Well, first you want to look into the products you are using
. Treatments and vitamins are good, but if you aren't solving the core issue, they won't change much. It seems like the problem here is moisture. You are likely using many of the hair practices and products ideal for relaxed hair, but that just won't fly with natural hair.
It seems like the cause of your breakage is dryness and hair handling. And of course the more dry your hair is, the more difficult it is to handle it, so you would encounter breakage. Like the other user said, stay away from those products that contain petroleum, and sulfates. Oils are good agents for moisturizing, but make sure you are using them correctly
. Oils themselves are not capable of moisturizing, so remember to use them to seal in moisture. Moisture would be water and waterbased products like conditioner. The LCO method is a good layering technique, but if you do it, make sure it is L.C.O, not LOC. I find that using oils as sealants is okay for set styles like twist outs, but the best thing to use is a botanical gel, without drying ingredients. A great one is kinky curly curling custard, or flaxseed gel(which can be made at home)
Other things that are important to remember is cowashing alone is not enough to clarify your hair. And with that being said, do not attempt to stop using your sulfate shampoo but continue to cowash with a silicone conditioner.
You have to change to a conditioner that doesn't have those kind of ingredients, or they will build up on your hair a lot and cause dryness. Some good clarification methods are bakingsoda, applecider vinegar, and bentonite clay. Good conditioners to use as a cowash and leave in include Kinky Curly Knot Today, and Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle.
How do you handle your hair? Do you finger detangle, or use a comb? Try to wean yourself off the comb and adopt finger detangling.
It is very easy to do, especially with conditioner in your hair and under the shower. Don't even attempt to dry detangle.
When some one with curly hair detangles, especially with their fingers, they need to take advantage of their hair's elasticity.
Since the problem here is mainly moisture, do not try and jump into a long term
style. These usually cause more problems because it involves going long
periods of time with out effectively
introducing moisture to your hair. It also coaxes buildup, and makes it hard to retain length because the tangles and brittleness afterward mean a lot of hair will be lost during detangling, and you can't even wet detangle your hair in that state.
I would also not try to do a protein treatment, since protein doesn't
moisturize your hair, and depending on your hair's porosity, it can
become more dry.
Lastly, let me just forward you to this 5 step regimen
. It is called the max hydration method
. Basically this method works to remove build up and eliminate products from your regimen that cause build up, and manipulate the hair cuticles behavior to control the ideal time to apply moisture and seal. It's wash and go's but with more control as to guarantee your hair is absorbing and retaining moisture. The result is max hydration, meaning all the symptoms you have now would go away, and after awhile your hair would curl from root to tip without product, because the moisture retained in your hair's cortex would give your curls uniformity. This uniformity would prevent tangles, knots, and leave your hair soft and very easy to handle, bouncy, and length retention is a given. So in itself it becomes a protective style. After doing it for 7 consecutive days for the first week, you will notice a complete turn around.
Just make sure that before you start, if you have last used a silicone conditioner, shampoo your hair one more time, then just green house effect with no product but water until you can get the right products for the regimen. If you have any questions, just post one under the regimen post below.http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/the-max-hydration-methodfrom-my-other-post_topic368937.html