18 Stylish Medium Box Braids That Are Set to Trend for 2020

Thinking about getting some sweet box braids? Medium hair is the ideal length for these woven styles and here are 18 looks to prove it...   

Trend alert: medium box braids are making a fashionable comeback and are fast becoming the hottest look to covet in the black hairstyles world! So, if you’ve tried long box braids and have thought about giving medium-sized box braids a go, you’ve totally come to the right place.

Below, we’ve found magical medium box braids hairstyles that are guaranteed to leave you with major mane envy and have you rushing to the salon.

Chic Half-up, Half-down Medium Box Braids

medium box braids: shot of black woman with medium box braid hair styled into a half up and half down style
Show off your pretty lengths with this half-up, half-down hairstyle. Credit: Instagram.com/abigailodm

It’s the great debate every woman has to face before they head out for the day — hair up or hair down?

If you really can’t decide, you can get the best of both worlds with your medium-sized box braids, by rocking a pretty half-up, half-down hairstyle like this stunning naturalista. Credit: @abigailodm

High Bun

medium box braids hairstyles: woman with high bun hairstyle smiling
Creating your bun will be easy as pie with medium-sized box braids! Credit: Instagram.com/fatumahasha

Heading to the gym with long box braids can seem like a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be when you have medium box braids! Unlike Rapunzel-length Poetic braids, medium ones aren’t heavy and can be easily styled into this gym-ready bun.

As this mega-babe, above, demonstrates, this high bun updo is stylish, practical and ready to make your next workout session a dream. And when you’ve mastered it, be sure to give the blogger bun a go, too! Credit: @fatumahasha

Boho Half-up Bun Hairstyle

backshot of woman with medium sized box braids styled into a half up half down bun hairstyle
Love buns and half-up hairstyles? Get the best of both worlds with this pretty ‘do! Credit: Instagram.com/nicolexashleyy

When it comes to boho medium box braids hairstyles, this half-up bun with golden hair jewellery might just spark your interest.

This style is great because it keeps tresses stylishly out of your face, while exuding a tonne of It-girl vibes. And honestly who wouldn’t want to look cool? Credit: @nicolexashleyy

High Ponytail Hairstyle

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Easily exude catwalk vibes with this pretty high ponytail hairstyle! Credit: Instagram.com/mua_myesha

Looking for magical medium box braids styles that’ll make you shine at work? Then prepare to fall in love with this heavenly high ponytail hairstyle, which we spotted on this trendsetter.

We love how her medium-sized box braids stay slick in this tidy ponytail, plus how the style puts her gorgeous facial features into the spotlight. Now that’s what we call a flattering look! Credit: @mua_myesha

Editor’s tip: Want to know the secret behind on-point medium box braids hairstyles? Gel, of course! So take the VO5 Classic Styling Mega Hold Gel Spray and use it to smooth down any baby hairs around your hairline.

Braided Medium Box Braids

side shot of woman with braided medium sized box braid hairstyle
You’ll be a braided beauty in no time with this look at hand! Credit: Instagram.com/bynrobyn

For an easy way to elevate your medium box braids, consider weaving them into a loose 3-strand plait, like this stylish Instagrammer has done. Cool, isn’t it?

Whether you’re heading to brunch or running to catch your morning train, you’ll be feeling on top of your mane game in no time. Credit: @bynrobyn

Hat Hair

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When in doubt, throw on a hat! Credit: Instagram.com/nicolexashleyy

Whoever said medium box braid styles and hats don’t work together, clearly didn’t take this ultra-stylish and sophisticated look into account!

So, if you find yourself stuck in a beauty rut, easily take yourself out of it with the help of either a hat or an on-trend hair accessory and you’ll be good to go. Boring hair? Not here! Credit: @nicolexashleyy

Editor’s tip: Want to ensure your hair is taken care of while its in medium box braids? Then make sure to mist them with the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Hydrating Mist! 

Not only does this amazing product smell like a tropical cocktail, but it will also help keep your hair looking and feeling more hydrated.

Blonde Ponytail

black woman with blonde medium box braids in side ponytail
Do blondes have more fun?

The ponytail is one of the simplest styles to do with medium box braids. Gently gather your hair into a ponytail and use one of your braids to wrap around the base of your ponytail and pin in place.

Blue Streak

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A pop of blue to make your style cool. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

Want something funky? Buy one pack of blue braiding hair so you can add a pop of colour into your style.

Brown Medium Box Braids

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Brown long braids.

You don’t always have to stick to your natural hair colour. Want to try something different? Try a brown hue.

Jumbo Bun

Young black with box braid bun holding her hips
Neat bun.

Make a #hairstatement with a jumbo bun. This style is super easy to create with medium braids. Wrap your braids around into a sleek bun and use hairpins to lock in place.

Purple Box Braids

Woman with dark purple medium box braids
Fun hair colour idea on braids.

Inspired by the unicorn hair trend but not into getting so many colours? Stick to one. This purple style is a perfect delight.

Braids for the Gym

Woman with box braids doing boxing
Work it out in your box braids.

Whether you have micro braids, small, medium or jumbo, they all work for the gym. Pull your hair back into this protective gym-friendly style and break a sweat!

Half-up Medium Box Braids

Pretty black woman with medium box braids
Try a trendy style.

To recreate this trendy half-up look, part your hair from ear to ear and gather your top half of hair into a bun.

Long Box Braids

Tierra Lee with long box braids looking over her shoulder
Down and long. Photo courtesy of Tierra Lee

You don’t have to join in and try your hand at fancy-schmancy hairstyles. Keep it simple and just wear your hair down.

Jewel-Toned Braids

Back view of purple medium box braids
Make a colourful statement with jewel tones.

Need help finding a colour scheme for your style? Jewel tones are in! To create balance, add in a pop of neutral.

Short Medium Box Braids

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The perfect length.

If you’re looking to make a statement on your short braids, you can do so with braid charms.

Side-Swept Braids

woman with side swept box braids
Perfect for formal occasions.

Swoop your hair over your forehead to create this stylish look. Pair it up with a statement earring for a dressed-up look, or dress it down with simple accessories.

Top Knot Medium Braids

Smiling woman with high bun
We like big braided buns!

A centre bun is the perfect everyday style for medium box braids. Be sure to keep it loose to avoid tension at your roots.



Now if, like us, you can’t get enough braided hairstyles, why not head on over to our Braids page to catch up on all the latest trends and see which pretty plaits you can try? No more dull hair days for you!

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