when should i start wearing protective styles to retain length

I am type 3b, myhair reaches the nape of my neck. i want it to grow to waist length. i thought wearing it down was the best way t

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How long have you had natural hair? I think it's best to wait until after a year or so, and be sure to take proper care of your hair in between protective styling. Some curlies wear protective styles for months at a time, but I personally don't recommend that if you are trying to retain length. Maybe 1 month at most, so you can take out your protective style and do a protein treatment/deep conditioning and detangle thoroughly. Also so your roots can relax-- sometimes with protective styles, they can be pulled too tightly and cause more breakage-- backfiring on your length goals. Something to keep in mind! :)
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