bosanbo the trick for ponytail you had mentioned would work perfect for me. I have been having this issue where my long hair drags my front scalp and at time even painful to get a good lose pony.

I will definitely try it, if possible post pictures
3a with some 2a-2c, Medium/Low Porosity
Co-wash:deva no-poo/Vo5 kiwi
Leave-in:Shea Moisture/GVP conditioning Balm/AOHSR

Since long hair- I finger twist in big chunks, which helps till 5th day hair
Gel:LA sports
Plop: Old T-shirt for 15 minutes ,diffuse