Looks like this thread has been kinda dead but... I've decided not to take a break from my braids! I'm sticking with the challenge. For now at least
I took out my braids a week ago. Two days after, it snowed. I hate frozen hair, which is motivation for getting back into braids. Plus, I realize that I really do need as little manipulation as possible. AND, it looks like I have some growth. I've been in braids since July, and though I havent been great at taking pictures or measuring, I know that I'm retaining length.
My plan is to get my hair braided next month. I just need to decide what kind of braids. I love yarn braids, but I'm having trouble finding a reasonable and decent braider here and Boston.
And welcome MzCaliky!! I remember seeing a woman on youtube who braided tracks of sew in weave, so it was like a row of braids. She sewed them in like you would a regular weave. I can't remember what her name was, or how I came across the video though.