I have decided that in order to keep my hair from being matted and to maintain a peace of mind, I need to keep my hair stretched out as much as possible. By doing so, I will minimize knots and tangles, both of which I have a lot of!
Twist outs do not really elongate my hair as much as braid outs do, so that will be my method of choice. I did the braid out with Oyin Hair Dew as a leave in and Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade as a sealant. I am so happy with my hair growth and cannot wait to see what it will look like after another year of growing. A video of me doing the braidout and the takedown is below.