So I finished braiding my hair in about 5 hours. The reason why it took so long was because I had to carefully detangle, moisturize and seal each section before braiding.
The braids didn't come out great..AT ALL. After I did the back two rows, I was so anxious to finish, the front looks sub-par. Also, with my nails being so long, I had issues braiding the front for some reason. (my nails have always been long and never had issues before)
My goal was to keep these in for two weeks, but I may re-do the front tomorrow or sometime next week depending on how I feel.