I would try sealing or perhaps braiding? I had this same problem and I used to get those dreads by the nape of your neck and it was horrid. My hair is cropped to jaw length and im loving it (shortest I've ever had- its always been LONG. I know you don't want to go that route haha.

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Sometimes I get carried away and manipulate him too much. He tells me he's fine on his own but I never listen. I wash him less now and all in all we're happy.
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