Why is my hair breaking?

Lately my hair has been breaking! I have NEVER, and I mean NEVER had a problem with my hair breaking before. Dry? Greasy? Split ends? Sure, but never a breakage problem.

I thought I had a good routine down. I use Acure Organics Argan Shampoo about once a week and I co-wash with Suave Naturals Coconut conditioner. I co-wash everyday, which I know is uncommon but my second day hair is flat and tends to frizz, this stops that from happening.

For a LI I've been using Sweet Curls Flax Seed Curl Cream.

My hair gets tangled really easily, but I think its from past damage (6 months of using baking soda/vinegar every day) and that I'm outside in the wind/weather every day. If my hair is really bad I'll use coconut oil to help me detangle but most of the time I gently finger comb before I get a shower.

What do I need to do to stop this breakage?

I'm a 2 a/b curl type, pretty sure I'm LP, and might be protein sensitive…although I'm really not sure.
Is your hair breaking from the roots or from the middle?

If it's from the middle then any past damage you have had from treating your hair roughly is catching up on you.

If you use coconut oil then try leaving it on overnight before you wash your hair in the morning so it has time to penetrate your hair strands. You may need to wrap your head a night to prevent it going all over your bedding. (Though as you have type 2 hair you should be using very little.)

Also use a deep conditioner once or twice a week.

Finally if you have enough consider a hair cut.
I think it's breaking from the middle/ends as the pieces are usually no more than a few inches long. I know I really need to get the worst of the damage chopped off but I am dreading losing those 4-5 inches, I love my long hair.

Thanks for the tips!
You need to know your hair properties: if you have baking soda damage all your hair will not be low porosity. Elasticity is critical here too. Consider a microscope hair analysis from Komaza Care or Goosefootprints on Etsy.

That flaxseed curl cream is formulated as a styling product AFAIK. That isn't to say it does not have conditioning or emollient properties/ ingredients, but it is not a leave in conditioner and may well not be sufficient for damaged hair.

Beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Coconut oil is wonderful for penetrating the cortex and reducing porosity, but won't do much to patch repair a damaged cuticle. With hydrolysed protein I get different results in summer and winter, and from hardcore treatments compared with protein rich conditioners.

Grooming (brushing, combing, any detangling) is linked to breakage - wet and dry at different points along the length. Bleaching heightens the risk (likely other types of damage also do), effective conditioning reduces the risk. Try patient detangling only when in the shower when hair is slathered in a slippy conditioner.

Consider using protective up dos (eg. messy Spin Pin buns) or silky scarves to reduce tangling, weather damage and stretch washes.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
If my hair is really bad I'll use coconut oil to help me detangle but most of the time I gently finger comb before I get a shower.
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That! You should be detangling, starting with the ends, and gradually working your way up toward your roots, when your hair is wet and coated with a conditioner with good slip. Detangling dry hair before you shower is a likely cause. You can also detangle with coconut oil on your hair prior to the shower, but even that is more likely to be problematic in my experience.

Also, you're not using a rinse out or leave in conditioner. The Suave Naturals conditioner you're using to co-wash isn't a rich enough conditioner, and you're not using it as a conditioner (all your co-wash conditioner should be well rinsed out to take the dirt with it). You need to do a separate conditioning step (or two, if you do both RO and LI). As has been pointed out, the flaxseed curl creme you're using is a styling product, not a conditioner.

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008

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