24 Poppin’ Medium Box Braid You Have to See

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Medium box braids styles are a protective hairstyle for natural hair that’s done by sectioning the hair into boxy divisions and braiding it from the roots to any length between shoulder and chest. Not a fan of too many extensions to go with your box braids? No problem! With its medium-length form, you will still have as much fun and versatility!

The top thing women love about these gorgeous pleats is that they offer the benefits of framing and complementing your facial details without effort. Influencer celebs Danai Gurira, Zoe Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg, and Lupita Nyong’o have worn their box braid hairstyle and kept it medium-length, inspiring fans and stylists all over to do the same!

Florida-based expert braider and Insta-influencer Chounèse from LC Beauty Salon creates unique styles on medium-length hair braids using cuffs, yarns, and even ombres. With new and improved styling techniques, these chic boxy pleats look way better than their ’90s version!

Not too thick nor bulky, box braids that are medium length are easier to style in updos and buns than longer pieces. They’re still as low maintenance as their typical form, minus the time and effort, as shoulder-length braids only need a few hair extensions to install.

Below is an up-to-date gallery of extraordinary and stylish ways to rock them! Give these extra trendy medium box braids hairstyle ideas a shot!


#1: Cute Medium Box Braids

These useful and popular braids have been part of multiple cultures and lifestyles. A timeless style, medium box braids are here to stay to protect your hair from damage while maintaining a dashing appearance.

#2: Medium-Length Box Braids Style

Consider this trendy half-up half-down style, perfect for black women who want a versatile and low-maintenance look. This hairstyle allows you to showcase the length and texture of your braids while keeping them off your face. To achieve this look, gather the top half of your braids and secure them with a hair tie, leaving the rest of the braids flowing freely. This style works well for any occasion and can easily be dressed up or down with accessories. Remember that it’s important to moisturize your braids regularly to keep them looking fresh and prevent breakage.

Stunning Thick Medium Box Braids
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#3: Stunning Thick Box Braids

Stunning and sultry, these thick box braids gain even more glamour with the addition of accessories. Add colored string, yarn, and braid cuffs to box braids for an extra sparkle.

Mid-Length Burgundy Box Braids for black ladies with a side part
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#4: Mid-Length Burgundy Braids

Consider mid-length burgundy box braids with a side part if you want a chic hairstyle. This versatile style allows you to switch up your parting to suit your mood. The burgundy hue adds a pop of color to your look. As a low-maintenance hairstyle, box braids allow your hair to rest and protect your natural hair from heat damage. Ask for your baby hair to be left out along the perimeter to avoid thinning of the edges with the tension of the braids.

#5: Extra Long Bob with Silver Cuffs

An extra long bob with silver cuffs is a great protective style. And all without having to worry about styling every morning. Add silver cuffs to your braids for edgier vibes for a unique look. This easy braid style looks perfect on oval or heart-shaped faces. It requires minimal effort and maintenance. At the same time, ask your braider for their recommendation on length, especially if your face is more round and full.

Mid-length box braids with beads
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#6: Braids with Beads

Some may label it as tribal or box braids and cornrow combination style. This look is very trendy and cute, as you can see. Box braid styles can take 3 hours to complete and use two braiding hair packages – Supreme Hair Super tz4 38′ was used. What I like about this hairstyle is that it won’t be heavy because of its length. It also gives you a different bob look than just regular box braids medium in length. I also like to see the zig-zag parts; for this length, I prefer beads rather than leaving them as it is. I feel like the beads add a pop to the style.

Long Bob Braids for Black Women
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#7: Long Bob Braids

Long bob braids are a great way to protect your hair while still having fun with style. These versatile medium box braids with curls can be worn in various ways, from sleek and straight to voluminous curves. Plus, they’re easy to maintain. Just make sure you avoid tight styling and use gentle products for moisturizing.

Mid-Length Thick Honey Blonde Box Braids
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#8: Thick Honey Blonde Braids

For a different spin on traditional braids, try thick honey blonde 2-strand twists. For the best result, try to have your hair as straight as possible without heat damage, or seek this style if your hair isn’t very thick and coarse. A strong gel product is one of the best ways to ensure your medium plaits are smooth. Try LocN gel for locs and twists for a sleek and firm hold.

