What can i do to my hair to keep it away from my face
Wear a bandana lightly, so your hair isn't restrained too much. Just don't wear it too often, because it does indeed slow down progress.
Under no circumstances should you sleep in a hat, unless you don't care about your progress significantly slowing down. You have the most progress while sleeping. That progress is due to tangling that occurs from the hair being down and loose and able to knot up. Putting a hat on would prevent that from happening!
Even if you have starter dreads, they need to be down and free while you're in bed to continue matting.
I rock a headband pretty much everday cuz i cant see without it. My hear blocks my eyes now that its gaining length. I hate it. You can also try out parting your hair in differnet ways, and you can try braiding or twisting the locs together off to the side and around the ear. I have been trying some new things.. our hair looks pretty similar in length. I cant pull mineback yet. It sucks, cant wait to be able to make them lay backwards.