12 Stylish Medium Box Braids That are Trending in 2020

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 may interfere with your snooze time. Try these braids out while you’re spending more time at home to decide if they’re the look for you.

We have 12 reasons why you should consider medium box braids. Scroll below to see the fabulous styles that will make you want to get this size of braids in an instant! Practice them at home and get ready to wear these styles post-quarantine.

1. Blonde Ponytail

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Side ponytail.

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.

2. The Blue Streak

medium box braids: blue braids
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 color into your style.

3. Brown Medium Box Braids

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Brown long braids.

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

4. Jumbo Bun

medium box braids: jumbo bun
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.

5. Purple Box Braids

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Fun hair color idea on braids.

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

6. Braids for the Gym

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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!

7. Half Up Medium Box Braids

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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.

8. Long Box Braids

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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. Add some shine with Suave Professionals Sleek Anti-Frizz Smooth & Shine Cream.

9. Jewel-Toned Braids

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Make a colorful statement with jewel tones.

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

10. Short Medium Box Braids

Short Medium Box Braids
The perfect length.

If you’re looking to make a statement on your short braids, you can do so with braid charms. To style your baby hair, use Emerge Style Goals Gel and a toothbrush to shape your hair as you like.

11. Side-Swept Braids

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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.

12. Top Knot Medium Braids

Top Knot Medium Box Braids
We like big braided buns!

A center bun is the perfect everyday style for medium box braids. 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.

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