So after clarifying and doing a henna treatment, I wanted a simple protective style that would last for 7-10 days. I also did not want to use extensions.
In fact, I am on a "no-extensions" challenge. Using extensions as a form of protective style has helped me to retain length. However I need to let my scalp and hair rest from the extensions for the rest of the month.
Also, you tend to get used to extensions and comfortable in them if your hair is not full. I am trying to avoid that because I do love my hair.