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1) I have 4b/4c hair and I've been experiencing a lot of breakage. However, the breakage mostly consists of thin hair ( my hair is thicker than the broken strands). This hair stylist thought she had to hot comb my hair to apply braids ( never going to her again) and I think I got heat damage. I cut most of the straight pieces, but why is my hair breaking all of a sudden? I think it's heat damage, but I don't know.2) How do I stop the breaking? I did a hot oil treatment (with olive oil) and the breakage stopped for like 2 days and now it's back, but it's mostly of thinner hair. It breaks when I moisturize, when I wash, when I apply anything really. Nothing is helping it, except for the hot oil treatments, but I don't know if those are really helping.3) How to moisturize my hair? I'm using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (Shea Butter/Argan Oil), honey, water, olive oil, but nothing is helping it. I found out it's high porosity (probably because of damage) so how should I do this?

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Hi Newmoo,1. Yes, if you weren't having the same kind of breakage before the hot combing, and only after, the breakage is probably from a combination of the heat damage and then the weight and stress of the braid extensions (assuming you had hair added to your own for the braids).You may want to try a moisturizing protein treatment like the cherry lola, if you like DIY or you can purchase a jar or one-time use packet treatment like apHogee's.Here are some protein treatment options:This one seems mostly natural from Aubrey OrganicsBriogeoI've personally tried and like Obia Natural Hair Care's2.  See my suggestions above. I would stop the hot oil treatments, especially since you are not seeing long term improvement. You may also want to invest in cleanser and/or conditioner with protein and moisturizing properties. Again, I think your hair may have just been weakened a lot by the hot combing followed by braiding.3. Try the protein treatments and then stick to your usual moisturizing routine to see if your hair does better. For high porosity hair here are some tips: http://www.naturallycurly.com/texture-typing/hair-... You can take a look at all the tips to see which way of handling moisturizing works for your hair especially after the protein treatments. You can see that for high porosity hair you need to use a leave-in conditioner or moisturizer first (water based like the curl enhancing smoothie) then follow with shea butter, or another heavy butter (thoroughly coat the hair by spreading well but don't use a lot of butter as it may weigh your hair down.)More about porosity: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/4-t...Also, since your hair is so fragile, do what you can but mostly just leave it alone. Try styles that require less manipulation and touch ups/restyling. If you can, wear satin scarves tied stylishly (http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/45-...http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/whe...)or wear hats or use a rolled up scarf to make a headband. If your hair is long enough, wear it in loose updos or other styles that don't require a lot of pulling and tension or your hair. Here are some ideas: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/home/7-p...Also, if you don't already, you may want to try sleeping with a satin scarf rather than a bonnet or pillow. The scarf should keep your hair from being rubbed and moved around as much while you sleep, so that even while you are sleeping you are protecting it from "rough handling".I hope that helps!
Thank you. You're always really helpful. I'll read the links now.