I'm very picky when it comes to protective styles. I refuse to do individuals or very small braids/twist. They tend to cause more problems for my hair and scalp.
My under braids are not tight and I will keep them in for 2 weeks.
Oh yeah, I'm allergic to the coating on the Kanekalon hair so I always soak the synthetic hair in water and ACV (in the sink) for 20 to 25 minutes. Then I rinse it off and spray the hair with a silicone based shine spray. I let the hair dry overnight in front of a fan. The hair always comes out very nice and shiny but minus the itchy scalp!