Easy Braids for Medium Hair: Styles We Love

Got medium length hair? We've got braid ideas.

If we take a stroll down memory lane, Summer 2016 was most definitely peak braids season, but we’ll be the first to admit we kinda really miss this boho style staple years on. Sure, we might have more pressing things to deal with than doing our hair in a perfect plait each morning, but what can we say? When it comes to long and medium hairstyles, braids will forever be on top tier, regardless of the year.

To continue our love affair with one of the Greatest Hairstyle Throwbacks of All Time, we put together a list of a few of our favorite easy braids for medium hair looks that go perfectly with your all-season get-ups. Scroll down:

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Keep the pigtails texturized for extra fashion-girl factor. Photo credit: Suzanne Cohen Photography

1. Fishtail Pigtails

A top-biller for sure, fishtail braids are one of the most popular braid hairstyles we’ve seen to date. The telltale herringbone plait remains a cult fave look amongst bloggers, designers and style setters. Easy enough to achieve but comfortably directional for those who want to stand out, fishtail braids—especially when rendered in a more casual, beanie-friendly take, such as built-in pigtails—strike that Holy Grail balance between cute and sexy. Beginner? Learn how to ace a basic fishtail in five minutes.

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Wear a hidden braid near your hairline for a retro, 1970s touch.

2. Accent Braid

A fun hack for medium hairstyles, braids such as skinny accent plaits or “hidden braids” do a good job of elevating any basic down-do. Quick and easy as pie to recreate (even on the fly, or at your desk pre-happy hour!), accent braids feature a regular three-strand plait, or even a box braid interspersed with your natural strands. Go coed-chic with a plait near your fringe area, or go full-on #festbest by wearing multiples at a time.

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Keep the fringe edgy and shiny for a more relaxed feel. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

3. French Pigtails

French braids seem a more logical choice over Dutch braids: The plaits are sunken in, and won’t bump or get in the way of any hats or hair accessories. We’re still heavily crushing on the pigtail variety for French plaits as well, and rendered with a loose-tendril situation, are an uptown/downtown way to look put-together under all those layers. Ed’s note: Try keeping things frizz-free with a humidity-defying hairspray, such as TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hairspray Extend Hold Level 4.

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Like a bubble pony, only more sophisticated. Photo credit: Verity Jane Smith

4. Pull-Through Pony

Braid newbies can rest easy: a pull-through “braid” is the style for those who like the Pinstagrammy look of a plait but are, alas, somewhat dexterity-challenged. For those with medium length hair, braids that make the use of a trompe l’oeil effect, like a pull-through pony, which is essentially just a series of ponytails looped through themselves, are a clever way to rev up your everyday look. Tip: A serum, such as Nexxus Encapsulate Serum, helps with traction and smoothness when creating medium hair braids styles like this. Need direction? Learn how to do a flawlessly pulled-through hairstyle with our tutorial.

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What could be more prim and proper than a perfectly snug three-strand plait? Photo credit: indigitalimages.com

5. Regular Three-Strand Braid

A classic for a reason! The regular three-strand braid gets major style points this season. Nothing quite looks as neat and chic as a snug little ponytail plait. Especially when tied off with an accessory of the moment, i.e. leather or velvet ribbon, or some metallic tinsel. For an easier go at the look, first secure at the base of the ponytail with a hair tie, then proceed to braid till the ends. The result: an instant shot of glam that can take you from day to night. A shine spray, such as Bed Head by TIGI Headrush Shine Hairspray, can provide some pap-worthy gleam to your plait.