Waist beads are a traditional African accessory that consists of small glass beads on a string worn around the waist or hips. African culture is the source of ideas that beads can be worn. Wearing waist beads is a tradition that Africans have preserved. They are worn over the waist for many different reasons.
1. Body shapers
some women find that waist beads can be used to help shape their bodies. Women use it to accentuate their waistlines thereby making their hips appear bigger and flexible.
2. Safe delivery
There are beads designed specifically for pregnant women. It’s believed to protect the mother and child till the baby is delivered, this calls for why most pregnant women wear waist beads.
3. Supernatural healing
Traditionally it’s believed that waist beads have spiritual and healing properties. These healing properties is believed to bring good luck to them, prevent them from getting hurt, and also heal them from diseases. Most women who believed in this supernatural power wear waist beads.
4. Weight control
Women wear waist beads to keep a track of their weight. Due to the feeling that waist beads don’t stretch, you can use it to gauge the size of your waist.