The suggestions Suzen gave are all good options. Also you can make a "lemon aid" by mixing the juice of a lemon with an equal amount of conditioner, and use that as a co-wash.
If you like how your hair comes out, there's no need to plop or pineapple. I never pineapple, and I just do my hair every morning. I Have to plop to get my curls to look presentable, but if you don't need it, that's one step you can cut out. It won't damage your hair to have it down unless you get it caught on things. If anything, having it tied back is what would damage your hair.
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