You could totally do layers with your hair, seriously. My hair's a bit longer than yours, with my shortest layer just barely to my shoulders (so long layers) and a ponytail is still super easy.

Suggestions:
1. As mentioned before, diffuse upside down. I start out right-side up, then flip over to finish it off.
2. plop/pineapple at night

That's all I got, but it's been working for me. I really like the diffusing....
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*