Im on the same page too. I have about 3 inches of hair after my bc in april and i wanna do protective styles because i want to protect the little i have until i grow longer. My friend tell me just to do wash nd gos or braid out but idk if im ready to wear it out completely yet.
Honestly I don't think people need to protective style their TWAs. The hair is new and young. I think you should solve your dryness problem, and then the tangles will solve themselves (until you get to a longer length).
What products are you using? Also are you manipulating your hair a lot every time you cowash?