Near the end of May, I decided to get a protective style installed. I had been thinking about it for months, so, why not get it done during the summer? My style of choice was medium sized box braids.
I don't remember how much it cost for me, but I know it wasn't more than $150. It took about 6 hours, breaks included, and the hair that was used was Xpression Premium Ultra Braid hair in the color 1B.
Because they were so long and heavy, I didn't want to risk them pulling at my edges, so I mainly had them in 3 styles while I had them. All up in a bun, half up/half down and all up.
About a month in, I got the first 3 rows of my hair redone to avoid unnecessary tugging and pulling on my edges, and this was a $35 touch up.
Because I'm supposed to be going to the shop at the time I'm writing this, I'm not sure how much length I retained, which I don't believe will be much, even with the biotin I've been taking while my hair was in this style. I would take a before and after photo, however, I'm going to be getting a trim, so the length probably won't be an accurate depiction.