Sorry for not responding sooner! Life calls and one must answer and all that. Well, I was pleased to find out when I went for my hair cut that the stylist said I didn't have split ends, and that they were just dry, so I just had her trim my bangs and not cut any hair off! YAY!
So, thanks to some perserverence on my part and helpful suggestions from this board, I'm now doing two braids at night and splurged on a MP detangling comb. Wow, what a difference. I'm losing way less hair now. So thanks for the suggestions everyone!