I'm gonna do the big chop to get my 3c curls back and healthy, but im not black so i cant do many(c)

My hair had been 3c/4a mixed through my head for my whole life, then, last may I attempted to transition and cut it. My transition was going well but I just gave up, lol, and now I'm ready to just go hard or go home and do the big chop, the only problem is, I'm not black, so I can't do many protective styles (IE: corn rows, bantu knots, etc) because that's seen as cultural appropriation and the last thing I want to do is offend anybody with my hair. Are there any protectice styles you can recommend that aren't deeply rooted in AA culture? I know this seems silly, but I really don't want to cause any trouble. 

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(I'm not sure if I'm making this deeper than it needs to be lol)I'm also Hispanic and/or Latina (though I do I have brown/black skin, not sure how or if that's supposed to or does reconcile anything at all), am transitioning, and trying to learn about culture/races (and cultural appropriation). That being said..... I can't exactly give a definitive answer on this problem since I can't speak for everyone's personal feelings on the matter or even really on the general consensus and, personally, sometimes I worry about issues like this. All I can say is that, to my understanding, cultural appropriation envelops a little bit more than just the use/adoption of things that another culture does/belongs to another culture. It seems to be used, primarily, in context where a certain [appropriated item] is being viewed as positive or is popularized on the appropriating race, especially and specifically the majority race, while being ignored or viewed negatively on people of the culture that it is being appropriated from. Also, this seems to be more true in situations where the appropriator is actively disrespecting/simplifying/ignoring the appropriated culture and the intentions/significance/struggles that they hold/face pertaining to the item being appropriated as well as a lack of recognition to their contributions to the history of said item. Another situation may be one in which the appropriator does not acknowledge or is insensitive to the people from which they are appropriating the culture (or the issues they may face as a people), possibly using their culture as a sort of "costume," while benefiting from the fruits of their labor and innovation (i.e. the thing being appropriated).Some examples that have been discussed in terms of cultural appropriation: When the Kardashians utilize black hairstyles: this is because they also seem to be ignorant of/ just not care about the actual people they are taking their creative styles from (usually African Americans) while also popularizing/profiting of their use of said styles. The wearing of bindis by some people: Usually, this is because bindis are simplified into being treated as "just for decoration" when they can have deep, significant religious and cultural significances. Native American headdress use: Like bindis, people from non-Native American cultures tend to utilize these headdresses as if they were just decoration which simplifies the meaning that they hold to this culture.Other examples are claiming bantu knots as "twisted mini buns" invented by Marc Jacobs, some count using dreadlocks in nonreligious/nonspirtual reasons, creating and "afro" on Caucasian hair without acknowledging the historical significance, Iggy Azalea's existence as a "rapper," etc.I can't formerly "give you a pass" or anything (I'm not sure anyone can, really). That being said, I do think acknowledging another culture's presence/use/wishes regarding certain styles and things is a good step towards not being abusive in your use of such styles. Again, I can't give you permission, but I would think that if you do some of these things respectfully, it should be ok for you to certain styles as protective styles. I will also state I'm not 100% sure what is considered "deeply rooted" in AA culture. Braids/braid outs and twists/twist outs seem to be used in a multitude of ways by at least a few different cultures. Corn rows, while definitely popularized by African American culture, are another form of braid, if I'm correct. Bantu knot outs don't really seem to be controversial; I'm not sure about wearing out bantu knots. 
crown braid, headband updo, tuck and roll, bun, french twist, french braid rolled up and pinned under, wig that matches your natural texture...