Remember that the root word is protect, and so while the hairstyle should take good care of your ends, it needs to protect all aspects of the hair ensuring that you have strong follicles to promote retention of length.
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Box braids are a great alternative to micros, as they don’t put as much tension on the hair line (and they take less time to do). You should not keep your weave or braids in for any time over two months because your hair does need time and space to breathe.
Just remember that your goal in protective styling is to decrease tangling and eliminate breakage by enclosing your ends in a detangled state. Remember this and you and your protective style should be good to go.