How can I long-term transition while preventing much breakage as possible?

Hello, I have relaxed hair and it is very long--waist length. I want to go natural, but I am nervous about it. I am not doing the big chop because I love my hair. I will gradually trim as it grows. How can I successfully transition to natural while preventing much breakage as possible?? I can see now that the new growth is 4a texture, but when I get it to natural, I want it to be looser curled for better management. I am very nervous about this journey because I don't know where to start.

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Try protective styles such as Senegalese twist, box braids, or faux locs to prevent breakage. When feta fling always go slow and be super gentle in order to avoid ripping out more hair than necessary, especially near the roots where your new growth is. Using condition while detangling can also make the process easier. Also try to avoid heat styling as much as possible while transitioning. More heat= more breakage. Also if your hair is a 4A texture there is no way for your curls and coils to become any looser without the use of a texturizer or relaxer ( I wouldn't recommend either). Besides 4A is beautiful and can be just as manageable as any other texture. And once you are natural you don't have to wear your hair in its natural 4A curl pattern all the time. You can try other curly hair styles such as twist outs, braid outs, Bantu knot outs, perm rod sets, flexy rod sets, etc. (You can also try these styles while still transitioning, just to get a feel for what it's like to have curly hair) Natural hair is very versatile. Try watching YouTube videos about transitioning hair/ natural hair videos. YouTube and watching and learning from other naturals is one of the things that helped me through my transition the most. I hope this helps.