I am transitioning right along with you. I had my last relaxer in March. I had a sew-in weave for 2 mths now I have flat twists until Tuesday. You are right about protective styling. They are supposed to protect the ends of the hair. I plan to get kinky twists after I let my scalp/hair breathe for about a week or so. This is site is amazing in that it allows you to communicate w/ ppl that are doing or have done the same things. I just recently put up a YouTube video explaining my decision to transition to natural hair. I plan to update frequently as I embark on this journey.
TTYL fellow Naturalistas