Make sure no clothing items are blocking your waist when measuring. Stand up straight, hold the tape measure behind you, and bring it around your waist to meet at your navel. The tape should be parallel to the floor and fit snugly around your torso without digging into your skin. Give yourself some breathing room. Look at the place on the tape where zero end meets the other end of the tape measure. The location of this meeting point is your waist measurement. Double-check your measurement. Repeat the measurement once more to ensure the accuracy of your original measurement.
Depending on how you want to wear your waistbeads, you can measure yourself above your navel, just at your navel, or right above your hips.
Use a tape measure and measure against your bare skin without sucking in your stomach. You shouldn't hold the tape loose nor too snug.
Think about where you want to wear the beads. Underneath your clothes, around your navel? With a bikini, draped low at your bikini bottoms? With a crop top, sitting about your pants? Choose your size accordingly. Clasps are a popular option for those that want to remove their waist beads.
Waist beads have been worn for generations by West Africans to accentuate and mold a woman's physique. You will feel ultra feminine. Wear with bathing suit, crop top or under clothing.
Waist Bead Color Meanings
Color is considered powerful and the main factor while choosing beads for most beaded jewelry. Bead’s color is a magical element which symbolizes emotion and connection to events and feelings. Use the chart below to help you better decide on which waist bead to purchase.
Red: Excitement, energy, and passion.
Orange: Energy, balance, and enthusiasm.
Yellow: joy, happiness, optimism, and hope.
Gold: illumination, love, and compassion.
Green: Money, environment, and health.
Blue: Peace, tranquility, calm, and stability.
Pink: love, caring, calm, and tenderness.
Purple: Royalty, nobility, and spirituality.
Grey: Security, reliability, and intelligence.
Brown: Earth, stability, and outdoors.
White: Reverence, purity, and simplicity
Black: Power, sexuality, sophistication
Step 1:Place the strand around your waist where you would like your waist bead to sit (anywhere between your waist and high hip), and tie the two strands once.
Step 2:Be sure that it fits your waist (not too tight! Leave room for sitting and bending). Slide your excess beads down the strand.
Step 3:Tie your strand 2-3 times for security and trim off any leftover string and beads
*Tip: You can use your access beads as an anklet or bracelet.