Do you believe there are people who don’t know how to wear the waist beads approriately? In this article you will be given detailed information on how to wear waist beads the right way.
What Are Waist Beads?
Waist beads are a traditional African accessory that consists of small glass beads on a string or wire worn around the waist or hips. They come in different colors and shapes and may also include decorative stones, crystals, or charms.
Waist beads have been worn for centuries by women in many West African cultures. In more recent years they’ve gained popularity among women in the West. They’re also referred to as belly beads, waistline beads, or beaded waist chains.
In Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, and other West African countries, waist beads are a symbol of femininity, fertility, sensuality, and spiritual well-being. Today, in both Africa and the United States, women use waist beads for aesthetic and practical purposes.
How To Wear Waist Beads The Right Way
The most comfortable way of wearing waist beads is under your belly, along your panty line. Most women wear their beads traditionally, under their clothes against their skin. Your waist beads are designed to withstand the friction clothing, yet remain comfortable against your skin. Some women may wear them over their clothes, to adorn a long skirt or dress or against their skin while wearing a cropped top or low -rise jeans.
Wrap your full strand of waist beads around your waist along your panty line (or however high up you want to wear the beads). Remove any additional beads by pulling them off the string. Tie 3-4 tight knots where the beads end. I would also suggest intertwining the individual strands of thread to make a more secure knot. Cut any additional string. And you’re all set!
You can wear your waist beads all day, everyday. They may dull after time from showering, if that happens just polish them with a cloth. If you do want to take them off from time to time you’ll want to tie them loosely from the beginning and then just pull them up and off like a shirt. Another option is to tie them in a bow instead of in a knot. Again, waist beads can endure almost any activity, but if you wear them low, please just remember to pull them up prior to pulling your panties down when using the restroom!
What Are The Meanings Of The Colors And Stones?
There are a lot of styles, colors, and materials to choose from. Your waist beads can be rich with symbolism if you so choose. Each color and stone is associated with a specific meaning:
- Blue: healing, harmony, insight, truth
- Brown: earth, stability
- Green: prosperity, fertility, abundance, hope, healing
- Purple: spirituality, wisdom, royalty
- Red: vitality, passion, bravery, confidence
- White: light, truth, purity
- Yellow: wisdom, clarity, awareness, energy, joy
Stone And Charm Meanings
- Evil eye: protection against negativity
- Green aventurine: luck, prosperity, wealth
- Hamsa: protection against evil or bad luck
- Lapis lazuli: peace, wisdom, truth, insight
- Quartz: clarity, amplifies other crystals
- Rose quartz: love, compassion, healing
Waist beads may look like a simple accessory, but they can have a transformational effect on the wearer. Wrapping a pair of beads around one’s waist can feel sensual and grounding. The beads serve as an ongoing reminder to be more aware and loving toward one’s body.
My first pair of waist beads, for example, completely changed my relationship to my stomach. Before the beads, I felt resentful of my stomach whenever it grew in size. After the beads, I felt beautiful no matter how big or small my stomach looked.
Other women feel empowered by waist beads in other ways: a connection to their heritage, a symbol of fertility, or a way to gauge their weight and posture.
Waist beads are an intensely personal item, so there are as many ways to find meaning in them as there are styles of beads. As waist beads grow in popularity, this West African tradition will likely continue to evolve for years to come.