I just need to know, what is protective styling"
It's a hairstyle that keeps your hair kind of "contained", not out and loose, in an attempt to protect the hair from breakage. There are a few good articles about protective styles on this website. I found a few for you. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-ha...http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-be...http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-ha...http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/kinky-hair-type-4a/video-protective-styling-works
Protective styling is styling your hair in a certain way that protects your hair. For example , Braids can protect your hair from heat damage, wigs & sew ins can protect your hair from over manipulation, sock buns & textured buns cant help prevent your ends from breakage.