Braided hairstyles provide room for creativity. There are many interesting weaving techniques that can make each head unique. In addition, you can try highlights, natural or curled textures, clips, patterns, shapes, etc.
Natural perm and thick hair are your big advantages, and this is a unique advantage that no one else can use. The hair you may have been complaining about was created for braids. So, why not use this idea to your advantage?