flyygirlll2 my mother always used to tell me people without hair want to drop theirs, people with like to keep theirs up. I don't think this has anything to do with protective styling or length retention. It is just so frustrating to have hair all over your skin, tickling you, flying in your face, sticking in your lip gloss, going into your mouth while you eat, blowing all over when the wind is strong. I agree only for special occasions will I tolerate this. Love my long hair though but not to show off. Just for me to enjoy playing with in my mirror and for my fiance to play with too.