your hair, that's all your stylist needs to know. Like Jules said below, you have put so much time and effort into growing your hair, not to mention the love and attachment you have towards it. It would be a pity to cut your hair and then be unhappy for a while, until it grew back.
Personally, I'm glad that you have decided to work on a solution
When there's a will, there's a way
I think you should try styles that you can do currently - like trying out different updos with English braids - in order to get a base of styles which are comfortable for your neck. Once you have several comfy 'dos you can rotate, you can turn to learning how to French or Dutch braid etc. Learning to French and Dutch braid wasn't easy for me too. Just like Jules, I've always found Dutch braiding much easier. I guess that braiding the hair under enables me to keep the hair separated better.
I also thought about some updos that you might find comfy, because the hair is distributed in a different way than with a single hair toy:
(When I saw Jules' suggestion about modifying an English braid to look more French, I remembered Torrin's great tutorial.)
I hope you find something among those suggestions that will work for you
Hair type: 2b/M/C/iii
Current length: classic
Primary goal: thickening the ends
- NW/SO on the scalp, with periodical length
washes (Alverde birke-salbei shampoo for the length)
- brushing, scritching, preening and massaging daily
- occasional S&D trims
- trimming the ends whenever they start looking funny