Flippacious, I just had to say that we are coming from almost the same hair timeline,except I had mine cut a little earlier, in like June and started cg again in dec, and we have similar properties. So I have this same question.
Here's mine after haircut and now:
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I really want to get mine cut now but have the same concerns. I think that well placed layers could help the sections that bother you. But I haven't had mine cut curly yet so that's just opinion, I have nothing to back it up lol. When you do get it cut, if you do, let us see pictures!
KAT
~Curly, Runner, Self-confessed Nerd~

2a no product/2b-c styled
Low Porosity, Fine
No poo-SM
Co wash-VO5 kiwi lime*
Rinse out- ION EC
Leave in - Giovanni Direct then SM smoothie (ends only)
Stylers-SM souffle topped with BRHG*

Hair hates: glycerin (high dews here in TX)
Hair likes: Coconut Oil*, protein

*=HG