How to manage short type 4a/4b/4c hair

I was transitioning for 6 months and had 3inches of new growth then i decided to do the BC a month ago. I have type 4a/4b/4c hair and i have nooo idea how to take care of my hair. I think i'l be able to handle it when it grows longer but now its so short i dont know how to manage it and style it. Plus it shrinks alot after washing. I need help!!! Any advice??
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Is it long enough to do twists? I recently BCd my daughter's hair. She also has 4 type hair. I used to struggle so much with her hair before I found this site.

Anyway, I keep it in twists which helps keep it from getting too tangled. I also keep her hair VERY moisturized. She has fine hair so once a week I do a protein treatment followed by a DC. Her hair is really soft and easy to detangle now that I'm learning how to care for it better.

I made a shea butter, mango butter, evoo and essential oil mix that her hair soaks up. I either use it or SM Smoothie (if I'm too lazy to thaw out my homemade mix) to twist her hair. Under it I either use TN or PM The Conditioner. Sometimes I also twist with KCCC. I usually take her twists down about midweek so she can wear a twistout to school.

I don't know if any of this will help you... But best of luck!
Thanks for ur response. Yes my hair is long enough to do twists. I tried a twist out last night. Didn't really turn out how i wanted it. I think it needs to grow some more first.
My cousin has a twa and she does the cutest coils. I thought she used a rattail but she told me just used conditioner and the twirl of her fingers.
I tried it on mine and it looked HAM. i guess my hair is too long or I'm too clumsy.
I just two strand twisted my hair last night. I'm only at my 2 month 2 weeks and 2 days stage and they came out how I wanted. I'm not one for the real curly curls I love my nappy fro!ImageUploadedByCurlTalk1351258060.218209.jpg
When my hair was that length, I did one of two styles till it was long enough for a twistout look that I was comfortable with-coilout or a wash n go. I would coil with Ecostyler or KCCC on wet hair. Always took them out when fully dry. For WNG, I would rinse with water every 2 days & Rake gel thru it-a combo of Eco & Long Aid activator. If I didn't want to wet my hair, I put it in little Afro puffs (pineapples) so it doesn't shrink up as much. Sorry so long but HTH.
I guess I'm just lazy. I literally do a wash ago about everyday. I hate having short hair, so I just don't fool with styling right now. My hair is kinda cut in a tapered.way, so it looks semi stylish. I would love to achieve the jherri curl look for a night, just less greasy lol
Comb coils? Wash and gos? I actually think shorter hair is easier to take care of than longer hair. My main goal is to keep it moisturized (and if necessary, sufficient in protein), but styling is not really at the forefront of my mind right now.

Twist outs take practice. What exactly about your twist-out did you not like? (I guess if it had the scalpy look then I would advise you to wait until your hair grows out some.)
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Shrinkage happens.
I BC'd in Nov. 2012 and I have the same problem...I stretch my hair and I have an awesome TWA...but when I wash my hair it looks like I just did the BC because it just shrinks up...I love my tightly coiled hair but sometimes it can get fustrating.
When my hair was a TWA, I did a wash-n-'fro most of the time. I also rocked coils and Bantu knot outs. If I ever BC'ed again I'd do coils all of the time.
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You have my hair!! Try stretching it by parting hair into large sections, applying cantu shea butter leave in , and plait firmly for the night. In the morning, unplait and style into a wide bun with a stretchy headband that will double around your head or a black knee high stocking that you can wrap around tie and conceal the ends.
Wash n gos were my #1 hairstyle when I had a twa. IMO this is the most important phase you go through because it teaches you how to care for your hair. Once it gets longer its a whole other ball game and unless you want to see some serious length your gonna have a lot of breakage if your not doing things properly. Enjoy learning about your hair at this stage

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