Severe hair breakage/ YIKES

I have had lots of thick hair all of my 50 years. I try to keep it in great shape and use great products and my applications are gentle. It is very dry.
Yikes, got a trim today & I have nearly half of my hair has broken off at the nape of my neck!
I have always slept w/ a cotton scrunchie ponytail, but my hairdresser says that's bad and could be encouraging the breakage.

1) what can i do to prevent more breakage?
2) How do you sleep with long your long hair?3
3) Your best repairing & moisturizing treatment for your dry hair
Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
I'm feel like I'm a broken record today but I would try Nioxin Smoothing Protectives shamp. and condish. If you've always slept with a scrunchy with no problems till now I would check other things. Maybe your collars are rubbing agianst your neck. Maybe you have a vitamin deficiency. try to think of every possible thing that could be causing this.
4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

Thanks for your answer. I will look into that, I had a physical a few months ago, all was well.
Stress? average, have scrunchied for 20 years.
The hair is brittle and lifeless now too. I feel it changing daily.
I masque it regularly to improve moisture, a 1 hour mask, no less.
I'm fairly frantic over it.
Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)
perhaps change around your sleep-do a little, like scrunchie one night, the next braids etc.
I have better news
I had ALSO been using a big barrel hair curler to flatten and style my curls. I have "gotten over" my curls being messy and I have embraced them and been true and loyal to the CG methods.
I have been heat free, except a gentle cool well diffused blow dry.
I have been shampooing once a week and conditioning the love back into it.
I have slept in either a couple of loose pigtail braids, a single braid or a pineapple.
I feel new moisture retention and silkiness to the ends and alover it's far less brittle and delicate feeling.
Thank you for your responses.
Getting curlier the longer I CG :-)

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