Having fine strands, medium density, porous 4b/4c natural hair presents a lot of styling challenges for me.
1. My hair is prone to breakage so I need to manipulate my hair carefully. For this reason, I rarely braid my hair. Braiding my hair involves a lot of combing, brushing, parting, picking and smoothing which my hair can't withstand on a regular basis.
2. With high porosity, my hair is prone to dryness and then breakage so I need a style that not only protects my hair but also helps it to retain moisture.
3. My hair is fine with medium density so I need to beware of styles that make it look 'scalpy'. I need to provide the illusion of volume.
4. My hair is prone to tangles so whatever style I do should be put in and taken down with minimum tangles.
So you see, I don't style my hair blindly. I need to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of a hairstyle before attempting it.
If you have natural hair like mine, here is a gallery of hairstyles I've tried.