Different porosities

I've come to a realization in the past few days, but first let me explain what's going on with my hair.

I had highlights and lowlights put in last summer, along with a solid color touch up to my roots to blend in between a few applications of these. It still all isn't grown out. There's maybe about 1/4" in the back on top (but mostly gone), and about 1-1 1/2" in the front and on the sides. I cut my hair significantly shorter than I wanted to, trying to get this crap out... but I still couldn't get it all.

On top of the damage this color caused (which was kind of a lot, my hair was suuuuuper dry and straw-like when I tried to wear it curly), I flat ironed. I was a religious flat ironer for years. When I tried to go CG last year for the first time, the bottom 2" of my hair was literally a brillow pad and tangly mess.

This comes to my realization - I have very porous hair where my color was applied, but the rest of my hair seems to be normal porosity. Now, how do you deal with this? I'm finding the "healthy" hair feels exactly the way I want it to, but the last 1 1/2" or so is just very dry. Is there anything I can do to help my damaged ends without weighing down my hair? My hair doesn't like a lot of product all at once, just 1 or 2 maybe if I'm very careful with the amounts.

I do have a hair cut tomorrow morning, so I'm struggling with the idea of do I just get the color all cut off and have much shorter hair than I want? Or do I get a trim and keep growing it like I want? I'm torn.
I think that's pretty common. Aside from cutting that part off, you can treat it extra gently. really squish conditioner in it in the shower (just read this today Squish to Condish - There once was a curl - by Melissa Stites very good read). You can give it coconut oil soaks over night before a poo if you aren't coconut oil averse. You could test a protein treatment more to the ends (test a spot first). Just some thoughts.
That was an excellent read, thank you! I squish when I'm done with my shower, but I've never thought about doing it WHILE I'm showering! It makes sense. I did a protein treatment the other day which helped, although I didn't have time to leave it in as long as I would have liked. I may do another next weekend and leave it for longer when I have time, probably focusing more on my ends.

Gah, there's so much to this hair stuff.. you think it would be simple. This is how it all is in my head -> I'm disappointed now when I think about it - there's a lot of wavies and curlies in my family, but nobody embraces them. If I have a curly kid ever, they are not touching shampoo! lol
Proven beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Just apply where needed. I find coconut oil and especially hydrolysed protein help boost waves.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect

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