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    Posted: Dec 19 2012 at 4:57pm

So I'm continuously getting mid-strand splits. I'm just from doing a major trim but my hair is still plagued with them. One thing I don't understand though, is that in the beginning of my journey, I don't recall having any. And as my journey progresses, I seem to be getting more and more. I honestly don't understand. I'm just from recovering from a protein overload situation, so needless to say, my hair isn't lacking protein. Also I'm relaxed, well more texlaxed than relaxed. I have noticed that the splits usually occur next to the kinks in my hair. I mostly airdry. So what could be causing this? Could it be the texture of my hair due to texlaxing? What should I do?

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wow idk kunoichi nindroid. I've never had a midstrand split, but if i had to guess i'd wager it's probly, as you suggested, due to the relaxed portion meeting with the natural, and it probably creates a bubble of weakness because of the drastically differing textures. I would imagine that's the cause of them. As for what you can do about them...well, i would say that if they're not breaking and you would rather not sacrifice your length, then hang onto them and just trim gradually if you're at a length you're comfortable with, until eventually you reach the midstrand split and can trim it away. if you have splits of the traveling variety, then you might consider cutting off the compromised length. monitor them for a few months and make sure they don't worsen, and then see if it'll require any action on your part. good luck! 
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If your hair is splitting mid shaft, this means your hair is weak from the relaxer chemicals. Your protein bonds have been weakened to the point that they split. The number one things that damages our protein bonds is a relaxer no matter how mild of one you use. Your hair strands have lost keratin, so your hair needs extra reinforcements in order to keep from splitting even further. Brushing, constant manipulation, relaxer chemicals, poor diet and some medications weaken our protein bonds and cause our hair to break. If you do not already take a vitamin hair supplement this is a good time to start but this will only help the new hair which grows from the scalp. You can strengthen your hair strands with protein to keep them from breaking even further. Then blast your hair with moisture. If you do not want to use protein you can try black tea rinses. The bad thing about relaxers is that they can do okay on our hair for years and then start to give you issues. This is because our health needs change each year we get older. Most times we do not know we are deficient in a particular nutrient until it starts to affect our hair. If it is affecting our hair or nails it is also affecting our bodies. 
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@Veemack, I just recovered from a protein overload. How can you say my hair needs more protein? Infact the splits were more prominent when I was airdrying with protein overload. Btw, mid-strand splits are more common in natural hair because of the bends. There's an article about on Natural Haven. I doubt it's the relaxer because the more processed parts of my hair have no problems at all. Infacts I barely have to trim the sides where the relaxer took more but everywhere else it's split city.
@littlebabybug, I've finally concluded that it's due to the texture. I've explained most of my hypothesis above. Man, I thought I was doing my hair a favor by texlaxing. These mid strand splits feel like a death sentence.
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@Kunoichi, have you been deep conditioning and moisture lately???
What is your regimen?
Keeping your hair hydrate will prevent dry hair. If hair is not hydrated and if it stays dry it can result to split ends.
A lot of manipulation like combing and brushing can cause split ends.
Coloring, relaxers, telaxer can result into having to up you moisture and protein.
Heat can be a big factor to split ends to.
Low manipulation styles and protective will help reduce the need to find splits end in your hair.

This article might be helpful: http://www.blackhairscience.com/dealing-with-split-ends/
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Originally posted by KunoichiNindroid KunoichiNindroid wrote:

@Veemack, I just recovered from a protein overload. How can you say my hair needs more protein? Infact the splits were more prominent when I was airdrying with protein overload. Btw, mid-strand splits are more common in natural hair because of the bends. There's an article about on Natural Haven. I doubt it's the relaxer because the more processed parts of my hair have no problems at all. Infacts I barely have to trim the sides where the relaxer took more but everywhere else it's split city.
@littlebabybug, I've finally concluded that it's due to the texture. I've explained most of my hypothesis above. Man, I thought I was doing my hair a favor by texlaxing. These mid strand splits feel like a death sentence.

i imagine they would. i'd be horrified! i guess some people's hair takes better to relaxing while others takes better to texlaxing. i'll be lurking about to see if you're able to find a solution without having to trim. i'd hate for you to, especially since your hair is so long. Cry *hates it whenever long haired folks cut their hair*. i wish you all the best! Thumbs Up
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Originally posted by KunoichiNindroid KunoichiNindroid wrote:

