What is the best size beads for waist beads?

Seed beads – you can use any size from 6/0, 8/0, or 11/0.

How do I know what size waist beads to get?

Typically, you should measure right below your belly button. If you have a belly, measure underneath it. Measure lower or higher, you should measure to accommodate that preference. If you will be wearing your waist beads to help you lose or gain weight, measure on your belly.

Which beads are best for waist beads?

The Best String For Waist Beads

Rank Product Description
1. Beadnova Bracelet String “Crystal” polyurethane craft wire (109yd)
2. Mandala Crafts Elastic Cord Brown elastic nylon cord (2mm dia., 76 yd)
3. 23 Bees Organic Hemp String 100% organic unwaxed/dyed hemp (8000ft)
4. Mandala Crafts Cotton Cord Black waxed cotton thread (109yd)

Are you supposed to take waist beads off?

Some waist beads are permanent. That means the string doesn’t stretch, and there’s no clasp to take the beads on or off. They’re designed to stay on your body 24/7 until they break or you decide to cut them off for good.

What does it mean when your waist beads break?

When the waist beads climb up or breaks it means u have gained weight. When added precious stones, waist beads can take healing, spiritual and fertility qualities.

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Does Waist Beads shape your body?

Measurements and Body Shaping



It is said that the beads shape your body and keep the waist small and hips accentuated. It was (and still is) used as a measurement tool. The beads do not stretch, so if/when the waist beads start to feel a little tight, it’s a sign that there was some weight gain, and vice versa.

Can I sleep with waist beads on?

Traditional tie waist beads are semi-permanent and can be worn while bathing, swimming, sleeping, etc.

Does waist bead increase hips?

Women use it to adorn or accentuate their waistline thereby making their hips appear bigger and flexible. It is one of the best selling accessories in west Africa. The Yorubas call it the “ileke” and they come in various shapes and sizes and suited for all body types.

Can you shower with waist beads on?

It is perfectly fine to bathe, shower, swim, exercise, and have sex in traditional African waist beads strung on cotton string. Once tied on securely they become an intimate extension of you, and you do everything in them. Just be mindful not to yank on them while pulling your pants down to use the bathroom.

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