If your hair is breaking off with and without a relaxer it may be your regimen. Are you eating fruits and vegetables 2-3 times a day? Are you deep conditioning often? Are you moisturizing regularly or do let your hair get dry? I think you should be doing these things whether you relax or stay au natural. Personally, I love Cantu Shea Butter for a deep conditioner. $5 at Wal-mart. It changed my hair for the better.