The amount of times i've slept in braids in an attempt to achieve the "natural beach waves" look is far too many! No matter how long I left my braids in, or if my hair was wet, or if I tried flat ironing my braid, i never got quite the waves I was looking for. Well, good news. I discovered the solution (that works best for me) by complete accident! I didn't have time to dry my hair so before I left for class, while it was still damp I put it up in a simple top knot. (The one where you gather your hair to a pony-tail position and twist it until it starts to naturally coil around itself, and then I don't use an elastic I just tuck the end through the middle of the bun and pull it tight! If that made any sense.) I ended up sleeping in this do and come morning when I brushed my fingers through my hair, I was pleasantly surprised with these total beach waves. I love that I can finally achieve this look without a single degree of heat! The answer was right under my nose the whole time.