[ QUOTE ] I wore braids LITERALLY back to back for a year and a half. When I say "literally" I mean that for a year and a half I would get my braids re-done every 3 months and I wouldn't take the old ones down until the night before I was having them re-done, which was always around 8 AM the next morning. I can say that for a year and a half I NEVER went 24 hours without braids EVER. As for the results.... I started with dry, damaged, breaking, neck length hair..... when I finally stopped wearing braids a year and a half later, my hair was below bra strap (about 1 inch below). [/ QUOTE ] You sound just like me. I wore braids back to back for a year and a half. I would not take them down unless I knew for sure that I was getting them braided that same or next day. However, when I first started wearing braids I didn't know how to properly take care of them so whatever length I gained eventually broke off.