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Design Essentials Salon Systems recently released the results of its online Natural Hair Survey, and the latest announcement revealed the top natural 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. The natural hair trend celebrates the natural texture of each woman’s hair and embraces their curls, coils and kinks. Women showcase a wide range of natural hair 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 hair 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.” Utilizing the results found in the Natural Hair Survey, Design Essentials most recently participated in the World Natural Hair, Health, & Beauty Show by offering educational classes to both professional stylists and consumers. The classes, which focused on the versatile styling options of natural hair and Design Essentials Natural, were a huge hit amongst attendees. Design Essentials also offers the Step by Step Styling Guide that features six beautiful and simple styles for natural hair, which is accessible online at www.designessentials.com.