Gorgeous Mid-Length Box Braids
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#9: Gorgeous Mid-Length Braids

I’ve found that gorgeous mid-length braids are perfect for creating a look that will make you look stylish. I always recommend keeping your hair moisturized. This will help maintain the shape of your style and keep it looking great for longer. For extra definition, use a small amount of styling gel to add texture and hold to your braid styles. To finish the look, spritz with hairspray for added shine and protection against humidity.

#10: Sweet Braided Long Bob

Get into this sweet braided long bob, a favorite for simple braid styles. The bob is a great way to avoid needing extra time for management at home. Just wear a bonnet at night and moisturize it to keep them long-lasting.

blonde medium box braids
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#11: Blonde Medium Box Braids

An utterly versatile way to wear your natural curls, blonde box braids is protective and stylish in many ways. Wearing small box braids on a bob cut can show off the fierceness of your personality!

#12: Vivid Red Box Braids

You can’t be scared to attract a lot of eyes if you’re going to rock vivid red box braids! If you can, take it a step further and ask your braider to add a bohemian vibe with loose curly hair throughout. Opt for a human hair blend for these shoulder-length medium box braids with color when adding loose curls to braids. Human hair can be managed far better than synthetic hair for such stunning medium bohemian box braids.

Mid-length Burgundy Colored box Braids
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#13: Burgundy Colored Braids

Burgundy-colored braids are all the rage – and for a good reason. Not only is burgundy the perfect complement to darker hair and skin tones, but adding a second color to your braids will make the weaving technique pop.

mid-length jumbo box braids
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#14: Jumbo Box Braids Style

Chunky yet easy on the eyes, these jumbo box braids serve multiple purposes. It is a protective style that keeps every stand in place while showing off an intricate design with texture and color.

#15: Chunky Medium Braids

If you’re a woman who loves accessories, then here’s an idea for medium-large box braids. Try adding beads, which are a nice touch of playfulness for your medium triangle box braids, which everyone needs nowadays! Check out more box braids hairstyles for kids.

Related: Best black kids’ hairstyles.

#16: Triangle Parts

Scalp work can even be the center of attraction in such braiding techniques. The triangle parts on box braids reveal the fiery box braids that you have. Keep the thickness of your box braids medium to look fuller but with enough strands that are easier to manage.

Shoulder-Length Box Braid Bobs
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#17: Shoulder-Length Box Braid Bob

Having shoulder-length box braids highlights your face shape. Different features of your face can also be emphasized when you wear your hair in different ways. A ribbon or yarn would also be a great addition to your braids!

trendy medium-length half updo
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#18: Trendy Medium-Length Half Updo

A sensational style for wearing your medium-sized box braids is a mid-length vibe for a carefree, easy look! Versatility is at an all-time high with different accessories in place. To customize the length, ask for tips from the expert or look for a braid length chart online.

Collarbone length box braids with gold cuffs
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#19: Braids with Gold Cuffs

A classic look to your shoulder-length box braids is with accessory gold beadwork. Dark skin is brought out thanks to the complementary gold-beaded accessory. Turn this hairstyle into medium goddess box braids by including loose curly strands.

Medium Accessorized Box Braids
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#20: Accessorized Braids

More and more ways of self-expression can be fashioned, especially when wearing stylish medium box braids hairstyles. One way of defining your style is through accessories like beads, ribbons, and strings to perk up your look. If wanting braids that are easier to wear, a lace wig is an option.

#21: Box Braid Bob

Your black hair may get unexpectedly shorter after having it braided. No worries because medium-length box braids bobs are all the hype, showcasing an intricate pattern and some accessories while keeping your hair neat and well-maintained.

medium-length box braids with gold cuffs
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#22: Trendy Gold Cuffs

This look is refreshing. It’s something new and different from regular box braids that lack colors. It’s lightweight, easy to manage, quick to do, and one of my favorite protective hairstyles.

Simple medium-long box braids with side part
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#23: Simple Braids with Side Part

This box braid look with a side part and a subtle ombre is ideal for anyone from pre-teen in high school to an adult in a professional work environment. I love that you can wear this style with multiple parts, different lengths, and even in a ponytail.

#24: Small Medium Box Braids

You can finish the hair with a black rubber band. It’s discreet and elegant! You can finish the hair with jewels and add color strings for a stylish look. You can ask for medium knotless box braids if you want a pain-free braided style. If you have this type of hair, don’t use a particular product on your medium-length knotless braids because sometimes the braids can be oily. Although, every week, moisturize your scalp with coconut or shea butter.