By Amma Mama

Celie twists — at least that is what I call them. If you search the hair blogs or You Tube, you will find that this hair­style falls under many names. The names include but are not lim­it­ed to Halo Twists, Uni­corn Braids, Milk­maid Braids and God­dess Braids.

I do not know how to corn­row so I stick to my two strand flat twists. I learned how to flat twist from Laila aka Fusion of Cul­tures on You Tube. Her video How-To 101: Flat Twist Basics has helped a sista out. I am not a hair styling expert at all but I can do some mean Celie Twists. I call them Celie Twists sim­ply because they remind me of Whoopi Goldberg’s char­ac­ter Celie’s hair in the film The Col­or Pur­ple.


I usu­al­ly do my Celie Twists on blow-dried or stretched hair. I can do them with­out blow-dry­ing my hair but my hair and twists do not look as neat. It’s also eas­i­er for me twist my hair if it’s first blow-dried. But when it’s blow-dried too straight, the ends of my twists tend to eas­i­ly unrav­el and I have to use numer­ous bob­by pins to keep the ends in place. Usu­al­ly in a cou­ple of days, my hair thick­ens up due to humid­i­ty and heat. As a result, I then only need one or two bob­by pins to hold my twists togeth­er.

I have always liked this hair­style and nev­er ever thought that I would be able to do it myself. When I first start­ed flat twist­ing, I could not make the two twists join togeth­er at the back. As a result, I used to put a bun in the back. I have final­ly mas­tered twist­ing all the way to the back, as you can see in my pic­tures below. Prac­tice makes per­fect when it comes to this hair­style. If I can mas­ter it, ANYONE can, empha­sis on ANY!!

I wear Celie twists ALL the time because it’s the only style that I can do. I am always amazed and extreme­ly sur­prised by the com­pli­ments they get. Even when they’re slop­py, some­one always tells me how nice it looks. The com­pli­ments are so sweet; espe­cial­ly when peo­ple think I paid some­one to do them. I think to myself, “Wow, peo­ple think I paid for this, I am doing some­thing right!”

Here are 5 tuto­ri­als for the style:

1. Bal­ti­more Nat­ur­al hair­styl­ist Zarah Charm and her Five Minute Chic Twists

2. Sim­ply Cre8eve and her Uni­corn Braids

3. French fash­ion blog­ger Rev­ele Toi and her love­ly twists (unfor­tu­nate­ly there is no video tuto­r­i­al for this style.)


4. Nik Scott of Long Hair Don’t Care TV and her gor­geous Halo Twist


5. Romona Thomas aka that girl with the hair and her flat twist bun.


Here are some pic­tures of me rock­ing the style:

Last June, rock­ing them at a hot sum­mer wed­ding <3


Eri­ca Layne cap­tured the back of my Celie twists at The Good Hair Blog’s  Big Hair and Brunch last April.


My Celie twists one Sun­day morn­ing before church.


My Celie twists  with the bun in the back last Sep­tem­ber.


Before the Big Hair and Brunch last April. That was a great Celie twists hair day.

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Have you rocked the milk maid/halo crown/goddess braids? And which of the 5 ver­sions fea­tured here is your favorite?

Amma Mama is a nat­ur­al hair blog­ger from Ghana, West Africa cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Mary­land. Check out her blog to read more.

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Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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[…] While the style seems to be the new trend of sum­mer ‘16, it isn’t new to Black women at all. Even Whitney’s hair­style is a vari­a­tion of a wide­ly used style by Black women. This seg­ment quick­ly becomes an exam­ple of the beau­ty indus­try coopt­ing the work and style of […]


[…] Some women wor­ry that nat­ur­al hair is “not work-appro­pri­ate.” We think that’s a load of BS, but if your cowork­ers aren’t as enlight­ened as you, this wrap­around braid is an ele­gant and fin­ished ‘do that will work in any office envi­ron­ment. “After this style, you can do a rod set or twist-out, to start to wear it curly,” Latimer says. For sim­i­lar tuto­ri­als, check out Black Girl with Long Hair. […]

