I have found a solution that worked excellently. I did the french braid as in trial 3 and used a scrunchie instead of a regular hair tie. It dispersed the weight and held my hair loosely enough that I didn’t get a headache at all. I have to add that my sister was with me today and asked if scrunchies were back in style. I guess the only down fall would be that I’m not in style when I wear my hair like that. Oh well, I’m comfortable and it’s easy.
I do believe this is the end of this experiment. Let me know what you thought and what you think I should try next.