I don’t think that you need to relaxe your hair in order to soften it for braiding. A deep moisturising treatment after a moisturising shampoo and followed in a good detangler or leave in conditionner will do.
I want my hair to always look natural and I like braiding. but it is just too painful to get my braids without relaxer. Do you think that in order to soften my hair I need to relaxe it before