I was cruising around the forums when I came across a question--or at least that's what I thought it was at the time--asking if low manipulation styles were protective. I responded saying that low manipulation styles were not protective and received a lashing in response. lol. Here's why I don't think low manipulation styles are protective.
pro·tect[pruh-tekt]to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult,etc.; cover or shield from injury or danger.
Now, bring your attention to the key words in this definition of the word "protect" from the title "protective style". Protective styles cover and shield your hair from injury, which in our case would be breakage due to friction, wind, and just plain dryness.
Low manipulation styles do not cover or shield your hair from drying elements. When you do low manipulation styles you are--for lack of better words--letting it all hang out. There is no protective element. I think what lead this person to ferociously stand by the belief that low manipulation styles are protective is that they were confusing health with protectiveness. Styles do not need to be protective to be healthy.
Low Manipulation and Protective styles are BOTH healthy!