It's all right, I've just never really been asked these kinds of questions before, which I guess doesn't say much about stylists I've had in the past since nobody has ever bothered to ask about what I use. I generally go to the stylist for trims only; the last time I think I had a stylist actually do a style for me other than straightening was my high school senior prom three years ago.
To answer your questions, I actually haven't used heat protectant before. I towel turban my hair right when I get out of the shower for a few minutes while I'm getting dressed and then I usually let it air dry past that, or sometimes I put it up when it's still wet, using hairbands to secure buns. My InStyler is usually at the highest temperature. As far as dye goes, I generally don't do touch ups so when my hair starts to really look it's natural colour again is when I redye, depending on whether I can afford it or not. And as for straightening, weddings and such aren't a frequent occurrence, but parties/family get-togethers tend to be around holidays like St. Patrick's Day, my birthday which is on Independence Day so I'm always with people then, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's. I'm always straightening then. Outside of that, it's more infrequent random events like if I find out my res hall is holding a semi-formal party, or I have a job interview. Straightening takes me a long time so I never feel it's worth it unless it's a family get together, etc. So we're looking at 4 - 7 times a year here.
I appreciate the tips, and I didn't think you were being harsh! It's just that I don't see the Puerto Rican side of my family ever, so anyone who has hair like mine is a good 1000 miles away at any given time. The only time I feel like I can get to a stylist who even has the slightest inkling of what to do is when I'm at college, which is in a small city with plenty of culture, where hair like mine is more likely to be seen, as opposed to my tiny town of 500.