I honestly do not miss protective styles. I love my hair and am enjoying it. I continue to use chunky twists and flat twists to set my hair.
I use whatever styling cream my hand gets a hold of. They are mostly Shea moisture products. As I am twisting cream leaves flaky residue on my hair so I do not use it anymore.
My styles only last for a day due to my hair being so fine and the humidity. I would usually wear a puff afterwards for a couple of days before I re-twist again.
Sometimes, I do not get defined twist out as shown above. I just accept whatever my hair does. I truly appreciate the versatility of my hair.