5 Ways to Do Milk Maid/Halo Crown/Goddess Braids on Natural Hair


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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32 thoughts on “5 Ways to Do Milk Maid/Halo Crown/Goddess Braids on Natural Hair

  1. 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.

    • 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.

  2. 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?

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  6. 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.

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