30 Braid Hairstyles for Medium Hair
If you are on the hunt for new braid hairstyles for medium hair, we’ve got plenty of pictures to show you. Many people believe that you need long locks in order to make the most intricate and complicated braided styles, but, as we’re about to show you, that’s definitely not the case. And, just in case you thought all braided looks were intricate and complicated, we’re about to show you that’s not the case too. In fact, you might find that some of these looks are actually remarkably simple to recreate …
1 – Stretched Braided Updo
One thing that braids are great for is showing off every shade you have in your new colored ‘do. This bold, big and braided look, for example, is very simple in its creation, but those wonderful tones really bring the look to life. Isn’t that what you’re looking for?
2 – Super Cool Braids
Keep things simple, French and double-braided with this pigtail look. Right at the end of the pigtails, rather than letting the tails hang down, pin them around under and over themselves, before pinning them in place. Space buns and messy buns are a really big trend for right now, and this look makes the most of them beautifully.
3 – Braided In, Pulled Out
One of the easiest ways to give an older braided look some new life is to pull it out a bit. We’ve discussed the idea a few times over the course of this piece, but it really is the easiest trick you could learn. Just by pulling out a few strands, or all of the strands of the braid, you have an entirely new look on your hands. A tight look for yesterday, a pulled-out look for today, perhaps? It would mean getting two styles out of just one braided look. Time-saving — we love it!
4 – Formal Fishtails
Fishtail braids are much easier to do than you’d think. Well, they must be if even we’ve managed to get the hang of them. One thing that seems to put people off is the fact that you’re working with four strands of hair, rather than with three strands of hair, as you’d find in a traditional French braid. The look is worth the extra strand though, as you can see. This look has been left tight, but pulled out and left a little messy, these fishtails really do bring something new to the table.
5 – Braided & Romantic with Floral Accessories
If you’re on the hunt for a romantically braided look, how does this one suit you? The addition or flowers have made this look utterly adorable, but you could leave them out if that’s more feminine than the route you wanted to take.
6 – Formal Tiny Braided Vibes
A teeny-tiny braid is something all you need to add a little something extra to an otherwise dull look. This hairstyle only features one teeny-tiny braid but, as you can see, it certainly makes quite the impact.
7 – Quadruple French Braids
When two braids isn’t enough, you throw in three braids. But what happens when three braids aren’t enough? You opt for four braids, of course. Simple, modern, fresh and fun, this look would look super cute with the addition of glitter around the roots for a fresh festival hairstyle that doesn’t need any styling at all in the morning.
8 – Beautifully Braided
This look, a simple braided look, could easily be worn for weddings, formals, proms, and other occasions. At the same time, however, it could very easily be worn casually. That’s the thing about these looks and, especially, braids. Keep things neat for a more sophisticated and neat finish, or get things pulled out and tousled for a more playful affair.
9 – Short n’ Messed Up Braided Looks
Braided hairstyles for medium hair like this one give you an idea of how you can grow out shorter styles, without having to sacrifice on the style itself. Growing out a shorter bob into a medium length style, for example, can be a tough one. With braids and twists, as shown here, you can spice up a style, and hide those greasy locks, all at the same time.
10 – Braided Space Buns
Being stylish has never been so simple with these fabulous braided hairstyles for medium hair. Medium hair can often be quite awkward to style, not really long enough for complicated and more intricate designs, but still too short to just wear naturally and with very little styling. As you can see from this braided idea, styling medium hair with braids is certainly an easy way to get around the problem.
11 – Cute Side Braids for All Hair Lengths
If you’ve run out of ways to style your medium length, how about this fabulous braided look? Hairstyles like this can easily be worn for both casual and more formal events. This look, for example, could easily be worn with flowers in your hair to match a boho wedding, or with jeans and a casual t-shirt for running about town.
12 – Best Friends Waterfall Braids
What better way to wear these braided hairstyles for medium hair than with your BFF! It plays to get creative with these cute braided looks, and they’re often much easier to recreate on someone else. Let your BFF do your hair in a cute style, and then repay the favor by doing hers right back. Who knows what beautiful hairstyles you might end up creating?
13 – Fishtail Leia Buns
Long hair is perfect for braiding, although there are great plenty of ways that you can adapt the fashions for slightly shorter hair too — such as this medium length look. They can easily be used to pull hair back away from the face, in looks that are so much more than just a simple ponytail.
14 – Balayage, Braids & Waves
Braids can have so many feels, it’s amazing that we aren’t wearing them more often. With the introduction of three or more braids, you can achieve quite a dramatic story, but with long and loose braids, you can have a more romantic and easily-styled look. That’s the beauty of them — there are so many ways in which they can be customised to give you a brand new look entirely, even with the same hair length, style, colour, and even braid style itself.
