I am getting serious about protective styling again. I threaded my hair in 20 sections using the spiral technique. This technique, in my opinion, keeps my hair stretched and gives the "twist" look. I have always loved to wear my hair in a bun, so I went for it using these plaits.
To protect my edges, I actually started these braids with an actual braid. If one is not careful, threading can do some damages to one's edges.
However, it helps protect the hair a great deal. You can also control the length by making the plaits longer or shorter. Since I cannot leave them out because of the way I finish the ends, I always style these kind of plaits into an updo.
Have you tried threading?