When my hair was that length, I did one of two styles till it was long enough for a twistout look that I was comfortable with-coilout or a wash n go. I would coil with Ecostyler or KCCC on wet hair. Always took them out when fully dry. For WNG, I would rinse with water every 2 days & Rake gel thru it-a combo of Eco & Long Aid activator. If I didn't want to wet my hair, I put it in little Afro puffs (pineapples) so it doesn't shrink up as much. Sorry so long but HTH.