If your hair is very curly, permanently straightening it is going to help with reducing the curl more.
A texturiser, a treatment that is less harsh, could work, but not enough to achieve the beach waves you expect. ...More >
If you bleached your hair a year ago, it will still be in your hair structure and I would never process a chemical treatment, such as relaxing or texturising, on hair that has been previously bleached, as this is too damaging to the hair.
I would definitely recommend visiting a salon Ė you need a professional to test pieces of your hair and see what type of curl could be achieved. I know itís hard on a budget, but a professional can judge what is best and ensure that there is limited damage caused, and if you want quality, you have to be willing to pay. Do your research and go in for a consultation first. Any professional stylist would want to examine and test first before committing to anything.
(Quotes attributed to Danielle Hill, Education Manager, Westrow on behalf of Steve Rowbottom)