A big part of you natural hair journey is protective styling. It falls right after Deep conditioning and right before trimming. I have to admit that in the past I did not do this properly if at all. In 2018 I was protective styling all year and it really made a big difference in my hairs progress.
LOW manipulation protective styles requires you to touch/redo your hair at least once a week and sometimes daily.
Buns and puffs
Twist, braid, bantu knot out
NO manipulation protective styles require little to no touching and can last up to one month without redoing.
Two strand twist
Braids ( I don't recommend unless your doing them yourself)
Flat 2 strand twist
My favorite protective styles are wigs and flat 2 strand twist. Usually I flat twist my hair in a way that I can put my wig on if I wanted to be fancy but neat and presentable enough that I could also wear them as a style.