One thing my hair just could not take was a "temporary" blow dry straightener (that is a later discussion) bleach, color, and heat in combination. Over time my low porosity, dense, and thick hair simply broke under the weight of it. I had good habits with the exception of blow drying my hair every wash, but still my hair broke off. So my journey to health natural hair began in 2011. I am now four years into my natural hair journey and I am enjoying it.
I had to take an inventory along these four years of what habits caused the ripe conditions for my long hair to break off. First, I cut all of the obvious breakage off, simple! My hair was bra strap length at the time, so I cut off about four inches. Next, I dealt with the rest of the damage. I nursed my hair with deep conditioners and protective styles. I also went through some weird phases like completely shaving a four inch section on the right front side of my hair two years ago. The rest of the time was rather uneventful. Three years later (2014), I decided to go on a journey to long hair.
Once again in my four year mark I am dealing with damage again. My damage this time came from choosing to use the wrong kind of synthetic hair for my twists. However, this time is different. I went through the trauma of damaging perfectly long hair after several years of being natural! Now I know to pace myself and their is no need for me to chop off large sections of my hair. The short of it is that I just need patience and this too shall pass. I still will reach my length goals!