what's the best way to stop breakage FAST at the line of demarcation & on freshly relaxed hair?

My 12 yr old hair is breaking & shedding alot; I don't know if it's just the hormones, dryness at line of demarcation, or both but I need to stop it fast............PLEASE HELP!

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Hi eforward,I'm a bit confused by your question. Freshly relaxed hair should not really have a line of demarcation unless all the new growth was not relaxed, but I hope this info helps:"This is the point where the relaxed hair and the new growth meet. This hair is very weak and must be treated gently. Many think going natural or long-term transitioning will cause breakage when it is the lack of gentleness and failing to keep the hair properly moisturized that causes breakage. Low manipulation is necessary to keep breakage to a minimum."So my suggestion is that you make sure you help her moisturize her hair daily with a water-based moisturizer (water is the first ingredient) stay away from mineral oil/paraffinum liquidum in the moisturizer. I really like Shea Moisture's Raw Shea Butter Extra Moisture Transitioning Milk and Oyin Handmade Hair Dew.Also, treat her hair gently and stay away from styles require a lot of pulling or stretching the hair. When you wash, try using a moisturizing shampoo or mix a bit of shampoo with a lot of conditioner (1 part shampoo 3-4 parts conditioner) or use a real cleansing conditioner. Add olive oil to your conditioner and deep condition her hair with or with out heat (covered with a plastic cap) for about 15 minutes at least, rinse well and use a wide tooth comb to carefully detangle under the water stream. Use an old t-shirt or a microfiber towel to gently pat the hair to remove excess water. Use the moisturizer on damp her hair. Allow the hair to air dry and (stay away from heat if you can). You could try braiding her hair while damp, into 2 or a few large loose braids and let it dry in that style, leave the style in or take it out and let her wear it out. If her hair is long and has lots of volume, you can take out the braids and put her hair in a loose bun or ponytail. The key is to keep her hair moisturized and to try to leave her hair alone as much as possible and not pull at it too much while styling.I really hope this helps!