How do I avoid massive nape of neck knots when NOTHING works?

I have super curly/wavy hair that no matter what I do or how I style it I cannot keep away the massive knots at the nape of my neck. I cant even brush it dry or I look like a human lion. I don't know what to do, but I don't feel like wasting at least 10 minutes a day for the next 80 years or so of my life trying to keep thse tangles out. Help please! (Included image isnt even as bad as it gets. And this was also after temporarily coloring for a Halloween costume)

2 Answers

you shouldn't try to brush your hair dry. as for the knotting i suggest adding more conditioner to that area and then applying an oil to keep the strands lubricated this won't stop it from happening but it should decrease the severity of the  knotting.
definitely stop brushing your hair dry would be my first too, also I get the same kinds of knots. I found using a product with some hold and slip (I use As I Am curling jelly) helps. I take a very small amount of product and finger-curl the problem spots.