First, I use a drugs store routine also, except that at times I use Deva foam. Second, I use roller jaw clips and love them. I do use them on wet hair, and you wont like this part, but I put them in and LEAVE THEM ALONE, because adjusting them causes frizz. I do think you could use them on damp hair at the roots for lift; that is why I started using them, I HATED the metal clips and the Deva clipping routine, I think that part is insanity. The RJ clips are very fast. Third, I guess I dont see why you cannot braid your hair - let it dry - and get those beachy waves!