Most Popular Natural Hair Styles

Design Essentials Salon System recently released the results of its online Natural Hair Survey and the latest announcement revealed the top hair styles fueling this explosively popular trend. Two hundred African American and Hispanic women, ages 18-64, participated in the survey to assess their attitudes and behaviors toward wearing natural hair.

Women showcase a wide range of styles based on their texture, lifestyle, maintenance routine and styling preferences. Design Essentials found that the top styles are wash and go, thermally straightened or extensions/wigs/weaves. Braided styles were found to be slightly less prevalent.

Results from the survey are as follows:
6% - Twists
6% - Straightened
9% - Afro
10% - Dreads/Locks
11% - Braids
19% - Thermally Straightened
14% - Extenstions/Wigs/Weaves
28% - Wash and Go

"The natural hair trend has emerged as more than a passing fad, and professional styling experts, classes, products, blogs, magazines and industry conferences have created a new a niche in the industry," Tracey Gibson, Director of Marketing for McBride Research Laboratory, creator of Design Essentials®, added. "All of this activity focuses on coming together to understand the needs of women who are wearing natural styles or transitioning, distributing the best information and offering the right products and services. The results of our survey are a key part of these efforts and we continue to conduct this vital research."

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