Gloria A Nyang'iye

I did a roman­tic halo braid tuto­r­i­al too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0wOZKG7Sho&feature=youtu.be


[…] can’t fake the funk, BGLH put me on the MAP with this […]


[…] my Celie Twists post on her site, I was HONORED <3 You can check out my post fea­tured on BGLH here. I decid­ed to post some more Celie Twists inspi­ra­tion {hence the word reloaded in the title} […]


[…] inspires me. If you’d like to, you can check out my fea­ture here. My post about Celie Twists {here} was also fea­tured on the site back in Novem­ber. Thanks to every­one for tak­ing the time to […]


[…] hair blogs” into Google. I love BGLH! I was quite hon­ored when one of my posts {click here} was fea­tured on the site last year!! BGLH is my # 1 nat­ur­al hair blog. I vis­it it just about […]


I LOVE rock­ing halo twists, braids (recent­ly start­ed doing braid-outs after wash­ing my hair as win­ter is a MATCH for me) and I will have to try these twist­ed crowns as well! Typ­i­cal­ly I french-plait my hair and wear it in a bun in back, but I am look­ing for a way to com­bine the braids into a sin­gle at the back. I love these pro­tec­tive styles-they look ele­gant, save your curls, and on me last up to five days.


[…] here to read that post on […]


[…] tru­ly inspire me  If you like, you can check out the fea­ture here. My post about Celie Twists here was also fea­tured on the site back in Novem­ber. Thanks to every­one for tak­ing the time to […]


I love your blog and hair. Thanks for shar­ing. ?


[…] hair blogs” into Google. I love BGLH! I was quite hon­ored when one of my posts {click here} was fea­tured on the site last year!! BGLH is my # 1 nat­ur­al hair blog. I vis­it it just about […]


[…] Celie Twists!!! Now I can’t fake the funk, BGLH put me on the MAP with this one!…lol […]


How long can you real­is­ti­cal­ly wear these styles for? A day? A week? More? I am won­der­ing if they are a viable option for some­one with fine 4c hair? Pro­tec­tive enough? I am torn between doing styles that take less manip­u­la­tion to put in, but they are more fre­quent­ly done/touched up, and styles that you put in and last for longer, but might take more manip­u­la­tion to put in and take down.

Any help ladies?


How do u make this style last more than 1 day? Any spe­cial way to tie it up at night or any­thing?


I’m mov­ing to a cold cli­mate with <1% Afr-Am pop­u­la­tion so I def­i­nite­ly need all of the non-exten­sion pro­tec­tives styles that I can find. This is nice, the jum­bo twists. I nev­er blow dry my hair because I like no heat styles but maybe I’ll try an elec hot comb or per­haps I can find a good stretch method.

Amma Mama

Some­times, I stretch my hair with­out using any heat and I am still able to achieve this style. I stretch my hair {after wash­ing it} by putting putting big braids or twists in my hair {allow­ing it to air dry} and then I put the Celie Twists in. Day by day the Celie Twists stretch out my hair. The pic­ture below is an exam­ple of it done on heat­less hair. So you don’t have to use heat if yoyu don’t want to. Though,I do pre­fer heat.
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I love this arti­cle and all the vari­ety of looks! :D Saved the videos to watch the tuto­ri­als lat­er tonight! Thanks for shar­ing! :D


I actu­al­ly did a crown braid mod­i­fi­ca­tion back in Octo­ber on light­ly flat-ironed hair (blow-out and one pass with flat iron). I did two corn­row braids on each side of my head and then wrapped them around to form a crown braid. And, then I acces­sorized with an adorned head­band.

I like the author’s ver­sion of the two twists going back the most! Real­ly cute!!


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LOL I thought I was alone with this being legit the only hair­style I can do and do well. :D I’m gonna try out these new vari­a­tions. I can do a per­fect halo in no time at all, but I’d like to remix it every now and then.


