A protective style that I'm digging these days is the resurgence of a 90's hair style: box braids or, as some people know them, Poetic Justice braids. They get their name from the 90's urban romance movie(I hate when people use "urban" to describe "black people stuff", but for lack of a better word...) starring Tupac and Janet Jackson. I can't remember much about it cuz I haven't seen it in ages, but I remember Janet being a poet and Tupac being a mail truck driver, but more importantly, I remember the famous long, thick braids Janet sports under her muffin hat. My girl Solange has rocked them recently and I've seen a few others with the style too. I might try them soon; especially for the winter because a wash-and-go will be a no-go (too cold).