Almost a month and a half in with my crochet braids with color ( a mix of Freetress Braid Bohemian 1B and TP1B/530 - the red highlights) and it is past due for Ms. Synthetica to come out, for a couple of reasons: 1. My middle part: I was really disappointed about my middle part at first but I grew to like it within a few days. However, I strongly feel the reason I am taking out my crochet braids earlier at 6 weeks than 8-9 weeks is because the fuzziness of my middle part is more readily apparent than a side part. I also think my side part baby hair lies down flatter than the hair in the middle of my head lol.
2. Excessive Growth (which isn't a bad thing): Maybe it's because my hair is growing really fast too (is green juicing to blame?) and so with a middle part, my part is getting wider than the Red Sea
3. Lots of Swimming: For some reason the colored hair is not holding up from wear and tear in the pool and the shampooing and conditioning that follows. When I stayed with the one color it wasn't as mangy post-swimming as the days passed. Then again I heard it is possible you can get a 'bad batch' of synthetic hair and that could of been my issue as well. The crochet braids with color definitely doesn't have the same luster after a few weeks in comparison to the one hair color I used (see the first two pictures above).
All in all the maintenance part of it hasn't changed, I still find myself cutting those random frayed ends at my office desk and I still have to use an applicator bottle to condition my hair properly. Next time I am going to try doing long crochet braids which I am sure won't last as long as the shorter version, we shall see.