I use the tootsie method and only sew down the sides where I double the lace so no ripping due to band.
I take my unit off every Thursday and wash and condition really good. I also use a leave in conditioner to keep my hair moisturized. I am natural so my hair will dry out if I don't wash every week! Also drink lots of water, this keeps your hair healthy too! When I slack in my water intake, my hair suffers with major dryness. So now I drink at least 6 bottles or more of water each day!
I use Head and shoulders itch formula (I don't have dandruff, but it keeps my scalp from getting fungi from being closed down for a week) And my scalp loves it!
I then cornrow my hair going back in small braids! Making sure I have my two perimeter braids for side to sew down LF.