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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*Current Routine*
LP: SM RSB
CO/ CW: CJ Daily Fix, CJ O+A, SM RSB, SM SFC
DC: SM (any of the vegan ones), CJ Rehab, G.Nutrafix, DIY
LI: a CO, KCKT, CJ SL
Sealers: an oil, SM Elixir, JC N&S
Stylers: just CO, CJ PP, CJ CIAB, KCCC, Aloe, FSG
Once in a while: ACV, Lemon-Aid

Oils to seal, RO, and/or pre-poo as needed

2c/3a/3b coarse, normal porosity
CG since 2007