Your hair seems to be about the same length as mine and same texture aswell,so i'm sure it'll make great progress in 8 weeks. I had origionally twist and ripped my hair but after not even a week most of them had fallen out, and from there i've been letting it do whatever it wants to because my hair is VERY stubborn, hence one of the reasons i began dreading it in the first place just remember, patience is virtue. It will seem like forever until it begins to section off and knot up, but it's SOO rewarding when it finally does. just learn to love the process! <3
my hair is very similar to yours and i saw your 8 week photo. looks great. hope mine is there in 8 weeks! happy dreading sweetie!