thanks xx

    • August Diaries
      08.31.2016 / 10:23 am

      Hey girl,

      That’s awesome! So I would try it and see how it looks and then you can always blend it in by doing a few more pieces once it’s all done and down. Does that make sense?

      However, a plus to curling it all is that it adds extra volume. Your call! Let me know if you have any other questions πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

  9. DK
    09.13.2016 / 11:39 pm

    Love the simplicity and low maintenance vibe. Do you have a favourite dry shampoo that you use? Also, do you still get your hair coloured in Vancouver? I’m looking for someone who is TALENTED and understands lived in/low maintenance sunkissed blonde πŸ™‚

    • August Diaries
      09.14.2016 / 9:51 am

      Thanks DK! Yes, I use Klorane dry shampoo, you can buy it at any drugstore. For colour, I go to Rio at Suki’s salon in Vancouver and I actually only see him about twice a year. He’s the best!

      xx Jill

  10. Whitney
    11.06.2016 / 10:00 pm

    Love your hair! Where in Toronto do you go for a cut?

    • August Diaries
      11.07.2016 / 10:28 am

      I actually haven’t found anyone in Toronto yet (I only get my hair cut about 2-3 times a year)… Would love any recommendations!

      xx Jill

      • Whitney
        12.07.2016 / 1:38 pm

        I’ve had good luck at Medulla on Queen West

  11. Jessica
    01.29.2017 / 1:17 pm

    Awesome video – I will be trying this! Thanks so much for sharing. How do you keep your hair so frizz-free? My hair gets super dry and tangly especially in the winter. Can you recommend a mask or treatment? Thanks!!

  12. Marina
    03.02.2017 / 4:18 pm

    Great tutorial! Thank you so much. I have an exact same problem with my hair and have not been able to achieve this beach wavy look to hold until I did the exact same thing your tutorial provided and it worked! The products are also great!

    • August Diaries
      03.02.2017 / 6:55 pm

      I’m so glad it was helpful! Tag me in a pic if you post one πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

  13. Missy
    07.31.2017 / 9:30 pm

    Thank you for posting this tutorial! I cut my hair today and you were my inspiration for it ☺️ Can’t wait to try this look and your technique out!

    • August Diaries
      08.02.2017 / 7:29 pm

      Amazing! Hope it’s helpful πŸ™‚

      xx Jill

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