[…] my Celie Twists post on her site, I was HONORED <3 You can check out my post fea­tured on BGLH here. I decid­ed to post some more Celie Twists inspi­ra­tion {hence the word reloaded in the title} […]

Youngin girl

I like how you named them. I love non exten­tion braid­ing and How women get cre­ative and fun natured with it. This site brings inspi­ra­tion and help to me. They are all cute pho­tos. Keep going at it.


LOL! Not the Miss Celie twists! I didn’t even real­ize she was rockin this style in the Col­or Pur­ple.

This is my 2nd fav look of the moment. I typ­i­cal­ly wear this when my cocoon curls are lookin rat­ty, or after I wash my hair. It’s quick and it’s a no-fail all the time. I also wear the halo twist.


I can­not wait till my hair is long enough for all these ele­gant styles. 2 1/2 months down post BC, many more to go!


I haven’t rocked the milk maid/halo crown/goddess braids yet but I love the ele­gant look. I will try them next week. I’ll do them on a ten­sion blow-out. I’m geeked ’cause can’t corn­row yet but I can flat-twist well enough to make this style look decent. If it works I’ll have anoth­er quick, cute pro­tec­tive style in my arse­nal.

My fav ver­sion of the style is Amma Mama’s. I’m off to fol­low her blog.

Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

Awe­some arti­cle. Gor­geous ladies and hair. I need to mas­ter this style.
Divachyk @Relaxed Thairapy

Suzan, UK

Thanks for shar­ing. I’ve recent­ly revis­it­ed some of these styles which used to be my sta­ples over thir­ty years ago.…..

Belleview Beauty

OMG, I love this because I too have tried to do it on non-stretched hair and it doesn’t look near­ly as nice. These ladies and the hair­styles are all beau­ti­ful. I will be rock­ing this as soon as the braids are out. Thank you for this post!


I love this style. I can do it with flats but for the life of me have a ter­ri­ble time mas­ter­ing the two-strand twists. Just have to keep prac­tic­ing. Good job!


Oooh i love #5!!!!

tmc (toronto met up, nov 16)

its nice to read your post on here, know­ing you’re a fre­quent com­menter, You did a great job with the twists. I have to mas­ter how to do those twists for the win­ter.


I’ve done most of these styles (minus the ones with the pom­padour front; I’ve nev­er done the pom­padour) over the years. I actu­al­ly used to do some of them on relaxed hair back in the day but I’m going to bring out my nat­ur­al Afro-tex­tured hair bias ;) and say that jum­bo flat twist updos like these look AMAZING on this tex­ture. The full­ness is to die for! Thanks for this post.


I love this style! I’m wear­ing it right now ! My sis in law & I used to wear it using 2 fat corn­rows back in the 70’s when I had a huge afro & she had a perm. I even wore it like that after I start­ed wear­ing curly perms.Now that I’m nat­ur­al again..now & forever!..I’m back to it again. It’a a great go to style that always looks nice.


Yes, I love this style! I like your name for it– “Celie Twists”. I’ve been wear­ing this style for the past two months. I’m so glad that my hair has grown out long enough to wear this style. The ben­e­fits:

1)It’s a huge, HUUUUGE time saver. (I have get-up-and-go hair with this style).
2)It keeps the hair stretched and pro­tects the hair from dry­ing out.
3)The style always looks good.
4)It’s very ver­sa­tile, and the same tech­nique can be made into dif­fer­ent shapes and style.


I’m learn­ing to flat twist and the halo style is my go to,i love it. Nat­ur­al hair is so beautiful,enjoying learn­ing about my hair and for the first time in my life, I’m learn­ing how to do my own hair.#TeamNatural


#3, #5 and the last pics of the author are my favs…good post!

Amma Mama

Mama I made it..lol
Thanks Leila for fea­tur­ing my post. BGLH is my #1 go to nat­ur­al hair blog, since 2009. I am touched and hon­ored to even have my post on here. Thank you so much:-)

Coconut + Cream

Yaaaaaaaaaay Amma! Well Doneeee!
My milk­braids are nev­er s neat as these, but I Love this post nonethe­less!


Amma Mama

Thanks boo! <3 and thank you every­one else :-)