Medium Box Braids: 12 Beyond Stylish Ways To Sport Them

Alyssa François | 04 December 2017

The flattering hair braiding width that’s getting all the buzz.

When it comes to getting braids that fit your personal style and what you can manage, size matters. Why do we say this? Well, if you think about it this way, unlike jumbo braids, small and medium box braids have a much lighter weight on your head. Some people can’t stand the weight of heavy braids, and truth be told, while they look amazing, getting them done them may interfere with your snooze time.

If you’re thinking about getting medium-sized braids, we have 12 more reasons why you should. Scroll below to see the fabulous styles that will make you want to get this size of braids in an instant!

Medium Box Braids: 12 Styles That Makes You Want The Look Now

medium box braids: blonde
Side ponytail.

1. Blonde Ponytail

The ponytail is on 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.

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

2. The Blue Streak

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

medium box braids: brown hair
Brown long braids.

3. Brown Medium Box Braids

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

medium box braids: jumbo bun
Neat bun.

4. Jumbo 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.

medium box braids purple hair
Fun hair color idea on braids.

5. Purple Box Braids

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

medium box braids tied back
Work it out in your box braids.

6. Braids for the Gym

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!

medium box braids half up
Try a trendy style.

7. Half Up Medium Box Braids

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

medium box braids long
Down and long. Photo courtesy of Tierra Lee

8. Long Box Braids

You don’t have to join in and try your hand at fancy-schmancy hairstyles. Keep it simple and just wear your hair down. Add shine with a shine spray like TRESemmé Smooth & Silky No-Frizz Shine Spray.

medium box braids: jewel tones
Make a colorful statement with jewel tones.

9. Jewel-Toned Braids

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

Short Medium Box Braids
The perfect length.

10. Short Medium Box Braids

If you’re looking to make a statement on your short braids, you can do so with braid charms. Place as little or as many as you like. To style your baby hair, use Nexxus Exxtra Hold Sculpting Gel and a toothbrush to shape your hair as you like.

medium box braids: side swept
Perfect for formal occasions.

11. Side-Swept Braids

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 Box Braids
We like big braided buns!

12. Top Knot Medium Braids

A simple center bun is the perfect every day style. Be sure to keep it loose to avoid tension at your roots. To moisturize your roots (but not your scalp), you can use a product like Nexxus Oil Infinite Hair Oil. This will also help add shine.


Medium box braids not your thing? Here are some jumbo styles you can try instead.