@Veemack, I just recovered from a protein overload. How can you say my hair needs more protein? Infact the splits were more prominent when I was airdrying with protein overload. Btw, mid-strand splits are more common in natural hair because of the bends. There's an article about on Natural Haven. I doubt it's the relaxer because the more processed parts of my hair have no problems at all. Infacts I barely have to trim the sides where the relaxer took more but everywhere else it's split city.
@littlebabybug, I've finally concluded that it's due to the texture. I've explained most of my hypothesis above. Man, I thought I was doing my hair a favor by texlaxing. These mid strand splits feel like a death sentence.
I can say it because once that hair strand splits, that is it. Only two things to do: mend it with hydrolyzed keratin protein or cut it off.  You doubt it is the relaxer? Relaxers break down the hair strands and leave it vulnerable to all sorts of EXTRA damage. Relaxed hair or texlaxed hair is just damaged hair. This is why protein treatments are so important to maintain relaxed chemically treated hair. People need to understand this when they choose to relax that you are damaging your hair.  When you take protein away from the hair structure you need to add protein back on the average persons hair. Even if your hair does not respond bad to the chemicals for years, one day it can start, because your hair is old and tired. This is one of the problems with chemicals is that they are unpredictable. So you need to do things such as protein treatments (used properly) to strengthen your hair to counteract the unpredictability of the chemically treated hair.

I have been doing natural hair for 20 years, this is not common under normal haircare circumstances. But when you add chemicals anything can happen. Mid strand splits are not more common in natural hair because of the coils. Mid strands splits signal that there is some harsh damage within your hair structure. The protein strand is tired and just gives up. Mid shaft splits are worst than split ends, because eventually you will lose more length. Because make no mistake you will eventually have to cut those mid strand splits. Any protein treatment is only temporary, it is not permanent. This is why all the talk about protein overload is more so people repeating what is a popular explanation on hair forums. A professional stylist examining you hair strands, will be the only one to truly tell you if your have protein overload.

Basically weak compromised hair splits.
Once your hair splits
You can mend it. But just like a flat tired you will eventually have to remove it and allow new healthier strands to replace it.

If you decide to continue to relax then you will need to replace the missing protein that the relaxer causes, or you will continue to have this problem. I also recommend taking a vitamin supplement to strengthen your hair strands. But remember you can have strong hair growing from your roots, apply chemicals to the strands and totally destroy the hair strand. And just because it looks good does not mean it is healthy. After a time it will start to split and break. So this is my solution to your OP, hope it works out for you. Anymore questions just email me, that is quicker to check. Blessings!!!!!!!!!!
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Originally posted by littlebabybug littlebabybug wrote:

Originally posted by KunoichiNindroid KunoichiNindroid wrote:

@Veemack, I just recovered from a protein overload. How can you say my hair needs more protein? Infact the splits were more prominent when I was airdrying with protein overload. Btw, mid-strand splits are more common in natural hair because of the bends. There's an article about on Natural Haven. I doubt it's the relaxer because the more processed parts of my hair have no problems at all. Infacts I barely have to trim the sides where the relaxer took more but everywhere else it's split city.
@littlebabybug, I've finally concluded that it's due to the texture. I've explained most of my hypothesis above. Man, I thought I was doing my hair a favor by texlaxing. These mid strand splits feel like a death sentence.

i imagine they would. i'd be horrified! i guess some people's hair takes better to relaxing while others takes better to texlaxing. i'll be lurking about to see if you're able to find a solution without having to trim. i'd hate for you to, especially since your hair is so long. Cry *hates it whenever long haired folks cut their hair*. i wish you all the best! Thumbs Up

Lol. My hair ain't long, it was barely APL. I did a major trim to SL last month but it didn't get rid of most of the splits. Since I just recovered from my protein overload situ I think I'll try to just grow out the split ends. I'm doing lots of growth challenges this year. Usually I'd agree with the 'health before length' motto but I think that's a lot easier to say when all your hair can fit in a bun LOL

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@Veemack I'm already aware of everything you're saying. I know you're just itching to tell me to go natural. Why I say it may have been caused by the texture of my hair.

http://www.thenaturalhavenbloom.com/2012/07/mid-shaft-splits-cause-and-prevention.html

I was just hoping someone else could come here and tell me their experience with relaxed hair and mid strand splits.

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I'm natural with mid-strand splits, I believe are from lack of hydration + heat abuse/damage.

I think your hair just suffering from damage, @Veemack is right in suggestion Keratin protein treatments. 
Keratin helps to heal those gaps in your hair, which tends to be a result of loss of keratin. 

If you had a protein overload, it was likely not from Keratin, but another protein since there are many kinds. 

I suggest getting good hydrolyzed Keratin conditioners and treatments to do on you hair. 
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