15 – Messy, Romantic & Braided
Braids are great for a hundred and one reasons, but just one fabulous reason is that they give you two styles. You could wear your braids tight for one day, pulled out and loose for the next, and then un-braid the lot and rock the waves on the third day. On the fourth day, you could even get away with not-washing again if you get creative with your updo’s and a bit of dry shampoo!
16 – Weird & Wonderful Fishtail Braid
Of course, everyone knows that healthy hair is hair that isn’t washed every day, and why not give that beauty hack a try for yourself by incorporating these braided hairstyles for medium hair? Greasy roots aren’t a problem for anyone when you give them a quick squirt of dry shampoo and have braids on your team.
17 – Intricately Blonde & Braided
If, like us, you have a hard time getting your head and hands around these intricate braided styles, start with the basics — a regular braid and then a French braid, for example. There are so many tutorials on Youtube, each showing you how to do weird, wonderful and varied braided looks. Give some of them a watch and you’ll find you’ll soon get the hang of those confusing braids in no time at all.
18 – Braided & Pinned Updo
Braids give you a way to go without washing your hair and, if we’re being honest about this, that’s one of the biggest reasons why we love them. This braided design will work much better on hair that isn’t freshly washed. The grease and natural ‘dirt’ on the hair will help it to stick together, meaning less need for pins and products.
19 – Festival Worthy Braided Vibes
Another look that we feel would be perfect for festival chic, this hair look gives us all the brilliant braided vibes. Rock yours with hair jewelry to really stand out, or get creative with glitter and temporary colors. Have some fun with it. You can wash it all out in the morning, after all.
20 – Dutch Braid Updos
Dutch braids are like regular French braids, but rather than folding the new strands of hair over the braid and then into it, you tuck the strands under instead. Just one simple change to your regular braided hairstyles for medium hair and you have something completely new.
21 – Waterfall Braid Looks for Medium Hair
Another twist on conventional braid is the waterfall braid, given its name because of that wonderful, cascading finish. It’s actually a very simple style of braid too — rather than tucking all the hair in and braiding it together, you leave some to fall down. Again, there are plenty of Youtube tutorials to follow. These looks are often easier to learn when you can see how to do them, rather than read how to do them.
22 – Pretty & Simple Braid Hairstyles for Medium Hair
There are so many good things to be said for these braid hairstyles, and as well as being very quick to do (once you’ve mastered the art), you’ll find that they’re a versatile hairstyle that can easily match a wide range of events and occasions. Floral and romantic for wedding day looks, big and bouffanty for something glam and sophisticated, there really is a braid for everyone and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve unearthed!
23 – Easy Floral Crown Braid
For when you feel like a total queen, you’ll need a crown. How about a braided crown? It’s one of those looks that work with a number of hair lengths, types, and styles, but medium and longer lengths of hair give you the opportunity to really get creative.
24 – Fantasy Braided Hair for Medium Lengths
Of course, if you really wanted to stand out in the crowd, you could add some rainbow shades to your braided hairstyles for medium hair. We loved this look so much, we couldn’t help but add it to the list. But what do you think? Would you be brave and go bold?
25 – Three French Braid Twist Tutorial
This cute tutorial shows you how to use multiple braids in one look to achieve something a little different. It’s almost like a low, messy bun, but with some style and sparkle thrown in for good measure. On days when a messy bun just won’t do, rock this cute and braided style, perfect for medium length hair instead.
26 – Cool Braided Sides for All Hair Lengths
It’s a cool braid, but it’s not the design of the braid that we want to bring your attention to. It’s the placement of it. If you’ve ever considered a side-shaved look, or even looked through inspiration images of undercuts, but not gone for it because you’ve not been brave enough, this look gives you a way to almost fake it. Braided, not shaved.
27 – Cute & Messy Braided Look
The humble ponytail has been worn so many ways already, it just makes sense to look at incorporating braids to spice them up a little. The addition of just one extra braid into your ponytail could change the look entirely, injecting a new lease of life into an otherwise boring hairstyle that has most definitely been done a thousand times before.
28 – Fishtail Halo Look with Blonde Tendrils
We’ve shown you traditional crowning braided looks, but this fishtail beauty adds a fancier feel to the occasion. Loose tendrils are left to hang down and flatter the face, giving you a simple and elegant look that could be as formal or as casual as you’d like.
29 – Bold & Braided Bridal Look for Medium Length Hair
If you’re looking for braided hairstyles for medium hair to go hand in hand with a wedding day, this cute and simple look might just give you all the inspiration you need. The addition of a bold and big brave, with that sparkly hair accessory, really stops this look from being too simple.
30 – Braided & Extensions
Of course, if you’d love to add more braids or just more length to your braid, you could always consider adding a few clip-in, pull-out style extensions. In fact, your hair extensions might be the best place to start when it comes to learning new braided looks. Try the braids on your extensions sat right in front of you, and then try to put the look together with them actually on your head.