Let's start with the meanings of the two. A protective style is a style that is usually concealed by being tucked or pinned up away from you shoulders or articles of clothing. A few examples of protective styles are buns, bantu knots, sew-ins, etc. A low manipulation style is that require minimal upkeep. For instance, roller sets, twist outs, braids, etc. Some people may argue and say that braids are a protective style because they don't require a lot of maintenance. Technically, braids aren't considered a protective style unless the ends of the braids are concealed. A protective style to you may not be a protective style to others. I really hope I helped you all determine between the two.
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